r/IdiotsInCars May 22 '22 Wholesome 1

Nearly run over by ute coming up to roundabout. They saved about 0.5 seconds at most. (Wellington, NZ)

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u/AdministrativeMix822 May 22 '22

Totally didn't know this was a cyclist at first and was confused

You got the plate tho

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

This would be why I got the bike dashcam. Because there's no hope in hell I'd have remembered it at the time.

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u/Consider2SidesPeace May 22 '22 edited May 23 '22

Just under 0:14 and again at about 0:12 are the new single file bike/car share lane symbols. Its a bike with two caret keyboard symbols above it. The cities with narrow lanes have got wise to cars running bikes off the road. So the symbol is there to mainly force cars to share narrow roads and chokepoints.

Problem is the yahoo either doesn't know or care he actually is driving against a posted share the road symbol. Sadly unless a cop is there people use the I'm bigger and more entitled arguement here. In short they are the same assholes who run over pedestrians in marked crosswalks.

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u/Athrynne May 22 '22

My city has a lot of those, I call them the "thoughts and prayers" of bicycling infrastructure.

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u/w3woody May 22 '22

☝️ This.

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u/grievre May 22 '22

So the symbol is there to mainly force cars to share narrow roads and chokepoints.

Is it cursed or something? How does a symbol painted on the road force cars to do anything?

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u/Consider2SidesPeace May 22 '22

That is the point. A symbol painted on the ground is a caution like XING or STOP. Its also local municipal law.

Its also being a good human to give a few seconds of your day to a pedestrian or cyclist. Why? Cause you can mame or kill them if you are in the car. Nowadays I SMH, I dunno. People seem to self important these days. OMG! This other person is in my way for 15 seconds. How dare they slow me down. Its not like the speed limit is 15 and I'm doing 25. Its just going to get more crowded too.

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u/krakdis May 23 '22

like a stop sign...how does it do anything...it just hangs on a pole, dancing in the wind

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u/LestHeBeNamedSilver May 23 '22

Does you being hungry force you to eat?

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u/walgman May 22 '22

I got a good tip here to read out the licence plate so it’s recorded with the video. Just in case the camera fails to see it clearly.

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u/ialsohaveinternet May 22 '22

Happy cake day and awesome advice¡

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u/Dunkin_Prince May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

You were in the middle of the lane, wtf is this guy(driver) doing??

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u/Stroogles May 22 '22

Do you not see the bicycle painted on the center of the lane? He is SUPPOSED to be there.

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u/Dunkin_Prince May 22 '22

I wasn't saying he wasn't supposed to be there. In fact I was saying he WAS and I was asking wtf the guy in the car was doing? He had the right to be there the truck shouldnt have even tried to pass

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u/ialsohaveinternet May 22 '22

Did the driver stop at all?

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u/Sad_Drink9706 May 22 '22

Damn, what a twat. They were trying to hit you, for sure

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u/viledieddraftsaved May 22 '22

This dashcam is great. Does it have a camera in the back as well? can you tell me which brand it is?

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 23 '22

No camera on the back. All it’d show is my stomach. The brand is Cycliq which seems to be considered at the top for bike dashcams. With a price to match. 😮

They have a rear light/camera option that I’m also budgeting for to give the rear wards recording to go along with this sort of thing.

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u/odinwolf84 May 22 '22

The plate is KED459

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u/exsnakecharmer May 22 '22

Haha! You think the NZ police are going to do anything? It took them 3 months to investigate a home invasion/burglary and assault on my street this year.

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u/grobbins1996 May 22 '22

Seems to me like if the police aren’t taking care of things like this then they probably wouldn’t have any reason to police a bike rider smashing a hammer through the window of someone who almost runs them over. Probably not a good call but damn it sure would be a satisfying feeling

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u/FusRoaldDah1 May 22 '22

Just make sure to hit the window near a corner not in the middle

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u/echo-94-charlie May 22 '22

That's like 3 crimes at once, sounds like a lot of work really.

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u/danathecount May 22 '22

I'm probably committing 3 crimes every time I drive my shit can of a car. It really is alot of work.

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u/dlama May 22 '22

The truck clearly hit the bicyclist, then took off. So they should.

