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Old 06-02-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Dangerous Intersections/Areas

Been looking at some of the statistics and recent rider deaths inside intersections. I always expect the worse when passing through, and when riding around for a bit this last Sunday, it seemed like there are some that are always more prone for some jacka$$es to pull out/turn left in front of you since you see repeated behavior around the same places you're familiar with.

What exceptional spots would you say around your area require extra attention/concentration for a sec or two and why? Of course no intersection should be undermined, but any ones that stand out to you when riding around should add some value if it's pointed out. Here's a start to a list.

SE/Clear Lake
  • Bay Area Blvd @ Park Shadows
    • Long Stretch From Red Bluff
    • Intersects in the middle of a nice curve
    • Lots of trees the car coming onto Bay Area can't see around
  • Bay Area Blvd @ Moonrock
    • People Trying to take a back route onto Space Center around Sonic
    • Big median/Many Cars inch around each other/People feel they can race to the center easily
    • Clear Lake High School Students park all along Moonrock
  • Space Center @ Krogers exit going toward Clear Lake City Blvd.
    • Long, Long Stretch From Pasadena, right after a nice curve
    • People messing with thier receipts/kids/can't see into the curve
  • Clear Lake City Blvd @ Bay Oaks Blvd
    • Cannot see around bridge/thick shrubs and trees in median
    • People always flying down that road
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:36 PM   #2
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Everywhere...it isn't just one place. You should keep your guard up at all times.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:44 PM   #3
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Everywhere...it isn't just one place. You should keep your guard up at all times.
That's true. I find these to be ones that I find exceptional. It's really just for prevention.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:54 PM   #4
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Rankin Rd, east of I-45.. in particular in front of St. James & approx 100 yards before you get to the RR tracks. I figure at least 1 accident per month between those two spots.
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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Everywhere...it isn't just one place. You should keep your guard up at all times.
I concur ... noe one area should be treated with more caution than any other... Always ride aware and cautious
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:24 PM   #6
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Downtown:
Smith as it merges on to 59 South.
The left lane is left turn only rather than merging on to 59 South. The right two lanes actually merge on to 59 South.

Always be prepared to stop.
Far too many of the "wonderful drivers" in Houston think that left-turn-only means, "race down the left lane and force a merge back into the onramp lane". That in turns, slows all of lanes. Always be on guard for those wanting to come from that left turn lane into the right (middle) lane. Always be especially aware of the quick/emergency stops that have to be taken as people try not to kill these "wonderful drivers".
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I got off 362 and there was a 2X4 in the road. You could barley see it, it blended in pretty dam good. I stopped the truck and turned around and picked it up and threw it in the ditch, if a bike would have been comming thru, he would have had a of a time if he tried to swerve or brake. This exact same thing happened to a board member and he got killed.

+1 - last Thursday evening there was a 2x6x8 laying in the road by the RR underpass on HW 35 bypass in Alvin.

Friggin' debris is everywhere due to unsecured loads.
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I got off 362 and there was a 2X4 in the road. You could barley see it, it blended in pretty dam good. I stopped the truck and turned around and picked it up and threw it in the ditch, if a bike would have been comming thru, he would have had a of a time if he tried to swerve or brake. This exact same thing happened to a board member and he got killed.

+1 - last Thursday evening there was a 2x6x8 laying in the road by the RR underpass on HW 35 bypass in Alvin.

Friggin' debris is everywhere due to unsecured loads.
That thought makes me chill somewhat when I start weaving through traffic, starting to not care when you get into that zone. Thinking about how you really don't know what's laying on the ground around the car in front makes me calm down.
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45 and eldorado area.... the whole place it nuts.
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