EVENT: Tour De Streets
EVENT DATE: Sep 10, 2016
Greg and were on vacation last week with Daniel. One of our big planned activities was to do several family bike rides. We got a special bike for that purpose that holds a Yepp maxi bike seat on the rear of the new bike. We only go on bike trails to keep things as safe as possible.
We were crossing from the bike path right next to Fresh Pond (in Cambridge, MA) to the other side of the street to pick up a different bike path- the Somerville Community Path. (Normally I don't bike in crosswalks, but this is one that's meant for cyclists- you use it to get from one bike path to another.) I waited until the walk signal came on, watched to make sure the immediate cars wouldn't run a yellow light and proceeded across the street. When I was in the middle of the street, I realized a car that had been far away from the intersection was going to run the red light and was not going to stop. She noticed us at the last second, slammed on her brakes, and perpendicularly hit me and my bike that was carrying me and Daniel. We were knocked to the ground and traveled a few feet.
We were taken to the hospital to be checked out. We're ok other than a little road rash. And my bike was totaled (the wheels are bent bad enough that they don't spin and the frame was deformed). But the psychological effects are the worst.
I've been hit on my bike before by a car. (Through no fault of my own- I was cut off while traveling in a bike lane). I hesitated a lot before I decided to put Daniel on my bike because of that. But I finally decided that the benefits (exercise, setting a good example, family fun) outweighed the risks. And I decided I would do it as safely as possible by only going on bike paths. Now I'm questioning that and it makes me mad and sad. It sucks that the actions of one stupid motorist could ruin one of our favorite family activities.
I've chosen to deal with the aftermath by participating in a little bike activism. We got a replacement bike and are going to participate in "Tour de Streets". It's a fundraiser to raise money for LiveableStreets. For more than a decade LivableStreets has been rethinking urban transportation in Metro Boston. They believe streets should be designed to accommodate all people and provide safe, convenient, and affordable transportation options-- making our community more connected and livable for everyone.
In 2010 and 2011, the Zeeb family organized The Ride 4 Bob Zeeb to celebrate the life and spirit of Robert Zeeb, who passed away as a result of a crash while he was riding his bike. LivableStreets and the Zeeb family have built off the success of the Ride 4 Bob Zeeb to launch Tour de Streets. It’s a ride in memory of loved ones, to encourage lifelong riding and to support more livable streets.
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