Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Two Local Motorcycling Deaths in a Week

A bad week locally for bikers. Two deaths, both totally avoidable and, from the information available, the rider's faults.

Motorcyclist killed on Old San Jose Road identified
Alameda motorcyclist killed in a head-on collision with a pickup truck identified

The takeaway from these two accidents and deaths is that, if you ride, ride within your limits. Highway 9 is no joke, there are descending hairpin turns that I've witnessed crashed on. There are blind corners and off-camber corners and debris and, you know, oncoming traffic.

Its easy to get carried away and really start ripping it up out there above Boulder Creek on 9 and 35 (Skyline) but the downside is pretty shockingly awful for everyone, including the biker and the driver who kills him/her.
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