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  •  Okay, you've given me reason to (4+ / 0-)

    try biking again. I have the one I bought eight years ago sitting by the front door. I've ridden it three times, but cars kinda almost scare the piss out of me. Even though the last time a car hit me I was walking . . . on the SIDEWALK, I did almost die. Hey, it's worth losing only a foot to be alive, but the wad of material behind my knee for the prosthesis rubs when I ride very long. I also have to make sure the foot is in the cage because it can slip off otherwise. The worst slip was my last attempt to ride, on a hot day in New Orleans, August, and while crossing a street I saw a car approaching. Adrenaline from fear ramped up, I shoved hard with my real foot and the prosthesis went flying. Of course, the driver immediately stopped, probably because he'd never seen someone's foot sail through the air. It was fortunate he did, as I was laughing too hard to move, even if I'd had two feet.

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

    by cv lurking gf on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 09:32:35 AM PST

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    •  If you can.... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...to start, try someplace where there are no or few cars to get your confidence back.  When I started again, I was very jumpy.  Also, I only rode with groups when I started back up.  There's obviously added safety in numbers.

      I'm still very, very cautious...and I tell people I ride with that even if I have a green and a car is approaching from the other direction in an intersection, I will stop or slow down to ensure they're coming to a stop.

      Be careful, but ....have fun!!!

      (BTW, prior to my accident, I had been hit by cars several times, both occurred on a sidewalk while I was running!!! None of them were serious, however.)

      "Self-respect is the keystone of democracy"

      by neverontheright on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 01:13:16 PM PST

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    •  I really was lucky, and I'm not learning (1+ / 0-)
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      the lesson I should have learned from the accident, because I'm now riding on the streets again.  I even rode through the intersection of my accident today, which seemed so safe on a Sunday afternoon.

      I think that it isn't an accident that my accident occurred during rush hour.  

      I am so sorry to hear what you went through.  

      Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

      by CIndyCasella on Sun Nov 20, 2011 at 08:42:51 PM PST

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      •  You did learn - you have the right (0+ / 0-)

        to ride there, and doing so helps get through any fear. Good for you.

        I walked to work my first day back on the job, past the stain left on the sidewalk and the crunched lamppost. I am in another city now, which has a slower pace of life. It will be fifteen years in March, and life has only improved over time.

        Now, off to work.

        "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." H.L. Mencken, 1925

        by cv lurking gf on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 07:18:34 AM PST

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