31. Juli, 16:36 Uhr
I’ve been cycling the same trail, three days a week, for the last 7 years, and never once have I had this happen.
While waiting for the crossing signal to allow me priority passage across the crosswalk this driver wanting to make a right turn was signaling me to cross. I gestured toward the crossing signal to let her know I was waiting for it to change, to which she raised her hand and nodded telling me she understood. After the walk signal turned on and I started to cross, at the same time, the driver began to cross the crosswalk and make her right turn (there was also a light-up “no right turn” sign ON) nearly hitting me; to which I responded with a confused look and the double hands up “what the heck” gesture. I saw the obvious embarrassment on her face as she drove off and I continued my ride.
This was the first time in my 7 I’ve had that type of encounter! And surprising enough, on that same ride at a different intersection, the same thing happened; Waiting for the crosswalk signal, driver tells me to go, I point to the crosswalk, and the driver nearly hits me as I have priority!
This was honestly an important and specific lesson learned here; while I’m pretty vigilant when it comes to reading the faces of drivers as I encounter them and acting accordingly, I let my guard down because I had a personal exchange with them in regards to me crossing the road. So I guess the takeaway for me is even if all the signs are saying you have priority AND it seems safe you still need to be cautious and vigilant about the drivers around you.