Left hook: oncoming (opposite direction car turned left, across your path)
Roadway description: No bicycle markings
Your story: I was heading south on Oakley while towing my daughter in a Burley trailer. I stopped at the stop sign at Fullerton. Another car was stopped at the stop sign across Fullerton facing north with no turn signal. When there was a gap in the cars on Fullerton long enough to stop safely, I proceeded, but the car coming towards me turned left, nearly hitting me. I hit my brakes in time to avoid an accident. I saw a look of horror on the driver’s face as she realized she nearly took out a bike pulling a child.
1. More driver education and better licensing.
2. Better bike infrastructure near Fullerton and Western Avenue. Both streets are difficult to cross when you don’t have the protection of a light, but the streets with that protection tend to be terrible to bike on. My daughter’s daycare is near Fullerton and Western, and we keep trying different routes to find one to safely pick her up.
3. Speed enforcement and traffic calming on Fullerton. I suspect the reason the driver made the mistake she did was because she was nervous about all the high-speed traffic on Fullerton that would be coming if she didn’t make the left turn quickly enough.