Headed to work today.
Riding down 18th towards Valencia, at the intersection of Dolores there is a right turn pocket. Hitting a red light, I set up in the far left side of that pocket - outside the through lane but not setting myself up to be right hooked by being on the outside of the pocket. I heard a car behind me, and looked to see a white pickup truck pulling into the turn pocket, and turning on his right blinker. I acknowledged the driver and started to shuffle forward into the beginning of the crosswalk and over to the left a bit to allow him to make a right on red. He gave me "the wave" and started to inch forward - and then BOOM. He was rear ended by a Jeep Cherokee behind him.
I decided I had to see how this one would play out. The drivers got out. The truck driver was nonplussed, checking out his dented fender and broken taillights, the Jeep driver said "Why didn't you keep going forward". The truck driver pointed at me and said "I didn't feel like running that guy over". The SUV driver looked at me and decided that the whole incident was my fault - for "being in the way". The truck driver quickly corrected him and told me to just move along.
The American Bicycle
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