Browsing Category : Safety

Helmet style


Nod to the NY Times, who published an article in yesterday’s Style Section on bike helmets as style statements.  While a part of me bristles at the mention of “cycling style,” the part of me that cares about people’s brains being protected in the event of a crash is pleased (bias completely acknowledged).  If it takes a fancy wood-grain, tweed,…

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Yet another tragedy on the streets of Chicago


It is with very heavy hearts that we offer our condolences to the family and friends of Bobby Cann, 26, who was struck and killed last night while riding his bike home from work.  The crash happened on Clybourn avenue, just outside of Yojimbo’s Garage.  Bobby was active in the Chicago cycling community, including riding in Chicago Critical Mass.  Tomorrow…

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It’s Spring!


José (Pepe) Vásquez Vallejos via Compfight Now that it’s April, the weather is finally (a bit) warmer. It’s time to dust off your bike and take to the streets! Maybe it has been a while since you’ve ridden or perhaps 2013 is the year you’re going to start riding. Whatever your circumstances, here are some tips to get you going.

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Hi Vis Fashion


Since it wouldn’t be one of my posts without the requisite science lesson, let’s begin with a definition of “retroreflective,” shall we? When light hits a surface, it can do one of a few things.  Matte surfaces scatter light in all directions.  Mirrored surfaces bounce light rays off of them at a the same angle from how they entered, but…

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Minneapolis Cyclist Killed in Hit & Run by Drunk Driver


Elyse Mary Stern, 28, was struck and killed early Saturday morning in a hit and run in South Minneapolis.  Police were called at 2:15, and when they arrived at the scene witnesses gave the description that led them to the arrest of a 27 year old male showing signs of intoxication under suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.

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get lit


It’s expected that biking has made me a better driver- biking quickly trained me to look out for bikes constantly when I’m in my car and assume that every lane probably has a biker in it- but ssssh, guys, driving has also made me a better biker. Yes, the dirty secret is that I drive sometimes, and my Big Bad Car (not really:…

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The bicycle helmet debate, now with SCIENCE!


Have you ever gotten into an argument with someone who insists there is no benefit to wearing a helmet?  Besides the obvious “I get too sweaty,” or “I don’t feel like carrying it around,” I’ve heard people claim, “I know how to stop in time,” or “I never crash,” or my favorite, “helmets don’t really protect you from a serious…

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Take Back the Lane: Arming Yourself On Bike


The response to the original Take Back the Lane post was both thought-provoking and dialogue-inciting and, through all those conversations, I gleaned handy information about assorted pain-inducing sprays and all the darnedest ways you can hide metal on your person for the explicit purpose of hurting someone with it.   I have a very distinct memory of being an eight-year-old…

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LOOK OUT THERE'S A DOOR


It’s pretty much impossible, as a biker, not to think about being doored. Even if you’re not reminded of how bad it can be by having a close call of your own, you know someone who’s been doored, or god forbid, someone who has opened their car door without looking and came too close to injuring a cyclist.

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