Here’s food for thought . . . Your very important phone call forced my very important employee to crash his bike.
On Tuesday, a member of my staff was nearly hit by a car driver on Willow Street in Willow Glen.
Riding his bike to work – firmly in the bike lane – a careless driver was paying much more attention to her cell phone conversation than her driver’s ed training.
She nearly hit my colleague, which forced him into the curb where he flipped over onto the ground. The driver drove off and never even noticed. It must have been a pretty important phone call. My colleague ended up with a sore ankle and was badly shaken up. He also had to repair his front tire rim.
Let me acknowledge, many “car versus bike” crashes are the cyclists fault. Those of us on two-wheels need to be a lot more careful with our own habits.
With my colleague, however, this was not the case. She nearly hit him and she just kept on driving – never even noticing the accident she had caused.
Whether we travel primarily by four wheels or two wheels, we must all be more careful. Here’s an idea: Whether we are driving a car, or riding a bike, let’s travel as if someone’s life depended on it. On Tuesday, we were reminded just how true that is.