Despicable Me

Who: Me and a beige Camry

Where: Heavy traffic on DeAnza Boulevard & Stevens Creek Boulevard, Cupertino, California, just south of Apple’s headquarters.

When: Last Friday’s evening commute, in the rain and dark.

What: Front wheel tacoed.

How: I’m threading my way through stopped traffic, cut right to get across a car stuck between two lanes, and I’m stopped short by the sudden presence of a curb at the road edge, of all things. Wheel diverts left, I go down right. The driver of the beige Camry next to me picks that moment to inch forward, stopping right on top of my front bicycle wheel.

Why: Because I’m a stupid jackass. Yes, it was my own stupid fault. I really do know better, and I wasn’t even in a hurry.

Lesson: Take it easy on rain slicked streets with reduced visibility, even if everybody around you is at a standstill. The expensive wheel you save may be your own!


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Everybody tweeted about this magnetic yellow card for scofflaw motorists. Feel free to throw one my way the next time I ride like a jackass in the rain.

3 Comments

  • R.W.
    December 20, 2010 - 7:24 pm | Permalink

    Wouldn’t the real error be that you were threading your way through stopped traffic instead of obeying the traffic laws as we expect motorists to?

  • December 20, 2010 - 7:59 pm | Permalink

    @RW Splitting the lane is legal in California, but only when it can be done
    safely. I definitely pushed the boundaries last Friday. Mea culpa.

  • December 20, 2010 - 7:59 pm | Permalink

    @RW Splitting the lane is legal in California, but only when it can be done
    safely. I definitely pushed the boundaries last Friday. Mea culpa.

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