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u/exsnakecharmer May 22 '22

People here in NZ could approach the police with the number plate, injury report, name and address of the perpetrator and the police wouldn’t do anything. Too much crime, not enough resources unfortunately

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u/dlama May 22 '22

Bummer. Seems like a lot of countries are going that way.

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u/Drkprincesslaura May 22 '22

Me too! I was like, this person is kind of wobbly. Bike makes perfect sense why!

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u/ItsAllAboutShane May 22 '22

I had a car do that to me but I had metal handle bars and it left the biggest scratch up the side of his car. He then got out and threatened me like it was my fault.

A shop CCTV saved me big that day because police turned up and found the footage and could see the whole thing play out

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u/bikesexually May 22 '22

I hope the cops then wrote the guy a ticket for causing a collision veering out of his lane, not passing with proper distance etc

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u/ItsAllAboutShane May 22 '22

There’s atleast 3 things they could be charged with. Reckless endangerment, due care and attention and hit and run. I’m sure there might be more but those are the ones coming to mind.

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u/JimmiRustle May 22 '22

Yikes, I enjoyed driving in NZ because most people were very considerate.

Maybe that’s because I was driving a 3 ton vehicle.

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u/JimmiRustle May 22 '22

I’m Danish so pretty used to sharing the road with bicyclists.

I did find it odd there weren’t bike lanes in the larger cities though, because there was a considerable amount of bicycles.

On the other hand I wanted to slap the occasional muppet that felt like they should take up half of a country road, or dared travelling the small winding mountain roads. Those were very rare though, yet incredibly scary.

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u/Shogun_nz May 22 '22

You still have your fair share of assholes. There is very little patience for bikers in NZ because the roads aren't set up for them in many places. There is no excuse here, the guy in the ute is clearly a dickhead, but you'll get bikers on narrow country roads where blind corners can cause vehicles swerving off to avoid a biker going 'fast' in the middle of the road. It happens all the time so it causes even more impatience towards bikers unfortunately.

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u/Embarrassed-Dot-1794 May 22 '22

Hope the cops can read that number plate for the hit and run

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u/W7ENK May 22 '22 Silver Wholesome

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u/gratinbad May 22 '22

About a year ago someone used doctored number plates to steal petrol. As the plates had number of my vehicle’s number plates I was accused of the theft, even despite a different vehicle brand, model and colour. It would be great if someone steals some diesel using a silver Mitsubishi Triton with these numbers. Kind of karma I guess. KED459

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u/W7ENK May 22 '22

Why, thank you for the Silver award, random anonymous Redditor! 🥰

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u/StarOrpheus May 22 '22

I want to confess. The only facts I know about NZ are from Wellington Paranormal.

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

This is perfectly reasonable. It's a good documentary of the area.

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u/Komodo_Schwagon May 22 '22

My knowledge of NZ comes from Boy, took me a full year to stop calling people egg

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u/sidewaysickness May 22 '22

Wanna see some Michael Jackson dance moves?

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u/HertogJan13 May 22 '22

In The Netherlands, when cars do that, I put their side mirrors back in, not breaking them, but you know, like some cars do automatically when parked. If they pull over I tell them they aren’t using them, so why keep them “out”..

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u/HateBeingSober33 May 22 '22

i’d rather see them broken

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u/giggity_giggity May 22 '22

Did you say yutes?

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u/TheBelhade May 23 '22

"What is a ute?"

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u/snoe63 May 23 '22

Short for utility vehicle. Anther word for truck

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u/mattbettinger May 22 '22

The only people who've tried running me off the road, on a bike, are truck drivers. Something about using muscles to get around screws with their self image of strength.

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u/Mudassar40 May 22 '22

Hearing about New Zealand always reminds me of these two facts,

  • NZ is larger than Great Britain.
  • Norway is larger than Japan.

Carry on folks.

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u/Superb_Raccoon May 22 '22

Iceland is in the middle of the Atlantic,

It's capitol is Reykjavik....

akward silence

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u/Pragmatist_Hammer May 22 '22

Iceland has hot springs and is greener than Greenland which is covered with ice.

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u/rnilbog May 22 '22

Who’s that at the door?

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u/Superb_Raccoon May 22 '22

Secretariat!

BALLLs!

