Bicycles are the most efficient form of transportation, and superior to all others in so many ways.
Unfortunately, the cyclist is more vulnerable in an accident situation, than all those poor pathetic folks in their motor vehicles. In fact it's safe to say the only way to for a cyclist to avoid injury or death, is to avoid being in an accident.
This week, two experienced cyclists were killed in separate accidents, even though all evidence indicates they were doing everything right.
It's tragic... and it's also somewhat sobering. To realize how dependent we are on motorists to be taking care of their responsibilities in a competent manner - when we see their incompetence demonstrated regularly.
(Lest you misunderstand - most motorists are doing just fine. But there are some who obviously view their driving duties as secondary in importance to their phone call, or text message, or whatever the distraction of the moment happens to be. I sincerely hope that our legal system requires some accountability on the part of those who have cut lives short; there should be a heavy price to pay.)
Correspondent bob t sent me this; PLEASE help get the word out to anybody who might be of a mind to participate. Thanks. ...
Memorial Ride for Jim Chu
Last week on Tuesday, May 19, a van hit bicyclist Jim Chu, who was having a lunchtime ride along Orchard Street south of I-84 in Boise. Jim died two days later as a result of severe traumatic brain injury. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
Jim's funeral will be held on Friday, May 29, at 1:00 p.m. Services are at the Cathdral of the Rockies, located at 11th and Washington near downtown Boise. Burial will occur at the Dry Creek Cemetary.
The family wants bicyclists to lead the funeral procession partway from the church to the cemetery, and they hope for a large turnout. There is no requirement that you attend the funeral service itself, but the family welcomes all who wish to come inside. If you are available and want to join just the ride, please arrive at the Cathedral of the Rockies around 1:45 p.m. on Friday. The procession will stage on 11th Street, and will be fully escorted once underway.
I hope that you can join us on Friday, and please accept my apologies if you receive this message more than once.