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post #1 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Nearly run over Easter Sunday, naw, not what you think...

I posted this over on another forum I belong to but I figured that the "warning value" was too great not to post the gist of it here. Out of all the scenarios I’ve imagined having to take action to avoid; this one had never come to mind. Weirdest darned thing ……

After celebrating Easter with my youngest daughter, I decided that it was too nice out not to go for a nice ride. I had stopped for gas and pulled into the outside pump lane. I crossed the inner lane, paid the man and as I walked back across the inner lane, the electric hybrid car began driving off….without a sound…...he slammed on his brakes and stopped with his bumper actually touching the pant leg of my jeans just below my left knee! If he would have hit me, even at the slow speed he was going, it would have snapped my leg like a toothpick given that his electric motor generates practically full torque from 1 rpm! I looked at the driver, his hands held up in an apologetic manner. I knew it wasn’t his fault anymore then it was mine. We (I’m) so used to listening for cars that when the silent car was sitting there, I didn’t assume it held any risk. I nearly paid for that mistake.

As more and more electric/hybrid cars take to the streets, I could see this becoming a real problem, especially in parking lots when we have our children in tow walking into and out of the malls/stores. We have no way of knowing that they are going to move like we do with IC propelled cars. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some type of requirement in the next couple of years for bells and whistles indicating impending movement…once a few lawsuits are filed unfortunately.

I returned to my bike, filled it up and had a really nice ride as the country roads were empty. After a couple of hours I headed back towards home, stopping to join my sweetheart for a nice Easter dinner. While I certainly don’t think I was in any danger of losing my life, it still could have turned out much differently…..screwing up a perfect day!

Just a word of warning to all….be careful, with technology we get new dangers.


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post #2 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 01:26 PM
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I've read that advocacy groups for the blind are already pushing for a solution. I read elsewhere that they are trying to come up with something to make some kind of sound.

Someday we'll see electric bikes commonly. Maybe they will come with cards in the spokes. Harley branded cards, I suppose.

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post #3 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 01:27 PM
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Safer to stay on the bike than walk

Seriously, thanks for the reminder. We all get a bit complacent as the world changes around us. Perhaps the industry needs to build in some sound on those we did with playing cards on our bicycles.

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post #4 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 02:06 PM
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That's it, they should ban electric/hybrid cars. They are too quiet. Someone will get killed. Think of all the children!
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 03:03 PM
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They could put trading cards in the wheel spokes! Like we did with our bicycles to make them sound cool (when we were 7)!
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same thing happened to me...only when I was crossing the street. The Prius was lurking around the corner and I didn't hear it coming.

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ATGATT baby! even when you're not riding That means earplugs too so that you'll be more mindful of looking out for things you might not hear. Damned pedestrians anyway.

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My neighbor has a Prius. His hobby is to sneak up on me when I'm walking one of the dogs and say, "Hey Norm, what's up?"

Glad you and your tibia were able to enjoy Easter Sunday intact.

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post #9 of 14 Old 04-08-2010, 04:06 PM
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Glad you're not on crutches as you wrote this. I guess we all need to learn to make adjustments in our methods of threat detection. We animals have learned to make changes before I'm sure the species will survive this new predator...the Prius

Thanks for the heads-up, Jeff.

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I worked at a full service carwash and have almost been hit by many hybrid/electric cars by fellow employees. i know what you are saying on how quiet they are. At least everything was OK and you had a good ride and easter.
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