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Bike Accidents Could Be Contagious

June 11th, 2012  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

I’ve moved beyond the morbid depression phase of my bike accident, thankfully, and am now ready to consider with detachment similar misfortune that hasn’t touched me.

Not long after I returned home from the hospital I took JP to a birthday party. One of the other fathers there asked what had happened to me (my face was still pretty badly bruised and my arm–my elbow was dislocated–was in a splint and sling). When I told him he mentioned that not only was he too a bike commuter (or in my case, possibly former bike commuter) but he rides the same route from Brooklyn into Manhattan that I do. He expressed his sympathies and then made some sort of statement about how biking in the city wasn’t truly dangerous and you could get hurt doing anything and watch out for those cracks in the sidewalk. I don’t mean to imply that this bothered me, largely because it was the stuff I said about biking all the time myself, prior to a taxicab knocking me into next week. It was only noteworthy in retrospect.

About two weeks later, I saw this father walking his son to school while I was dropping off JP. His arm was in an awful looking cast, broken in many locations. We stopped and talked, and he told me that he’d been hit by a car on his way to work. Again, no implication of schadenfreude, please. In fact, the only thought that went through my head, other than feeling bad for him, was “Holy shit, I’m contagious.”

And while I have before been told I’m like a disease, it’s never been catching. My condolences.


  1. neal says:

    June 11th, 2012at 7:47 pm(#)

    I’d be really tempted to ride a bike everywhere, but I learned a few years ago that I’m a danger to myself, even when there are NO other cars around. I get bored of just biking along, and so I start trying to jump the little ramp-like crosswalk patches of cement. I’ve wiped out with a poor landing more than once. I’m kind of an idiot, and not very good on a bike, so I decided that biking may just not be for me. I DO like to run to work…and I’ve been thinking about one of those segways (is that how its spelled?).

    Enjoying this blog!

  2. dadwagon says:

    June 11th, 2012at 8:40 pm(#)

    There was a guy who used to ride a Segway to work at my old office building. Believe, your cool simply cannot be maintained while riding. Consider a pogo stick instead! –Theodore.

  3. neal says:

    June 12th, 2012at 12:58 am(#)

    I stopped trying to maintain my cool a long time ago. But the pogo stick actually sounds kind of appealing too.

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