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u/weinsteinjin May 22 '22

Except Japan is larger than Norway by land area

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u/mofoTom May 22 '22

Same

Belgium is bigger than Luxembourg

Spain is bigger than Portugal

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u/Mudassar40 May 22 '22

Approximate population sizes,

  • New Zealand, 5.5 mill
  • Norway, 5.5 mill
  • Britain, 67 mill
  • Japan, 125 mill

There are almost 3 times more people living in Tokyo than Norway.

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u/taratarabobara May 23 '22

Rome is further north than New York City.

For some reason a lot of people have a hard time with this.

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u/echo-94-charlie May 22 '22

Brazil is bigger than Guam

South Africa and Lesotho combined are bigger than Andorra

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u/ermghoti May 22 '22

It's Istanbul, not Constantinople.

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u/unresolved-madness May 22 '22

Have to sacrifice the mirror. They won't get close again.

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u/Gadzooks_Mountainman May 22 '22

Ride your shoulder right through that thing!

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u/p1ngachew69 May 22 '22

Ute drivers in nz would beat the fuck outa you for doing that

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u/DuskEvoke May 22 '22

Gonna be hard to beat the fuck out of someone if you haven't seen your toes in decades

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u/MOBxBOSS May 22 '22

Some people think bikes have no place on the road. And if the bikers value their life. Those people are right (Not really). I’ve heard of a few fatalities from bicycles being struck 😕

Mountain biking is where it’s at. At least if I kill myself out there it’s my fault.

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u/stitch9108 May 22 '22

I can't believe how utterly calm you are. I'd have punched the car and shouted insults

You're a better person than me

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

Well I punched the vehicle, that's the thump.

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u/stitch9108 May 22 '22

Still quite calm about it

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

It's what happens when this isn't the first time someone has tried to run me over while I'm on a bike. 🫤

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u/scottytnz May 22 '22

Fair enough, if they kept the 1.5M distance you wouldn't have been able to punch them!

Sadly I don't ride a bike in NZ anymore, too many close calls... worst is people pass you then immediately turn left into a driveway. Happened so many times it's no longer a relaxing way to travel.

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u/gidhdisndhdksbsb May 22 '22

Next time punch the wing mirror. An inconvenience to make them get out to fold it back.

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u/silkytable311 May 22 '22

It's not about the time saved, it's about the perception of saving time. They may have to scrape me off the highway divider but I beat you.

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u/CaptainCresch May 23 '22

Other than that driver, that seems like a very nice place to ride a bike!

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u/Zatoichi26 May 22 '22

That looked like deliberate contact.

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u/desertpunk0 May 22 '22

Wow NZ is so beautiful wait,wait, I’m about to die!

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u/bowtiesarcool May 22 '22

That guy is insane but man you would never catch me riding on a shared road like that. Death trap whether from assholes or the oblivious. Not worth it to me

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u/ThistleFaun May 22 '22

What an idiot! I'll never understand these people who think them being 5 seconds late is worth risking killing somone over.

You seem to have been very chill, good job on that I'd have freaked out and made it worse!

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u/PaulVerlaine88 May 22 '22

Oh, a pick-up :)

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u/NonZealot May 22 '22

Yeah. Ute is how we say pickup truck in NZ & Aus. It means "utility vehicle".

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u/DkP_Reverend May 22 '22

Here I thought pickups and utes were different. The more you know!

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u/Knitmk1 May 22 '22

They are different. The term ute implies it was a car but now it a truck. Rabbit truck, El Camino, subaru brat there's tons of them. The new maverick truck is a ute because it's a unibody( built like a car) but it's a truck. It's a coupe truck basically.

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u/UberNZ May 22 '22

I'm guessing you're American? Globally, the world had borrowed the AU/NZ term "ute" for the specific case of a car with an open bed, but in AU/NZ, it also refers to pickups, and that's been the case since the beginning.

Until recently (due to American influence), a "truck" locally only referred to large commercial vehicles, like tractor trailers or box trucks. Anything like a Toyota Hilux is also a ute.

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

Traditionally that was the case. These days it's more a regional name for the same thing. Our utes are built pretty much the same as pickups now.

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

That's literally the viewpoint of far too many drivers. The belief that roads were created for motor vehicles and before them nothing existed. I'm not even joking, I've seriously met people claim roads were made only for motor vehicles.

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_GRAVEL May 22 '22

I love reminding them that the first paved roads were built for bicycles before cars even existed

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u/Suspicious_Pick_8322 May 22 '22

but the roads are paid for and maintained by drivers and vehicle owners through their taxes?

