I don’t know where to post this (“I saw you” and “missed connections” seem inappropriate for what I’m about to admit). I was driving my scooter north on the Fremont bridge this morning at 9:15 AM (2/1/2017) and I cut off a bicyclist in the right-hand lane. I didn’t think I cut him off, but realized soon after when four to five cyclists told me I had.
I am sorry about this. And as one cyclist pointed out, sorry isn’t good enough, be better. He is absolutely right. I am going to do my best to be a better driver for everyone, but in particular for cyclists who are incredibly vulnerable on the road.
If anyone has suggestions on ways I can improve (or any motor-powered vehicle can improve) to be better bike-friendly drivers, please reply here. If anyone knows the people involved or saw this incident and you feel this note will benefit those cyclists I endangered today, please send this message along to them.
Again, I know sorry isn’t enough, but I hope me reaching out helps assuage your fear every time you bike alongside vehicles. I hope that at least, this message helps bicyclists understand that some driver’s truly want to change and to treat you better on the road. I am truly sorry for what happened today; for adding to your fear of riding, for potentially ruining your day, and most importantly, for endangering your life.
Wallyhood – I know this may not be the best place for this message, I just didn’t know of where else to post.
Don’t beat yourself up Alexisl. I have been riding my bike most days for more than 30 years . In December I was hit by a car and fractured my hips. I also drive a car most days. I live in fear of driving or riding across the Fremont bridge. It is difficult and dangerous for both bike riders and car drivers under any conditions. The only thing I can say to be helpful is that both car drivers and cyclists need to recognize that this is a dangerous area that is difficult to navigate by both riders and drivers. Both parties should use extreme caution in this area and take nothing for granted, even right of way. Have patience and respect for each other, be forgiving and anticipate that the other parties will do the unexpected. Take extra care in this area.
You said you were told you “cut a cyclist off” … so if that means you changed lanes … the only advice I can give is to say learn to *always* look over your right shoulder … in the near term, in the hope of being able to SEE a cyclist. Hard habit to form; sure helps in the presence of bicycles. (It sure helps in bicycles don’t “sneak up” on your right, I gotta say.) And thank goodness, all was well!!!
Use your turn signal, and with plenty of warning before you turn or change lanes. Nearly every close call I’ve had as a cyclist has been because a driver did not use their turn signal.
Thank you, Doug. As I cyclist myself, I felt even more guilty in that I felt I should know better. At the time, I believe I had enough space between myself and the cyclist (though clearly not given the reaction).
I am pretty determined about using my blinker, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who replied, I appreciate all your advice and encouragements.
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