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Adventures in biking [Jun. 12th, 2006|02:39 pm]
Zoethe
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I got tagged today.

Riding down Detroit Avenue, and some woman in a van crowded in on me. She hit the back of my arm with her sideview mirror (thank heavens it was the kind that folds in), then had me pinned between her and the parked cars so that I was scraping, off-balance, down the length of her van. I thought for certain I was going over, and when I broke free at the back the bumper hit my wheel, causing me to careen into the lane. Thank the Maker, the woman driving behind saw what was happening and had stopped, so I didn't get hit again.

Bitch didn't even stop. I tried chasing her down, but it wasn't happening. It was one of those Econo-Vans, customized for use as a private school bus. I couldn't get the name of the company, or the license plate number.

All I could make out was the large red letters stencilled on the back: "DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY - CHILDREN"

Right now the back of my arm is one throbbing bruise, and the rest of me is more than a bit stiff and sore. Amazingly, there was no damage to my bike - it didn't even break the sideview mirror. I suspect I won't feel up to riding tomorrow, though, just from being stiff and sore.

So what did I learn from this little lesson? Simple: take the middle of the damned lane so jerks can't squeeze you out. She was trying to get around someone who was turning when she hit me.

It's jarring, let me tell you. Thank goodness we were just coming off a red light and moving slowly (which is also why it happened, because of congestion right around the light).

Gonna take me an Advil now....
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[User Picture]From: brujah
2006-06-12 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so thankful you're okay.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dear.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 06:46 pm (UTC)
I couldn't have grabbed it anyway, I was fighting for balance. But it's not a bad idea.
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[User Picture]From: mzwyndi
2006-06-12 06:48 pm (UTC)
You should file a police report even without the number. Sometimes good citizens call in to report seeing an accident with those kinds of particulars -- I've been known to do that -- and the police can match report with report.

No holding your breath, but stranger things have happened.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 06:56 pm (UTC)
But to what end? I didn't sustain any real damage. I just feel like my life is chaotic enough right now.
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2006-06-12 06:52 pm (UTC)
You should still file a report- I'm so glad you're okay!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:01 pm (UTC)
I know. I just don't wanna.
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From: jrtatsc
2006-06-12 06:53 pm (UTC)
Damn! I'm glad you're (mostly) okay.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: jfargo
2006-06-12 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay!

Have you reported it? If Detroit is anything like many of the cities around here they MAY have recorded the incident.

Seriously, if the driver didn't even stop, any possible legal things should be brought down on top of their heads, hard.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 06:59 pm (UTC)
Detroit Avenue, actually, in Cleveland. I probably should, but I am so averse to any further hassles in my life right now....
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[User Picture]From: scarletdemon
2006-06-12 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank goodness you're OK.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, getting killed right before the bar and our trip to Europe would totally suck!
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2006-06-12 07:01 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you weren't seriously injured.

I had an incident in college where a woman almost ran me over with her car. I was ahead of her, riding on the side of the rode. She pulled up behind me, and then proceeded to pull her car into the side of my bike! I leapt off of my bike, landing on the sidewalk, as my bike flew ahead of me.

I turn to look at her, and she threw her arms up in the air at me. Not only did she have the nerve to be indignant with me after she nearly rammed into me, she did so as she was pulling over to park in a crosswalk. Parking in a frigging crosswalk.

If I wasn't so shaken by the whole incident, I would have really given her a piece of my mind.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:02 pm (UTC)
Alas, I am no longer that spry - leaping from the bike would never be an option for me!
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[User Picture]From: channonyarrow
2006-06-12 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay. This is exactly why I think that more (all!) US cities need to have bike lanes - we don't because not many people would use them, but people don't use them because they're not there, and they face getting hurt or killed to make a point that there is demand? I really loved that in Oxford, where they have bike lanes everywhere, and I think it's crap that we can't do the same here. While the driver was, obviously, totally in the wrong, (and I don't care what her circumstances were, she was wrong) that shouldn't mean that you have to risk your life because we can't build bike lanes here.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:08 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. I've lived places with a lot of bike paths and lanes, and it was great. Cleveland has a HUGE air pollution problem, and encouraging biking should be a top priority.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:10 pm (UTC)
No, she went on around me once I was out of the road. I was too shaken at the time to think of it, and she got away from me before I could catch up with her.
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[User Picture]From: yardlong
2006-06-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're okay. It's nice to be alive, I always say, and today we can say it together! :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm fond of it myself!
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2006-06-12 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you're not seriously hurt. That sounds terrifying and infuriating at the same time.

