Look Both Ways. The life you save may be my own.

I just missed being killed while riding my bike. That’s not an exaggeration. I was riding westbound on Constitution in the bike lane (around 9:30am, 4/6/11). I had a green light as I crossed San Mateo. A man driving southbound on San Mateo in the far right lane didn’t appear to be slowing down for the red light. I panicked when I looked at him and saw his head turned far to he right as he prepared to roll through the intersection (running the red). I screamed, “DUDE! DUDE!” He snapped his head forward and hit the brakes at the same time. It was a terrible moment.

Please stop at red lights. Please look both ways before turning. Watch for cyclists and pedestrians and cut us a little slack.

The world being what it is, someone is going to comment about all the wrong bicyclists do. Spare me. I was completely in the right and he was completely in the wrong. There is no gray here. Had he killed me, he would have said, “I didn’t see him.” Not, “I didn’t look for him.” Open your eyes. Look around. The life you save may be my own.

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Tags: New Mexico drivers, bicycling, bike, bike riding, cycle

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