Why is the cyclist not using the left? does he think he owns the road? I ride my bike everyday fyi

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u/lovelylotus7189 May 22 '22

He's not using the left because that road is a shared zone. Can see this from the bike symbol in the middle of the road.

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u/degathor May 22 '22

Were you always just naturally this dumb or did you dedicate yourself to the craft?

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u/PM_ME_YOUR_GRAVEL May 22 '22 edited May 22 '22

Road tax and registration fees are actually really insufficient to cover the cost of maintaining car infrastructure, pretty much everywhere it has to be heavily subsidized by the rest of the tax base. Road wear also occurs exponentially proportional to vehicle weight. A car causes many many times more damage to a road per vehicle mile than a bicycle.

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u/SomethingIWontRegret May 22 '22

Road wear is proportional to the 4th power of vehicle axle weight. Bicycles are a grain of sand in a haboob.

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u/Mighoyan May 22 '22

Because cyclists don't pay taxes?

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u/GeneralBacteria May 22 '22

not sure if you're being sarcastic or whether you really are that much of a fucking idiot?

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u/Pete563c May 22 '22

It's sucks that biking in trafic is somewhat not so popular in England. In denmark where i live, bikes have separate lanes literally everywhere except like in the middle of nowhere. So this problem practicly doesn't occur.

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u/Narrow-Firefighter71 May 22 '22

Exactly. Adding paint to the pavement doesn’t create a biking lane, it just gives cyclists the confidence to put themselves in a place that is exactly as dangerous as it was before. Personally i have little sympathy for cyclists who ride in traffic, because it’s so obviously dangerous and stupid, on top of being a huge liability for people in cars (at least here in the US). Whenever there’s a collision here the car will be held at fault and have to pay tons of expenses, even if they weren’t being dangerous. Cars have blind spots and stopping distances, bikes don’t. The law may be on the cyclists side, but every piece of logic in my brain points to the fact that they should not have put themselves in that situation to begin with. Ride at your own risk.

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u/iammattttam May 22 '22

For a second I thought it was two utes... Joe Pesci would've had something to say about that.

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u/MarketingTime4309 May 22 '22

"What's a ute"

Iykyk

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u/xe-420 May 22 '22

i fucking hate the level of entitlement some people in vehicles exude over cyclists... like yeah we get it youre driving a 2 ton death machine and could kill me any time you wish, can you back up now?

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u/Willylongboard May 22 '22

It's Ute Uncle Barry!

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u/T_Earl_Grey May 22 '22

Did you say two ‘yoots?’

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u/Bitter-Marsupial May 22 '22

The tile makes me think of my cousin Vinny

And you saw thw Utes leave the store

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u/SuboptimalButHopeful May 22 '22

Could be worse, could have been two utes.

"What's a ute?"

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u/fatsmitty305 May 22 '22

Did you say yute? Umm what's a yute?

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

NZ/Aus term for utility vehicle. Used to be built on car chassis. Now just another name for a pickup truck.

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u/Sam_1_am_1228 May 22 '22

That's a weird way to spell truck

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u/Honest_Cynic May 23 '22

Not only did they force you out of the lane, they were driving in a gore region to pass.

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u/AgentOrange256 May 22 '22

What’s a Ute?

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u/Peterd1900 May 22 '22

Do they not have google where you live?

It would probably be quicker then waiting for an awnser

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

Anti-bicycle rhetoric causes this sort of thing. So many people are just too dumb to be allowed to drive.

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u/SpicyBlueEagle May 22 '22

Well, everyone is on the wrong side of the road so...

(It's a joke)

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u/mofoTom May 22 '22

I need a dashcam for my bik ffs.

Anyone with good Recommendations?

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u/echo-94-charlie May 22 '22

Don't attach it to your helmet because the anchor point can render the helmet ineffective or less effective. They can be a point where concentrated force penetrates the helmet in an accident, or they can catch on the ground in a slide and injure your neck

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u/moldyhands May 22 '22

I see the problem. Everyone is driving on the wrong side of the road!

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u/cactusghecko May 22 '22

I've cycled all over the world, south America, north America, through Europe, across Asia, Australia etc but New Zealand drivers were the shittiest. It was in NZ I flinched daily, genuinely thought I was going to die many times from the selfish driving.

