Trail running 36:16  3.8 mi (9:33 / mi)
Run around queens drive and a bit of Arthur’s seat while Lucy was at swimming.
Ray and I witnessed a cyclist being hit by a car this morning. The car must have been turning at no more than 10 miles an hour into the cyclist who was just cycling along Newington Road. It was really horrific. The massive bang. The pedestrian next to her shouting. The trainers flung off her feet, the victim lying moaning on the road for about half an hour while the ambulance worked on her. She was conscious but unable to move. We were both very shaken up by it indeed.
The cyclist absolutely seemed to be the innocent party. Broad daylight, car decides to turn across her path and hits her side on. It reminded me of last night though when I was rushing driving Lucy to football. Coming out of Mentone Terrace onto Mayfield Road I was about to move but something made me check again before pulling out. It seemed like the dark shadows were moving when a cyclist appeared from nowhere, dressed entirely in black and with no lights. I came very close to pulling out right in front of them. I drive around Edinburgh’s student neighborhood where we live most nights, ferrying kids to clubs and about half the cyclists have no lights. It is so so dangerous! This morning was horrible. There are some really bad drivers out there. Cyclists need to give themselves as much chance of being seen as possible, because bad things happen to totally innocent people. I think I might propose we whack a £30 matriculation fee on students but give them some free lights. Lecture over.
p.S. I always always where a reflective when I run at night too. You look like a dick but it massively reduces the chances of being hit.