I turned into the street and moved into the right lane. The light was in my favor and I signaled my intention to turn right. But, I slammed on my brakes as I made the turn because a bicyclist who ran his red light almost ran into me. I sat there fuming as he pedaled away totally oblivious to the accident he almost caused.
But there’s more. A few blocks later, I put on my left turn blinker. The driver of a car approaching in the opposite direction signaled that he was turning to his left. Thank goodness I paused a moment before taking the turn. If I had not, the car left would have crashed into mine because the driver didn’t turn left at all. He drove straight ahead even as his left turn signal blinked.
If we’re on the road as motorists, pedestrians, or bicyclists, we all have to be careful and watch what we’re doing. Stop lights are for everybody, those who are driving, walking or bicycling. Turn signals mean the motorist or bicyclist (who should know hand signals) intends to turn.
It’s real simple. Pay attention.