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Beware negligent cycling dad with little girls in MIdtown

Original post made by neighbor, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2013

I am very upset. Because I am a good, ultra cautious driver, I avoided colliding with and injuring or killing a tiny girl cyclist in Midtown shopping center this Sunday afternoon - the back road entrance off of Colorado this afternoon. Shame on you, negligent Dad cyclist with little girls - you only paid attention to your older little girl while your TINY girl cyclist wavered all over the road including RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY CAR! While I had the right of way, I exercised extreme caution and stopped as your TINY girl struggled and this is NOT OK.I would NOT have liked hitting your TINY girl but it could easily have happened as I had the right of way.
You didn't even glance back at your TINY girl and she could have been killed - you don't know how lucky you are. Your TINY girl is incapable of managing her little bike on the public roadways. Please, drivers, watch out for negligent cycling dad.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Hey- I saw the same thing a couple of weeks ago in Midtown. A dad cyclist w/2 kids, the youngest a little girl whom he was utterly ignoring while she cycled behind him. Same guy? It's scary that no matter how cautious we are, there are those who create their own danger. If you want to be an organ donor, that's on you, but don't do it to your kids.

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Posted by Hey, Dad....
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Your kids are looking to you for guidance and not getting it. They are looking to you for protection and not getting it. When you are out on the road with them, keep your ducklings in a row! You will be responsible for their injuries or deaths, and have to live with your conscience forever. Your family will be destroyed, the girls' mother will probably leave you ( who would not?). It might be better to walk or drive if you cannot pay attention to both children.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

I should make it clear this was not at an intersection, it was on the road leading into the back of the Midtown shopping Ctr (near CVS). The little girl was swinging back and forth all over the street, with the major concern being she was on and off onto my side of the road. Negligent dad conpletely missed all this.
If one sees any tiny kid at an intersection where one is stopped in one's car, of course one exercises extra care. In my situation above, it would be reasonable for me or another driver in my position to have proceeded on, since I had the right of way in my own side of the road. Owing to my age and maturity, I had the instinct to be ultra careful - thank God - but what about a teen driver or someone in a little bit of a hurry or even just someone proceeding in a truly normal way down the street.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Final point I should make: the tiny girl was heading AT my car (and she was on and off on the wrong side of the road for her), not riding in front of me, heading the same direction as I was. It was crystal clear she had no idea she was flirting with death, cycling in a wavering fashion, aiming a couple of times AT me. I stopped my car. She did not indicate any knowledge that she had forced a medium sized auto to come to a stop - did not even look at it - so absolutely no awareness - and this was a kid in the middle of a street.

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Where is "Child Protective Services" when you need them....

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