Road bike (commute) 52:53  24.55 km (27.9 kph)
slept:7.0 (injured) shoes: Giant OCR 0
My daily commute just got commutier! It unfortunately also went off with a bang - I thought the bangs were supposed to be tomorrow night.
Blazed away down all the main streets in Forrestfield with a great tailwind then sat on the bike path alongside Tonkin Hwy then back onto Abernethy Road. From there I decided Kewdale Road was just as crap an option as Leach Hwy so went from there to Orrong, then got stuck on the path on the south side of Orrong because they haven't bothered to build one on the north side past Leach. Unfortunately got stuck on that path, which has lots of cross streets (to slow the cyclists down) then made the mistake of dodging in front of a bus stopped too far forward at the lights at Oats, only to realise too late that the turning arrow was on and a van was proceeding on its merry way around the corner. Slammed headfirst into the van at about 25kph.
Luckily no serious damage other than a sore head although I know I'm going to stiffen up tomorrow. Front wheel is slightly bent although still goes around but the gears don't change too easily and I couldn't use the big front chain ring for the rest of the trip so that'll need to be rectified too. Darn it all - my first day too! At least the woman stopped and offered to take me wherever I needed to go, although I declined many times. No-one else in the traffic seemed willing to offer assistance to a cyclist lying in the middle of the street.
Eventually got back onto the path on the north side of Orrong - much safer there. I'll have to find a new route with less traffic lights although I don't like my chances. The only roads between Forrestfield and Kewdale are main roads.
Avg before crash: 1:55min/km
Avg after crash: 2:20min/km