December 23, 2012 at 6:00 am (safety, Technique)
LAB calls this the quick-stop and we do gentle practice on pavement usually with one or two spotters, but if you really want to master it, you’ll want to follow these steps.–Corrie
You’re riding down the street when a giant SUV suddenly pulls out from a stop sign. The shocked driver sees you and slams on the brakes. Now the road is blocked. Swerving won’t help. What can you do to avoid running headlong into a sheet-metal wall?
via Issue No. 556: What’s on Tap for 2013 | Road Bike Rider.
December 21, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights, safety)
Linda and I were driving up 13th after 10pm Saturday night. It is a wide avenue with a parking lane on each side. In addition there are street lights on each corner. But the blocks are long and darkneess fills the middle. What I saw was the reflective pedals on a cruiser bike riding in the gutter.
An older man rode the bike wearing dark clothes and no helmet. He was in the gutter/parking lane rather than on the sidewalk but he was traveling at sidewalk speed.
Probably the sidewalk would have been a safer place to ride but then he didn’t have a headlight either so sidewalks which tend to have mailboxes and driveway cuts at irregular intervals would have been unmanageable.
If he came upon a parked car, I’m sure he’d have looked carefully behind him before riding around it. But if your bike is your transportation, why wouldn’t you light it up?
The law doesn’t require you to have a helmet, but it does require a bright white front light and a red reflector in the rear. He had neither.–Corrie
The days are short and the nights are long. (Global darkening?) As I was bicycling in to work this morning – in almost-dark – I caught an occasional glimpse up ahead of a red light. I assumed it was a taillight on another bicycle. And I was right.
via The Bike Nazi: Not-so-safe safety equipment.
December 20, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights)
Here’s a nice readable summary of each state law regarding bicycles. It is not the actual law, however, so you might want to visit each state’s own website to read the original code. For most purposes this should be more than adequaste. Easy to use and read. –Corrie
Riding a bike is a healthy, fun and safe activity. However, it isn’t without some risk. The following information highlights areas of law that may minimize that risk and have the potential to reduce conflicts between bikes and cars (and other traffic).
via League of American Bicyclists * Legal Program/Bike Laws.
December 19, 2012 at 6:00 am (equipment, safety)
As a guy who went down and lost a few minutes of memory, you don’t have to sell me on the necessity of a helmet. But there are helmets out there that are old or have never been certified. Does that matter?–Corrie
The non-certified helmet being tested is an extremely popular helmet amongst the skatepark and BMX set. Heck, many of my close friends, riding buddies, and loved ones choose to wear the non-certified Bucky Lasek Classic ProTec helmet shown in the video. Many of my other riding buddies also wear non-certified but retro cool helmets and the bottom line is they aren’t safe.
via Watch This: Certified Versus Non Certified Helmet Impact Testing – Bike Rumor.
December 15, 2012 at 6:00 am (Cycling Rights, safety)
Mostly we don’t ride streets with many parked cars, but when we do, TRC members too often error on the side of staying to the right which puts them directly in the Door Zone. The laws in both Idaho and Washington do not require you to ride in a hazardous position nor to share a lane that is too narrow to allow for safe passing. Cyclists are often guilty of rude behavior but in this case we are more likely to be excessively courteous with potentially devasting results. –Corrie
You’ve just parked, turned off your car, and given a sigh of relief that you’re no longer stuck in traffic. You reach for your things, kick open your door and CRASH!
via Bikeyface » The Doors!.
December 13, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, safety)
Uh, should I stop cycling? Not because of this report. Unless you also plan to give up driving your car. Still, there’s no reason not to learn the skills and knowledge that will make you safer on the road. –Corrie
A report issued by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration finds that 677 bicyclists died in traffic in 2011. That’s a 8.7% increase over 2010, when 623 bicyclists died.
via Bicycle fatalities increase in 2011 » Biking Bis.
December 12, 2012 at 6:00 am (Commuting, equipment, safety)
At better than 15inches, we are nearlly 4 inches over our annual rainfall for the LC Valley. I’ve been caught in more wet weather the last two years than in the previous 10–is the drought over?–Corrie
Here in the Pacific Northwest, winter means lots of rain. As a native-born Portlander who has been biking seriously since 1999, I think of myself as a bit of a rain expert. Today I’d like to share my field-tested tips on becoming a happy winter cyclist.
via Adventure Cycling Association: Winter Tips from a Rain Expert.
December 5, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, Cycling Rights, safety)
A bicycle is a vehicle in all 50 states. That means the cyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a motorist including the right to make that left turn or avoid road hazards. Be sure to click through to see the wonderful Bikeyface drawings which illustrate this point. Better yet, print it out and post on the bulletin board at work.–“corrie
Whenever a person first discovers I bike, they reply with a story. And it’s always the same story.
“I was driving down [insert any road name] when all of the sudden I saw a cyclist in the MIDDLE OF THE ROAD!” Inevitably it always ends with them saying they “just tapped on their horn” or “squeezed by” or “yelled out to the cyclist.”
via Bikeyface » Middle of the Road.
November 26, 2012 at 6:00 am (advocacy, safety)
Motorists don’t always get it. Neither do cyclists. In a misguided effort at courtesy we sometimes put ourselves at risk by refusing to take the lane when appropriate. Sometimes that means riding too close to parked cars, riding to close to the shoulder encouraging passing by motorists when there’s really not enough room. This Facebook image does a good job of explaining to both cyclists and motorists what is going on.
And it is a slideshow with some interesting additional images of bikes and biyclists.–Corrie
November 24, 2012 at 6:00 am (equipment, safety)
A bright idea for visibility and it looks like a pretty good jacket, too. I like the pockets.
You’ve all probably seen those safety vetsts with flashing LED lights embedded in them, right? The vests I’ve seen previously have very weak, small lights that are essentially useless.
via Cyclelicious » Bright LED cycling jacket.