Last June I blogged about an incident where I almost crashed into a darting child while doing speed intervals.
Today while commuting into work, I almost crashed into yet another “pedestrian”.
I was flying downhill when I saw a few people darting across the street (no crosswalks). I saw a little Asian elderly lady hovering behind a vehicle, barely noticeable, debating to herself if she should cross. I just KNEW she would try to dart out.
I was right!
I was doing ~25 MPH and started to hit my brakes. She darted out, as expected, and was on a collision course with my bike. She had NO idea I was there.
I yelled out ‘HEY! WATCH OUT!’
1. Stop and step back?
2. Stop and step forward?
3. Just stop
4. Fall to the ground?
She did ALL of them!!!
First she darted forward, then back, then stopped. At this point, I had no idea where she was going to go, so I came to a full stop. Then she fully just… collapsed to the ground!
Some other woman darts back across the street to us. Mind you, we are in the middle of a freakin’ four lane street. I look behind us to ensure traffic can see us and is not about to smash us to smushy piles.
Elderly woman says in a small voice ‘you startled me!’
Now, what happened next, I admit to say I am NOT proud of. I was so shaken that I could have hurt her and myself that I yelled at her.
I got back on my bike and screamed “THIS IS WHY WE HAVE CROSSWALKS!!!! THIS IS WHY YOU LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING THE STREET!!!!!” and took off.
I dunno. What do you think? Am I a giant asshole for yelling at her?