I have been thinking a lot about bike safety lately. Those of us that choose to do road cycling understand the dangers involved. We understand that if we tangle with an automobile, we are likely going to be on the losing end. For me, I take the risk because I love the bike and the mind-clearing medicine that it gives me.
If you ride long enough, the odds are that you will have an accident, and if you do, it will more likely than not involve an automobile. I had only been riding for about a year when it happened to me. I was riding on a country two-lane road, and a driver (I’ll call him a cyclist hater) decided to try and brush me off the road while laying on his horn. I swerved and crashed – the driver kept going. I ended up with some serious “road rash” and a cracked helmet but no broken bones. I was lucky.