Pay attention on them thar bridges

2 October 27, 2010
This post was going to be about how great it is to have a bike to get around the city, and how NYC has become so biker-friendly. (True, btw, although I really don't get the no-helmet thing? Come on, people!). It's really amazing how much you can get done in a day with a bike (this fine Linus specimen on loan from the HUB (Hudson Urban Bicycles) shop in the West Village - an excellent place to rent some wheels), google maps and and iPhone. Visited a bunch of stores in B'lyn today to feel out the retail scene over there (it's been a few years). Some fantastic shops, and I'm only just scratching the surface. Anyway, heading back on the Brooklyn Bridge, coming down in to Manhattan, a big man/tourist stepped into the bike lane to take a photo and I went smack into him, hard enough to send us both flying. A chipped tooth, broken glasses, cut up chin, some nice raspberries, that kind of thing. So here I am in NYU's ER waiting to see the doc on duty.... argggh. Nothing too serious, but a good reminder to pay attention when you're riding in the city! (I've ridden for 15 years in NYC and you really can't afford to zone out, ever, not even for a split second.) I'm really glad I was wearing my helmet. A few more meetings tomorrow then it's time to head for the hills!

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July 15, 2014

After recounting this incident to my friend Salvatore who lives here in the city he didn’t miss a beat and said: “Oliver, you must remember that – unlike trees in Vermont – people in NYC move.” Hah! Nice one.

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