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Old September 1st 14, 12:43 PM posted to rec.bicycles.misc
John B. Slocomb
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Default AG: parked cars

On Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:08:23 -0300, Joy Beeson

When overtaking a parked car, treat it as though its door were already
open. There is no way to be quite certain that there is nobody in the

Ride down the center of the lane, allowing as much space for the
parked car as for the oncoming traffic. Closing speeds are greater
for the oncoming traffic, but it's only in spy movies that moving cars
suddenly change shape.

Do not allow yourself to be overtaken while overtaking. If you have
to stop dead and wait for traffic to clear, stop dead and wait for
traffic to clear. If you have to get off and walk around the car on
the sidewalk, get off and walk around the car on the sidewalk. If you
have to take another route, take another route.

I read something in the "Old Farmer's Almanac" that might pertain to
your advice. It said, "Never corner anything bigger or meaner than you

I can assure you that, having grown up in rural New England, the old
fellow certainly knew what he was talking about :-)

John B.


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