Now don't kill. I am doing that on my own, very nicely.
This just happened to me about 2 hours ago. I was part of a vehicle/bike accident. I was the driver of the vehicle. I was about to leave the parking lot of the grocercy store. Looked to my left and saw nothing. Checked to my right, clear. Or so I thought. As I look forward and start to go, a 12yr old kid pops out in front of me. I stopped, but bumped him into the street. Luck was on our side, he only scrapped his knee. He had no lights, wearing dark clothes, and worse of all no helmet. His dad was apologizing to me for the incident, and telling the kid the bike repairs to his 24'' mtn bike was coming out of his allowance. The dad noticed the bike rack in the back of my truck, and said " and you think your a cyclist." My response was to get some cycling safety info for the kid.
Ironic, tomorrow I was going to pick up my new NiteRider headlight for the Houston Moonlight Ramble. BikeHouston does the ride at 2am to raise money for cycling awareness and helmets for children that cannot afford it. I have already signed up.
I wanted to share this. NO matter how much we donate, or talk about being a cyclist..... not everyone hears it. This incident has given me perspective. Get active. I know just reading this my not have the impact it has had on me, but hopefully it will reach some. The next time you see kids riding without helmets, think it could be your kid, or you behind the wheel seeing their head going below the edge of your hood.
Ride on... carefully