Beware of Bikes
Hi all. Once again, I have been MIA as the HRL, but this time I have a really good excuse that actually has something to do with running (not like spending 10 days in Europe just for fun, although that did have to do with eating a lot).
Last weekend, I was hit by a bicycle while running in my neighborhood. I have to admit, I usually worry more about cars, but never really bikes, though I still watch out for them. And I did this time too, but I was hit straight on from behind.
What happened you ask? I am not 100% sure. This is what I remember in a nutshell: I was running on the sidewalk (like always) and there was a guy leaf blowing in his front yard. To avoid him (and his evil leaf blower), I stepped off the sidewalk and ran for a bit where cars would park if there were any. (Basically I was running between the bike lane and the sidewalk.) I was there long enough to check my watch, look around, and I was just about to get back on the sidewalk, when WHAM!
The tire of the bike hit me in the back of the calf (I do not remember this, but it is evidenced by the cuts and bruises there and the handlebar shaped bruise on my opposite hip), and I went flying forward right onto the ground. I slid on my face, knees, and right arm which also broke 3 of my front teeth. This fact alone sent me into a panic! I basically freaked out, yelled at the girl who hit me, and ran home….not exactly what I should have done, but I wanted the comfort of being at home and that was all I could think about.
I was/am pretty scraped up and bruised, and of course there were the broken teeth (no pics of these, sorry folks). But the good news is that Baby Boy Nance was not hurt in the encounter and is kicking and moving around just as much (if not more) than ever.
The ironic thing is that I was on high alert the entire week I spent in Amsterdam since bikes are constantly whizzing around super-fast and definitely do not give pedestrians the right-of-way.
Little did I know that it was my own neighborhood I would have to worry about…. in California, USA where pedestrians have the right-of-way. Me thinks it might even be the law!
Apparently, pedestrians are hit by bicyclists more frequently than previously thought, but it is a very hard thing to keep track of statistically speaking. I know I didn’t file a police report or go to the ER, and most people that are hit don’t. Most pedestrians are not injured too badly, but some bike/person accidents end tragically.
The moral of the story is: be careful even if you think you always are. I am up and running again, and besides my follow-up dental visit this week (to polish, shape, and put on the finishing touches), I am just left with my scabs and bruises. It could have been much, much worse–there were no broken bones and the baby is fine.
And that is all I could ask for.
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