Two paths cross of two completely different people and lives. Yet, the love, respect, and appreciation for the road and where it takes us brought us together. At the Mormon Lake Lodge in Flagstaff, AZ there was a biker rally for those who did not make the pilgrimage to Stugis.
The group ride out of the Pay N' Take makes a pit stop there and I had the opportunity to meet and have a conversation with "Bigg Mike" about just that. I talked about the fear and thoughts as we cyclists clip into the pedals, and he echoed the defensive riding of those on the motorized two wheels.
I recently had a patient hit by a car and went down hard. The car slowed, then sped off. It is that lack of respect for others that is so detrimental and scary. My cousins visiting here in Flagstaff (13/16yrs old) tell me they're afraid to bike around because of cars when asked if they ride a bike like I do. Not something I'd like to hear, as I'd love for them to enjoy the open road and explore where it may take them.
I understand most that may read this are already cyclists and share these thoughts and concerns each day. But for those whose consciousness it may enter, please share the road with the ones who love it and look to it each day. Thank you.