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Broken Wrist!

New riders are living dangerously. Reasons to ride with traffic.

I broke my wrist. Of course it's my right wrist. No, I wasn't doing something sporting. I fell while doing household chores!

I am using dictation software to write this post. It will be at least another month or two before I can ride my bike again. In the meantime, I will mostly be driving our Nissan Leaf all electric car and observing other bicyclists from behind the wheel.

While we love our Nissan Leaf -- for every dollar of electricity we buy we can travel in style for 40 miles ($1=40 miles).  But it's not a bicycle. I miss the exercise, the feeling of accomplishment, and the slower but predictable pace of my commute.

In our unseasonably warm spring, I have noticed a large number of new bicyclists on the road. I can always tell the new cyclists, they're traveling in the opposite direction of traffic, hugging the curb dangerously close, or on sidewalks. I know the safety statistics and I grimace every time I see them.

My friend Tim Fricker at has written an excellent post that I encourage all cyclists to read, new and experienced. Tim nails the reasons why we need to .

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Terrence Dankel April 01, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Thanks for this post. A big visibility factor is lighting for cyclists. Too often cyclists don't use any lighting at all, headlight or tail light. Combine that with riding facing the "wrong"way and the accidents increase due to invisible riders at higher closing speeds.
Alan Young April 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Terrence I absolutely agree! FABB has a program each fall to encourage the use of lights by cyclists and we provide a number of free sets to low income cyclists in the area. Its that important. Thanks for the point.

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