What Not to Do

In case you hadn’t noticed, Tulsa has an active cycling community. This is a good thing! It reduces yuck in the air, and saves money fixing streets, since bicycle riders don’t cause any road wear. Ultimately, it saves us all money, since cyclists are (generally) in fairly good physical shape and are less likely to become a drain on the healthcare system.

Now I realize that not everyone sees the plus side of all those people out there wearing spandex pants and acting all smug and sanctimonious. Some people view cyclists as an imposition, and as a result, drivers sometimes lose their ability to think clearly, or make sound decisions under pressure. I talk about it all the time, but talking about the close calls I’ve seen isn’t as effective as seeing it.

Lisa gave me a GoPro for Christmas. It is the third camera I have owned for recording action-type stuff. The first was a GoPro from the early days–it was great, way better than the other cameras I had tried. Then Garmin came out with an action cam of their own. I bought one, and it was okay. The video quality was sub-par, but it did project the riders stats on the video, which is pretty cool. When Lisa asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, I mentioned a new camera, but told her that she didn’t need to get me the latest offering from GoPro–the 8 or 9 would do fine. But she had to go all out and get me the newest version, the Hero 10. I’m still trying to figure it out. But it is really nice! The video quality is spectacular! And it didn’t take long for me to capture an impatient driver acting foolishly, putting himself and others in danger. Just another day in Oklahoma.

Be patient with me. I don’t adapt well to change, and learning to use the camera and the editing software is a challenge. For example, I originally had a detailed set of captions on this video, but they didn’t make the final cut. I’ll get it figured out. Or I won’t.

If I’d had this when Dolores ran that stop sign and hit me back in May, I wouldn’t still be fighting with Falcon Insurance of Oak Brook, Illinois. The video seen here was taken on December 26, 2021 on Frankoma Road outside of Sapulpa. I was traveling northeast at 22 mph when these two cars decided to pass me. The first car was no problem–plenty of room to safely pass. The second car? Well let’s just say that this driver wasn’t using his/her thinker. It was close. Very close. Way closer than it appears in this video. The good news, for me anyway, is that I had an escape plan in mind–if those cars had collided, I was fully prepared to veer off to the right, leave the road, and avoid the inevitably fiery crash that would have been the result, calling 911 just before attempting to rescue people trapped inside the burning wreckage. Call me Gage. Or DeSoto. “Rampart, this is squad 51…”

What do you think?

Published by jasonk5322

I'm a teacher, historian, pastor, cyclist, and guitarist. I've been waging a sometimes-noble battle against MS. I love Jesus, and am amazed that He loves me back.

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