Until I rode pasta.
Okay first off all I want to say that i get it cars are expensive and not everyone can afford to buy a car or dont want to ride the uber,lift, taxi, bus or any other type of transportation. I used to ride a bike to work for two years and i can say cars dont care about running you over. I used to work morning shifts at a diner would almost get run over at least once a week (i followed the rules but sometime people dont care or dont see you). I think roads should be for auto mobiles not bikes.
I'm really nice to them because I know that a mission can be super stressful and hard but HE FELL OFF OF HIS BIKE BECAUSE HE WAS WAVING TOO ENTHUSIASTICALLY
I can't breathe I'm laughing so hard. Had to stop the car to text you all this important breaking news.
Carry on, my friends.
Yes, again, another close call.
I am on the south sidewalk of Broadway, just east of Astor Street. It's adjacent to the back wall of Rice Insurance.
I am walking eastbound on that sidewalk.
Very dark spot; not well lit at all.
I also happen to have what is called a headlamp. In case you don't know, a headlamp is what is used by hikers and climbers. It is a battery operated lamp that is on a harness that goes over year head. It allows me to be seem, but also to see. It can be controlled for brightness.
I have it on moderate brightness; second to lowest; in order to conserve the battery. I was on a 4 mile walk around both Columbia and Cornwall; daily walk to 'get away from 'the screen'.
I hear laughing and giggling in the distance behind me. I turn around, but I see nothing.
I bump up the brightness of the headlamp. I had to bump it up about three times before I could see what was bearing down on me on the sidewalk. And what did I see?
Three bicyclists; all in dark clothing and no lights whatsover. Going fast. Not paying any attention.
I quickly ducked out of the way, stepping on the grass next to me, but keeping the light straight onto them to make sure they do not hit me.
I shouted at them to please have a light; please wear light colored clothing (by the way, I always wear my colorful clothing at night precisely to be seen); and to please ride slowly and yield to pedestrians on the sidewalk.
And what did they respond with? A string of choice four letter words that shall not be repeated here.
Please, Please, Please folks. Get a light for your bicycle. Wear light colored clothing. Yell 'passing' or at least 'hello' to people in front of you. Please go slow on sidewalks and respect pedestrians.
if it were not for me hearing their laughing, I most likely would have been hit.
Perhaps because I cannot count on anyone having lights, I will need a light strapped to the back of my belt?
I love you all!
I'm a LEO in California and it is shocking how few people are able to provide a serial number for their $3,000+ bikes. If you report your bike stolen, we can enter the serial number into a database for stolen property. Without the serial number our chances of returning your bike to you are negligible.
So after unwrapping your new mtb, make sure to write down the serial number before hitting the trails. Happy holidays!