Overall, the week is still looking good but my commute this morning pulled be out of my great outlook on life for just a few minutes. As I was cruising up Main St, as I often do, sweating (and loving it) on this great November morning a routine occurrence quickly changed all that. At least a few times a week I endure near misses from the flicking of cigarette butts as cars pass me. It’s a small hazard of biking or walking near vehicles and it never really bothered me. This is probably because I’ve only suffered the near miss but never the direct hit. I had assumed that having a lit cigarette bounced off of you would be the worst possible fate due to items discarded by drivers.
Turns out that assumption was TOTALLY WRONG! As I approached a red light, I decided to ease to a stop rather than crank all the way to the light. As I did, a low riding red sedan passed me, almost stopped at the light and turned right. As it did the passenger discarded, what I assumed, a cigarette. I noticed the cigarette was too long, skinny and looked shiny as it bounced past my front tire. Upon further inspection, the object that had nearly hit me was a Heroin Needle!
As I pressed on, I had no idea how to feel about that. I had seen drug paraphernalia before but this was different. The GD thing almost hit me. I never thought that hypodermic needles would ever be a real CarFree threat. I was happy for them to remain the punchline in a really inappropriate jokes. But it’s not as funny when it’s REAL!