Last Christmas, Santa brought me a video camera. For 6 months I’ve been recording my commute, waiting for something (anything!) interesting to happen. I have dozens and dozens of hours of completely boring, totally uneventful video. It’s the reality of my commute. No near misses, no horns honking, no close passes… makes for pretty boring video!
One day recently, on my way to work the conditions came together in the perfect storm for a classic “left-cross” type crash. The sun position, street configuration, traffic levels, and traffic timing all came together in a way that could have resulted in a very bad day. Luckily an awareness of the situation made it really easy to avoid the left-cross that was brewing.
The camera was rolling, so here’s an example of a left cross situation developing and some tips on avoiding this type of crash:
Although the left-cross is one of the most common bicyclist/motorist crash types, it can almost always be easily avoided with mindfulness and proper lane positioning. Here’s a fantastic animation that shows some common left-cross scenarios and how to prevent them.