DISCLAIMER - I ride a scooter. I accept that to many a 'scooter rider' is an oxymoron. I've lurked here for a while, and had an incident on the way to work this morning which has prompted me to join up. This actually isn't a vent so much as something I really need some more information on, so I'd be grateful for any responses. I had considered posting this in other parts of the forum but thought this would be the closest fit. For those who don't live in Sydney, there's a tangle of streets which feed in to the southern entrance of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel via Woolloomooloo. The state govt, in its wisdom, erected concrete lane dividers to stop people merging in to one another, or protect revenue for the tunnel, take your pick. I was coming along the left hand lane, which curves left along the base of a cliff near the Botanic Gardens, and has a lane divider on the right hand side which flows out from a concrete barrier which obscures the view of the middle lane up to a certain point - overall effect is like a wedge diminishing down to the 6 inch or so divider if that makes sense. I was doing 60 in the right hand track, as there's often water pools on the left track. I haven't previously considered that to be too high a speed, as I know that the lane sometimes floods on the left, and that speed leaves me time to slow down if it has. I also need to mention that this lane gets minimal traffic, even in peak periods, and I might find myself following someone along there maybe 1 in 3 times I use it. Anyway, as I entered the corner the first thing I saw was that traffic in the middle and right lanes were banked up. As I hit the mid-corner, I saw a bike tyre peeking out over the divider just behind the barrier. In the time it took me to recognise what was going on, the tyre grew in to a largish sports bike at right angle to the lane, covering the right track. I'm not certain how far away I was at this point, but I'd guess 20 metres at most, and possibly less than 15. I grabbed both brakes as best I could. I avoided locking the front but not the back, which spun the back end around to the right. I'm not sure if this was the right thing to do in the circumstances, but my recollection is that I turned in to the skid and eased off the back brake slightly, and that felt like it helped bring the scoot back straight, but at the cost of starting to wobble. It felt for a second as though I was going to high side, and something else I suspect was a bad idea, as the scoot started to wobble over to the left I kicked out my left foot and pushed myself back up straight. This was all enough to keep me upright -somehow- as by this point I was in the left hand track and finally coming to a stop. I have a vague recollection of passing the bike and coming to a stop a few more metres down the road. I'm not sure what the other guy was doing at this point as I was focussed entirely on keeping on the scooter. I think I managed somehow to manouvre around him but he may well have had presence of mind to turn his bike - not sure if he would have had time or not, but he may have. I do recall mentally tracking my speed as it reduced, and I also recall thinking that if I hit the bike I was going slow enough that I didn't feel like I was going to die. Whether that was true is a different issue. Credit to the guy, the moment I came to a complete stop he's rolled up alongside and apologised profusely. Sheepishly might be the word. Probably in his 30s from the look of him, and obviously looking to just jump over the divider and avoid the traffic. In his words, he checked first and the next thing he knew I came flying up. Problem there is that I came up in that split second or so his attention went back to getting his bike over the divider and in to the lane. In the end, I managed to avoid hitting anyone or coming off, which is a result I am glad to be able to live with. So, as best I can tell I made the following mistakes: Assuming road conditions -it never occurred to me that I would ever round the corner and find a bike blocking the line at right angles, since the dividers in theory prevent anyone from entering the lane from the middle Speed for the conditions - the fact that I was not able to bring the scooter to a complete stop before reaching the guy's bike means I was going too fast. Locking the rear - this is perhaps the hardest one for me, since I can't really think of any way, short of going slower, I could have been able to bring the scooter to a stop without grabbing a big hand of both brakes and doing my best to avoid locking them by releasing when I feel them begin to grab. I accept I may need remedial braking practice on this one. I accept that for at least a moment I stopped being a 'rider' and became a passenger, and that bothers the hell out of me. Hindsight suggests there was enough room to pass on the left without braking, but at the time I don't think I could reasonably have predicted his reaction or even if he'd seen me, which seems to me like too much of a gamble on someone else's response to a panic situation. In the same situation with my current experience behind me, I think braking was still the best move, I just needed to be going slower, but I'm open to suggestions. I just want to finish by saying I'm posting this having read some genuinely invaluable perspectives here from posters like Raven and Chef. It was a post I think in the newbie forum about watching the vanishing point, and then consciously practicing it, that gave me enough time to actually notice the wheel in the first place, so I owe you guys one already. And I will say that even though its only a scooter, I still try to ride it to the best of my ability, and I want that ability to keep improving. Funny thing is, I've felt like I dodged a bullet all day, and actually been incredibly calm about it all, even in the moments afterwards. It's only now that I'm writing this down I've begun to get the jitters. Thanks in advance for any contributions. Even those bagging me for riding a scooter, just make em funny.