Daily Archives: December 14, 2008

Finally a Feed, for what it’s worth

Well I finally had a Feed, with all four searches reporting in, but after editing and filtering, there was only one article left that wasn’t about motorcycles or other things that are not bicycles.

And here’s that single remaining article. It’s from the UK and is a report on the outcome of a court case in the UK. This means that this is a rare report from Jolly Olde that actually describes the mechanics of the wreck, and lets me tell you how to avoid the same situation. Cyclist knocked down by farmer The mechanism in this wreck was the length of the trailer combined with a lack of attention from the driver combined with narrow roads with stone walls on either side. The cyclist was trapped between the trailer and one of the stone walls. How you can avoid this situation besides not riding your bicycle in Scotland is to as always be vigilant, and in this case be ready to hit the brakes to keep from being trapped in the narrow spaces.

This is a good time to actually combine all the information I have been putting out on how not to get killed or injured while you ride your bike, into a single sentence. Keep your head on a swivel. In more detail, you need to stay aware of your surroundings at all times; while riding on a road between intersections you need to watch where you’re going, and also behind for drivers either not paying attention or actively trying to kill you; when approaching intersections you have to watch in all directions as you now have threats coming from the intersecting road as well as the constant threats from in front and behind, not to mention possible road hazards in the form of loose gravel and trash pushed out of the main travel lanes by car tires.

And as you ride down the road remember that 99.99% or more drivers want you to get where you are going without harm. I rode for more than 30 years without harm before I was hit by a homicidal maniac. It’s the inattentive drivers who don’t mean any harm but are not paying attention to where you are on the road who are much more likely to cause trouble than any drivers that actually want to hurt you. Just because you are so vulnerable on the roads you have to pay more attention to keep your skin in one piece. That’s no discrimination, that’s nothing against you or any other cyclist, that’s just a fact of life.

Billed @$.02, Opus