Watch later today for a chance to win a copy of David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries. It’ll be a quiz question, and the first to answer correctly either as a comment here or as a response to me on Twitter wins the book.
Several years ago, while I was driving on Mattis Avenue in Champaign, Illinois, I was rear ended pretty hard by a guy driving a pickup truck. After we pulled over to exchange information, the first thing he said was, “I’m so sorry, dude, but did you see that HOT BABE in the leather shorts over on the sidewalk?!”
Umm, no. I was watching traffic. It looks like that Yehuda might have the same problem with biking and distractions.
And that reminds me of the time my friend “Nick”, who was bicycling along the Diagonal Highway into Boulder, Colorado head down against the wind when he rear ended a car parked in the shoulder and bloodied his nose against the rear window. Fortunately, all he lost was a little blood and a little pride.
Finally, a recent cyclist fatality in the East Bay should remind all of us to watch we’re going. I don’t cross the centerline (like this guy in the video below did), but I sometimes do go a little fast on the downhills.