Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Car vs Bicyclist
My initial reaction was horror and guilt for my appalling error. As I drove on I changed my attitude.
First of all - the legality of the situation. She was on a bicycle and was therefore considered a vehicle, not a pedestrian. As a vehicle, she should have been on the other side of the road and, as a vehicle, she shouldn't have been on the sidewalk.
Second - the safety of the situation. It was a dark, cloudy, misty night. She was wearing dark pants, a dark jacket and a dark helmet. She did have a small red safety blinker on her helmet (which is what caught my eye), but it was hardly sufficient to compensate for the dark clothing.
So while I would still have felt horrible had I hit her and hurt her, I certainly wouldn't feel "at fault". I do hope she made it home safely. I also hope she has learned to be more visible in the future.