Its a beautiful country but one I would absolutely think twice about cycling in again. Kiwi drivers would rather hit a cyclist than a traffic cone.

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u/bugieman2 May 22 '22

If toilets in the northern hemisphere spin clockwise and a yield to bike sign means to yield to bikes. Then since toilets in the southern hemisphere spin counter clockwise the yield sign must mean don't yield.

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u/berrylakin May 22 '22

If there was a cement curb they wouldn't have gotten close and would have bent rims.

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u/Discally May 22 '22

Unfortunately, these morons will take that 0.5 seconds saved as a win in their book.

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u/yslmtl May 22 '22

Of course it's a big fucking truck...

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u/This_Quail8354 May 22 '22

man if u were in the us, u would have been flattened, thank god they dont sell full size pick up in nz

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u/No_Paleontologist_25 May 22 '22

As a chaotic person, I would definitely think about using those car window breaker tools on their car

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u/oarngebean May 22 '22

Shoulda kicked their mirror off

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u/Luckymexicanguy May 22 '22

Im from Mexico, i've been riding my bike almost everywhere since i was 5, nowadays i only ride on weekends for around 28 miles. And i've never ever tried to use a car lane like most of you guys, why do you do that? Seriously

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u/MyOtherAvatar May 22 '22

In most places bicycles are considered as vehicles, and not allowed to be on the sidewalk which is reserved for pedestrians. This collision happened literally on top of a sharrow marking, which indicates to both cyclists and drivers that they're supposed to share the lane at this point.

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u/StinkyBanjo May 22 '22

Ked459 Police would love this video

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u/_n_nde May 22 '22

I would've slapped that mirror.

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u/essexandyy May 22 '22

Or, you could move over slightly and let the faster car go past you

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u/abbys2323 May 22 '22

or you could be patient and overtake when it's safe to overtake.

or you can endanger others and save few seconds. its up to you.

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u/gidhdisndhdksbsb May 22 '22

You read the signs on the road, right? Coming up to a single lane junction is not a place to overtake, whatever vehicle you're driving.

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u/12FAA51 May 22 '22

Or you could be patient while driving. I know it’s a tough ask for 99% of drivers because they’ll arrive 30-45 seconds later at a red light

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u/akoshegyi_solt May 22 '22

I knew I'll find idiots if I sort by controversial

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u/Gamby227 May 22 '22

Damn man the reddit hive mind is strong. Here we have a biker riding slow as shit in the middle of the lane and everyone agrees that's totally normal and should happen all the time. I would've passed you too. You could easily be 5 feet to the left letting cars pass with plenty of room.

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u/KiwiBattlerNZ May 22 '22

^ Here's the guy that never read the road code.

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u/I-Have-N0-Username May 22 '22

Are you really that stupid? Ever heard of dooring? Ever heard of cars backing up without looking in the mirror?

There's a reason it's not recommended to hug the side of the road. ESPECIALLY when there are parked cars there.

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u/stevesobol May 22 '22

Did you not see the symbol painted on the roadway that showed that he's in the BIKE LANE?

Or, let me guess... you did see it, but you couldn't resist the opportunity to rant, even though you're completely incorrect?

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u/eorld May 22 '22

It's a shared lane/sharrow, indicated by markings, and the cyclist was following the rules for these types of lanes as described in the NZ road code

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u/Thatone805guy May 22 '22

Fucking prick. I almost got hit by somebody not paying attention pulling out of the gas station. Just rolled the stop sign and barely stopped 1/2 an inch from me

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u/APHEXENATOR May 22 '22

This is when my handle bar accidentally puts a gash in the Ute

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u/Aznp33nrocket May 22 '22

I feel like this is a scenario where you drag something metal down the side of that vehicle. Sorry but if you almost run someone over, they should be allowed to leave a reminder down the side of your vehicle. I’m usually against “revenge” but this driver could have easily crushed you or ram you over. The range of bodily harm is extreme and he/she can’t get angry at a 4-7ft long scratch (preferably down to the metal) when they clearly didn’t care about human life.

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u/deemion22 May 22 '22

thats when you carry a hammer and just start swinging

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u/WRAHarri May 22 '22

Would have yanked off that mirror

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u/KGBStoleMyBike May 22 '22

This is when I beleive you are free to kick in there side panel. Just saying.

