Yearly Archives: 2011

Ethical Consideration of Distracted Driving and Cyclist Safety

  Distracted driving raises ethical questions. If a driver is on an isolated road, distracted driving is only a danger to himself. But, when sharing the road with drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, distracted driving’s consequences affect the well-being of other … Continue reading

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Counterfeit Bicycle Parts and Safety Concerns

  Cyclists buy products expecting them to be checked for quality. Most of the time they are. But, what happens when unsuspecting consumers purchase products which they think have passed quality control tests, but which haven’t passed any tests at … Continue reading

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Bicycles As Organized Protest Protection

As bicycles become more prevalent in society, they will, inevitably, take on additional roles. These roles are limited only by the imagination of the riders. Consider, for instance, the role of bicycles as peace machines. A group of cyclists in … Continue reading

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Bicycle Helmets and Variable Risk

Few topics are more hotly debated among cyclists, and the general public, than bicycle helmet use. People on both sides of the issue feel passionately about their beliefs. One side maintains that wearing a helmet saves lives; the other side … Continue reading

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The Liberal and Conservative Struggle Over Bicycle Infrastructure

  The practice of bicycle advocacy is inextricably bound to the liberal end of the spectrum. Most liberals support alternative transportation and favor promoting bicycling as means of transportation. They see cycling as better for the environment, as a means … Continue reading

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Is There a Cycling Community?

  Along with the push for more bicycle infrastructure came the term “cycling community.” Whether this term was the impetus for the infrastructure changes or the result of advocacy arguments, it’s difficult to say. Either way, this term is bandied … Continue reading

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Cycle Chic: Form Over Function

  The term “Cycle Chic” conjures up visions of emaciated, diaphanously-clad fashion models posing with expensive bikes to illustrate their allure. With designer sunglasses and windswept hair, these ‘in’ people descend upon the activity of cycling, as if on a … Continue reading

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Making A Production Out Of Following The Rules Of The Road

  In the early days of automobiles, there was no such thing as “rules of the road.” With few cars on the road, driving was a free-for-all. Each driver drove in his own style, the only goal being to get … Continue reading

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Bicycling Advocacy Groups and Helmet Use

  Helmets are the only piece of cycling equipment whose use is debated by cyclists and non-cyclists alike. Among cyclists there are two opposing camps. One fervently favors helmet use. The other vehemently opposes it. Among non-cyclists there are those … Continue reading

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Cycling and Socioeconomic Status

  Over time, the activity of cycling has developed certain connotations. In the early days, it was seen as a form of short distance transportation and later became a form of recreation. At some point, bicycles began to be associated … Continue reading

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