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With Regrets to a Fellow Cyclist

October 16, 2010, was a day I will never forget. While driving down Bannock Street in downtown Boise, I experienced a lapse of judgment on my part that was dangerous for myself and those around me. What was I thinking? How could I be so foolish? Time and time again I ask myself these questions without yielding any answers.

While driving with a group of friends, I felt it funny to wave a plastic sword out of a car window. With complete disregard for others around me, I started waving the sword back and forth. In my shortsighted attempt to be funny, I endangered the life of a bicyclist in the bike lane.

The first thing you need to know about me is that I'm an avid cyclist. When it comes to the option between driving and biking I always choose biking first. In my spare time I have volunteered at the Boise Bicycle Project, building bikes for the less fortunate. I have had a profound love for bicycles for as long as I can remember, that's why I'm astounded I could ever do something to put a fellow cyclist's life in jeopardy.

In my fervor of guilt, I call out to you, fellow cyclist of the road. I am sorry for my actions of October 16. I accidentally put you in harm's way, just for a split-second laugh. I wish you could know how sorry I feel. I know it may be close to impossible to forgive me, but I hope to see you again so I can express my apologies face to face. I hope to see you around—maybe even biking together downtown.

—Jacob DeMaria