When a moving 4,000-pound car hits a moving 25-pound bike, the outcome is always ugly. When a 180-pound bike rider slaps the hood of a nearby car in frustration, the outcome is usually ugly, too (though hardly of the same magnitude as a collision).
On the way back I was reminded of how little regard both motorists and pedestrians have for cyclists. These near misses and behaviors motivated me to highlight the following safety reminders for cyclists maneuvering in a city yet to fully embrace our presence on the road.
Jack Cahn was in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was an early summer morning, and a reckless driver was in a hurry. She made an illegal turn and slammed him off his bike. A crowd of people encircled him as the driver sped away, marking a classic hit-and-run.
Riding my bike to school was one of the best things about fifth grade; I just didn't realize it then. As a 10-year-old, I wasn't thinking about how biking helped me stay thin and healthy, be more alert in class, or contribute to reduced road congestion and air pollution.