Hi everyone, Kat here.
I will continue my posts about the bikes of SOA and all things ride related, but first I need to vent a little bit.
Not vent like ranting about something, there is too much of that online for sure, more like pour out something heartbreaking to help me (and hopefully some of you possibly) get through a very hard thing.
Last Wednesday night a friend of mine named Chris was riding home from a friends house when a large truck that (supposedly) didn’t see him despite his reflective jacket decided to run a red light. The truck would have had time to avoid Chris and possibly stop if A: the truck driver hadn’t been in a hurry for whatever reason and B: if he was more careful on the road, not just to notice us bikers but also while driving in the rain.
My friend Chris, who loved people and had the most amazing laugh, the kind that makes you smile reflexively, was killed instantly upon impact.
Their are many things about riding that we MUST take into account. I and many, many other responsible and safe riders can ride in the rain without a problem. We know how to change our shift and lean a little lighter into turns and curves. We know when to throttle down because we know the feel of our bikes and how they ride when they have traction (and when they don’t possibly), and allow the weight of bike and rider to grab the road when we feel a slip.
But one of the greatest dangers to riders, in any weather, are other motorists. Even with awareness campaigns, all of which are great like Look Twice, etc., we have got to always assume we are not safe. This is true in any riding condition, but maybe even more so in rainy (or snowy/icy) weather. If the truck that killed Chris could have gained more traction without sliding across a wet street, my friend might still be laughing today.
So whether you are riding or driving, please take extra care when on rainy streets. This world can’t afford to lose any more laughter.