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(Yahoo)   Bicyclist who ran down SF pedestrian fails to impress the internet by telling his side of the story   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 24
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2012-04-07 02:12:29 PM  
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2012-04-07 02:17:31 PM  
2 votes:
media.screened.com

I found his profile pic.
2012-04-07 12:07:15 PM  
2 votes:
I think the lesson we have learned here is that when you are riding a bicycle at speed through a crowd of people, you should aim for someone healthy and in their prime.
2012-04-07 05:50:53 PM  
1 votes:
i271.photobucket.com

The intersection in question. My office is a block away. Biker's path of travel in orange. He's coming off a steep hill entering the intersection. Fatality is the yellow star. Red arrows represent potential path's of travel that end up in non-populated landscaped areas. According to mapquest 200 feet from crosswalk to crosswalk.

35 mph is way too fast here under any conditions. This is one of the largest and most complicated intersections in SF. Major transit transfer hub, intersection of 3 different major crosstown streets and dozens of restaurants, banks, gyms, etc. Hundreds of pedestrians at all times of day. However, plenty of places to safely dump a bike and avoid pedestrians.

The biker is justifiability screwed. Manslaughter, etc.

RIP innocent old dude. You didn't deserve to die just because a hipster is in a hurry. Slow down in my neighborhood, jackass.

Its interesting how the painted crosswalk lines form an almost perfect pentagon.
2012-04-07 03:45:52 PM  
1 votes:

gingerjet: FunkOut: Bikes are not real vehicles and they don't belong in traffic. They need their own damn lane. I hate seeing some 40 year old spandex clad dude on a racing bike trying to make a left hand turn in busy traffic at a 6 lane intersection. You've got no engine, you have two 40 year old legs, what makes you think you can keep up, wtf?

Bikes are real vehicles. Learn that the roads aren't just for your 40 year old ass in an SUV munching on a hamburger while sending your wifes best friend pictures of your junk.

/have no sympathy for the idiot cyclist in the story
//or for you


Exactly - which is why bicyclists should be required to have a license, registration and insurance, right?

Or did you really just mean 'bikes are real vehicles' when you want to be treated like a real vehicle - but not when you don't?
2012-04-07 03:34:52 PM  
1 votes:
In terms of things that are awful:

Hitler > 9/11 > Cyclists > Pearl Harbor > [Everything else]
2012-04-07 03:15:31 PM  
1 votes:

Kevin72: jim32rr: I submitted the story of this mildly retarded suicyclist with a better headline.

HOMICYCLIST FTFY. I've always called them kamikaze cyclists to cover their both their suicidal and homicidal death wishes.


Thanks Kev, kinda torn I like em both.
2012-04-07 02:53:10 PM  
1 votes:

crotchgrabber: Kevin72: crotchgrabber: I killed a pigeon with my bike on the way to work the other day. Say a prayer for my spokes, it took me ten minutes to retrue my wheel. Amen.

I threw up in the street once, Bush Street near Steiner. A pigeon walked over and started eating some of the solid matter.

I'll say a prayer for your undigested dinner and booze.


It was lunch. About 3:30 afternoon. Actually alcohol was not involved.
2012-04-07 02:50:36 PM  
1 votes:
I ride when I can....and really enjoy it, but I try to never forget that I can be hurt or killed by anything bigger than me.....and not to let myself get into a situation where I can hurt somebody else. (that's why I stick mostly to MUP's and roads with wide shoulders).

Putting a bell on my bike helped immensely with letting pedestrians know that I'm nearby. Putting lights on my bike helped me deal with ninja walkers (no reflective gear), and I watch out for the dog walkers and their unleashed or 25-foot retractable leashes stretched across the path.

Still, I'm invisible to cars, even when I've got the green light, they've got a red. They'll just barrel right through the MUP to make their right turn without so much as a glance. That's why I got this:

www.pricepoint.com

115 dB of Coast-Guard Approved, shiat your pants, throw your cell phone safety at the touch of a button.
2012-04-07 02:49:38 PM  
1 votes:

jim32rr: I submitted the story of this mildly retarded suicyclist with a better headline.


HOMICYCLIST FTFY. I've always called them kamikaze cyclists to cover their both their suicidal and homicidal death wishes.
2012-04-07 02:46:27 PM  
1 votes:
Is this the thread where sociopaths openly wish for people who occasionally annoy them to die?
2012-04-07 02:45:46 PM  
1 votes:
As Lance Armstrong might say, "It's not about the bike."

You could substitute ANY wheeled vehicle from a steamroller to a skateboard and the same thing would have happened with this particular dooshbag in control.

He's essentially saying, "I ignored the amber caution light and entered the intersection too fast to be in control."

