Have YOU ever caused a bike accident ?

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Doug Landau at the 20 mile marker of the W&OD Trail in Herndon, Virginia, about 100 yards from the ABRAMS LANDAU buildings
Doug Landau at the 20 mile marker of the W&OD Trail by the caboose in Herndon, Virginia, about 100 yards from the ABRAMS LANDAU buildings

In a word, “yes.” Not including my own crashes while commuting, racing or just riding, I recently caused another rider to fall. While riding with the Reston Bike Club, I got carried away talking to a new acquaintance. I caused another rider to go off the the lip of the road – there was no shoulder, as it was the new construction near Shaker Woods in Herndon, Virginia. Luckily the young cyclist, a Pharmacist with Prosperity Pharmacy suffered some scrapes and road rash but no more serious injury and is back riding (I later saw her again at the Reston Century !). I have also since ridden with the Reston Bike Club “4s” as well as the 3s and 2s. Riding with the Reston riders is fun, great exercise and I believe safer than riding alone sometimes. I usually carry a small first aid kit as well as a phone, just in case another rider has a fall. Hopefully, the rest of my 2010 bike riding season will be safe and uneventful…

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