We almost lost another biker this morning. He was about 8 inches from becoming a hood ornament on my car. If you haven’t read my previous post on bikes in DC, check it out.
So, I drive down a one way street that merges sharply to the right. Once I make the turn, I immediately turn into my parking garage. This morning, some ass-hat decides to illegally drive his bike down the wrong way of this street, and makes the turn at full speed. I am making the correct and legal turn. This guy is not. Instead of typing this out, let me show you a quick telestrator view of how it went down.
Thankfully, the guy didn’t get angry, but then again, he would have had no right to. I would have stopped my car, chased him down on foot, and chewed him out. Let’s be honest, I would have just shouted at him because I would have had trouble catching him, but you can see how making that illegal blind turn is going to get you killed some morning.
Let’s not rush to judgement when bicyclists get killed or struck by cars. By all means, we should all stay aware on the road. However, we need to shake the notion that 100% of bicyclist injuries and deaths are the fault of drivers. While it’s unfortunate when anyone dies in such an incident, it may be that it wasn’t actually an “accident” — and the fault lies with the bicyclist. Just as it could have been this morning if I hadn’t swerved out of the way of this douchebag.