January 10th, 2007

red river hog

Yet Another Near-Death Experience

Imagine that you are driving a small white car. You are approaching an intersection, and wish to turn right. The light facing you is red. Do you:

(A) stop at the light, check for cross traffic, then turn right
(B) slow down before turning
(C) drive directly through the bicyclist on the cross street

I am unharmed, for I was paying attention, and there wasn't anyone in the left lane (to which I dodged). The driver saw me when she was about 45 degrees through her turn, at roughly the point where if I hadn't dodged her car would have been centered over me, and then stopped.

The other bizarre bike-related thing that happened today is that when I got off the train, unlocked my bike from the rack, arranged all my little accoutrements (lock, cable, helmet, front light, garter, gloves...), and pulled my bike away from the rack, it didn't come.

Closer examination revealed that someone had used a zip tie to attach my bike to the rack. Fortunately, I carry nail clippers, so about 30 seconds of dedicated gnawing later the bike was freed. But seriously, WTF?