Days getting longer, doing more biking, and feeling the close calls with cars again. The orange vest seems to help (a few drivers seem to equate safety orange with “government employee” and become deferential), but it’s amazing to see what drivers will do even when you know they see you – things they would never do if I were another car, since then I’d be a threat to their fender integrity. All of this gets me thinking about Matthew again, and then I learn about the upcoming Ride of Silence:
On May 18, at 7 PM across the country and around the world, cyclists will take to the roads in a silent protest of what they call carnage taking place on the streets. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, much of the motoring public doesn’t seem aware they are there.
Wyn Aldrich tells me Matthew’s name has been added to the list of bicyclists who have been killed by cars, and is to be among those commemorated at this year’s nation-wide event.