r.i.p. fellow biker

June 8, 2010 at 8:45 am 4 comments

yesterday evening driving home from the gym sab and i found ourselves in traffic on the major thoroughfare that runs through my tampa suburbia. there was no where for us to go and i could easily see that cars were being detoured into a small neighborhood. inch by inch we neared what was obviously not a good scene. police cars ~ marked and unmarked ~ were parked at every angle blocking off an area of road. the first thing i noticed was that the couple of cars pulled off to the side had no apparent damage. strange given the number of police. but then i saw it. the white sheet draped across the middle of the road. the lifeless body beneath and what was clearly blood running from beneath. as i tried to keep my emotions in check for the sake of my daughter, i quickly scanned the rest of the scene to try to determine what happened. and it became instantly all too clear when my eyes landed on a bicycle seat.

what little composure i had managed to keep disappeared. this wasn’t just any road. this is where we often run. where many i know bike. what if this was someone i knew. or even worse what if it was a child. we were right in front of the high school and the black back pack i saw sitting in the median could only have come from this biker. there was no way to tell the size or style of the bike. there was no bike. just the seat surrounded by what seemed like millions of scattered pieces. right before we were detoured off the road ~ an unmarked car came up beside us and stopped. the passenger door flew open and a man likely around my age rushed toward the body. we turned then. thankfully. i didn’t want my daughter ~ or me ~ to have to watch as they lifted the sheet for him to identify whoever lay beneath.

we had a rough night. sab had no appetite for dinner and though she’s always quick to hug on me she was definitely a little extra clingy and seemed thankful for the offer to sleep with me. and i ~ though not a stranger to insomnia ~ was up most of the night plagued by nightmares. then this morning i woke to this post from bgirl about her recent close call with a driver as she finished a run. as a runner and a new biker it scares me to know how little attention drivers pay to us on the road. it’s so important to be completely aware of our surroundings. never assume someone sees you. never think that just because you technically have the right of way, that a driver is going to yield it to you. they rarely do.

he was a 20-year-old man. still no identity released on the news but from what i can tell he was no one i knew. but he could have been. he even could have been me. i rode this same road the other day. a first attempt at biking to the gym for a transition swim. but the five miles there seemed like an eternity. the fear i felt as i maneuvered my way around cars inching their way in off side streets completely oblivious to my presence. the drivers speeding and lane switching aimlessly. i vowed never to ride that road again.

rest in peace fellow biker. may your heaven be filled with smooth beautiful safe paths to ride.


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  • 1. fitandfortysomething  |  June 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    oh how sad……..

  • 2. kitkat1126  |  June 8, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    This is terrible. =(
    While it helps to make sure we as runners, bikers, even drivers are more aware, it’s just still so scary, we can be cautious but sometimes it feels like there is no way to make sure everyone else who is driving or biking is cautious and aware too.

  • 3. bgirl875  |  June 14, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Wow! Just reading this. Very scary! I will certainly be MORE cautious as well!!!

  • 4. five seconds « becelisa  |  November 2, 2010 at 9:19 am

    […] time in less than five months that i’ve seen the body of a bicyclist lying in the road. the first back in june a 20-year-old named michael. yesterday a man named anthony ~ a 33-year-old father of three young […]


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