Got a serious sprained and possibly a broken bone in my wrist from a middle school kid, who thought it would be fun to jump in front of me on the Ballona Creek bike path today. Probably doing close to 20 mph on a small decline and just couldn’t get the bike to stop before I slammed into the girl. Not sure what she was thinking.
Anyway, I went over the bars, she took the bike to the body and face. No damage to the bike, but after a couple hours my right wrist is killing me and swollen. Thankfully I didn’t just plow into her as I have aero bars and she and her friends probably wouldn’t have been laughing if she had taken them to the chest.
Apparently, this is a thing with the Culver City Middle School kids. I rode up to the Culver City PD and let them know kids are blocking the bike path and literally jumping in front of cyclists. Before I even finished telling the guy behind the counter what happened, he was on the phone sending officers out there.
So I guess the lesson for me is, slow my shit down around that fucking school between 2 and 3 pm…and next time, unclip, and just kick the shit out of whoever decides it might be fun to jump in front of a cyclist. Or, just don’t ride when school is letting out.