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One of my mates got hit by a car in camps bay about a hour ago. He was on his way to Hout Bay when a car coming from the opposite direction, just right turned up the road leading towards kloofnek(bakoven t-junction) without noticing him, leading to him being t-boned.

Luckilly no head injuries but plenty others.

Just another wake up call that we must be aware of motorists and we can never trust them and their movements.

just plain scary and not good news!

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Camps bay is the dodgiest part of any ride heading out toward Hout Bay or coming back. I generally ride like an ass through there and stick in the middle of the road and only move if a car is behind me. It the only way to prevent slamming into a driver opening their door or someone pulling out of a parking.

 

Hope he heals up quick.

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Hope your buddy heals up well. :thumbup:

That type of stuff makes my blood boil! Motorists in most cases just look for oncoming vehicles - if they see nothing, they go. Their peripheral vision becomes lazy :cursing:

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One of my mates got hit by a car in camps bay about a hour ago. He was on his way to Hout Bay when a car coming from the opposite direction, just right turned up the road leading towards kloofnek(bakoven t-junction) without noticing him, leading to him being t-boned.

Luckilly no head injuries but plenty others.

Just another wake up call that we must be aware of motorists and we can never trust them and their movements.

just plain scary and not good news!

 

Some old twit did the same to me at exactly that junction. Luckily I know how to stop quickly, which I did, in front of his car as he tried to drive off, and gave his bonnet a good fist smashing.

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Hope your buddy heals up well. :thumbup:

That type of stuff makes my blood boil! Motorists in most cases just look for oncoming vehicles - if they see nothing, they go. Their peripheral vision becomes lazy :cursing:

Totally agreed.

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Sorry to hear... :blink:

 

Near Kraaifontein this AM:

 

On a training ride this morning, I approach an intersection with a car wanting to turn R onto the main rd I am on.

The driver checks for traffic, both ways.

About 20 metres out from his bonnet, he revs to go (and possible on course to knock me over) and I alert him with a yell "Heeeyy!!!"

He THEN notices me, screeches to a halt and has big saucer eyes from the surprize.

I was prepared to roll over his bonnet like an Olympian gymnast.

 

Never saw me, just screened the road for cars.

Never made eye contact. I do my best to ensure this happens... eye ball to eye ball.

I wore a bright yellow jersey, white helmet and white bibs. :mellow:

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A mate of mine got taken out this morning in Wynberg.

Luckily no injuries to him or his bike. I think the biggest damage was to the inside of his shorts, but the washing machine will sort that out...

 

The nice lady drove up next to him and turned left. Nice move!

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I've had a few near misses at that same spot also - usually the motorist sees you, but misjudges the speed of the bicycle and reckons he can still cut in front of you.

 

On a similar note, I was almost wiped out at the Sunset Beach robot on the R27 this morning. I was cruising along across the green light (just me no cars around) and a blond chicky in a Mini comes flying through the red light. I did a quick sharp turn and she missed me by about 50cm. Was shaking for the rest of my ride :eek:

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I once rode into Knysna from Plett's side on the N2, down that loooong hill past the turn-off into Hornlee. Was flying along at about 60km/h, on my MTB with knobblies on...

 

As I approach the turn-off, I notice a police van waiting to turn onto the N2 out of Hornlee. Just as I'm about 30m from him, he lurches forward. Instinctively I grabbed both brakes, and in the process my back wheel slides about 5m and slightly to the side. As I pass him, I shout "watch out!"

 

He turns in behind me, and I carry on, recovered from my near-crash. About a kay further he pulls up next to me (large, Afrikaner poliesman), rolls down his window and shouts "do you have a problem?". So I simply reply "Please be careful, you almost drove into me!"

Crazily, he again asks me if I have a problem. I actually couldn't believe it, so I just shook my head and kept quiet. He eyeballed me for about 10 seconds then drove off.

 

These are the guys who are supposed to protect and serve.

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Eish!

Tough crowd, these motorists today...

 

Must still be bleary-eyed from the recent heat wave or something.

 

BE VIGILANT OUT THERE, RIDERS!

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I almost got wiped out yesterday whilst commuting here in Jhb not once, twice but thrice!

 

First: guy in Volvo pulls out in front of me from a stop street, I was so mad I wanted to kick his car when I passed him at the next light,

 

Second, taxi doesnt stop at yield, I have right of way. Took avertive action.

 

Third: waiting to cross busy road at pedestrian light, taxi comes flying through well into red, he could see me there about to cross ut made no attempt to stop. If I had crossed with the green man and right of way I would not be writing this.

 

Problem is you feel so powerless after these near-deaths from all the bad driving, and its the norm here. All whilst Metro police milk the east money for petty offences.

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TIA

 

In Europe cars will wait behind a cyclist for a few k's until its safe to overtake. If you knock a cyclist down, you might as well walk the plank because its game over for you.

 

When will people wake up and realize that an extra 10 seconds is not gonna make a difference in your life. Have some damn patience and drive according to the rules of the road. If everyone just obeyed the rules then we wouldn't have such an issue. That is also two fold because cyclists are the own worst enemies in that sense.

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