Urban Velo

Riding With Conscious

Thursday evening, the night before Neill Townsend was killed while riding his bike; I was sitting with two of my friends telling them how, for this first time since I started riding regularly, I was afraid.

I had just finished up a really bad week with three close calls. The second incident involved a lady willing to nearly cause an accident with another vehicle in her determination to scare me into thinking she was going to run me over. She lives in my neighborhood, which only adds to my unease. The third was a woman who cut into the bike lane in an attempt to pass a car that was stopping (at a stop sign!) in front of her. She nearly took me out, and then she yelled at me for being in her way. And where was I? In the bike lane. Where I’m supposed to be. My safety, my very life, was of little consequence to her.

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  1. Randal PutnamNovember 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Terrific article. Thank you. How do we get it in the hands of people who don’t pedal? Should it be submitted to the New Yorker or other publications that aren’t pedaling specific?

  2. James SNovember 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Very good article, but it would have been better if there weren’t a huge glaring typo in the title. I think the correct word should have been “conscience” not “conscious”.

  3. Small Things | Randal Putnam Loves to PedalNovember 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    [...] Urban Velo does it again.  If you pedal in traffic, I recommend you take a moment to notice. [...]

  4. bradNovember 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    I assure you it is not a typo. Language is not as rigid as your English teacher may have claimed. The title was spelled as such consciously, and sent to the printer with a clear conscience.

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