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Pet Peave: Wrong Side Cyclists

One major pet peave of mine is cyclists who ride on the wrong side of the road. Sure there is the argument that this method lets the cyclist see whats coming towards him, so he can react. But the problem is that drivers don't expect it. I have had 3 close calls at hitting cyclists in my lifetime while driving a vehicle. The 3rd happened today. I was conducting a completely legal and safe U Turn. and almost hit a cyclist coming the opposite way on the other side of the road. Luckily we both stopped several feet from each other. The point is, that sure, okay, vehicles driving straight will see you. And you will see them. But vehicles turning corners, or U Turning, may not see you. I know it feels more dangerous riding in the right side of the road, but in reality it is a lot safer. I am sure if you searched for stats online, you will find that most accidents involving cyclists have happened to wrong way cyclists. I know this because I have searched for these stats and found the results very interesting.

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