Comment 115390

By notlloyd (registered) - website | Posted December 04, 2015 at 10:46:56 in reply to Comment 115389

In 1972 I was riding home from work at 5 p.m. along Main Street near Wentworth behind one of the former trolley buses when I was clipped by a guy on my left sending me over the sidewalk and onto a lawn. He stopped and laughed. (I guess I should say at least he stopped.)

A couple of years later a friend of my brother was killed on Mudd street in a hit and run. He was riding at about midnight.

My brother then hit a cyclist on Cumberland who was riding just after dusk without lights. He went into the windshield and the wiper blade went though his face. My brother was charged but acquitted because he could not see the cyclist (otherwise he would not have turned.)

Another friend of mine was killed a little while later when he was riding up the Jolley Cut and was hit by the mirror of a pickup truck.

This all happened close to me in a fairly short period of time.

Back then the rates of collisions and death, and in fact the gross numbers, were worse than they are today.

I think things are better today in many ways but that is just my anecdotal opinion.

My father did not like that I rode my bike to work. I remember him saying something like you don't stop a saw blade with your hand. (Needless to say I didn't see it that way. I had and have the right to ride a bike.)

Car drivers have the legal and the moral onus to be more careful. Unfortunately, the vast majority of hit and runs involve drunk driving. The poor lady runner who was killed on Wentworth a year or so ago was hit by a drunk driver. I thought then and say it now that I am not sure that you can make sweeping decisions based on individual incidents.

This is a horrible collision. Not sure it should be politicized.

Comment edited by notlloyd on 2015-12-04 10:58:19

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