I was on my way to work this morning and stopped at a red light.
A young boy on his bike pulled up next to me and proceeded to ride through the red light. As he pulled out from behind the giant corner shrub and peddaled to the middle of the intersection he was nearly flattened by an SUV that came around the corner.
For me time stopped as I saw the SUV just barely miss this little guy on his bike and swerve drastically to miss him. The kid was so startled he too hit his brakes and ended up falling in the middle of the intersection. My heart just about stopped.
The SUV immediately pulled over and the guy driving jumped out to see if the kid was okay.
I couldn't even get out of my car to help. Instead, I drove up one more street and pulled over because I started crying. I had images of that little kid splayed across the street. The SUV was probably going 30 miles per hour and could have seriously hurt this little guy.
I guess the point of this blog is for people, when or if you have kids and they end up riding their bike to school. Make sure that they darm well know bike safety.
I don't think that kid or his parents or the driver of the SUV would have wanted to spend their Friday in a hospital wondering if everything was going to be okay.
UPDATE: I actually got published!!! http://www.helenair.com/articles/2008/09/18/opinions/readers_alley/windmueller_080918.txt