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Watch out for bicyclists!

Posted: August 30, 2012 - 10:03pm

I am writing in regards to a hit and run! Yes, a hit and run! A few years ago I wrote an article about my close call of being ran over by a car while walking across the crosswalk — and my light was green. So this time it was a hit and run and there were others who saw this happen!

I was riding my bike on the sidewalk by the bridge thinking there was no other safe place to be since it was rush hour, coming up to a parking lot. I saw the lady creeping out in her car to wait for a break into traffic by then I was close enough to judge it was OK to pass in front of the vehicle safely. By the time I was almost in front I looked to my left at her and she sped up, and she was looking to her right, not looking ahead while moving forward. If I wasn’t looking at what was going on I would certainly have been underneath if not DEAD! With my quick response and judgement I was able to escape with just being hit on the back wheel of my bike and knocked over on the sidewalk. A few feet after I gained control and stopped I looked back. She was riding off and didn’t stop to check if I was OK or if my bike was OK! There were other cyclists around and they looked at me and her, so needless to say I did not get the license plate number to report her. She took off that fast. Anyway, I’m glad I made it out unharmed.

I know, as a cyclist, motor vehicles and motorcycles, we all share the road! But lately things have been careless! Take, for instance, that young man who lost his life, whether it was his or the other’s fault. Then there are drunk drivers to address as well!

The bottom line is, do the innocent have to lose their lives because of others’ poor judgement or carelessness? Please, as one with the privilege of driving, be aware of your surroundings. It will save a life and, as a cyclist, I do my part, even though no license is required.

Wilson H Nicklie Jr.

Juneau

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