Thursday, August 23, 2012
Yesterday I felt very sick. Today, I had two court dockets to attend; 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. I decides that I would drive to the morning one, run an errand, come home, and then decide if I felt up to biking back to the afternoon one. DD came home last night and we talked about her riding along with me.
This morning's docket, which usually is a 45-minute affair, took almost 2 hours. I rushed to run my errand and clattered through the door with the same plan: determine if DD was up to riding.
See what I did there?
DD said no, but I was running late and on autopilot by that time. I pulled on bike shorts and changed shoes, packed up my stuff and took off.
I was over halfway to town before my brain caught up and said, "wait a minute! Am I up to this?!"
The answer is pretty much, not really. But I was committed by then. So there I was, sitting in court feeling kind of nauseated. Again.
I'm really not very bright....
Monday, August 20, 2012
Biked 15 miles yesterday, which helped the moodiness some, then had a bout of migraine syndrome, which might explain much of the moodiness. Marginally migrainey this morning--headache is vaguely there, but much more with the nausea and light sensitivity.
Nevertheless, there is work to be done....
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I'm just a bundle of fury and crankiness today. I'm not used to this. I'm usually a pretty happy person.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
A friend of mine was just hit by a car while riding her bike. She wasn't badly injured, thank goodness.
When we discussed the circumstances of the accident, my suspicions were confirmed: she'd been riding on the sidewalk, and was hit by a driver who was turning right from a stop sign. The driver did not check to the right, but only looked left, and hit my friend as she entered the intersection from the sidewalk.
And this is how most bike/car collisions happen: cyclists on the sidewalk, car in the road. As in, these kinds of accidents are 25 TIMES more frequent than accidents involving a bike on a major road with no designated bike lanes at all.
State law in most states indicates that bikes are road vehicles, allowed on all roads except where expressly prohibited (usually just freeways), and in most states adults are actually prohibited by law from riding on the sidewalk. But people continue to ride on the sidewalk from a mistaken apprehension that this is safer for the cyclist.
It's NOT. It's not safer for the cyclist, and it's certainly not safer for pedestrians using the sidewalk, because bikes travel MUCH faster than foot traffic. So a bike on the sidewalk is a hazard to other people and a hazard to itself.
I know it's scary to start riding on the road. Cars go much faster, and are so much bigger. But it only *seems* safer to be on the sidewalk.
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