The cycling community here is tight-knit, supportive. There’s a camaraderie, and common ground – we all want to make things safe.
Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
On Friday, October 6th, the Oregon accident attorneys at Shulman DuBois were pleased to present a ContourROAM Hands-free HD Camcorder to Kristine Wood, who won the Portland Bike Camera Writing Contest sponsored by the firm last month.
The Portland accident lawyers at Shulman DuBois LLC wanted the contest to give Portland bicyclists a chance to share their funny, touching, and enlightening stories about their bike experiences, and were surprised they did not receive more submissions about Oregon accident injuries. Instead, the stories were positive and really showed affection for the city of Portland.
Wood, who has lived in Portland for fifteen years, was excited to win the contest: “All bicyclists like to talk about biking,” she said, “and it’s important to have resources like this [camera] should anything unfortunate occur.” Wood is currently enrolled in the PCC paralegal program and works for Wells Fargo investigating financial crimes. She commutes by bicycle on the days she does not have class.
Originally from Spokane, WA, both the accessibility of bike paths and the bicycle community of Portland thrill Wood. “The cycling community here is tight-knit, supportive. There’s a camaraderie, and common ground – we all want to make things safe,” she said, and expressed that she was hoping to convey this feeling in story.
Excerpt from Woods’ contest entry:
I ride roundtrip twenty miles along the Springwater Corridor. I enjoy the path because there is no traffic or stop lights, but at night it’s pretty scary. I’d been speeding home every night scared to death I might get robbed or worse. And then the other night on my speedy, frightened, ride home, I saw the distant blinking red light of another brave night commuter. Safety.
As I caught up with this other lady she greeted me warmly and I was overjoyed. We began chatting along our dark late night ride for a few short cool miles. And something wonderful happened. I expressed my fears and she explained: “As a woman I’ve been riding this trail in the dark for over five years, and nothing has ever happened to me, this is a totally safe trail.” She went on to share the reasons it would be highly unlikely to be attacked along the trail and it put me at ease.
The very next night, it was like a whole new commute. Instead of approaching the mouth of the trail at the Ross Island Sand and Gravel yard with fear and dread, I was happy and thankful for my river ride home. The glimmer off the water is stunning, the chirping crickets are delightful, and even the moaning bullfrogs are comforting now. And I found myself pleased that I have this quiet time to myself, to just ride. I really love commuting by bike and it has reaffirmed the goodness of the cyclists in our neighborhood. I wish I could tell that lady “Thank You” for giving me the most wonderful, new evening commute.
Wood visited the SE Portland office of the Oregon injury lawyers at Shulman DuBois to pick up her prize, and was impressed by the atmosphere. Standing by the firm’s sign outside, she grinned, and said, “It’s nice to see such a bike-friendly office.” Wood already had plans for her new bike camera: “I want to film the Springwater Corridor by day and then by night – to show the contrast.”
About Shulman DuBois LLC:
The Portland personal injury law firm of Shulman DuBois LLC, is based in SE Portland, OR. Partners Joshua Shulman and Sean DuBois specialize in hit and runs, car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death cases. For a free consultation, call 503-222-4411 or contact us at http://www.portlandpersonalinjuryaccidentlawyer.com.