I've done quite a bit of road riding over the past several years, and I've come to one obvious conclusion - I'm going to be killed. This may happen today, tomorrow, next week, or 20 years from now; but there’s no question, I'm going to be run down and killed. I’m not a dangerous rider, in fact, here are a few details:
-I always respect the rules of the road
-I try to ride during low traffic times
-I live in a mostly rural area
However, almost without exception, someone will almost hit me on every ride. Also, last year, I was hit by a car. He, of course, did not stop. I was very fortunate to only end up with a trip to the ER, stitches, bad road rash, and a week off work. I know that this guy saw me, and my guess is that his intention was to "make it close". Moreover, I know that there is more of his ilk still on the road. Combine that demographic with the soccer moms that pay less attention to driving than Ted Kennedy does to a can of warm O’Douls, and you see my point. It’s only a matter of time before the numbers catch up with me.
Has this stopping me from riding? NO WAY! I still ride as much as possible – I’ve simply learned to accept my fate. I wonder how many of you have done the same? Or, do you still think that you’ll survive a lifetime of riding? I hope that I’m wrong, but I keep returning to the same conclusion.