I had to head downtown today to go to the local newspaper. So on my way there things were alright. It was a bad hour (morning rush) but people slowed down and moved over, one guy even decided to just remain behind me despite allowing him enough space to pass.
Then downtown. I’m always cautious when riding, but extra cautious downtown. Narrow streets, lots of parked cars and people crossing any and everywhere.
It is because of being extra cautious I’m posting this right now.
At Geneva, St. Paul and Queenston (a terrible intersection, but never had an issue before), boom.
Well before the boom I should point out a few things.
- I was stopped at the red, waiting.
- Two cyclist coming the other direction used the scramble pedestrian crossing to proceed through (not sure if this is legal, but something I might start doing here).
- MY light turned green and proceeded through.
One car turning right went through the red, then without even batting an eye to he left, the boom kicked in.
Woman hit me and I fell off, fortunately it was a low speed collision. I got up within a split second (more worried about he running me over).
I’d also hope this is why no other motorist stopped to see if I was alright, but thanks to the two pedestrians waiting across the street who were more then willing to help.
I think she probably thought when I went to her window she thought I was going to kill her.
Unfortunately because I was in a hurry, I just let things pass. I got up with only a small scrape on the right hand and a dime sized bruise on the thigh.
I DID have my camera rolling which would have made for an entertaining watch, but the impact shut it off and the file didn’t save properly.
So if that wasn’t bad enough, on my way home I had to stop into the Fairview Mall. Geneva Street was too busy to cross so I pulled into a plaza parking lot, to cross at the lights.
Unfortunately the video below doesn’t show what happened clearly, but when the camera moves quickly to the left, understand that it’s because of a car…going through a red light.
To say he was in his own world is an understatement. I swear I was completely invisible, because he didn’t bat an eyelash at me.
He would be a prime example of having yearly testing for people of a certain age, as he was easily in his 70’s or 80’s. The woman who hit me was in her 50’s or 60’s.
Oh, you know how people use the “cyclists run red lights…” bit always. I swear I’ll slap the next person who says that upside the head, because it was two motorists that nearly killed running reds.
Must be something in the air here today.