I wish for your sake that you - or somebody else - managed to catch the plate number; dangerous idiots on the road really need to be cited.

Also, a hot bath or shower and some anti-inflammatories sound like they should be on the menu for the evening.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:12 pm (UTC)
They definitely will be!
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2006-06-12 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm glad you're ok.

While I can totally understand with not wanting to deal with it because it's ONE MORE THING but I would also like to gently recommend that you file a report.

Again, thankfully you're not hurt, but that person fled the scene of a hit and run and that amount of dangerous self-involvement should be noted. The report probably won't amount to anything, so it would be a minimal hassle, and if the police do catch that bozo, they'll get nailed.
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[User Picture]From: butterandjelly
2006-06-12 07:25 pm (UTC)
OMG! I'm so glad that you're ok!
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[User Picture]From: happydog
2006-06-12 07:41 pm (UTC)
damn! I'm glad you're all right, but damn. Crazy ass bus drivers...
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2006-06-12 07:46 pm (UTC)
Please pay close attention to any pain you might feel., and go to docs or chiropractors or whomever you need. Of course, I'm hoping it will get better, but if it does get worse, don't tough it out (yeah, I'm a fucking ray of sunshine, huh?) That sounds like quite a jolt. I'm so glad the other driver saw you in time to stop.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 07:51 pm (UTC)
I will, if I'm still hurting in a couple days.
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[User Picture]From: ladymeshel
2006-06-12 07:57 pm (UTC)
EEEeeek...that is terrible. I am sorry that happened to you and that you didn't get her info.
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[User Picture]From: miripanda
2006-06-12 08:05 pm (UTC)
Owwy! So sorry that happened. Ugh. That's dreadful. (Loverly icon, though...haven't noticed it before...I bet if you went bike-riding in a get-up like that you'd be impossible to miss :P)

Geez. How do you miss that you're mushing someone with your left side?? Glad you're ok though. Spend the time you would have spent riding having a nice soak or something....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, but the bike and me, we still have to get home today. Back on the horse and all that....
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[User Picture]From: genepool23
2006-06-12 08:14 pm (UTC)
Really consider filing a report. That woman was, presumably, a professional driver - responsible for the safe operation of her vehicle around multitudes of children. It's pretty clear that she should not be employed in such a capacity. The life you save by acting could well be the life of a child.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 08:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm pretty well convinced. If I survive the ride home, I'll call it in.
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From: ethangilchrist
2006-06-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
This is the reason why if I ever ride a bike I'm riding armed. Crowd me and I will shoot.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 08:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't even realize she was close until she hit me.
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[User Picture]From: stuffies
2006-06-12 08:23 pm (UTC)
oh god - I'm so sorry this happened - and I'm glad you're basically OK.

I have a good friend in the hospital right now in a coma because of a hit and run driver.

These bastards need to pay - file a police report, even if it may not get her caught - it's on the record.

I know a few months ago my boyfriend got assulted by an angry driver he got in a yelling match about when the driver tried to force him off the road.

Best of luck, and take the lane - fuck the cars!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much my attitude going forward.
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[User Picture]From: ponygirl118
2006-06-12 08:37 pm (UTC)
Glad yer alright!
*offers ice*
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From: i_aldarion
2006-06-12 08:45 pm (UTC)
I am so glad you are not hurt worse!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 08:50 pm (UTC)
Me, too!
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[User Picture]From: suzieboz
2006-06-12 09:09 pm (UTC)
That SUCKS. You can only hope that karma will get her in the end.

Or you'll see her again somewhere in traffic - did you get a look at her face?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-12 09:14 pm (UTC)
Not really. But if I see that van again....
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[User Picture]From: littlebuhnee
2006-06-12 09:23 pm (UTC)
Gah! I'm glad soreness is the only thing that happened. :(
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