There was a 11/29/2010 article in the NY Times by Gina Kolata. She had a cycling accident a short time ago and published the following:
Fell Off My Bike, and Vowed Never to Get Back On
The article opens with:
“I crashed on my bike on Oct. 3 and broke my collarbone, an experience so horrific that my first impulse was to say I would never ride on the road again.”
Here on Long Island, NY 2010 seems to have the season of broken and fractured bones for many cyclists. Some accidents happened to people riding alone, some in groups and, unfortunately, two deaths when cyclists got hit by a car.
My wife, for sure, is uncertain of what the spring will bring, after her broken elbow accident in August.
I know a man who went through the same process after a broken hip…but decided to get back on his bike. He rides differently (no concern for male testosterone games), but just as often as he did previously.
I know another rider, who got back on his bike after surgery on his clavicle, even before the physical therapist thought he should.
I know people who stopped riding altogether and people who took a year or two off, then came back at some level.
It is a highly a personal choice. There will be logical reasons and emotional reasons and each person needs to really decide for themselves.
This all got me thinking . . .what are the other bicycle accident victims doing and thinking?
Perhaps we can develop some answers via a quick poll. It takes less than a minute and no login is necessary.
Please click below to answer. I will post results as soon as I have 100 or more votes. I will then update the results periodically.
The Bicycle Accident Poll