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    Default Legal or not legal? You be the judge

    Nevermind the timestamp on this video. It occurred on 11/3/16 at approximately 5:30 pm. The city of Alexandria this week repainted the bike lane at Commonwealth Ave and E Glebe Road. They even painted it green, ironically enough, to increase visibility. That didn't stop Virginia plate WTR 5952 from using the bike lane to swing around stopped traffic. I didn't die, so that's good. Warning: turn the volume down on your computer/phone--lots of noise.

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    Yeesh.

    I have a question though: after almost t-boning a Mercedes SUV this morning because she blew a stop sign, I'm thinking about getting a camera. What do people use? Also, what made you decide to get one yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokespoke View Post
    Yeesh.

    I have a question though: after almost t-boning a Mercedes SUV this morning because she blew a stop sign, I'm thinking about getting a camera. What do people use? Also, what made you decide to get one yourself?
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    In regards to the thread title: the driver's maneuver was not legal. Drivers are not allowed to drive in a bike lane unless they are parking or making a right turn, even if it would be convenient for them. Convenience does not trump safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokespoke View Post
    Yeesh.

    I have a question though: after almost t-boning a Mercedes SUV this morning because she blew a stop sign, I'm thinking about getting a camera. What do people use? Also, what made you decide to get one yourself?
    I was using a Garmin Virb basic, but the batteries were getting wonky and the quality kinda sucked, so I just upgraded to a Virb Ultra 30 (basically a direct competitor to the GoPro Hero5). It comes with a waterproof case and will get 2 hours of battery life at 1080p (just over an hour at 4k). It's totally overkill for a cam that's solely for CYA/liability/dashcam purposes, but I wanted something that I could use for commuting that would also do 4k and high quality stills for underwater shots, motorcycle stuff, and whatever else comes up.

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    a firm open handed slap on the back quarter of the car would have been my response...

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    I've had the cheapest GoPro for liability purposes and as a way to effectively getting aggressive drivers to tone it down, and it's fine for that. The high profile works for me in that last respect. Low light performance is not great, though, and at times it would be useful to have a screen so as to be able to review footage on the spot.

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    Thanks for posting. This is a helpful video for discussion with, e.g. police.

    I would imagine that the response is that the following actions were clearly violations:
    (1) changing lanes without signalling
    (2) unsafe lane change (since you were in when the car merged into the lane).

    Those have nothing to do with the lane being a bike lane. Whether it's legal to merge into a bike lane to pass turning traffic is jurisdiction dependent, but even in Arlington, where I think the law is more clear, I think the Police wouldn't enforce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lt. Dan View Post
    a firm open handed slap on the back quarter of the car would have been my response...

    I think a good smacking with one's shoes/cleats would have been way more appropriate.

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    Is it legal, hmm...
    1) is the person driving a car? YES
    2) is the person drunk? NOT CLEARLY
    So answer is: TOTALLY OK!

    This helpful checklist will work for basically any infraction, including those involving death and dismemberment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by excimer34 View Post
    Warning: turn the volume down on your computer/phone--lots of noise.
    I go through that intersection daily. If this was my video, another reason for turning the volume down would be to avoid the very colorful cursing.

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