Yes, yes. The demon phone works wonders on drivers and bikers alike. I used to listen to music and press a button when the phone rang and merrily jabber... until my accident. Okay, until my l a s t accident. When my loving daughter told me if I ever got into another accident ... and survived... SHE would kill me. But I did learn the three secrets of bike safety. For all of you out there, here they are: 3. Watch out for all road hazards. 2. Don't get cocky - you weigh less than everything else out there. 1. Shiny side up, rubber side down.
Even riding on bike trails, be careful. I was riding with friends on Sunday. One of my friends got too close to the bike in front of her. They tangled, and she went down hard. She suffered a broken hip and broken elbow, and some road rash. I was right behind her and was lucky to swerve off to the side and wreck in grass. Still broke my pedals and jacked up my bike, but got away with minor bruises and scratches.
Then, imagine my surprise when on my commute home in my car yesterday, a cyclist turned in front of me! He was stopped on the right side of the road, checking his phone. Stuck it in his pocket, got on the pedals, and started across the street right in front of me! I had to slam on the brakes. Just remember that none of us are infallible, and we need to be smart as well as careful out there.
"If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do." -- Warren Miller
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Fitness Minutes: (42,071) Posts: 5,578 5/26/11 9:14 A
I usually ride alone and on roads without much traffic. Still, I always expect that drivers will not see me, so I behave accordingly. Glad to hear the gentleman was okay, and really glad that the driver stayed. I'm sure everyone learned a lesson.
"God gave you your body as a gift, so you should take care of it." - My Mom
Fitness Minutes: (55,779) Posts: 1,113 5/26/11 2:44 A
I am soooo glad I have hundreds of miles of bike paths to ride on here in Korea. Otherwise I would have NEVER taken up this sport. Everytime I see a Korean road cyclist in Seoul city traffic, I think -"there is a guy with a death wish". The cars are one thing, but the taxi and bus drivers? They make riding in city traffic down right deadly.
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 69 5/25/11 10:46 P
You can't be careful enough! Play it safe. Don't try to outrun a light, train or any intersection for the sake of a good ride time. That will come on race day. I'd rather unclip for no reason than take a chance. Assume the driver doesn't see you. Last year, I was approaching an intersection and saw a teen texting on her cell. The intersection was a 4 way stop and it was my turn to go, but I could tell from looking in the car that she was focused on her phone so I stayed back. Turned out she never even saw the intersection and drove RIGHT THROUGH IT!!!!!!! Stop sign and all!!!! I yelled at her, "HEY!!!!!!!!!" She did slow down at that and looked around and then acted shocked there was an intersection! Unbelievable! She would have hit me if I had gone like I had a right to! Assume all drivers are idiots and proceed with caution!
I think most of us would help a "piper down"... i mean... rider. He was on his way to the Rose Bowl, so I think I will take a loop, on my way home, in his honor. OBTW Dude was 70 years old! Damn. Makes me feel young. Well, younger... =D Don't forget: Watch for cars. Watch for pedestrians. Watch for other bikers. Watch for road debris (really watch). And... o yeah Have fun.
Glad to hear the rider is OK. And as a fellow rider I want to thank you for stopping and aiding a 'rider down'.
Not only do we have to deal with inconsiderate drivers - we also have to deal with inconsiderate drivers who are babbling on their cell phones or texting.
Sadly a northern Ohio cyclist lost his life on Monday. The driver claimed she thought she hit a deer. May he rest in peace and may the family find support in their faith and the outpour of support from the community.
"You are the CEO of your one person company" Chris 'Macca' McCormack three time ironman world champion.
Fitness Minutes: (50,553) Posts: 6,352 5/25/11 8:02 P
On my way into work this morning, I watched as a car blindly turned into a guy walking his bike across in street in a crosswalk. He was trapped under the bike and entangled in his handlebars. I stopped, helped him out and stayed until the paramedics gave him a clean bill of health... His bike was not so lucky. Don't know what the driver was thinking, but in his defense, he stayed, gave an honest evaluation to the police, and also didn't leave until the paramedics left. Just remember we're invisible. You're not just responsible for your own safety, but every other damn fool on the road. Just sayin...
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