Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The stupidity of bikers

Getting hit by a car while riding a bike -- and wearing a sling to prove it -- starts a lot of conversations. The prize for the best one goes to a guy I recently dated. Very briefly.

You'll see why in this text conversation. Things start out fine and then take a bizarre twist.

John: How are you? I was thinking about you this week. ... I hope you are OK.

Me: I'm doing OK. I got hit by a car riding my bike a few weeks ago but survived. I didn't even have to spend the night in the hospital.

John: Sorry to hear about the bike wreck. You are always so daring.

Me: I don't know how daring I was being, I was just crossing the road. I take it back. Bike riding of any kind is daring.

here it comes ...

John: Yes, bikes are dangerous and yet the laws make it so bikers can do whatever they want and car drivers are liable even for the stupidity of the bikers.

Me: Well, think of it this way. If a driver makes a mistake they probably have a dent or a scratch. If a biker makes a mistake they probably get to go to the ER. So they learn fast.
 
John: Bikers want to be cars when it is advantageous to them and pedestrians when it benefits them as well.

Me: This stuff is great. But you should probably save it for someone who hasn't been hit by a car in the last month.

A pad of Post-It notes has more empathy.