Monday, July 11, 2005

Listen up, Chicago!

My Number One Son lives, works, and goes to school in downtown Chicago. He gets around on his bike. That is, he gets around on his bike when you people aren't hitting him with your cars.

Yes, it's happened again. On Friday evening, one of you ripped out of an alley without checking the cross-traffic. You almost hit my son, but he was able to swerve and hit a parked car, instead. You stopped briefly, making eye-contact with him as he sprawled across the curb gasping for breath, dizzy from the pain of a broken rib, and then you drove away.

Just like last time, my kid was riding safely and legally on a downtown Chicago street. If you people can't control your cars any better than this, maybe you had better park them before you kill somebody.

Don't make me come over there.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

IS # one son okay now?
IT is starting to look like he is going to have to start drive a tank to get around
sorry to hear about your wreck Tristan
janice

tristan coulter said...

I'm leaving work in about an hour to go to the hospital to get checked out. I was in pain all weekend but yesterday it started to get worse & now i'm getting a sharp pain with every breath, movement, etc.

It's kinda a creepy feeling when you can feel something inside you moving around & poking things.

lindaruth said...

Prayers are with you Tristan (and with your mom because as mom I know how I would feel if it was my kid).
Linda

Small Blue Thing said...

I've just listened. I hope you all will be well...
Blue Thing

tristan coulter said...

okay - back from hospital.

looks like i'm going to live. two fractured ribs. doctor told me to stay off the bike for a few weeks. I doubt I'll be able to go longer than 7 days, though.

=)

Robyn said...

Two words, Tristan- Body Armor.

tristan coulter said...

exactly. body armor!

here's the bike that keeps getting me in trouble...

my bike

Brenda Coulter said...

Maybe Dad and I should get you a Hummer for your birthday.

About the bike, I dig the hot pink rims, but what's with the sissy pedals? You're not going clipless anymore?

tristan coulter said...

As soon as I have the money the pedals are getting upgraded. I've got bills to pay in the meantime.

Brenda Coulter said...

Well, you're going all retro and fixed-gear these days, so I wondered if you were giving up the clipless pedals.

I notice you didn't respond to my Hummer comment. ;-)

tristan coulter said...

I don't like hummers. Some woman almost squashed me a few weeks ago in one.

The old ones are still OK, though.

I think I may get toe clips instead of clipless. It's more appropriate for a track bike.

Neal said...

That sucks big time. Hope you feel better soon.

Anonymous said...

Tristan, accept the fact that your guardian angel is getting tired and BUY A CAR. :)

You're scaring me with these vehicular incidents, fella!

Anonymous said...

Tristan,glad to hear that you are going to be okay,
janice

tristan coulter said...

Nah, I don’t want a car. They pollute like crazy, are expensive, and unnecessary in a city like Chicago. In the very rare even that I need one, I can borrow one from the girls next door. I’ve been car free for a year and it feels great!