I'm lucky to be here
I needed to go to the post office this evening. I've been exercising and losing weight and getting myself into better shape.
I decided to ride my bike to get exercise. There are two routes to go there, both streets run parallel to each other, but one is the main road through town and the other is residential. It's 3 blocks over to the main road, rt 19, where the post office is.
I chose the residential road.
It has a 30 mph speed limit and I can hold 20-25 mph comfortably pedaling my bike. Visibility was clear. I had on a white shirt and brite blue shorts and I always ride with my blinking LED headlight on and my tailight on.
About a mile from my house I came to an intersection where there is cross traffic and there is almost never a car there. It has a stop sign but I don't.
As I got about 200 yards from the intersection and a yellow Mustang V6 pulled up to the stop sign to my left. I let off pedaling thinking this person was going to pull out and I didn't want it to be too close.
They didn't pull out and as I got close I realized they were looking in my direction. It was difficult to see them through the tinted windows, but they were definately looking at me and I assumed yeilding the right of way to me like they should have.
Just as I got to the intersection they pulled out rather quickly. It was then that I realized they had their phone up and to their right and the girl was writing a text message as she started to pull out. She wasn't looking at me at all. She didn't see me.
I locked up the brakes and yelled "HEY!!!" which made her look and see me. She jambed on her brakes.
We stopped with me needing to put my hand on her hood to keep from falling over because we were too close for me to put my foot down and balance and about half my bicycle in front of her car.
They need to make it a criminal offense to text and drive. They need it to carry a jail sentence just like drunk driving. Why are people so freaking stupid.