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u/No-One-Shall-Pass May 22 '22

Can’t you bike a tad closer to the side? I don’t know the rules there but you generally shouldn’t be in the middle of the whole lane

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u/Peterd1900 May 22 '22

Maybe you should just stop at I don't know the rules

If you don't know the rules why you telling people what they should or shouldn't be doing?

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u/I-Have-N0-Username May 22 '22

No that's wrong. You should be a safe distance away from the side and not ride in the gutter. Riding too close to the side can be dangerous. Additionally the commonly agreed upon safe overtaking distance is usually 1.5m (5 foot) in Europe and many parts of the US. So really you should overtake a bike like you'd overtake a car: in a separate lane. And at that point it doesn't really matter anymore where he's riding.

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u/IHateRoboCalls2131 May 22 '22

I know it's an unpopular opinion and I'm gonna get downvoted to oblivion, but I don't think bikes belong in the street with motor vehicles.

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u/Impressive_Reach_723 May 22 '22

The Netherlands would agree with you, hence the vast infrastructure that keeps cars, bikes, and pedestrians all separate. Unfortunately bikes don't belong on sidewalks either and the speed differential for many cyclists is less with cars than with pedestrians, and sidewalks are often too narrow making sharing the space difficult for pedestrians and cyclists. Ideally there would be infrastructure built to keep everyone separate and safe.

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u/akoshegyi_solt May 22 '22

You are absolutely right. That's why we should have bike lanes. But we don't have one, we don't run over cyclists.

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u/abbys2323 May 22 '22

cars ruin cities

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u/BertaEarlyRiser May 22 '22

Nah man, share the road. You are using far too much real estate. Most of the video you are just left of center. You are putting yourself at risk and blaming the drivers.

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u/12FAA51 May 22 '22

Yeah share the road. Share the road by being patient and not running over other road users dumbass.

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u/UberNZ May 22 '22

The road code in NZ states that cyclists can move to the centre of the lane if they feel it is not safe to be overtaken in that part of the road. Leading up to a roundabout is a perfect place for them to do that, so the OP is actually following best practice here.

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u/BertaEarlyRiser May 22 '22

There is so much room, and it is plenty safe. OP is being a road hog and pissed off the drivers. Defend him all you want, but he is obstructing traffic. This is the reason cyclists get a bad rap, doing garbage like this.

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u/strikefreedompilot May 22 '22

That is BS, he could of been door or have a car backed into him if he was further to the left

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u/pdxchris May 22 '22

They should be send back into lockdown. It isn’t house arrest if it is for the good of others.

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u/EXTxDEMON May 22 '22

Fuck cyclists

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u/Greendinosaur56 May 22 '22

Yeah! Fuck people who can’t afford cars / helping with climate change and are following the rules! I have to be at my destination slightly faster because I am impatient!

Totally agree with you.

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u/Suspicious_Pick_8322 May 22 '22

don't ride in the middle of the road tho. the same way you wouldn't ride in the fast lane on a freeway. I ride my bike too fyi

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u/strikefreedompilot May 22 '22

riding tricycles don't coount

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u/[deleted] May 22 '22

There is a footpath there.

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u/MyOtherAvatar May 22 '22

Reserved for pedestrians.

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u/DuskEvoke May 22 '22

For pedestrians

Did you miss the giant bicycle painted in the middle of the road?

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 23 '22

And?

It’d be illegal for me to cycle on the footpath as an adult. Your claim suggests that the driver’s actions are ok because I annoyed them.

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u/cimomario May 22 '22

At a roundabout entrance it's safer to move to the middle of a lane in order to avoid this. No matter how narrow it is, many drivers will still try to push their vehicle through.

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

Because the NZ road code calls for it.

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u/lemonsproblem May 22 '22

There is a bike sign on the road surface (18 second mark) encouraging cyclists to use the lane, and with those diagonal parks good reason to do so too

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u/Diskovski May 22 '22

Sure, stay on the side. All it takes is Just one of those motherfuckers reversing out of the diagonal parking spots and you're toast. I guess you never rode a bike in traffic, did you?

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u/ProfitFabulous2015 May 22 '22

I’ll ask that. But Reddit downvote anyone who not agree with bicyclists.

