True story: A cyclist is left unconscious on the side of the road after a hit and run on a solo ride. She wakes up two days later in the hospital, alone. With no ID, police and medical authorities could not identify her at the scene. She hadn’t told anyone where she was riding. Eventually the bike shop where she bought the bike traced her identity for a police officer based on the bike’s and her description.
You can never be too cautious! Take these safety precautions before heading out to ride:
Along the lines of the "tell someone" precautions, I like to use one of the free smartphone apps (e.g. Google Latitude, Endomondo, etc.) to let my wife see: where I'm at, am I moving, etc. Come to think of it...maybe she knows too much! ;-)
Thanks, Darin. Also for the tech-inclined:
Live Tracking (Garmin Edge 510/810) - The new Garmin Edge 510 & 810 feature a live tracking feature that allows a rider to live stream rides for tracking by designated people. DC Rainmaker, the king of sport gadgets, describes how it works for the 510.
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