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Old 07-12-05, 01:41 PM
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I almost ALWAYS wear a helmet. But, yesterday, I needed to ride just six blocks to the bus stop, and I did not want to leave a helmet strapped to the bike at that particular corner (a hang-out for kids, who would mess with a helmet just to mess with it).

So, I slow down at an intersection to turn left. I'm in the center of a two lane road. Just as I begin to turn left, a guy on a bike passes me, ON MY LEFT. He was riding on the wrong side of the road. He was coming from behind me, so he could see EXACTLY where I was, and exactly what I was doing. He missed hitting me by a foot, speeding by at about 20 mph.

I'm guessing his thoughts were: "I'm going 20 mph, so I will ride around this slow poke and not have to slow down, or move to the right". And, "deep thinking" like that gets people killed.

So, now, I'm going to use my helmet, even to ride six blocks. Between my own mistakes, and the mistakes made by the endless supply of idiots riding bikes in my neighborhood, I'm gonna need it.
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