City Paper is not for tourists
Nick DiBlasio and Nikki Caporale are account executives here. They frequently ride together on DiBlasio’s Vespa 250cc, and quite often they do so without helmets. This is particularly interesting since both have had accidents—Caporale has had two cycling accidents, and DiBlasio had a particularly gnarly one in January. He says the reason he has a face is because he was wearing a helmet. (Intense road-rash photo after the jump.)
Both are careful to note that they keep it in the wind only on short hops, from the office to Harris Teeter (me: “You View” href=”http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=1631+Kalorama+Rd+NW,+Washington,+DC+20009+(Harris+Teeter)&geocode=CRZiKwziXEIgFZflUQIdInxo-yH-GQv4Mi6YWQ&dirflg=w&saddr=2390+Champlain+St+NW,+Washington,+DC+20009&f=d&hl=en&dq=harris+teeter+loc:+20009&sll=38.921623,-77.038558&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&cid=6455960862280325630&ie=UTF8&z=18″>drive to Harris Teeter?” DiBlasio: “It’s cause we’re in a rush”), say, or sometimes when DiBlasio picks Caporale up and they can’t be bothered to get the spare helmet out from under the seat.
Caporale’s two accidents are the stuff of cyclists’ nightmares: She’s been doored on Argonne Place NW and had a car pop up from a parking garage on her in Georgetown. Both times, she says, she didn’t pursue remedy because she felt sheepish that she wasn’t wearing a helmet. Now she wears a helmet on her bicycle most of the time. “It kind of depends on where I’m going,” she says. If she’s going to a bar near her house, she doesn’t usually wanna lug the helmet.
“We’re hypocrites,” says DiBlasio. “When I see someone riding with a bandanna on, I say, ‘Look at that jerk.'”
Here’s a picture of DiBlasio’s leg after his accident.
[PART I] • [COMING UP NEXT: MIKE DEBONIS’ BROKEN HELMET]