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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 06-10-2019, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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About six months ago I was hit by a driver while I was getting off my CTX700 in the parking lot of my local grocery. I was off the bike and removing my helmet when a guy swooped in the space next to mine and hit me with his mirror as he came by. Luckily his mirror folded in, and I was not hurt. The guy got out of his car and was all pissed off. From his perspective I was standing in "his" space rather than in mine. He pointed to the white lines and said, "Look, I am parked in my space."

And now a couple of days ago I was at another store, once again removing my helmet, when a car sped into the space behind me. If I had stepped back even a few inches I would have been hit by a car that was going too fast.

Since I can't educate the entire world on safety and consideration, I have been giving thought to how to protect myself from cars when parking and getting off my bike. Thought I would ask the forum members. Are there strategies you use?
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About six months ago I was hit by a driver while I was getting off my CTX700 in the parking lot of my local grocery. I was off the bike and removing my helmet when a guy swooped in the space next to mine and hit me with his mirror as he came by. Luckily his mirror folded in, and I was not hurt. The guy got out of his car and was all pissed off. From his perspective I was standing in "his" space rather than in mine. He pointed to the white lines and said, "Look, I am parked in my space."

And now a couple of days ago I was at another store, once again removing my helmet, when a car sped into the space behind me. If I had stepped back even a few inches I would have been hit by a car that was going too fast.

Since I can't educate the entire world on safety and consideration, I have been giving thought to how to protect myself from cars when parking and getting off my bike. Thought I would ask the forum members. Are there strategies you use?
Your very best move is to leave out of the Socialist Coastal States area ASAP, and come back to the "flyover" parts of America before it is too late. Too many of the Comrades out there are perpetually pissed off these days.

By way of a more "useful" response: mine is a trike and my policy is to make sure my a$$ end is at the center, outer edge so that it is obvious that the space is occupied. From there is is also easier to back out. I do have the advantage of having a handicapped plate so as to restrict the possibility of a lame brained, entitled Millennial carelessly slamming into me (sadly yes, we have a few visiting Comrades to deal with, even in Florida! )
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I call it head in A#$ disease and it does seem to run rampant no matter where you live.

Do as Bob W said park in the middle of the parking space and with your back fender just past the entrance of the space also stand at the back of the bike or just in front of it while taking your gear off.

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Though its impossible to prevent other motorist from endangering your space, the way I tactical such problem is by choosing where I park. My preference either bike or car is to park away from the crowd. I have found that people will circle the lot and wait for a closer spot to the store than parking the furthers and having to walk. If the lot is completely full, I will tend skip the store location I am going to and drive to my next destination or another location in which the store might exist.
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Like bob I also park at the entry of the spot to make its occupancy more visable. I also back in a just right of center to give my self a better view of whats comming and put me far from the edge of the spot when mounting/dismounting.
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Never park deep in the slot is stated by others. I never park in close to the store etc, whether car or bike. It weeds out more of the me me people. If parked in a curb side slot, stand on the walking space to remove your gear, and return to the bike when safe. Definition of safe is still up in the air in parking lots, the closer you get to the store etc it tends to get worst.

Many times I park where the employees park, automatically there is less traffic, as they are there longer than shoppers.
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howdy, so let me see if i have it right. if you were standing in an otherwise un occupied parking spot, the car driver should have the right to run you over in order to park there? i have to be glad i'm not God cause his mirror would probably be up his -_-_
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If that ever happens again offer to call the police and let them decide who is at fault. I'm betting his attitude will change quickly.
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