"A 74-year-old bicyclist was killed yesterday morning in a collision with a car near the corner of Tremont and Arlington streets in Boston, according to authorities. Police did not release the man’s name yesterday nor the cause of the crash, which happened at 8:10 a.m. in busy South End traffic. But it occurred at a time when solar glare can cause problems for drivers turning east on Herald Street. The white sedan involved in the crash was facing that direction." That story recently re-inspired me to start posting to this blog again, as much as possible. Truth is, I retired from a 16-year career in journalism, several years ago, because I felt I'd used up every word in my head. After starting this blog, I realized I wasn't ready to resume writing for this, or any other reason. Thoughts still fill my mind when biking, though, so I'm going to share them here, as often as I can imagine. Even before seeing that news item, above, I'd been thinking about the dangers of "solar glare," and entertained myself, on a recent ride to work, but composing this ditty:
When biking in sun, please be reminded
Your shadow will point to the drivers most blinded.
When shadows are longer you're harder to see
The shorter your shadow the safer you'll be.