A thread for any crashes related to traffic or interaction with other vehicles.
Tonight I was wrapping up the second half of my longest OW point-to-point journey and got hit by a car a few blocks from my place. I'm fine but wanted to brain dump it real quick in case someone else can learn from it.
Gear: OW V1 Extreme /w lights on, bike helmet, hi viz Icon vest, bike backpack, wrist guards, light on helmet, light on backpack.
Where: 11pm at a busy and very well lit intersection in downtown St Louis.
Lesson: Green lights, and waiting your turn, is only safe if you are in a car.
I had a green walk signal to cross a big four lane street and was doing so. Halfway across, the SUV in the first lane entered the crosswalk, too close, but I knew I'd get by. Cars had been crosswalk checking me all night, I was almost used to it. But there was another SUV hidden to the right of the first one that almost hit me, and this one wanted to turn right on red without stopping. Dressing like a traffic cone doesn't matter if there's another car that can't be seen. By the time we saw each other I was on the hood of his SUV and then on my back. Since I was knocked clear of onewheel it shut down. I had all my safety stuff on and was fine. I got up and pointed at my green walk signal. I was pissed but I don't fraternize with armed murderers. OW was ok, no reboot needed, and it got me home.
I don't think crosswalk signals mean much anymore because pedestrians will cross no matter what color it is and drivers will turn right on red at speed. My trip was over ten miles and probably a half dozen times I'd be crossing on a green and a car would park in the crosswalk like they own it. So by the time I got hit I was hardly surprised. It actually seemed like getting hit by a SUV would be better then getting hit by a small car since the huge SUV distributed the force more evenly across me.