I'm an IT consultant by trade... I travel to my clients, all over Miami-Dade county. Most people don't seem to 'get' that I do so by bicycle and by choice. Generally cycling is my zen, my chance to be one with the world. Unfortunately plenty of drivers are intent on making me one with the road - literally.

Watch these close brushes with death and dismemberment. See what I see, or sometimes (through the rear cam) what I don't see... thats even scarier. I've had more than my fair share of close calls, usually someone being too busy texting, calling or putting on makeup to notice that there is a vulnerable vehicle right near them

Often it's an uneducated driver that have mistaken the local public roads for the Homestead Miami Speedway. How dare a cyclist be on the road?! Why aren't you in the bike lane? Umm, there isn't one or don't you see that car parked in it? Once in a while its a truly homicidal maniac who has no regard for human life. Cyclists will understand - this happens all the time. Drivers don't respect the destructive power of the weapon they wield

Yes, weapon… have you ever had someone step on the gas, with the sole intention of running you over?! I have. All I can hope is that non-cyclists see these videos, and maybe as a result are a little more careful next time they see a bike out of the corner of their eye. All I really want is to live to bike another day

Is that really too much to ask?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The case was dropped

It's with great sadness that I must report that the State Attorney's Office dropped the case on Monday morning.  I will say that I am extremely disappointed with this result, but I will refrain from further comment about this case for the time being.

I will use this opportunity to link to the various mentions of this case that I have thus far discovered online.  The commentary following the article is often quite interesting:

Transit Miami reports on the original arrest

Beached Miami reports on the trial

Miami New Times Riptide Blog weighs in

The Miami New Times Print Edition available tomorrow

I thank God that I was not physically injured, and can only hope that such close calls do not happen in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me in support, I truly appreciate it.

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