Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This morning about two blocks from my house, I was stopped at a stop sign. There was traffic coming down the one-way street I was trying to to turn left onto, so I was waiting, in the middle of my traffic lane, for the cars to pass. There isn't great visibility, because of parked cars, but I could see a couple of cars coming. There was a tiny break in the traffic, not enough to take, but the guy behind me at the stop sign must have gotten tired of the 30 second wait, because he swerved around to my left (in the oncoming traffic lane of our two way street) in order to turn. Of course at this point, there was a car visible coming down the street and he lurched to a stop as they honked at him. I yelled "Hey, There's cars coming!" as he swerved around me, because at the moment, I was worried more about him getting T boned than the stupid thing he was doing. Of course after he managed to complete his turn, he immediately had to stop at the light 200 feet down the road. I was pulling up next to him on the driver side, saying "Good Morning! exactly what did you think that move back there gained you?" when I saw a police officer stepping up to the driver's side window. He gave me a little "I've got it" nod, and asked the guy "Are you paying attention to your surroundings? Because you almost hit that woman on the bike" Which wasn't exactly true. It was a HUPD (harvard) foot patrolman, so I didn't think he was going to ticket him, so I headed off, but still it was nice to have such instant backup when someone did something stupid around me because I was "just riding a bike."