Cars Do Not See Cyclists and They Don’t Look for Cyclists. So WE Must Be On Guard at ALL TIMES
A good friend of mine was hit by a car this past weekend as he rode the Ironman Wisconsin course. He’s doing OK, but he was pretty severely banged up. And he still doesn’t remember what happened or how the accident happened. He was very lucky.
Another friend of mine in Ok City told me a couple weeks ago about 2 cyclists that were hit by cars and killed within days of each other on his normal training roads.
And 2 years ago, a friend of mine was hit by a car and killed by a truck in my local area.
I’m sure each of us has a story of an accident or a close call with an auto. In most cases the cyclist was not at fault at all – with the exception of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And one thing is for certain when it comes to a collision with a car, truck or other vehicle…………….THE CYCLIST WILL LOSE. 100% of the time.
Let’s face it, we can be hard to see. Couple this with the driver being distracted by talking on the phone, texting, eating or drinking, etc, and it’s clear to see that we are out there in a potentially dangerous situation — every time we ride.
There are certain things we CAN control; such as wearing bright clothing, staying on the shoulder or as far to the right as possible, obeying all traffic rules, riding a straight line, etc. So we must take full responsibility for these and ride as safely as possible.
Because when it comes down to it, the only thing that’s important about the ride – THE ONLY THING — is to get home safely. And we can improve our odds by riding in a safe manner, by thinking ahead and by realizing that most cars do not see us, so we must ride defensively and never assume that a car sees us or will yield to us.
Cycling is a great form of exercise, is an excellent social outlet and a fantastic lifelong sport. Just ride safely, ride defensively and get home safely.
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