Recently, someone from Britain started a thread about how they didn’t like cyclists because they felt as if they didn’t obey traffic laws. Several other posters went on to contribute actual empirical evidence to that thread in the form of fatality statistics proving that in bike-auto accidents the auto driver is usually at fault, careful first-hand observations that demonstrated that the majority of cyclists actually were law abiding people, etc. Also, the fact remains that like it or not, anyone with a 3,000 lb steel machine bears more responsibility than one with a 17 lb carbon fiber one.
Anyway, I just thought I’d write another thread to implore everyone, regardless of their mode of transit, to please be courteous, understanding, and most of all careful out on the road.
Recently, a category 3 road racer from my town, riding on the same stretch of road that I’ll ride 3-6 times a week, a man that I had raced against and met once, was killed while riding up US-36 just outside of Boulder. A young man at the wheel of a white Ford Explorer fell asleep, drifted into the oncoming traffic lane, and killed Mr. Kornfield instantly, hitting him so hard that apparently his leg just, well, came off .
Within the past 24 hours, a young woman in a mini-van in Australia veered across oncoming lanes and hit six women opening up their legs for an upcoming stage race. Amy Gillett, an elite cyclist and PhD candidate was killed, three others were critically injured, and the other two are in the hospital.
Please be careful. Yes, you have yourself safely ensconced in thousands of pounds of metal, side impact airbags, and a Volvo nametag, but those of us with a bit more minimalist mode of transit would appreciate it if you’d just be careful. If you feel yourself getting tired and nodding off, for god-sakes, please take 20 minutes to nap and then go obtain caffeine. Only proceed if you’re really alert and ready for the responsibility of driving. I’ll continue to do my best to represent cyclists well, stopping at cross-walks for pedestrians, not blowing through stop-signs, and being the smallest possible delay for motorists. Hopefully we can avoid any unnecessary incidents like this in the future.
When I think about the lean bodies that I race against each weekend or my own having their limbs torn away, skulls crushed, and chests collapsed, I get a bit nauseous. [/]Don’t* cut me off in a left turn to save three seconds.