nearly struck by a truck on Bayview

Toronto, 2017.07.12

A pickup driver nearly ended my life on Friday. It took place in a spot on Bayview Avenue where everyone who's going through an intersection has to change lanes to the left to avoid the solid-line-defined right-turn lane. So, I looked left over my shoulder before changing. I saw a truck a good 100m back and went ahead and changed lanes. If he'd been doing the speed limit, it would have taken 15 seconds for him to reach me, as I was going about half the speed limit.

Instead, he was on me in a heartbeat, zipping past about 20cm away so quickly that my bike and I wobbled in his wind wake.

He then made the right turn, nearly losing control of his truck as he did so, and raced off.

I'd say he was doing 80-90k in that 50 zone.

And I just won't cycle that way any more. This is the same road I wrote about in my journal just a few days ago.

Three reasons to be thankful:

  1. Still alive!
  2. I have safe alternatives to that dangerous road.
  3. I live in a city where this sort of thing is no longer commonplace. That said, an acquaintance from Cycle Toronto - Gary Sim - was struck by a driver and killed June 30. I'd last seen him at the Cycle Toronto AGM back in late March, and routinely crossed paths with him on twitter until this post. (Which inevitably attracted the hate-filled, pathetic trolls, but that's another story.)

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rand()m quote

(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account.

-John Gardner