Such a waste.
I'm tired of reading about this kind of crap.
and the cops in St Pete are cracking down on cyclists like it our fault drivers don't pay attention
Sad, Sad, Sad...... On a charity ride to boot.
"If you see me walking, my bike is busted!!"
2011 Rocky Mountain Vertex 29'er
2007 Trek 1500
2006 Gary Fisher Tassajara Disc soon to be converted to a touring bike... I think... (Converted)
2003 Gary Fisher Tassajara Sold, went to a friend who still rides it!!
Gone but not forgotten 2003 Gary Fisher Sugar 3+
Yes, it's always a shame when a bicyclist is killed just because some drivers are careless. I really wish that more roads in Florida (and all over the US) were bicycle-friendly. It would be nice to have more bike lanes and/or bike trails to get from point A to point B. The Suncoast Trail is great, but I have to ride 4 miles to get to it.
I just read alot of blogs re this accident and saw many ignorant cager entries who believe we don't have a right to be on the road.
A year ago I had a carload of rednecks intentionally open their door on me as I was descending a steep hill at 25mph +. The door barely clipped my left leg - it would have hit me full on had for some reason I not moved over in time - God was looking out for me. There was a 30-40 foot ravine drop on my right side, which is where I could have gone. They were hanging out the windows and yelling the **** "f" word at me etc as they drove past.
I can deal with the "f" word, the taunts, but that was nothing short of deadly force. That experience left me so scared and bothered that in anger I sold my bike, stand, truing stand, everything. I am now gaining weight, lethargic, winded, and a prime candidate for a heart attack and looking to get back in the saddle and shopping for a good road bike. Whats ironic is I am using BP oil money to get it - I worked as a consultant for BP for this oil spill for 3 months this summer. Mr. Grooters was riding for Oil Spill charity.
I will ride again... but I broke my chops learning to ride in Philadelphia, which in my mind is bike city USA for the East Coast - I loved it there. Here in the South is another story.
My prayers go out for Mr. Grooters and his family.
I really don't feel safe in bike lanes. I"ve caught myself drifting into them while driving.