As a bicycle commuter I have had more than my fair share of close calls. Right hooks, left hooks, failure to yields and once getting clipped for my troubles (which I freely admit was partially my fault), but here in PDX we’ve had more than our fair share of deaths and injuries as a result of car/truck vs. bike collisions. As a cyclist, you have an extra insight into the habits of drivers, I mean you can see right into the car, literally reach out and touch somebody. And I tell you, it’s frightening. I stopped counting how many people were on cell phones and instead started counting how many were not. Then there are the make-up appliers, meal eaters, drinking drivers (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and sleepers. It’s rough out there. Still I wouldn’t change. Riding is my escape. I can have an absolute shit night, but by the time I roll up to my home I feel fine. Calm, relaxed, loose and exhilarated, and ready to sleep. But I (and my wife) worry about the dangers. So, did you see me?
Test your awareness.