Before Monday I didn't regularly wear a helmet while cycling. I can't even remember the last time I pulled my pink skateboarding helmet out of the closet, but I know it was recent because it's been hanging on my vacuum cleaner for a few weeks now. Tells you how often I vacuum.
My attitude towards helmets, cycling and cars all changed in a split second as I was trying to cross Freeport Blvd. I looked down the road in both direction, at a cross walk. Far down the street on the opposite side of the road I saw a car. I figured it was far enough away to begin to slow down and I'd make it across, the car wouldn't even have to stop.
Half way across the street I noticed the car wasn't slowing down and was going incredibly fast. I slam on my bike breaks (which are the coaster breaks) and the car swerves around me. Narrowly missing my front wheel. The car screeches away without even an apologetic wave.
Helmets aren't the only thing we can do to help improve bike safety, especially on Freeport. There have been countless bike related accidents on that artery. There's a junior college and a high school on that street and no bike lanes and people speed. It's proven a deadly combination.
Safety Along Freeport For Everyone (SAFFE) is a group trying to get the road widened and bike lanes added.
I also called the Sacramento Police Department traffic division and filed a complaint about the road and I called the City of Sacramento traffic and planning division and asked for some traffic slowing devices along the road.
And that's the story.