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Old 09-16-02, 05:15 PM   #1
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Bike/auto collisions

Even though it has been 10 years since a drunk driver hit me at an intersection in Phoenix Az, I find it hard to ride on the road unless it is an organized event with 100's of other cyclists. I don't know what disgusts me more the fact that my body will never be the same or that he was 50 years old and still living at home. His excuse to the police officer (who was very familiar with him) was that he had to drink and drive because his parents would not let him drink at home.
Any hints on how to enjoy street riding again?
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Old 09-16-02, 05:43 PM   #2
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Sorry I don't have any real help to offer, but I do wish you luck and resolve with getting back on the road.
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Old 09-16-02, 05:45 PM   #3
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If the bathwater is too hot, try getting used to it gradually.

The only way to enjoy riding on the street again is to ride on the street again.
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Old 09-16-02, 07:25 PM   #4
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I was struck by a sober, inattentive motorist 26 years ago (fractured clavicle, permanent scar over a cheekbone, concussion, totalled classic 1960 Capo Reynolds 531 frame). My recommendations:
1) Get out and ride.
2) Join a cycling advocacy group.
3) Join MADD.
4) Take an Effective Cycling class and/or read "Effective Cycling," "Street Smarts," or "Cyclecraft."
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Old 09-17-02, 07:58 AM   #5
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It's all a perception. Some days I'll feel right as rain sharing the road with cars whizzing by at close to 60mph. Other days I feel crazy for being next to cars doing 30mph. Don't let your fear of getting hit keep you from riding, just use that fear to be more cautious and make your ride safer. You may not have had the chance to avoid your accident and there's no guarantee that you won't have another situation like that. It is a risk to ride next to 3000 lb automobiles but lots of things in life are risky, even driving. Live your life and don't worry (too much) about dying or you'll die with regrets when it does happen.

Use some imaginary thinking to put the danger of cycling into perspective. The next time you are driving down the highway, imagine what would happen if the car next to you careened into your car and ran you off the road. Imagine what would happen if an oncoming car hit you head on. Imagine that that you are working at your desk, and a terrorist sets off a bomb in your office. I'm not trying to make you paranoid, just show the danger of cycling with respect to the danger of everyday life.
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I drive for a living so now I'm really paranoid--JUST KIDDING.
Thanks everyone for the help. I will be getting out and riding more.
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Old 09-18-02, 01:08 AM   #7
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Use some imaginary thinking to put the danger of cycling into perspective. The next time you are driving down the highway, imagine what would happen if the car next to you careened into your car and ran you off the road. Imagine what would happen if an oncoming car hit you head on.
I do this already..... needless to say, I am not a very good passenger.

CHEERS.

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Use some imaginary thinking to put the danger of cycling into perspective. The next time you are driving down the highway, imagine what would happen if the car next to you careened into your car and ran you off the road. Imagine what would happen if an oncoming car hit you head on.
Isn't this the same as "Drive [or ride] defensively?"
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my only bike accident with a car...I hit him head on...was MY FAULT!! EEK!! I was in japan riding too swiftly for conditions since it was raining, and my brakes did not 'bite' soon enough for me to stop, so *SMACK* I ran into his front end, went over the bars, rolled off the hood and jammed by elbow in my ribs (probably cracking one or two).

The poor fellow was frantic since Japan has this stupid law that the motorist is ALWAYS at fault when hitting a non-motorized vehicle; but to me the law is one thing, and justice another. I found a translator, he agreed to replace my front wheel, and we called it a day. It took a few days for my ribs to really 'heal' and i was really sensitive for a few weeks...but hey...they don't call a wussy like me roughstuff for nothing...

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Reiko, why don't you try riding on quiet residential streets to start with and work your way up from there. If you could time it so you're out in the less busy times, that would be even better.

Good luck!
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