Possibly useful video : watch out on your bike, blind spots are no laughing matter O_o

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By Oliver (AKA the Admin) on 10 comments
in Categories: Just Talking

I found this video on Grist, and it shocked me. Next time I ride my bike near a truck, I’ll be much, much more careful, and stop calling assholes the truck drivers who drive in a manner that is potentially dangerous for me :shock:

Maybe you’ll also find this video interesting, or helpful (i.e. be careful, seriously !) ;)

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gka
gka
10 years ago

I work in the public transit agency of a major northeastern metropolis, and part of my job is riding buses and counting passenger loads, which principally involves sitting on the bus for ten or eleven hours at a time. This has given me an appreciation for just how little consideration the average bicyclist has for their own safety. Experienced bicyclists tend to be the worst, because they have this perception of their own agility and ability to navigate the road which, leads them to break traffic laws in ways that endanger themselves and people around them.

Even small cars will sometimes be six inches or so to the right or left of where a driver thinks they are, and that doesn't get better with size. On top of that, trucks and equivalently sized vehicles have no rear view, slow braking, and wide turns. When a bicyclist glides up alongside one, they are gliding up alongside a vehicle which may not be able to effectively respond to them and may be too big for them to respond to. And if said vehicle so much as taps said bicyclist, there is a good chance of serious injury or death.

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

this definitely happens alot when the truck is turning.

unfortunately, I live in malaysia, and truck drivers here are the ones ignorant to the road users. they would turn without warning, drive on the fast lane at 150 kilometer per hour, (oblivious to the speed limit which is 80 for trucks) and would blame other drivers when an accident occurs.

Hands Solo
Hands Solo
10 years ago

Nice Illustration.

Also Iv heard that in countries with left-hand traffic the problem is a bit worse because many of the trucks on the road are built for use in right-hand traffic.

sdfsd
sdfsd
10 years ago

Cyclists are sometimes the most arrogant and biggest douches I have come across. On highways I have seen cyclist block both lanes then scream at anyone behind them who wants to pass. I have seen them ride in between cars and trucks, and I see them run stop signs and red lights. Why would they care. If they are hit, they get to sue the person in the motor vehicle.

H.Abe
H.Abe
10 years ago

That's a design flaw in the mirroring of most trucks. That's all this is. It assumes the only things of interest to the truck driver are behind the truck. Its 100% fixable with a bit more mirroring. Governments need to enhance their vehicle standards and the manufacturers need to be pressured to up visibility around the truck.

Hands Solo
Hands Solo
10 years ago
Reply to  H.Abe

Probably true. And if a mirror wont cut it theres always the possibility to add a small camera and a screen. Both of witch are rather cheap nowadays.

Palimpsest
Palimpsest
10 years ago

I ride a bicyle on busy city streets quite often. There are two important rules to remember: 1) NONE of the drivers can see you. 2) If any of the drivers could see you, they WOULD try to kill you by running you down.

A profesional driver
A profesional driver
10 years ago

First of all the bicycle should not be there if the driver´s indicator is on. Second the camera doesn´t focus the top mirror so there is no point in this video because it is the only one that can show you some of them, not all but at least some. And last, to ride a bicycle you don´t have to pass any kind of exam so they don´t know the basics rules on the road, and i don´t know the rest of you but if i see something that big turning the first thing that i do is move out of its way. Sorry for my english, I hope you understand.

Ion
Ion
10 years ago

“That’s a design flaw in the mirroring of most trucks” I wouldn’t say that’s exactly the case. This is common problem with mirrors pointed too far in. For a truck it’s reasonable to assume they need to see the ass end of their truck, but also need mirrors to augment their blind spot. That’s why this truck has two mirrors. He also has them BOTH pointed in showing the same thing instead of one pointed farther out.

This guy would not only have issues not seeing bikes, he couldn’t see if he’d clear the curb until it’s too late.

Cedric
Cedric
10 years ago

As A public Transport Operator, thats what we have to put up with everyday in Sydney. There are some good cyclist and then lots of arrogant cyclist, but then again ti goes to the car drivers and Bus operators too, But this does shoes even if I look 3 times on my mirror I will still not see anyone on those blind spot. I ride my bicycle to work, and I try to be extra extra careful, as Palimpsest stated. None of the drivers can see you. take that to point but luckily we have bike tracks which i use to ride to work. and then I see people with their $10,000 bike riding on the main traffic.