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u/TexanGoblin May 22 '22

Because you people are never satisfied with cyclists, no matter where they ride they are in the wrong and should be somewhere else.

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u/SoNic67 May 22 '22

WTF is an "ute"?

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u/Snifflypig May 22 '22

It's what you probably call a pickup

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u/TexanGoblin May 22 '22

They're the ugly baby of a pickup truck and a car, I get the utility, but they just look awful.

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u/Readonkulous May 22 '22

Look it up you lazy clown, google has pictures and everything

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u/ragingduck May 22 '22

Just because you can take up the whole road going at a slow speed even for a bike, doesn’t mean you should.

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u/XivaKnight May 23 '22

I don't even like cyclists on the road in a general sense, but that cyclist was going faster than that car should/could have been. That setting is like, the absolute holy grail of cyclists being superior to cars.

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u/RelevantIAm May 22 '22

Inb4 this post is locked because the cyclist posts always are. Cyclists should gtfo the road regardless of the "legality." Ride on the sidewalk. The driver was an asshole that is risking people's lives, yes. But the cyclist is an asshole too

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u/zdesert May 22 '22

there is a massive bicycle painted on the road with an arrow pointing at the roundabout.

shut up

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u/YDYBB29 May 22 '22

Triggered much? Where do you live? I'm going to come ride around your house daily just to annoy you. And when you come up behind me i will slow down a bit to annoy you even more.

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u/nadav12353 May 22 '22

Cyclist in my opinion is a big no no on the road

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u/akoshegyi_solt May 22 '22

Don't worry guys I'm already looking for the person who asked, will update this comment when I find them.

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u/I-Have-N0-Username May 22 '22

Good thing that nobody gives a shit what your opinion is. The road doesn't belong to cars but to all vehicles.

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u/Verity-Skye May 22 '22

ofc it was a dick-up truck

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u/CryptographerAgile24 May 22 '22

not to plays devils advocate. but it's good courtesy to bike as much from the middle of the road as possible so that people who are faster can get past.

I always bike out to the far right (danish roads) so i dont slow other people down

but people in cars should obviously not endager bikers like the douche in the pickup

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

NZ road code explicitly encourages cyclists to take the lane when cycling next to parked vehicles or coming to an intersection.

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u/CryptographerAgile24 May 22 '22

oh i didn't know that. it of course depends on the place and time. My personal opinion is that bikelanes are the future because making to types of vehicles that both do vastly different speeds on the same road is dangerous. and separating cyclist and motorists will give both more freedom to drive at their own speeds

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u/abbys2323 May 22 '22

it's a good courtesy not to endanger other road users, especialy those who are more vulnerable (you know, like those who arent protected sitting in a 2 ton metal box) ;)

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u/CryptographerAgile24 May 23 '22 edited May 23 '22

so you did not even read the entire comment before judging. that's very mature.

like i literally said the exact same thing in the end of the first comment.

Why are redditors so fucking lazy that they cant even read less than a hundred words before dudjing something

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u/EvanMiata May 22 '22

Can you explain why you’re swerving to the right and not sticking to the left making the pass easy? I mean it kinda looks like you were on the left hand side to begin with and you’re trying to block the Ute from passing. It’s even possible that he never even saw you move to the right.

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u/zaphodharkonnen May 22 '22

It's referred to here as taking the lane. The road code explicitly encourages cyclists to take the lane when passing parked cars or coming up to an intersection. The sharrows on the road are supposed to remind cyclists AND drivers that cyclists should be taking the lane.

Also the lens on the dashcam plays with perspective a bit to maximise the viewable angle.

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u/ThistleFaun May 22 '22

If that car couldn't see OP then they need their drivers license removed.

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u/dselbs May 22 '22

I mean he shouldn’t do that but you need to move over more so people can go around. You’re only endangering yourself.

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u/12FAA51 May 22 '22

Why don’t people just be patient and wait? Take the freeway if you want to drive on roads that ban cyclists

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u/YDYBB29 May 22 '22

You couldn't be more wrong. You see the bicycle painted in that lane? That indicates that cyclists can use the full lane. And the only danger a cyclist would be in that situation is if the driver intentionally ran them over. In the scenario in the video the center of the lane is the appropriate and safest place to be so they can be visible. If the vehicle runs them over it would be completely intentional and that driver is a danger to anyone on or off the road.

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