Train trip to SJ: $9
Seeing him and hearing him say “OH! There’s my girl!”: Priceless
Six-hour break time starts now. Heh. Brianna, we’ll probably run into each other when we both come to back home! 😘
The best part of having both roommates out of the apartment? Lounging around naked after a hot shower. Excuse me while I catch up on some comics with instrumental hip-hop jazz playing in the background :D
While coming up the AT&T parking lot near my block, one of their company trucks blocked the driveway and sidewalk with a bicycle close to the right side of his front bumper. It looked like the truck was in the middle of making a turn, but his turn signal wasn’t on. If it had, it would have turned off after the turn was completed. Hmm.
What I was told by witnesses was that the truck overtook the bike, made the right turn while next to, or fairly close to, the cyclist, which resulted in forcing the cyclist to turn with him to avoid slamming into the right side of the vehicle but ended up hitting it anyway. (Sound familiar?) I arrived at the scene in the middle of their altercation and called 9-1-1 as soon as the driver raised his voice at me to defend himself in the situation.
Once the firefighters arrived (with their sleepy eyes and yawns, mind you) they were quick to judge and didn’t have to hear the story. What they saw was a brakeless, fixed gear bike and advised the cyclist to walk away or the police report would have shown that he was at fault. They didn’t see the fact that whether the man had brakes or not, he wouldn’t have had enough time to stop anyway. The crowd dissipated and both the cyclist and driver just walked away, but not without one last argument once the firefighters left. And that was that.
What do I think of it? I was in the same situation almost four years ago and it was frustrating as hell. The entire process was painstakingly long, but I was eventually able to win my case against the people who hit me. And yes, while I understand that riding brakeless is a safety risk in itself, I believe the situation should have been more properly handled by speaking to and allowing both parties explain what had happened (which I thought was protocol). Drivers get away with SO MUCH without any regard of cyclists and their rights. And have you noticed that drivers complain the most about cyclist laws and claim they deserve the road more than cyclists? What is this, the Manifest Destiny of Motor Vehicles?
I thought I was doing the right thing by calling the police. At least I don’t have to wonder what would have happened if I had just walked past.
Excuse me while I punch some holes in the wall.