Saturday, July 28, 2007

Share the Road

We interrupt this visit to the medicine cabinet to bring you a few words about bicycle safety:
I was heading back towards Wilmington this afternoon on Kennett Pike past the ramp onto Rt. 141. A driver in an SUV thought I was heading down the ramp, and braked and honked when he realized I wasn't. I swerved to avoid him and went down on the pavement. I wasn't hurt badly, though I left some skin cells and a few drops of blood on the road.
The driver was thoughtful enough to stop and wait until I felt okay to ride back home. (Though we both would have gotten to our destinations sooner if he hadn't been going so fast into the ramp.)
I and my bike are a little bent out of shape, but okay. I imagine I'll be sore tomorrow.
So as you're driving around, please keep in mind that a person riding a bike has a right to be on the road. The Delaware Bicycle Council has a summary of laws relating to bicycles. If you ride a bike, or drive on roads where cyclists ride (which covers just about about everyone), you should read it.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Nancy Willing said...

yeesh Tom that is horrible.

I hope you and your bike will be not much worse for the ignomy.

11:25 PM, July 28, 2007  
Blogger Shirley Vandever said...

I am so glad you are OK ! As motorcyclists, we have many of the same issues, where car drivers fail to "see" us and are just in too much of a dang hurry, or distracted by cell phones, etc.

Heal up, and get back on the road.

6:06 AM, July 29, 2007  
Anonymous kavips said...

I shudder to think that the difference of a few seconds, could have cost this state one of its great assets.

6:54 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger John said...

Great to hear you are OK, a cyclist in Dewey Beach yesterday was not so lucky. He was killed by an 18 Year-Old driver who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel.

http://bikedelaware.blogspot.com/

It's the first bicycle death in the state in 11 months.

8:04 AM, July 29, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Thanks everyone for your kind wishes.

My condolences to the family and friends of John Griffith, who was struck by a car yesterday while trying to fix his chain along the side of Route 1 just north of the Indian River bridge.

12:42 PM, July 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you weren't seriously injured... all's well that ends well...I'll be waiting for your next post......

10:12 PM, July 30, 2007  

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