Sunday, September 09, 2007

RIP Botteccia


Blogger Hannah said...

Jesus, I fall behind on blogs for one week and you end up with compression fractures. I can't believe, with stories like this, that anyone would commute to work by bike. Perhaps you should take up something less dangerous, like naked lion-taming?

Get well soon, buddy.

Thursday, September 13, 2007 9:23:00 am  
Blogger cafiend said...

How often the answer seems to be to retreat and give the roads to the autos. I've even had my own moments of fear. Who would think that blood battles for principle could be as close as one's road to work? But there it is.

In the US, cars kill about 40,000 people a year, a tiny fraction of whom are cyclists. Usually it's car-on-car violence or speed demons, with or without chemical enhancement, piling into stationary objects.

If your particular venue seems to be a death cage, perhaps discretion is the better part. Not riding there, I can't say. One would hope that motorists could and would be educated by some sort of organized campaign. That's better than a tire iron across the windshield, though that method can bring a certain amount of temporary emotional satisfaction.

Monday, September 17, 2007 4:58:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

Cafiend, I'm working with a group of other cyclists in Halifax to try to get some changes in place. Hopefully we'll be successful.

After being hit 5 times in the past year commuting to work I'm probably going to be walking to work - since we moved office it's close enough that it's barely worth riding into anyway. I'm stuck right now in taxis (since I can't walk far enough due to back injuries, and the bus seats are too low to support my back) and I'm remembering just why I dislike being in a car, especially when trapped in a long queue of them...

Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:02:00 pm  
Blogger Chambers said...

My best to you.
I was hit today on my commute into the city. Clipped by a mirror and knocked down onto the curb. Not nearly as bad as yours it looks like, but also a habit that is too prevelant for me. That was number 3. Damage to the bike and myself was very minnor, but the two previous have sent me for medical help and my bike to heaven. All the best and take care

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 3:02:00 pm  
Blogger steve said...

Glad you survived OK, Chambers! Did you get the driver's plate and file a police report?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:39:00 pm  

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