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post #1 of 28 Old 04-24-2008, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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A public service safety notice ('cause I like ya!)

Took Jenny into work this morning. At the 495/Rt. 5 interchange, I pulled next to a long line of cars waiting on the light to change. The light turns green, traffic starts to move, the Dodge Ram on my left punches it, and his tailgate drops down. Out slides a bicycle of some flavor (mountain bike, I think) and smacks into the asphalt, shedding parts and pieces. I'm a car length ahead of him on his right and check my mirror in time to see porpoising cages all over the place trying to avoid that damned bike. I thanked the Motorcycle Gods I wasn't behind this clown and motored on.

Stay alert, Ladies and Gents! You folks keep me sane, and I don't wanna lose any of you out there!

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post #2 of 28 Old 04-24-2008, 07:17 PM
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Took Jenny into work this morning. At the 495/Rt. 5 interchange, I pulled next to a long line of cars waiting on the light to change. The light turns green, traffic starts to move, the Dodge Ram on my left punches it, and his tailgate drops down. Out slides a bicycle of some flavor (mountain bike, I think) and smacks into the asphalt, shedding parts and pieces. I'm a car length ahead of him on his right and check my mirror in time to see porpoising cages all over the place trying to avoid that damned bike. I thanked the Motorcycle Gods I wasn't behind this clown and motored on.

Stay alert, Ladies and Gents! You folks keep me sane, and I don't wanna lose any of you out there!

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post #3 of 28 Old 04-24-2008, 07:39 PM
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Yeah, I got smacked by a piece of cardboard that flew out the back of a pickup. No permanent damage. A bicycle would be tough to roll over.


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Saw much the same thing years ago. Pick-up with no tailgate launches when green. Out slides a V-8 small block. Nobody stopped to offer help reloading. Also saw the remains of a mountain bike that came off a bike carrier/minivan at highway speeds. No common sense anymore. Tie your stuff down for safety's sake.

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In Washington State now it's a $260 fine if the cops see you with "unsecured load" and some kinda huge fine and perhaps jail time if stuff comes out and causes accident or injury. Good.

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post #6 of 28 Old 04-25-2008, 09:54 AM
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Took Jenny into work this morning. At the 495/Rt. 5 interchange, I pulled next to a long line of cars waiting on the light to change. The light turns green, traffic starts to move, the Dodge Ram on my left punches it, and his tailgate drops down. Out slides a bicycle of some flavor (mountain bike, I think) and smacks into the asphalt, shedding parts and pieces. I'm a car length ahead of him on his right and check my mirror in time to see porpoising cages all over the place trying to avoid that damned bike. I thanked the Motorcycle Gods I wasn't behind this clown and motored on.

Stay alert, Ladies and Gents! You folks keep me sane, and I don't wanna lose any of you out there!

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Yup, cars will do anything to avoid trash( or a bike) in the road but think nothing of driving tight up against us, or cutting in front of us! I doubt that a bicycle would do less damage to their cars then a 450 pound motorcycle. I work down at Trade Zone on Rt 3 near Upper Marlboro and riding into work is a crap shoot everytime. Too many "point and drive" drivers down here. You are a brave soul to take Rt 5 into town!! At least you went in early, before the big 7:30 crush!

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Window air conditioner in road!!

Saw a large window air conditioner come out of a truck on 270 couple years back, before scrap prices went crazy. Can not imagine how much damage a large chunk of copper, aluminum, and steel would do to a car or a bike.

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I-90 Westbound into downtown Cleveland OH. My experiance was a eight foot aluminum ladder in the back of a six foot pick up bed. The ladder was resting on top of the cab. I darted left just when the ladder straight stood up at 75 mph in front of me and exited over the rear right corner of the pick up bed. I glanced over and watched the ladder crash into the side of a SUV. It was humorous watching the SUV driver do everything in his power to chase and force the pick up driver over. I kept my distance away off in the high speed lane and counted my blessing. Now I look in pick up truck beds, garbage trucks, and stay far away from any truck carrying anything with mud filled tracks, i.e. excavator, dozer, skid steer etc. Better to be safe than...
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A guy at work was driving a company car down I480W in Cleveland, and ran over a big pile of landscaping stone that had fallen off of a truck. The guy in front of him swerved just in time, but he didn't have a chance. Ripped the oil pan open- instant trashed motor. He was airborn for a short time as well. Not sure if the airbag deployed.
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I was coming back from work on my Wee last week, doing about 75mph in the center lane of I-90, with cars all around. Before I knew it, there was a very long 2x10 wooden board laying across my lane, which the car in front of my just got done driving over. I had no time to react and thus kept my muscles fairly relaxed... the Wee went over the board, kept going, looked back at me and said, "What? Was I supposed to slow down or worry?"

Man, I love this bike.

About a hundred feet further I saw a pick-up truck backing up on the shoulder, with the remaining boards strapped (poorly) to his bed and roof. Dumbass.

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