Cats need to watch out for whisper quiet bicycles in the night
(Davis, CA, USA)
Mr. Frankie got hit by a bicycle he didn't see until it was too late
Please see the website I have created in memory of my late tiger tabby cat, Mr. Frankie, who died a horrible death late at night two weeks ago tonight after getting hit by a speeding bicycle that he didn't see or hear until it was too late.
The collision rendered him incapacitated and though he was outside the house, I didn't hear him crying out because he couldn't.
I live in Davis, California, the bicycle capital of the US. Because Davis, CA is a college town where UC Davis is spread out over 5500 acres, students and staff are encouraged to commute and travel by bicycle.
Most of these bicycles are so quiet that you can't hear them. A well maintained bicycle makes no noise, it is whisper quiet. Bicycle riders are supposed to wear a headlight but many don't bother.
I had not a clue how dangerous these bicycles are to small animals and both Frankie and I were lulled into thinking that the cul-de-sac that we live on, which has no street access to a main road, was safe from speeding cars.
The real danger was from silent, speeding bicycles whose riders aren't watching the road ahead.
It was so tragic because Frankie was in excellent health and had gone outside late night to enjoy being outside and it was cooler outside than inside. He had no idea how dangerous bicycles are as there is little car and less bicycle traffice. But several weeks ago, some bicycle rider was riding home, very late around midnight, was tired and not paying attention to the road ahead and plowed right into Mr. Frankie who was in the street at the wrong time and wrong place.
To make things worse, soon after, a posse of raccoons took advantage of his being laid out and began attacking him while he was still alive, couldn't move, or cry out for help.
Very, very sad.
Problems caused for cats by bicycles is a huge problem which I have learned painfully with the loss of my beautiful Mr. Frankie, who was one of a kind. I will never find another cat as special and wonderful.
Please let readers know and see if they live in a "bicycle friendly" city/town/village.
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