He acts like having the light turn red after he entered the intersection on yellow was something unexpected.
2012-04-07 02:44:33 PM  
1 votes:

cmb53208: I drive for work and walk and use the bus at other times. My experuence as both a driver and a pedestrian has taught me to hate bikers: on a daily basis I deal with them ignoring lights, blowing stop signs, racing down sidewalks, not yielding to pedesrtrians and weaving in and out of traffic. I cheer when one of those assholes gets run over.


o.onionstatic.com

Succession Of Terrible Events Fails To Befall 33-Year-Old Riding Longboard To Digital Media Job (new window): "Seeing something like this, it makes you question the existence of God," said passerby David Erickson, still dumbfounded by the fact that Reston had remained upright during his entire longboard commute rather than ending up a crumpled, bloody pile on the sidewalk, with the iPad he no doubt had somewhere on his person smashed to pieces beside him. "I mean, I don't expect something crazy to happen, like a big chunk of building coming loose and flattening him from above, but nothing? Nothing at all?"
2012-04-07 02:39:52 PM  
1 votes:
I'm so sick of the problems these spandex wrapped posers cause in Atlanta traffic. You've got the money for all the equipment you play dress up with, but you can't afford to take your bike somewhere safe to ride? Enjoy huffing all those car fumes you effite glamour boys.

If you cycling jerks would assert your right to the lane instead of hugging the curb, there would be a lot less confusion, ie Atlanta motorists would be forced to simply run you over.
2012-04-07 02:29:08 PM  
1 votes:
I would love to see a hardcore bicyclist get stuck behind a rickshaw.
2012-04-07 02:18:14 PM  
1 votes:

louiedog: There are a ton of cyclists in San Francisco and most of them are good people. Unfortunately, just like any group that big, there are plenty of assholes. I've almost been hit by a number of them as a pedestrian and had to slam on my brakes (while doing nothing wrong myself) as a driver when they fail to signal, blow through lights and intersections without looking, etc. That reminds me of a story that warms my heart every time. A friend was in the Mission and saw two cyclists collide in an intersection as they both turned into the street the other was coming from because neither slowed down or signaled their turn. Neither was apparently hurt and hopefully both learned a valuable lesson.


Bummer.
2012-04-07 02:17:41 PM  
1 votes:

mat catastrophe: My problem with bicyclists is that they complain very loudly to be treated properly on the road, yet they are consistently the biggest assholes on the road with regard to following street rules.


AMEN!
I have had several incidents with cyclists in my area. Always their fault - usually blowing stop signs or traffic lights. The last one would have been iffy if I had not had a dash cam in the car. Blind intersection due to a bad curve that did have a traffic light on it. I got a green, saw nothing and pulled into the intersection. I was plowed into by a cyclist who was going at a high rate of speed and flipped over my car - he spent two months in the hospital due to his back injuries because of how he hit the street after flying several feet. The dash cam not only showed that I pulled into the intersection on a green light, but had delayed enough so that there was no question of someone actually in the intersection. Asshat tried sueing through several lawyers, he couldn't find anyone to take the case. He did have to pay for damages to my car not covered by insurance, but he keeps trying to sue but as soon as the lawyers read the accident report and hear that there is video evidence, they tell him "no way".
2012-04-07 02:13:00 PM  
1 votes:

mat catastrophe: My problem with bicyclists is that they complain very loudly to be treated properly on the road, yet they are consistently the biggest assholes on the road with regard to following street rules.


Which makes it a biatch for those of us who just want ride to work without getting farked with.

If I ever get a terminal disease, I'm going to strap my bike to the roof of a rented car, and plow through a Critical Mass ride.
2012-04-07 02:11:25 PM  
1 votes:

orbister: cavehobbit:
People on foot do not realize how much momentum someone on a bicycles has, and how difficult it can be to stop. I have had people step out right in front of me as I am going down a hill at over 30 mph, while looking right at me, and I was below the speed limit. No way I can stop from that speed in only a few feet.

If only there was some system of lights to help vehicles and pedestrians share the road.


They say bicycles are vehicles but you never see them traveling at 70 mph on a highway with all the other vehicles.

Bikes are not real vehicles and they don't belong in traffic. They need their own damn lane. I hate seeing some 40 year old spandex clad dude on a racing bike trying to make a left hand turn in busy traffic at a 6 lane intersection. You've got no engine, you have two 40 year old legs, what makes you think you can keep up, wtf?
2012-04-07 02:05:14 PM  
1 votes:

cavehobbit:
People on foot do not realize how much momentum someone on a bicycles has, and how difficult it can be to stop. I have had people step out right in front of me as I am going down a hill at over 30 mph, while looking right at me, and I was below the speed limit. No way I can stop from that speed in only a few feet.


If only there was some system of lights to help vehicles and pedestrians share the road.
2012-04-07 01:21:57 PM  
1 votes:
2012-04-07 11:58:59 AM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2012-04-07 10:43:16 AM  
1 votes:

timujin: While the bicyclist was in the wrong, there's a reason your mom told you to always look before you cross the street. This could just as easily have been someone driving a car.


You are correct. If the guy didn't look both ways before crossing, he certainly could have been hit by a car running a red light. But I think that the difference here is that most drivers who run a red and kill someone don't take to the internet with "... so, in a nutshell, blammo."
2012-04-07 10:27:45 AM  
1 votes:
I thought mourning his headgear was classy of the guy:
Bucchere ended his note with an ode to his headgear, writing: "In closing, I want to dedicate this story to my late helmet. She died in heroic fashion today as my head slammed into the tarmac... The moral of this little story is: WYFH." Or, in other words: Wear your farking helmet - a sentiment other commenters doubted, responding: "I'm not sure that's the moral of the story."
 
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