Trek Women
June 26, 2009

Bike encounter with the DEAF

Apparently DEAF people can be JERK people too.

I was riding my bike home from work today, and I got into the left hand turn lane.   As I coasted toward the RED light ahead, I heard a car behind me honking like crazy....beep, beep, beep, beeeeeeep!  As I usually do when I am riding my bike, I ignored it and did not look back at the fussy car.  To my surprise, the car comes swerving around me, and almost hits me, all while a lady is waving her crazy arm out the passenger window for me to get over. They stopped right in front of me, and I had to slam on my brakes so I would not rear end them with my front tire. 

I wasn't too upset at this point, but they did make me a little mad.  The light was red, and if I had been a little bolder, I would have pulled up next to them to let them know the laws of the road. I didn't though...I just stood there and stared at the back of their car, giving them the stink eye.  

As I was staring, I realized two things: 1. They were deaf.  2. They were talking about me!  Now I don't know sign language, but I can certainly read body language.  And, I am pretty sure when you take your pointer finger and make small circles around your ear, that means "crazy" or "stupid". It made me more mad that they would talk about me like that...especially since they were the one's who cut me off and apparently don't know all of the rules of the road. 

After the light turned green, they caught another red light, so I had an opportunity to pass them.  I wanted really bad to use the one-finger sign language that I DO know...but I didn't.  Instead, I just smiled at them as I rode past. 

Now that I think about is kind of funny that I ignored their honking...I hope they think their horn is broken.  
June 17, 2009

My Memory of Kevin

Kevin Pavlis: good friend, great father, loving husband, and cyclist.

My good friend Kevin Pavlis was struck by a car last Thursday while riding his bike in Boise, ID.  He passed away the next day on Friday, June 12th due to his injuries. He leaves behind his wife and 2 year old daughter. You can read about his life here:

I feel so sad when I hear about things like this happening to fellow cyclists. In Boise alone, two other cyclists were killed after being hit by vehicles in the last month.  This news hurts even more when it is a close friend.  I worked with Kevin at Idaho Mountain Touring when we lived in Boise. He was a wonderful friend, and co-worker, and a great person to go cycling with.  

I have this picture of me and is the only one I could find right now. The picture is from a LAC group mountain bike ride two summers ago. We went to the foothills and practiced going off rocks and maneuvering down drop offs. I was very new to mountain biking at the time, so Kevin was helping me out by pointing out the lines I should follow and making sure I was safe going down the rocks. He got off his bike and was helping me and the other timid cyclists, rather than riding around himself. He is such a gentleman, and great friend. I am glad I have this photo to remember that day.  Kevin
I will always remember his big smile, his boisterous laugh, and his Green-Tea Frapuccinos. (Actually, I don't know if he drinks them anymore, but he used to).  Thanks for all the good times at IMT and all our bike rides Kevin!  I will miss you! 

PLEASE: when you are cycling on the roads, take an extra second to be aware of your surroundings, and always wear a helmet. Kevin was wearing a helmet, and though it did not save his life, it could save yours.  Also, if you are driving, please pay attention to the road. These accidents happen so fast, and are so tragic, so please give driving your undivided attention.  And...Slow down!  Getting somewhere a little faster is not worth someone's life.  I hope everyone will be more careful and aware out there on the roads.