I’ve had two “where’s the video camera when I need it!” moments in 2 days.
Brad Kuhn (the ED of the new Central Florida FBA chapter) and I were riding back from Maitland on Denning when we witnessed the most bizarre stupid-cyclist-trick I’ve yet seen.
The cyclist was riding just right of center in the right lane, but he kept looking over his shoulder and wobbling toward the lane line, then back. It looked like he wanted to change lanes and make a left turn. I kept expecting him to swoop. A few times he drifted a couple feet into the left lane, but he passed each intersection without turning, and eventually drifted back to the right lane. Several times, he took both his hands off the handlebars and let them swing at his side. At one point, a car that had just passed us, had to brake in confusion as this cyclist was aimlessly riding in the left lane with no signal or show of his intentions. The cyclist went back to the right lane and the car passed.
When we approached the red light at Fairbanks, he split the lanes and began to wander between the 2 short queues of cars (2 vehicles in each lane). As he was doing this, the light turned green. The first car went through, the cyclist then pointed to his left and pulled in front of the second vehicle (a dump truck) and turned left across its path onto Fairbanks. The dump truck went straight.
Brad and I just looked at each other incredulously. I can’t, for the life of me, find any logic (even faulty logic) for that guy’s behavior. He looked like the college-student demographic. He wasn’t doing the routine of staying out of the way which results in the bizarre behavior I typically see. Perhaps he was drunk or stoned? Thank goodness he wasn’t driving a vehicle that could hurt someone else.
This morning I thought about running a camera. I was headed up toward the Winter Park Hospital area. Glenridge and Lakemont often provide teachable moments and interesting occurrences. But alas, I was too lazy to rig it up. Sure enough, I was almost sideswiped on Glenridge. An SUV passed me about a foot and a half away and then drifted 2 feet into the bike lane directly in front of me. I see this type of thing several times a year (it’s happened on Glenridge several times), so I had two immediate thoughts, “Grrr! I should have put the camera on!” and then, “Holy #@$%!!! That was close!” Or maybe not in that exact order.
I’m pretty sure that driver didn’t even register that I was there. It looked like a mindless drift as we were entering the curve, there was no swerve action or correction. It’s frightening to think one could be so checked out while operating a vehicle that can hurt someone else. Thank goodness I wasn’t farther into the curve when he passed me, I might not be sitting here writing this.
I used the Glenridge bypass on my return trip.