November 12, 2013
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Bicycle Safety: Hand Signals

Since we don’t have turn signals or brake lights on bikes, at least not yet, a few simple hand signals can alert drivers to your intentions. It’s important to signal early so as not to surprise drivers. When you surprise a driver you stand a very good change of being hit, so signal early. These...

November 1, 2013
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Catrike Road Recumbent Bicycle
Is There a Recumbent or a Trike in Your Future?

After Adventure Cyclist published an issue about recumbents and trikes, I thought I should look into them a little more. I haven’t found a recumbent to ride yet; I’d sure like to find one of the high speed titanium models. But a good friend has a neighbor who owns a Catrike recumbent. He was very...

October 27, 2013
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Texting to Someone Who is Driving May Cost You

Here's one example of why texting while driving is a threat to bike safety. In an incident in New Jersey in 2009 a teenage boy hit and very seriously injured a couple riding on a motorcycle. The boy, texting messages to his girlfriend while driving (not a smart idea), drifted across the center line and...

July 23, 2013
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bike safety tips - driving
Look Out For New Mothers, and Everyone Else

A new study conducted by American Baby and Safe Kids Worldwide, and reported by the Car Connection, indicates that new mothers are among the most distracted drivers on the road. According to the study nearly 10% of new mothers had a motor vehicle accident while driving with a new baby. This is three times the...

June 8, 2013
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cyclist motorist accidents
I Didn’t See Her, I Was Blinded by the Sun; Anyway It Was Only A Cyclist.

Last April (2012) Katherine Shubert, 38 was riding her bicycle on country roads in Summerfield, NC when she was struck from behind and killed by an SUV driven by Kimberly Mann who lives in Summerfield, NC.  The cyclist was wearing a blinking red flashing light on the back of her bike jersey for visibility. You...

June 4, 2013
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The Ride Of Silence Doesn’t Do Anything For Bike Safety. Courtesy Does.

Last year, I rode in the annual Ride of Silence.  While it is a wonderful idea to honor those cyclists hit or killed by motorists, I was turned off by the event.  I believe the execution defeated the purpose, which is to raise awareness of cyclists by drivers and to promote bike safety.  It is...

April 16, 2013
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You Can Get Hurt On A Bike – educate them…

Last Sunday was the first really warm spring day in Greensboro, NC, so I decided to go for a bike ride.  Instead of going out into farm country where I usually ride because there’s very little traffic, I went to the nearby National Military Park which commemorates a Revolutionary War battle. I thought it would...