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Old 07-13-05, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve
I can relate happend to this person. I got lucky not too long ago and was in a similar situation this winter while riding without a helmet. A couple of kids where in the street tossing a football when one of them ran into me while trying to catch the bill. I hit the ground hard since it was my first day wearing clips! The pain was incredible but I was lucky there were no parked car next to me or my head would have hit it for sure.

I think what could have saved this rider is a bell. Seriously. On my group ride, the leader is CONSTANTLY ringing that bell to ward off stray riders and warn others that we are coming! It works very well and I keep forgeting to buy one because they look strange but after reading this post, my helmet will forever stay on. I'm buying 3 bells for my bikes after work this evening. I don't care how bad it looks. Calling "On Your Left" often times makes the situation even worse. Please folks. Get the bell.

This is one of those situations where the person is talking on the cell phone through the intersection. If you see kids running or playing on the the street, you need to literally slow down and make sure that they are aware of you. If not or you do not wish to then you need to unclip and come to a stop.

Sometimes its necessary for people to use their head instead of relying on a piece of metal to protect it.
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