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Crashing the BikeFriday Photoshoot

I met with a very nice Star photographer named Charla (Sharla?) this morning and spent 30 minutes biking around Bay & King Streets while she took what seemed like hundreds of photos of me (whenever I rode by her I heard the shutter noise constantly) for an article on BikeFriday planned for Thursday’s GTA section.

I should’ve taken my camera to get shots of her shooting me. It was kind of cool.

What wasn’t caught on film, though (I don’t think…) was that I came the closest I have to “winning the door prize”.

I had passed Charla going southbound at Bay towards Wellington (Charla was facing north on the side of the road), and a cab had stopped in the line at the red light, 3 cars back. It wasn’t pulled over to the side or anything, and there was plenty of room between the cab and the curb, so I went up the right.

I was very lucky I was just coasting along, because one of the 4 (!) passengers threw open their door suddenly and I braked quickly (almost without thinking… instincts rock!), coming to a stop just as I would’ve hit the door.

After the passenger apologized and I asked him good-naturedly to check for cyclists next time, we both merrily went on our way.

  • andrew

    I’m glad you avoided the collision.

    I would think that cab passengers would be even more oblivious to cyclists on the street than drivers. I’m not saying that it’s right, but it is a reality.

    Cabs = steer clear no matter what!

  • Joe (BikingToronto)

    Hi Andrew – totally agree… cabs are dastardly… most of my issues are with them not signalling turns and then turning into me. I did make a note of it when riding this morning: saw passengers, saw the cab not pulled over to the right, etc.

  • Gary

    You’re a far more good natured man than I am, Joe. Usually I have bad experiences with cabs when I’m just walking, though come to think of it the nearest I came to getting injured recently was when a guy on a bike sailed through a red light and nearly hit me while I was crossing in a crosswalk. Everyone just needs to wake up and be aware of what’s going on around them, I guess.