No hands, no brains, but at least the ears work
April 23, 2007 4:29pm CST
Yesterday afternoon I saw a young girl somewhere between 10 and 14 I would guess riding along the road, she wasn't wearing a helmet (which is illegal) and in all the time I was watching her she did not have her hands on the handlebars. Then her mobile phone rang and incredibly she answered it, so now she had one hand on the phone and one she was gesturing with. The road she was on was quite busy and a couple of cars had to get out of her way because she wasn't paying attention.
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24 Apr 07
I do remember riding with no hands as a kid. Not all the time, but every once in a while. Showing off or something. We never had helmets as a kid either. We lived a very, very dangerous life considered with all the precautions we take now. I do think if the girl was on a busy road, she should have had a helmet on and been paying more attention to what she was doing. Unfortunately, you're talking about a young girl who may not want to ruin her hair with a helmet and just "has" to take that call from her BFF to talk about some boy at school. That's why we, as adults and licensed drivers, must be prepared for everything. There has never been a shortage of "dumb" kids doing dumb things. There isn't much else we can do.
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24 Apr 07
I know a lot of kids sometimes do that. But she must have had her hands off the handlebars for about a kilometre. It was lucky for her that the people driving cars were watching the road as if they had been paying as much attention as her they would have hit her and then everyone would have been blaming them, not the cyclist.