Monday, April 11
bike experiment, year three
While biking the other night, I was almost hit by a car at an intersection. This was due more to my brakes, which are bad, than my aggressive biking habits (although my habits are fairly aggressive). The car was coming and there I was, gradually stopping in front of it. I turned my wheel so as to take up less of the street and the car kept on at the same speed, honking as it passed. I remember looking into the front seat, how the woman on the passenger side had curly hair and put her hand up to her mouth because she was so freaked out she might see somebody get hit by the car she was in.
I've since adjusted my brakes, so that they are tighter, and try to slow down a little more at stop signs.
The current year's stats:
march 2011 (w/ 7 days in seattle)
9 bridges (wburg 7x, manhattan 2x)
8 bridges (wburg 7x, manhattan 1x)
31 days (6 days in peterborough, nh)
1 bridge (wburg)
246 days (out of NYC 39 days, main bike broke 43 days)
158 bridges (wburg 132x, manhattan 7x, queensborough 6x, pulaski 9x, brooklyn 2x)
8 spills (1 major dental adjuster/disaster)
total $ saved from not purchasing monthly subway passes: ~$639.50
40 subway rides
total $ saved from not purchasing monthly subway passes: ~$228.10