A couple of hours ago I was riding my bike on Liberty Avenue in Pittsburgh when a woman driving behind me suddenly accelerated and swerved to the right to pass the car in front of her.
But the lane wasn’t empty.
I was there. I was riding my bicycle and she didn’t look before she nearly plowed into me.
Luckily at least I was paying attention (and not texting) and was able to react quickly. I slammed on my brakes and swerved out of the way.
It was the middle of the day and I was dressed in the brightest clothes I own (which says a lot to those of you who know me) so I was definitely visible.
Below is something of a reenactment photographed by my charming roommate. Mostly it’s just to show how bright my clothing was. Short of covering myself in hundreds of lights, I can’t get that much more visible in the middle of the day.
I embrace the hell out of safety because I love my life.
And I always ride with a helmet covered with flames of safety!
Re-enactment on my tiny street that rarely has car traffic
To everyone: please pay attention. Let’s just look out for each other and slow down a bit.