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Old 07-09-07, 04:03 PM
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Another Fatality

This link is to an N&O article about the life of a local bicycle commuter who has died of injuries sustained in a collision with a car. The driver has since been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. I don't know any details but the driver apparently pulled into the cyclist's path from a side street.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/wake/story/631042.html

Her commuter bike was unusual in that it had a relatively small front wheel. I often saw her riding near the museum and once managed to ask about the wheel. She said her husband had fitted it to lower the bike a bit for her. Be careful out there.
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Old 07-09-07, 04:07 PM
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I just started 2 weeks ago and I still ride with my hands on the brake and use the sidewalk when I can. I also pay a lot more attention in my car when I do use it and give bikers plenty of room. There are times cars pass by my and I could literally just stick my hand out, not my arm, and hit the door.
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Old 07-09-07, 07:34 PM
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Bicycling is still safer than driving. Nine motorists/passengers die in five separate car-2-car accidents last Saturday here in Houston.

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/4951880.html
 
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Old 07-09-07, 08:06 PM
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One can go on and on how cyclists can mitigate the dangers they face. Though I would say it is in bad taste to do so in a thread regarding the death of a cyclist.
Sorry to hear about her death. At least she died doing something she loved.
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Old 07-09-07, 08:32 PM
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Edited. I'll make a new thread.

I hate to see stories like this
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Old 07-10-07, 07:27 AM
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I've been following this story in the local news and bike club sites. It's really tragic, but something we all need to be aware of as cyclists. I honestly feel that I am less likely to get in an accident commuting by bike than by car because I am mostly traveling on neighborhood streets with little traffic. Several times lately while driving my truck I have almost been hit head-on by careless drivers that pulled out in front of me or drifted over the centerline. However, if I do get hit by a car while cycling, I am probably more likely to be injured than in my truck. That's why you always have to ride very defensively.

What is unusual about the Raleigh accident is the woman (victim) was an experienced cyclist. Her husband works at one of the local bike shops (All Star). Often when you read about bike accidents involving cars, the cyclists are newbies or people without helmets, etc.
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This is beyond sad, but the story in the paper is very life affirming. It sounds like she really lived life the way she wanted. I went to the Monet exhibit they reference in the article and wonder now if I may have seen her there. I like the part in the article that mentions she was on her way to see her personal trainer. It sounds like she could've been a personal trainer having climbed a 10,000 ft peak in Hawaii. This is one of those instances that goes to show that death could come for any of us at any time. She was much too young, but I hope I die doing what I love too.
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Old 07-10-07, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jimmuter
but I hope I die doing what I love too.
I've always felt like that, but that was when my hobbies were a little more extreme. I certainly do not want to die in the street - killed by an incompetent.

I guess Emily being local, and a commuter has made me think about this a little more than I'd wanted to. I'm definitely sorry for her family.

At least the driver was charged, although I expect it to be nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
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Originally Posted by tarwheel
...Often when you read about bike accidents involving cars, the cyclists are newbies or people without helmets, etc.
In all the fatalities I've read about since I've been cycling, the cyclist always wore a helmet.
 
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Originally Posted by sdime
In all the fatalities I've read about since I've been cycling, the cyclist always wore a helmet.
True. Don't kid yourself by thinking a helmet will stop a car from killing you or that it's safer to ride a bike than drive a car....nonsense . This tragedy could happen to any of us. My heart goes out to her family.
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Originally Posted by mindaugas
...and use the sidewalk when I can....
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mindaugas, I'll just say you want to be careful using the sidewalk, and (sadly) Emily's story illustrates one of the problems with sidewalk-riding. From what I've read, the driver that caused her death pulled out way past the white stripe at a stop. Since most drivers pull out to be able to see around corners, riding on a sidewalk usually means you're having to go around either in front of or behind cars at these corners, and each has its dangers/inconveniences.

<on topic again>

+ infinity for dying doing something I love. My condolences go out to Emily's friends and family.
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