Driver Kills Cyclist then Sues Dead Bikers Family for Anxiety

Bike Memorial

Bike Memorial

The news of a lawsuit against the family of boy killed by a vehicle is just unbelievable. Now I’m not taking away the fact that the driver would undoubtedly be distraught at being involved in an accident in which a young cyclist was killed. Behind the wheel of the SUV that hit three teenage cyclists was a women by the name of Sharlene Simon. The tragic circumstances took place in Innifil, Ontario in Canada in October 2012. Teenager Brandon Majewski was riding his bike along with two friends when the car driven by Simon hit all three of them from behind resulting in the death of Majewski.

Local press reports state that investigators blamed a lack of visibility, saying that Simon had no time to take evasive action. Tragic indeed and devastating for all involved.

What has happened since is the part that defies belief. Sharlene Simon has taken it upon herself to sue the family of the dead boy as well as the two survivors for $1.35 million for “great pain and suffering.” According to the Huffinton Post report Simon claims she has suffered from depression, anxiety, irritability and post-traumatic stress, and that the “enjoyment of life has been irretrievably lessened” since the accident.

I’ve no doubt she is suffering but as a human being what the hell is she thinking?

According to USA Today the lawsuit against them states that “They did not apply their brakes properly,” and “They were incompetent bicyclists”.

There are stories that we read everyday that just defy logic and common sense and I genuinely hope that the courts in Canada can see sense and tell her where to take her lawsuit. It’s a sad, sad day when someone makes a decision to put a grieving family through a situation like this.

Shame on you Sharlene Simon, your life has surely been dealt a blow but seriously, you still have your life. Clearly though you have no heart and you really don’t know what suffering is all about.

Rob
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Pro Cyclist Flattened by Flying Mattress

Ok, so there’s been the jumps you haven’t hit quite right, there’s the corners that are loose and throw you, there’s the holes in the road, there’s traffic that cuts you up but Danish pro cyclist Matti Breschel gets the prize the most bizarre crash of the year … he was flattened by a flying matress!!

Flying Mattress hits Cyclist

Flying Mattress hits Cyclist

The flying Dane who rides for Team Tinkoff-Saxo was riding back to his hotel (report from Cycling News) when suddenly a mattress appeared from no where and landed in front of him. He was travelling downhill at 70kph when the mattress stopped his bike and launched him onto the tarmac. Luckily for the rider he wasn’t seriously injured and he escaped with cuts and grazes to various parts of his body.

It is unknown at this time whether the mattress was sprung or made from memory foam. There are no further reports on the damage to the mattress. We think the bike is ok and did not suffer much.

Matti Breschel after freak accident

Matti Breschel after freak accident

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Stay Young and Hit Puddles Hard

Keeping Young at Heart!

Keeping Young at Heart!

There’s something weirdly fun about hitting a puddle on your bike. Ride downhill all day long, take on a high alpine route, head to Tenerife for some winter road training but show me a puddle and my eyes widen, head goes down & feet crank hard on the pedals as my inner child comes out. Even when the cold water gets in my shoes I laugh and pedal on, happy in the knowledge that I’m still young at heart!

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The Bike Safety Ad They’re Trying to Ban!

Cycling Scotland with the backing of the Scottish Government set out to highlight a very important issue for cyclists on the road. Little did they realise that a whole can of worms was about to be opened! The resulting Think Horse ad (see below) was made to try and get motorists to think about the space they give cyclists as they pass by them. A good point and one that as a cyclist & a motorist is very valid. The ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) however took it upon themselves to uphold complaints against the ad and ban it. They ruled that all cycling safety ads to be shown on TV must show all riders wearing helmets. They also stated that cyclists must ride no more than 0.5m from the side of the road!

You have to love it when people make decisions based on … well I’m not quite sure what! Ok, no one is going to argue that a helmet is something that should really be worn if you value your head. A helmet is a life saver (I know from experience), however it is not against the law to not wear a helmet in the UK (another hot topic) and there is no where in the law, highway code or elsewhere that states you must ride no more than 50cm from the kerb. So for an agency to take it upon themselves to ban this type of ad based on complaints about these issues is … well you decide. The ASA have a role and you can never please everyone when it comes to perceptions of any media broadcast. They do however seem to be missing the point. This ad is supposed to be purely and simply about motorists giving cyclists more room and thinking about cyclists as they overtake in a way they perhaps didn’t before. That’s it and I personally think the ad is quite cleverly made to highlight that point. It’s made with humour which helps to keep viewer attention and it’s not anti motorist which is important.

Cycling Scotland are appealing the decision! The ASA have now lifted the ban due to “a potential flaw in the decision” and an independent review is to be undertaken. Check out the Think Horse safety video below and make up your own mind. If the complaint was about a blacksmith trying to put a horse shoe onto a pair of cycling shoes or the beard scratching thing I might be able to understand the resulting ban a bit better!

Rob
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Iron Rob

My big resolution for 2014 is to put a bit more effort into my photography as recently I’ve become a bit of an iphone happy snapper. So for my first project Rob Griffiths a good friend of mine kindly stepped in as my model for the day.

I should point out, to anyone not familiar, that to term Rob just another ‘biking’ mate would probably being doing him a little injustice. Rob’s a world class Iron Man competitor. He’s competed at the Kona World Championships twice as well as a whole host of other events, with some pretty formidable results:

42nd overall (5th in age group) at Kona

1st (was “just there for training”!)  at Tenby Long Course Weekend Ironman

28th overall (6th in age group) Ironman Switzerland

20th overall Greater Manchester Marathon (horrific weather – 2hr 48mins !!)

Etc, etc, etc. But if you were to meet Rob in the street you would never know, as he personifies the unassuming, modest (I had to look at his blog for some of his results) guy next door  stereotype. The mild mannered Clark Kent if you will. And sure enough, kit him out in lycra and he too becomes an altogether different person, leaving mere mortals feeling just a bit Jimmy Olsen like.

I’ve actually only ridden with Rob a couple of times, and I use the term ‘with’ lightly as staring at him disappearing up the road while pondering the question ‘is this what a heart attack feels like?’ is probably a better description. On one such ride I watched him chatting away with a fellow ‘elite’ at the front of the bunch, with the casual ease of someone shooting the breeze in Starbucks, while I was sweating blood trying to hold on for dear life at the back. The final insult was when someone pointed out Rob was riding his cyclocross bike with knobbly’s on! I was tempted to throw the bike in the ditch and give up this cycling lark there and then.

When Rob’s not ripping the legs off club cyclists or posting Strava times that can reduce grown men to tears he runs Athlete Service, a business he set up specifically aimed at providing athletes a one stop shop for bike set up, servicing, physiological testing, physiotherapy, coaching, and just about anything else (strictly only legal of course, you wont find Edgar here) athletes need to train and compete successfully.

So to recap, world class athlete, nice guy, works doing what he loves, and runs a business helping others achieve success. Don’t you just hate some people (only joking Rob, please don’t rip my legs off, Sir).

Dave.

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Things to do with Five Ten Shoe boxes!

Things to do with Five Ten Shoe boxes!

Things to do with Five Ten Shoe boxes!

Having lots of stock of Five Ten shoes allows you to get creative during lunchbreaks. Here at Ae7 Warehouse in Glasgow we have just created this amazing model Five … I know, I know, our talents are wasted ha ha ha!

#festive500 – Day 5&6 – Whirlwind of memories

Well that was two very hard busy days. Little one turned two today and what with preparing and organising a party, building her present, family time, and squeezing in some miles I am absolutely frazzled. I guess no one ever said it would be easy, but there have been some moments to cherish on all fronts and that is priceless.

Dave.

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