Hi folks, It has been suggested by a couple of members here that some of my contributions to sound “ Anti Cyclist” or “ Anti Bicycle”.
So I would like to introduce my self and assure every one that I am not Anti Bicycle.
First, while I have not posted here before, and just recently registered as a member.
I am a long time lurker.
Now a little background.
My wife is 41 years old and commutes about 10 miles a day in most weather.
We both have road bikes that we ride for pleasure
I was raised on a bicycle,
As a kid I delivered newspapers on a bicycle.
I rode a bike to school all the way through high school.
I had a 20 mile round trip ride to high school, which I rode in all but the worst weather.
My parents never bought me a car, and I didn’t own a car until I was 19.
Up until I purchased my first car, a bike was a permanent part of my body.
My love for riding has not diminished at all in the past 48 years, I just can’t ride like I used to.
Both of my younger brothers were hit by cars while riding bicycles.
In the first instance,
I was 13 and had just received my first “New” bicycle I had ever owned.
All previous bikes had been second hand stuff.
My brother asked me if he could try it out, and of course being the loving and kind brother that I was, I said sure.
So it takes for a ride, and is traveling about 15 feet of the pavement along a road with a 55mph speed limit.
Along comes a Black 1960 El Camino traveling in excess of 100mph.
The driver, upon seeing my brother, who is 15 feet of the pavement,
Promptly slams on his brakes and looses control of his vehicle.
The passenger side of the rear bumper clips the rear wheel of the bike.
Now please note, I am 13 years old, standing about 30 yards away, watching all of this take place.
Somehow my brother survived this incident with relatively minor injuries.
He spent 2 weeks in the hospital, and every square inch of his body was cover in road rash, even between some of his toes due to both of his shoes coming of.
We find out later that the driver was drunk, and on his way to the eye doctor because he was having a hard time seeing with his current prescription glasses.
Now as if all this is not enough.
On my brothers first day back to school, the principle meets us on the sidewalk in front of the school, stops my little brother and me and gathers a group of other children around and says to them.
I want you all to look at this. This is what happens if you are not careful!
This boy was riding his bicycle and hit the side of a school bus!
I get in three fights that day defending the fact that my little brother did not run into a school bus.
When I get home I tell my mom what the principle said, and she promptly gets an attorney and goes to see the principle of our school.
Well now some more info comes out.
The El Camino was registered to the school, and the driver was a janitor at our school.
The second incident involved my youngest brother.
At this time I am already out of school and have my first fulltime job and am no longer living with my parents.
My youngest brother is about 12 years old, and he and one of his friends decide to ride together on my brothers bike on the way home from school.
The cross a highway and are hit by an elderly lady.
I dont believe the lady did any thing wrong.
I don’t remember all the details of this.
My brother survived, the other 12 year old did not survive.
My brother was in the hospital for 6 months and in a wheel chair for another year.
I have never been hit by a car while on a bike.
I have however in my youth, collided with stationary vehicles for one stupid reason or another.
I have taken more spills than I can possibly count and have a least a dozen permanent scars (mostly on my stupid chin) from riding in my younger immortal years.
I promise any thing I post here, whether it makes since or not, whether it is right or wrong, comes from a real interest cycling and cycling safety.
I don’t have any money invested in or a personel opinion on,
VC, PC, QC, DC, ROTC, BLT, TDC or any other combinations of letters, except PMS
I do have an opinion about PMS, but I refuse to speak on grounds I might get myself castrated.