Call

Blog

Law
02

Blog

Kalamazoo, a hopeful lament.

In light of the Kalamazoo, Michigan tragedy, it’s so easy to focus on what’s wrong with the world. Several similar incidents this year have hit too close to home. Some friends in North Carolina were also run down in group.  As were clients in in North Augusta, SC.  As our community grows, we experience more and more loss, both personally and professionally.  

People seem more selfish, anxious and angrier. You learn of a terrible tragedy and your heart aches for the family who lost a loved one; only to then read the cold-hearted hateful comments people write about the victim. It’s almost too much; sometimes I want to close my personal bubble in a little tighter.

But giving up would be giving in. This morning I was reminded there are still so many good people out there. People who not only care but who go out of their way to do the right thing. Social media is the local news of 10 or 20 years ago, only magnified by the hundreds of thousands. It emphasizes the negative because it’s dramatic; it fans the flames.

Like many who are reading this, much of my life revolves around all kinds of bicycles. Bicycles are my work, my transportation and most of my friends are bicyclists. So when I think about what’s right and wrong with the world, it’s often in the context of riding a bike. A beautiful afternoon ride with a close friend, followed immediately by learning of the Kalamazoo tragedy; the daily bonding ride to school with my little boy, only to be buzzed on a neighborhood road on the way to work. It’s the rollercoaster on which many of us live.

But today I see a lot of positive. Like this story about two young men (on bicycles) who went out of their way to help the woman being sexually assaulted by now the now infamous Stanford student. 

There was also this recent story in Charlotte. An awful tragedy and another unnecessary death where a drunk driver killed a motorcyclist. But two witnesses saw what happened and cared enough to chase down the driver. Thinking of many of the cases I’ve handled, there are so many good Samaritans, both bicyclists and random bystanders, who not only stopped to help but completely forgot about themselves and went out of their ways to do the right thing.

In my personal life I have found that focusing on the positive often drowns out the negative and sometimes even makes it disappear. Why would this not also work as a community? These heroes are the people we should be talking about. There are many to be found in our communities. We have repeatedly seen our cycling community rally around someone who is down, whether because of a crash or other life challenges.

Deep down, most people want to do the right thing. We have to keep celebrating those who do. We have to enjoy life and continue to ride bikes and do what we love; focus on what’s good in the world. I’ll now going to go back to fighting bad drivers and insurance companies but I am going to stop to think periodically about the great people I get to work with, the wonderful clients we get to represent and all the people out there who help.

Comments

Contributory Negligence
Ann Groninger Apr 08, 2021

There is finally a positive development in the fight against Contributory Negligence in North Carolina. Last week a bill called the “Victims’ Fair Treatment Act” was filed in the North Carolina Senate. If passed, the bill would finally bring North Carolina into line with all but 3 other states by eradicating this deeply unfair law. […]

Read More
Bike Shop with wheels
Danny Feldman Apr 04, 2021

Birmingham is blessed to have a number of great bike shops.  Two of these shops, although very different, are the focus here.  Future blog posts from Bike Law Alabama will focus on some of the other great shops in Birmingham and throughout Alabama. A NON-PROFIT BIKE SHOP: REDEMPTIVE CYCLES Why choose Redemptive as your Bike […]

Read More
Dooring of bicyclist
Charlie Thomas Mar 24, 2021

Buena Batiste did not plan to be “doored.” She was knocked off her bike by a car door and then yelled at by the woman who opened it. Fortunately, we were able to take Buena’s dooring case to trial and win. And in doing so, we set a new precedent for bicyclists who suffer a […]

Read More
Bike Hand Signals
Peter Wilborn Mar 12, 2021

Before you get a driver’s license, you typically have to take a test that demonstrates your understanding of the rules of the road. This includes the importance of signaling your intentions when you are turning or changing lanes. Across the United States, bicyclists are required to use signals to let others know what they plan […]

Read More
Ash Our Streets
Daniel Brazil Jan 13, 2021

As a Minneapolis-based attorney, I live, work, play and bike in the city. Although my city might be known for its lakes and our infamous Juicy Lucy, Minneapolis’ dedication to having safer streets for all should be included in that list. To reach the safe streets goal, numerous non-profit organizations and groups are working tirelessly […]

Read More
Ambassador
Rachael Maney Jan 11, 2021

Applications for the Bike Law Foundation Ambassador Program are now live. CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION. The deadline to apply is Sunday, January 24th. Those selected will be notified on or before February 1. Thanks for your support and willingness to work together to make bicycling safer for all. We are committed to you, to one another, and […]

Read More
3-foot passing close call
Charlie Thomas Jan 11, 2021

It happens all the time: Someone emails me video footage, clearly showing they were biking along when a car buzzes past, coming within inches of a horrible crash — and there’s nothing I can do about it because we don’t have the laws in place to do something to help. Luckily, that might be about […]

Read More
killing cyclist bike law
Rachael Maney Dec 22, 2020

BIKE LAW ANNOUNCES THE INDICTMENT OF CARL BEHLER FOR KILLING CYCLIST AND INJURING OTHERS   Today, Carl Behler appeared in court for the first time for killing cyclist Arthur Carter and injuring others. He was indicted on Friday (12/18) by the Anne Arundel County Grand Jury and promptly arrested and detained for 7 crimes related […]

Read More
Bicycle Mayor
Bruce Hagen Dec 03, 2020

When I (Maria of Bike Law Georgia) called Pattie Baker, the first Metro Atlanta Bicycle Mayor, she was trudging through marshland on her bicycle on Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway. I pictured her in my mind with her bike, wearing her signature skirts, and mud on her sandals. Always on the go, the newly minted Metro […]

Read More
Load More