Practice Safety.....Please!

[caption id="attachment_3104" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Peace Could Be Achieved By Sharing The Road?"]Share-The-Road-Cycling[/caption] In light of the recent events at the Tour De France this year my heightened fear of safety on the bike has reached an all time high.  This year's Tour has featured crash after crash and not just within the peloton at high speeds, but what seemingly could be described as standing still.  The other day there was an accident that truly made me take stock of my cycling plans. This accident was caused by a car trying to get around the cyclists and quickly noticing a tree and swerving to avoid that tree.  As they swerve to avoid that tree they hit one of the riders and cause him to go down and setting off a chain reaction of flying cyclists.  One of the cyclists was launched over what was originally described as a fence.  This turned out not to be a fence but instead barbed wire.  The barbed wire tore the riders racing kit as well as leaving him with cuts and scratches up and down his leg. When I saw the video of the accident my immediate reaction was how can I trust a single driver when in the most popular cycling event in the world the drivers don't share the road.  Shortly thereafter I was reminded of the fact that I just recently had a conversation regarding riding in the dark as I had just been shopping for lamp for my bike.  After seeing this accident my rule for not riding before daybreak was cemented.  I refuse to get on the road prior to 630am in the summer because I worry that the drivers will not see me even if I am wearing a neon sign that says I AM A CYCLIST...PLEASE SHARE THE ROAD! Please allow me to also say that wearing a helmet is not a choice.  This is a must.  From the moment you make the decision to go riding your next step should be to find your helmet.  Step after that?  Actually putting it on.  On Sunday I rode for 2.5 hours followed by 25 minutes of running.  I saw only two other riders on the route I was on and they both had their helmets on.  When I started to run I was passed by a cyclist on a Specialized Allez going at a decent speed.  I noticed that his head was nice and shiny and I noticed this because I know he is bald and that his helmet was on his handlebars.  Now I understand that the bike is very nice and cost quite a bit of money but protecting the handlebars in case of an accident instead of your head just seemed backwards to me.  How this person decided that his bike should be protected or that it was too hot out to wear a helmet is beside me. [caption id="attachment_3105" align="alignright" width="261" caption="3 Feet Is The Law....But How Many People Follow It?"]3-Feet-Its-The-Law-Be-Safe[/caption] In addition to protecting my head with a helmet and riding when the drivers can see me I also make sure that every ride is accompanied by a sandwich bag that has my phone, my ID, and a credit card.  This gives me peace of mind that should something happen that there is a way to get in touch with family and friends.  My buddy Juan had an accident where he broke his shoulder and caused massive bruised to his thighs.  He had his helmet on but did not have an ID or anything on his person for them to notify his wife.  He was rushed to the hospital ER and only after being checked out was he able to contact her to inform her of the situation.  I do not want Karen to be in that predicament worrying wear I am and then getting a call that I am in the ER.  Better off calling her while I am on the way to the ER so that she can be there with me. By now you should know where this next paragraph is headed.  I am going to talk about RoadID.  This simple bracelet can be a life saver.  For a whopping $15.99 you can go online and order a thin Road ID that will have your name, two phone numbers, list your allergies and provide you some words of encouragement or more medical information.  Here is the information on the Road ID I just ordered:
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With 10% off can you afford to do it now?  And really the question should be can you afford not to? I am sorry that I have written this post the way that I have but I am passionate about this topic and I want to make sure that you are all safe out there.  I enjoy interacting with you all and getting emails and tweets from my readers and if I were to find out that somebody was injured I would be devastated.  I consider each of you a part of my extended family and I want to make sure you are all safe. Here is the video and picture from the accident at the Tour De France. [caption id="attachment_3102" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Yes it could have been worse but it could have been avoided as well"]Tour-De-France-Cycling-Car-Accident[/caption]
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I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

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