Strangers are not always comforting, but a nasty bicycle accident brings out the best in the good citizens of Bristol I’m riding my bike through a tunnel, obsessively turning a thought over and over in my head, when my lack of attention causes me to clip the barrier separating the bike lane from the pedestrian lane, sending me crashing to the ground quite spectacularly. Why is this important? It’s because what happens afterwards is one of those rare moments that restores your faith in people. I’d recently been feeling unkind towards cyclists after one went through a red light and crashed into me and my child while we were crossing the road. The man cycled off, swearing at us for, I think, getting in his way even though we could clearly hear the beep-beep-beep of the green man. “Silly us,” I thought at the time. “It’s only our right of way.” 'You need to get back on the bike,' the schoolkid said. 'Don’t get the fear because of your crash. Do it'
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