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Hah! Luckily both of you stayed intact. I’ve seen the opposite happen quite a lot, especially with middle aged people. They jump to the side of the road, as if they think that I can’t steer or brake. I do admit, they do see me approaching quite fast from far away before I slow down. I tend to tell them to relax, and that there is no rush.

I think most people don’t have a clue that a one wheeler can be as agile and under control as an EUC is.

But to cycle straight towards a vehicle you don’t understand... That’s a new one!

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That is a common thing among motorcyclists , from what I understand from some group riding sessions I have been in. There are so many parallels to motorcycle safety on EUC's it's worth noting.

There is a psychological phenomena of someone looking at you and being drawn to your direction. It IS as if they are magnetically being pulled to you. Most often it is young (inexperienced) drivers, or people under the influence of drugs.

So far, in my brief time on EUC's I have noticed many dangerous responses from people in cars watching me. I have seen cars stop in the middle of the street, slow down and/or veer off their lane, stop 10 or 20 feet from intersections, expecting me to just drive through (which only frustrates me, as I have to stop  or slow down for them, wait, and re-asses their course of action).

The bottom line is, safety is huge concern. Glad you are OK.

 

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One of the first things I was taught when doing an intensive Motorcycle course for my British license (very difficult test) was that you always look in the direction you want to go. If you look elsewhere....well, this is where you are likely to end up. Look at the car on the corner you are taking, you will probably hit the car rather then take the corner. It was true too and seems to be the issue here.

My last interaction with a biped started with him shouting the following sentence..."Congratulations! You win asshole of the day. Well done." He had been standing down a perpendicular side path feeding squirrels. I was passing on the main path probably 10 feet from him at slow/moderate speed. I still don't know what I did to deserve such a comment but like many in my area I'm not sure he was all there. I thanked him and told him what to do with himself. Glad you experience was more positive even if you did dismount.

 

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The strangeness of reactions never cease to amaze me. I think the car driver crossing the bicycle path took the cake. It was a legal move at a intersection where bikes have rights of way, but she just looked at me and stopped in the middle. She was not far enough along that I could go behind the car, and going in front of her was out of the question with that reaction...

She actually looked slightly hypnotised, like she was the mouse and I the snake. It would have been funny if I wasn't approaching her at 20 mph... Had to brake rather hard to avoid slamming into her. Then suddenly it was like she woke up, and suddenly stomped on the gas - the exact reason why I didn't dare try to veer away in front of her.

People almost jumping off the path are almost an everyday occurrence, it's really like they think I'm standing on some projectile rather than a vehicle that can be controlled in any way.

I also got one of those "asshole" comments, and I didn't even get close to the guy uttering it, my eyebrows almost disappeared up the helmet by sheer consternation. I almost stopped to go back and ask what he meant and why, but thought better of it. I don't get any kicks out of picking a fight over nothing.

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35 minutes ago, Circuitmage said:

Lots of people still have a hatred for motorcycle riders too, probably not going to change.

I think lots of people just hate...full stop. Motorcycle, EUC, bipedal human. It seems like you don't really need to do anything untoward to be hated by at least someone in the vicinity in the current era.

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