Hit and Run

Yesterday I received this email from the City of Minneapolis:

On September 11, 2008 around 4:20 a.m. a 64 year old St Louis Park resident with cerebral palsy was struck and killed by a hit and run driver on Excelsior Boulevard less than a block from his place of employment. The male, who will be identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, had been employed by the Minikahda Club in the same position since 1962 and rode his bicycle to work along Excelsior Boulevard almost every day around 4:15 a.m.

The victim, who was wearing a bike helmet, was struck by a tan vehicle and that vehicle most likely sustained right front damage. Investigators are asking that anyone with information about this case call Sgt. Bruce Folkens at 612-673-3410 or Sgt. Chris Karakostas at 612-673-3400.

At first this made me really angry, and then really sad. Who does this? Who leaves an injured, disabled man in the street to die?

This evening I’m watching the movie Michael Clayton, which begins with Mr. Clayton “fixing” the problems of a wealthy client who has hit a runner with his car and has left the scene of the accident.  The wealthy client wants to cover it up.  Again, I wonder, who really does this?  What kind of a person abandons another human being after injuring or killing them?  Is it a panicked person, or just a selfish person?  What does it take to stay and be accountable?

I’m sitting here, on my couch, watching tv, not out on a run, or walking the dog, or riding my bike, and the words crossing my mind come from my first writing class in college: There, but for the grace of God, go I.  How many times have I, and will I, ride my bike in the street?  And I realize I hope I never know the answers to these questions, and I never know what it’s like to be involved in a hit and run.

Minnesota Lost


Today we took a few new bike trails and got a bit, well, lost. We were in Minneapolis the whole time, but you’d never have known from the scenery. Soft rolling hills, open pastures and shade trees lined our bike trail, which, we discovered, headed into the heart of downtown. The trail did get a bit industrial at the end, but it’s definitely a ride we’ll do again.

Velog – Twitter for Cyclists

I now have a page on velog.com.  Velog is similar to Twitter – it’s a microblog site with a social side also, but it’s focused on the cycling community.  I can log my rides with distance, time, and any notes I want to include about it.  Anyone can go to the site and see what I’ve been up to (or if I’m slacking off).  It also tracks my mileage for the week and my total mileage since joining the site.  You can follow me any time with the link in the blogroll to the left, or you can join me on velog by clicking here.

New Bike


About 2 weeks ago both Jim and I got new bikes. He picked up a Surly single speed and I got a new Bianchi 1885 Veloce. It’s been raining here every day so I haven’t gotten to ride it much, but the few times I have ridden it have been great. The ride is really smooth, and the shifting is much easier than on my older bike. We went out for a nice ride by the lakes today, doing a figure-eight around Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, followed by lunch at the Tin Fish. Now if I could only do that every morning!