I'm one of the few people who has actually forgotten how to ride a bike. It's true! I took my little brother's out for a test spin and crashed twice in only a quarter mile. Bicycling is not my strong suit.
But I can see why people really enjoy biking to work. It's healthy for your body, healthy, for the environment, and a great way to avoid the hassles of public transportation.
Unfortunately, this is not the best city to bike to work. I had a roommate who was an avid biker. A forty mile a day type. He said DC was the hardest city to ride in. He's been hit by a car more than once. Do the drivers stop to see if he's ok? Of course not. They just go on their way being selfish little DC pricks without a care in the world. No matter that they could have seriously injured someone. La de daa.
So, I'm unfortunately not surprised to see that a young woman was squashed by a garbage truck in front of the Church of Scientology. The pull quote from Fire and EMS spokesperson Alan Etter is that "the truck just ran completely over her."
The name of the 22-year-old victim hasn't been released. Her family is in my prayers. And, selfish as it is, I also pray that I didn't know her.