December 27, 2013
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Hands free apps safer texting
Crash Text Dummies

More about bike safety and dealing with texting behind the wheel: In the November 2013 issue of "Scientific American" David Pogue, who writes the 'TechnoFiles' column, discusses the latest research on texting while driving. The study compared hands-free texting to hands-on texting. The results are surprising. There appears to be no difference between either method...

December 19, 2013
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High Visibility Jackets Don’t Affect How Close Motorists Pass Cyclists

Check out this interesting article on bikeradar.com regarding high visibility jackets and then see my take on it below. This is a very interesting article. To me the most important thought in the article is the third paragraph; “…there is little that cyclists can do with their wardrobe to influence motorists’ behavior once they’ve been...

December 2, 2013
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Cyclist safety issues on roads
Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists?

Check out this great article from The New York Times, and then read below on how I take bike safety a step further. This is a very important article; every cyclist and driver should read it. I fully support his recommendations. Every cyclist should heed the last paragraph. Each time you get on a bike...

November 21, 2013
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Bike Sharing Programs

The Economist is probably my favorite general interest, non-enthusiast magazine.  Edited in the UK, it’s been in business over 100 years and while it has a unique British perspective it is quite pro-American.  It offers excellent insights into world events. Photo courtesy of The Economist/AWL Here's an interesting article they published about the rapid growth...

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...