Since I normally love to write about my adventures in biking here in the city, I figured this post fits into that category. [Those of you with weak stomaches may wish to tune out at this time] Thorn and I paid the price yesterday afternoon for a lady’s indecision; in fact we ate the back of a parked car going just under 25 mph for it. “Sorry parked car guy, she drove off and left me to scrap myself off the ground, I didn’t leave my number.??? There was a little damage to the car’s rear lights, I had some of it in my knee.

Bikesm Here is what happened. As you can see in my picture to the left (I am the arrow) I was on my bike moving south throwing two lanes of traffic. One car is parked on the right and a blue pick up is sitting in between both lanes waiting to merge. I had plenty of clearance, if she would have stayed put and waited to move over (there was a car to her left that isn’t in the picture). She grew impatient and decided to slowly roll forward and to see if someone else would let her in. When she started to roll when I was no further than 10 feet behind her, she effectively closed the gap that I was going to move through between the parked car and her pickup. I had to slam on my brakes, my bike fish-tailed and hit the parked car. “Its alright ma, I’m only bleeding!??? The lady drove off. I hobbled over to the curb blood running down my leg.

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If you’re interested in more blood check this out.

Other than getting some of the rear light in my leg and smashing my knee into the pavement I fared pretty well (and yes I was wearing my helmet). Fortunately Kate, one of our housemates,was only a couple blocks away when I called her to pick me up. Thorn has seen better days though, the front tire is no longer of any use unless I’d like to try cycling out with the circus. The worst thing of the whole situation, Chase later tells me, is that next week is bike to work week for Fuller Employees and they are raffling off prizes for those who bring in their bikes…I guess I’ll try to limp in and show them my wounds for trying to cut down a little on polution! Anyways, I can’t wait to get back on my bike, I am already feeling antsy.

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...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.

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  1. Wess,

    I cetainly hope you recover soon and begin more adventures on your bike. One question: You are not going to post pictures of all your “bodily” ailments as they happen, will you?

    Seriously though, I’m glad you’re o.k. and that nothing more serious happened.

  2. I get so frustrated at drivers who aren’t paying attention to bikers. Be they bicycles or motorcycles it doesn’t really matter. We need to be aware of them because legally they have as much right to the roads as car drivers do.

    I’m sorry that you’re injured because of a lady’s indecision. And tell Thorn I’m sorry for him/her too ;).

  3. Thanks Ben I will let him/her know! I agree, I think we need to always be thinking that there could be a cyclist or biker and make our decisions with that in mind.

    I also decided to pull the picture of my knee off it was making me sick everytime I liked at it.

  4. I think you should carry your bike to Fuller, and be celebrated as a bicycle confessor. Having shed blood for the cause you deserve a prize. I think that’s somewhere in the Bible.

  5. I’m glad i’m the only one who wasn’t sick by the knee picture. I grabbed for the trash can. They started an IV at the hospital the other day and i about puked. STOP THE BLOOD. it’s my new campaign. It’ll be up there with violent ministries ;-).

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