Some parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, enjoy a holiday today to celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday. I planned to use the occasion to cycle another century on Lantau island. So this morning I drove out to Lantau — a 35-minute journey involving one tunnel, two bridges, and lots of highway. After arriving on Lantau and slathering sun protection all over, I realized that I managed to bring all sorts of cycling crap with me, but one essential item remained at home: my helmet In my rule book, no helmet = no cycling.
Less than five minutes after arriving , I drove back home — and greased up with Banana Boat for the return trip. What a waste of a good morning. So enter Plan B: a leisurely ride up to the Peak followed by a an even more leisurely Starbucks coffee break. I returned home for lunch and to mayhem, as my son had a playdate with three school friends at the house. That was enough to motivate me to concentrate on the hills of nearby Pok Fu Lam. Up and down and up and down. In the end I only managed a fraction of my original mileage goal.
For me riding safely is top priority. Safety especially resonates right now because I just returned from Singapore, where I understand three cycling deaths have occurred in the past five months. For a place as small as Singapore, I consider that an epidemic.
My cycling safety rules:
– Always ride with a helmet
– Never ride at dark
– Follow all traffic rules
– No Ipod/personal music player
It amazes me how many cyclists do not follow these simple safety precautions.