Bicycle Repair And Liability

Some tragic accidents are the result of a freak accident. Others are the result of negligence on the part of some party.

The former is sad, but understandable. The latter is not.

An example of a cycling death that is tragic and preventable is the story of a 14-year-old boy who was struck by a van when he lost control of his bike after the brakes failed. This is quite different from the many stories we hear about drivers striking and killing a rider because the boy could not stop and rode into the path of the van.    Continue reading …. 

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When A Bicycle Becomes A Lock

Those of us who are active in the cycling world are accustomed to regarding bicycles as vehicles. We see them as a means of transportation. We see them as a form of recreation. And, we see them as an integral part of daily life.

While bicycles have a lot of pluses, namely, low operating and maintenance costs (in comparison to cars), health benefits and a means of avoiding traffic congestion, there are a few downsides. One of the negatives associated with owning and riding a bicycle is the problem of theft.    Continue reading ….

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How Police Accident Reporting Practices Affect Bicyclists And Pedestrians

As if the statistics on car versus bicycle accidents weren’t frightening enough, I recently read the following:

“Dart across Washington Street once or twice, and you probably would not pick Boston as the nation’s safest city for pedestrians.

Study after study says it is, though: More people walk to work in Boston than just about anywhere, and the statistics showing that a dozen or so pedestrians are killed in the street every year compare favorably to figures for just about every large city in the country.

So by the standards of the nation’s busiest metropolises, Boston is best. But are the city’s streets really safer than those in, say, Concord?

The short answer is no. The state’s records on pedestrian accidents in Boston capture only a fraction of such accidents here. That is because the Boston Police Department has refused for years to report most crashes — pedestrians, bikes, cars, and everything else — to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Officers are needed on their beats, police say, not filling out extra paperwork for the state’s databases.”

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Cycling In America Goes With Privilege Not With Necessity

The article on cycling elitism, which I wrote about a few days, ago piqued my curiosity about who is riding bicycles today and why. My research led me to several articles which confirmed that the majority of cyclists in America are white and relatively affluent, rather than poor and riding a bike out of necessity.

What wasn’t agreed upon in the articles, some of which were written by academics who had done their own research, was why people in lower income neighborhoods were not drawn to cycling in the same percentages as their higher income counterparts. Despite statistics quoted about responses given to studies by poor people, I think that the entire picture of this situation is far from clear.

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Is The Rise Of Cycling Elitism A Result Of Individual Goals Or Infrastructure Evolution?

As I was scrolling through a list of links to current cycling news and blogs, I came across a headline which caught my attention. It was about the rise of an upper class cycling culture.

The author of this article is located in Portland where, apparently, the cycling culture has changed in ways that we haven’t seen in Boston. The reasons for this difference are certainly multifactorial, but the most dominant reason probably relates to the composition of the residents.    Continue reading ….

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Can We Improve Safety For Novice Cyclists By Changing Our Own Positions?

Commenting is an important part of blogging. It gives the author and readers a way to express their impressions and ideas and it facilitates discussion.

This blog receives quite a few comments for a personal blog. It may not be as big or as well trafficked as some of the high profile blogs, however, unlike those blogs, it gets comments that are insightful and thought provoking.

Over the past week, there has been a lot of traffic to this blog for the purpose of reading about and discussing whether cyclist drivers can run interference for cyclist bikers.    Continue reading ….

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Reflections On Cyclists Using Cars Or Other Means To Protect Cyclists

A few days ago, I wrote a post about cyclist drivers running interference for cyclist bikers. The concept had been on my mind for quite some time. And I knew that my regular readers would be able to relate to it. In fact, one of my regular readers, who also follows me on Twitter, tweeted a response to this post to tell me that he also runs interference for cyclists with his car. I tweeted back a suggestion that we should start a trend in order to reduce the number of cyclists who are injured or killed by cars. Well, I may have gotten my wish.

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Cyclist Drivers Running Interference For Cyclist Bikers

Driving is very different when you ride a bike in addition to driving a car. This dual identity allows you to see the road not only as a driver, but as a cyclist. Both perspectives often come into play, simultaneously, when sharing the road and when watching other drivers share the road.

As a kid, I rode a bike almost unconsciously. Cars were an oddity, a foreign entity used by adults.

Naturally, I only rode in a car as a passenger, so my experience of automobile travel was one of watching the scenery go by and wishing we would get there already and get out of the car. In fact, my childlike view of cars was that people got in and out of them because it was time to go somewhere.

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The Ins And Outs Of Parking Rule Enforcement For Bicycles

One of the perks of riding a bicycle is not having to worry about finding a parking space. Bikes are small and can be brought onto the sidewalk, so once a cyclist reaches his or her destination, the main problem will be finding something to lock the bike to.

For years, cyclists were few and far between. The small number of bicycles created a lot of latitude for the cyclists. They could lock their bikes almost anywhere, as long as they did not impede foot traffic.    Continue reading ….

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Cars And Laziness

Cars are convenient. They make customized travel a breeze. As long as there are roads leading in the direction one wants to travel, a direct route can be taken. This drastically cuts travel time in comparison to public transportation or using multiple forms of indirect transportation to arrive at one’s destination.

There’s no doubt that cars have changed modern society a great deal. Everywhere you look, roads are crammed full of cars waiting one behind the other for an opportunity to move forward. Such situations are affectionately known as “traffic jams.”    Continue reading ….

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