I just got back from my speedwork on the trail today. I've always been careful especially after a runner died when she got hit by a cyclist last year in Dallas.
Katy Trail. Our trail "kindda" looks like this.
Here's what happened...
During my second 1600meter TT, I wanted to shift to the other side of the trail coz the road had a slight slope and my body was leaning to the right to some degree already -- don't want no ITB!
Before shifting to the left I turned my head 90 degrees to the left (my eyes even further back as much as it could) to see if there were any cyclists behind me. I swear to you...
I. DID. NOT. SEE. ANYONE. BEHIND. ME.
So I slowly inched my way to the left side of the road and when I was halfway there I heard a guy screaming...
And then I saw him from the corner of my eye...a cyclist...and we almost collided! He was just inches away from me and I saw him swerve to the left while I pulled myself to the right side.
My immediate reaction was to say..."OH SORRY!"
But he continued down the road. Not saying anything or even looking back. He was on a road bike, wearing a T- shirt, shorts and no helmet.
As I finished my run I couldn't help but think if it was entirely my fault. I was careful. I was not listening to music. I did check if anyone was behind me before crossing. I even freakin' apologized.
I'm not a cyclist (yet!) so correct me if I'm wrong, but, wasn't he supposed to shout out "on your left!" when he was meters away from me. I'd surely like to know coz I wouldn't want to hurt a runner while on my bike in the future... =(
We all hear horror stories of car drivers killing cyclists and cyclists colliding with runners. When I drive my car, I'm very careful when there are cyclists around. Shouldn't cyclists be cautious around runners too since bicycles are considered vehicles as well? We runners don't stand a chance. =(
I'm not pointing my finger at anyone here. Just sharing my experience, my thoughts and questions. I'd love to hear yours.
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