Another Mystery Involving Bicycling To Be Solved

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Summary

On May 18, Charles Uth climbed onto his bicycle and headed toward his job at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He never made it. He landed in a hospital bed instead. Now he's trying to piece together the story of how he got there. DNAinfo/Ed Komenda

On May 18, Charles Uth climbed onto his bicycle and headed toward his job at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He never made it. He landed in a hospital bed instead. Now he’s trying to piece together the story of how he got there. DNAinfo/Ed Komenda


TakeAways

There is no doubt that waking up in a hospital following what appears to have been a bicycle accident with perhaps an automobile is frightening. But at least this individual gets the courtesy of having his story covered in the media. And without a doubt it will appear in StreetsBlog.

But the second mystery is why a similar situation (involving a pedestrian struck and killed by a bicyclist) is not reaching through to the Urban Cycling Movement’s media outlets.

It is as if the lady who died did not even count as worthy of her death being noted. Why is that?

This gentleman barring any changes in his prognosis is alive and breathing. Kathryn Green is dead. The cyclist who hit her was by at least one local resident account doing 25 mph in a 15 mph zone around a blind curve. Where is the outrage from the bicycling community that one of their own was reckless?

But I guess that at least we all got to read about the tragedy that occurred over the weekend in the Horsey Hundred.

Playing Fair Is Essesntial

I am unsure how we as a cycling community expect to gain heartfelt consideration from both motorists and pedestrians alike when all we seem capable of doing is reporting on deaths of our own at the hands of motorists.

Isn’t it about time that we ‘own‘ our mistakes? We seem quite capable of condemning the missteps of motorists, but when we do something that results in either our own injury or that of a pedestrian we seem strangely silent.

In fact we unleash our journalistic lapdogs to ‘set the record straight‘ whenever we think it is possible that we have lost the top position as ‘victim‘ in the emotional sweepstakes we hope vaults us into an Amsterdam-like Nirvana.

But that is what weasels do. They point the finger at everyone else and never find the strength within themselves to ‘own‘ what is wrong, regardless of the cost to the so-called Movement.

And it is doubly distressing to me that the feminists among the ranks of the Urban Cycling Movement are allowing this to happen to Ms. Green. What is wrong with us? Have we turned into a ‘subculture of rednecks‘ who when describing a lynching always tell the tale in a way that justifies our actions? Or are we simply ignoring the lynching altogether in favor of securing the tourist dollars from visitors ignorant of what we have done?