Thank you everyone for your kind words and advise. Just to clarify a few things, I do know how to ride a bike I am just not sure I want to ride my bike. I have been hit twice whilst riding confidently and safely due to bad drivers. The driver who killed my sister did not make a mistake he buzzed cyclists prior to hitting my sister earlier on the same road. He was so close to hitting my brother in law that it was lucky there were not more fatalities. My BRother in law watched in horror as his wife was hit from behind and dragged under the truck and trailer. He witnessed her cardiac arresting three times and dying at the scene leaving behind two teenage boys. This was not a MISTAKE!!! It was cold and calculated and he will probably get off with a slap of a wet bus ticket because that's how things work here. Stay as safe as you can but remember things that do happen that are out of your control. If you want to read about it google nz herald and it is there or go to Campbell live on tv 3.
I watched the vid and read nz herald and left a comment partly because I was disappointed in some of the other comments. You and your family have gone through a horrific experience and it's unimaginable the shock that your brother in law must have gone through because he was there. Like you I have been hit twice last year, both times I ended up in RMH. The first time my mate and I were hit from behind and we were riding single file. The driver was unremorseful and he would'nt even ring for the ambulance. It took almost 12 months for his insurance company to settle our claim. The second time I was also hit from behind but this time the driver was decent and apologetic. I've also been hit a few years ago and I've been forced off the road a number of times. My philosophy is that it's probably more luck than anything as to whether you will be involved in an accident. There is a small element of drivers who don't care, are aggressive, are hopeless behind the wheel and it's a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are some roads now that I refuse to ride on but I still ride as I always have because I love it. I wish the best for you and your family and I hope that your sadness passes in time.