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So today I had my usual early morning 5 mile jaunt in the park with AB at 6:15. We finished and as we were stretching by Engineer's Gate I happened to look up to see a biker go by...nothing new there. However, about 50 feet later, his wheel just POPS off without warning, the guy went flying into the air and fell square on the asphalt on his right side and may have smacked his head (he was wearing a helmet). It was absolutely terrifying to see. Fortunately there were about 5 or 6 people that rushed over to make sure he was alright and called for help. I left the park after I saw him up and walking around; meanwhile, his bike was in several pieces:(

It just brought to light how important that helmet can be. I am now part of the biking revolution in Central Park and I would NEVER consider riding without a helmet. Yet, I still see so many people that do. Do people really think it's "cool"? I just think it's utterly ridiculous, not to mention irresponsible. Irresponsible in the sense that if somehow they fall whether it be an accident or a freak incident like this morning and smack their head, what then? I just don't get it.

My second incident in the park this week involved "bike lane man." I am wondering, all you Central Park runners, have you encountered the man that yells at runners if they are in the "bike lane" at any point? This is even during off hours when the bikes generally stay outside since the lanes are so small as it is. This week "bike lane man" told me he'd laugh when "a bike going 37mph came around and hit me." Nice. :-p

And finally, sadly it looks my inaugural run to food to Peanut Butter and Company may have to be cancelled this weekend due to the predicted weather of rain, rain, and oh yeah...more rain:( However, this should get my butt in gear to continue planning Hood to Coast stuff...it's only about 4 months away!
  • (Anonymous)
    Well, I can say that while I haven't encountered him in Central park, I have felt the wrath of his counterpart in Prospect Park. Maybe it's the same man, I dunno. Either way - I hate him. I think he's probably putting people in danger with his insistence on "the rules", and it has to be against some law somewhere to needlessly terrorize people like that. Isn't his verbal abuse a form of vigilantiism, taken to the extreme he does?

    And on the very slim chance he reads this comment, I would like to remind him that the parks are full of these long, thin wooden things called "sticks" and that a well-timed stick between his spokes would be, to his verbal assault victims, a very funny thing to laugh at.

  • i've had a biker once actually grab my elbow to try and nudge me to get out of "their" lane...wonder if it's the same guy.
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