I am now a statistic – another cyclist injured in Pinellas County. Florida has the highest per capita cyclist’s death rate in the nation according to NHTSA.(1) (2)(3)(4) A report from the Wall Street Journal indicated that Pinellas County was the most dangerous county for cyclists. It has the highest death rate of any metro region in the United States. Thankfully, I am here to write about my bicycle accident.
It was a beautiful, clear Sunday morning in April. I was elated to be outside riding my bike after being quarantined. It was refreshing to feel the fresh air and warm sun as I rode in South Saint Petersburg to downtown and back home. As we rode in the bike lane, the black truck pulling a landscape trailer that should have stopped at the stop sign giving us the right-of-way did not. At that moment, all things changed.
Police. Ambulance. Driver leaving the scene. Emergency room visit during a pandemic. Told repeatedly your helmet saved your life. Bruised. Battered. Concussed. Left to Recover. Another statistic. Grateful.
After months of recovery, I was back on my bike cycling cautiously. I am looking forward to being back to full strength and completing the century ride I planed for 2020.
Each day I appreciate that I am a statistic that can share the story of my bicycle accident.
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