I'm an IT consultant by trade... I travel to my clients, all over Miami-Dade county. Most people don't seem to 'get' that I do so by bicycle and by choice. Generally cycling is my zen, my chance to be one with the world. Unfortunately plenty of drivers are intent on making me one with the road - literally.

Watch these close brushes with death and dismemberment. See what I see, or sometimes (through the rear cam) what I don't see... thats even scarier. I've had more than my fair share of close calls, usually someone being too busy texting, calling or putting on makeup to notice that there is a vulnerable vehicle right near them

Often it's an uneducated driver that have mistaken the local public roads for the Homestead Miami Speedway. How dare a cyclist be on the road?! Why aren't you in the bike lane? Umm, there isn't one or don't you see that car parked in it? Once in a while its a truly homicidal maniac who has no regard for human life. Cyclists will understand - this happens all the time. Drivers don't respect the destructive power of the weapon they wield

Yes, weapon… have you ever had someone step on the gas, with the sole intention of running you over?! I have. All I can hope is that non-cyclists see these videos, and maybe as a result are a little more careful next time they see a bike out of the corner of their eye. All I really want is to live to bike another day

Is that really too much to ask?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Operators Manual

Nothing too dramatic or out of the ordinary on this ride.  Just another close call like most of the others.  Riding over poorly maintained roads (excuse the bouncy video) when all the sudden there is a car approaching too quickly and too closely.  I move over a bit closer to the curb to avoid being hit, then surprise, surprise... catch up to the driver at a stop light right ahead (funny how much of a rush people are in to get to the next stop light.  You save ZERO seconds by passing me unsafely most of the time).  As is usually the case, when i carefully roll up to his window and motion to him, he rolls the window down and looks puzzled.  While the light remains red, I gently educate him to the law and point out that had he hit me "I end up dead, and you end up in jail - which isn't good for anyone."  The driver states that he will have to check his owners manual.  I could barely contain my laughter - since when do owners manuals state *any* of the laws?  (Not to mention I find it unfortunate that there is so little regard for others and awareness of surroundings that such laws are required).  Now I could be wrong... maybe the owners manual does state 'Do Not Kill People With This Vehicle' - I've never owned a car, so can't say I've looked at the owners manual

While not apologetic, this driver (as most of them tend to) seemed to at least consider what I was saying.  When the car in front of him turned right on red, he allowed me to move back in front of him and take the lane.  Hopefully he learned to share the road (without bloodshed), and next time he sees a cyclist will be a bit more careful

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