It's a day late and past the weekend, but there's a lot of news to catch up on.
Major Taylor Flaming Sprockets
100 years ago, Marshall "Major" Taylor was the fastest cyclist in the world, dominating at popular track cycling events. When he was allowed to participated. You see, the fastest man on two wheels was a black man.
Today, Major Taylor serves as an inspiration to black cyclists in Kansas City, Missouri, where the Major Taylor bike group works to encourage recreational riding among African Americans.
"I’ve lived in KC my entire life, and for more than half of it I’ve been riding a bicycle," group member Kenneth Walker said. "And I can’t recollect a time when I have ever seen a group of African-Americans riding a bicycle together in my city."
Meanwhile, Jenna Hughes complains about all the cyclists riding around campus and writes that Sacramento State University should paint lanes on the roads to make it clear that cyclists belong on the road, not the sidewalk.
Holly Mullen in Salt Lake City reminds her fellow cyclists that they really should obey the rules of the road. "Proudly sporting their corporate-logo-emblazoned jerseys and shorts, they formed their own little peloton - which forced two riders outside the designated bike lane and into the road. When a vehicle gingerly passed them, those two responded with the middle-finger salute. Not one of the pack made any move to ride single file. Thanks, gentlemen, for all you did at that moment to build the public image of cyclists."