My wife sent me this link in an email today. http://www.woodtv.com/dpp/news/local/ottawa_county/vehicle-hits-bicycle-in-robinson-township It is tragic to see someone get hit on a bicycle. Since I have been riding into work I think about this often. I have had a few close calls, but I have not been hit. A co-worker was struck last year. He suffered a broken leg and a lot of bruises but thankfully he is ok.
I have determined I am a defensive biker. I ride on sidewalks to avoid cars, I cut corners and drop into the grass. It is not that I am afraid of riding in the lane. Not at all, I often take the lane and make myself known on a busy street turning left. However, it is just sad to really see how many people are doing other things than focusing on driving.
Every morning I see people as I’m biking driving their cars distracted. Some are texting, a few are talking on phones. The enjoyment of biking is you get to see a lot and take in a lot. This also means I can see how drivers are driving. I watched a lady talking on the phone, lighting a cigarette, while turning the radio station. How can she be looking out for me.
So be safe out their biking. I have flashing lights, headlights, and reflectors. Be prepared.