Hopefully as a truck driver you also used your signals well before initiating your turn, and checked your mirrors prior as well. I used to drive a truck as well, and situational awareness is critically important. (The driver of this car was oblivious to others). If I was driving a truck in the above situation, and saw a bike alongside in my mirror before turning, then I know I can't start my turn, conversely if he is behind me and I have signaled appropriately, then it is the riders responsibility to pass on my left, I would still be cautious however, just because you have the right of way, doesn't fix how you will feel if someone dies as a result.I would like to make one more comment regarding defensive driving. Moving into the bike lane for a right turn makes great sense, except when a truck is involved.
As a retired truck driver you will never see a truck move right to set up for a right turn.
The bigger the truck the farther to the left he will be.
Also One Last Warning about Trucks, If The Trailer is Straight and the tractor has already started his turn he may no longer be able to see down the right side of his truck! I have seen cars run over by the trailers because they pulled down that right side. Remember he has set up way left to make that right turn. That trailer can easily use up a whole lane to the right of it to make a turn. Hoping this saves someone from a real bad day or worse.
So very true. As a cyclist on the road you have to have the realization that you can be 100% right, but you still loose in any accident. Just because the guy behind the wheel was at fault, doesn't change you suffering for it.SIPD taught in motorcycle class. Scan, Interpret, Predict, Decide. I was taught as a motorcyclist to assume that EVERY cage did not see you and was probably going to hit you. Two key ingredients to safe riding are space and patience. If you remember that a bicycle NEVER won a confrontation with an automobile, it will help temper your judgement.
I did not know that. Thousands of people, I bet, hundreds of thousands of people, I bet, don't know that. I only knew to use the bicycle lane because it was there, with signage and thousands of Miami cyclists in them daily.any conscientous rational person knows to avoid them.
Wow. Seems Reid's public service message is really a benefit to all cyclists, especially those locally who will at least have some level of public awareness raised on the behalf of the drivers. If you don't like Reid's posts or style, nobody is forcing you to read it, just scroll on by. You sound jealous and bitter. Grow up a little. You weren't the one in the wreck. The simple fact that he made the video public domain should demonstrate to anyone that he is clearly just trying to help. Personally I say bravo Reid for getting your story out to raise awareness.Reid has gotten lots of recognition from this little dust-up. He shopped the story and video to Local 10 News, appearing and offering commentary, pontificating, which he so often does on this forum. He got his 15 minutes of exposure, again instructing all Miamians on bike safety. Truth is all of us here in Miami know that bike lanes are unsafe and many times deadly. On average there are at least 5 hit and run fatalities in South Florida yearly. Our streets are not cyclist friendly. Bike lanes were an afterthought in our urban design, and any conscientous rational person knows to avoid them. I, for one am tired of being lectured, whether it be on electromagnetic theory, or the latest pos-accident
Fourier Analysis. ENOUGH!
And interesting for its 50k views, with resulting commentary list featuring homicidal trolls,
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Thanks for the kudos.
So glad you are okay!
On Mar 3, 2018, at 2:57 PM, Reid Welch <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>> wrote:
Cheers, but as far as my narrow interest goes, no-one in the world could have done the story better. In fact, ABC sort of blew it, imo...
Thanks, but no thanks, for free parts. The driver apparently has insurance. My bike's warranty is voided because it was in a crash. It is damaged. The proper thing to do is get a new bike and give the insurance company the old one for salvage.@Tora Harris , Can we help Reid to get his CCS fixed?
If he needs a wheel or something small, may be you can send one out.
He is certainly helping spread the word about CCS and helps others to find the joy of E-bikes and it is unfortunate that he got into an accident.
Hi Asher, that would be great, front and rear and side on simultaneous views. Oh, well, tiny HD cams available today are not much money, have wide angle lenses and are better for documenting a ride than a phone of today, of course.
In time we will see almost invisibly-integrated miniature HD cams on bikes. And likewise on all cars. The value of having images of what happens is too great to be dismissed.
Here is what I had on my bike, a camera mount and a Yi Lite.
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Love this!Ha, ha!
And here's one tough favor-doer, deliberately crashing his cranium for social commentary, the famous Casey!
Oh damn. Will check out when I get my ebike in two weeks, worth it for the dedicated buttons/simplicity.$30 more for a GoPro clone. https://www.banggood.com/EKEN-H9-Wi...-p-1085695.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN
Reid has gotten lots of recognition from this little dust-up. He shopped the story and video to Local 10 News, appearing and offering commentary, pontificating, which he so often does on this forum. He got his 15 minutes of exposure, again instructing all Miamians on bike safety. Truth is all of us here in Miami know that bike lanes are unsafe and many times deadly. On average there are at least 5 hit and run fatalities in South Florida yearly. Our streets are not cyclist friendly. Bike lanes were an afterthought in our urban design, and any conscientous rational person knows to avoid them. I, for one am tired of being lectured, whether it be on electromagnetic theory, or the latest pos-accident
Fourier Analysis. ENOUGH!