Happy Friday, everybody.
I was Just Riding Along when my plastic seatpost snapped on my bike ride to work this morning. There was a loud *ka-RACK* and suddenly my saddle is a lot more flexy than before. Specialized’s parts warranty only runs one year, and this seatpost is three years old. I wonder if it will survive the 22 miles I need to ride this evening. Wish me luck.
Muscovites deal with heavy smoke from peat fires in nearby forests. This cyclist is selling masks and respirators.
Wilmington, MA police officer witnesses motorist vs bicyclist road rage; cyclist briefly loses control of his bike; cop lectures and tickets the cyclist. H/T to Mark S.
In Texas, riding without a bike helmet is reasonable suspicion of criminal activity that warrants a search for concealed weapons or drugs.
Because Officer McOsker observed Portillo riding a bicycle without a helmet as required by the Dallas bicycle helmet ordinance, he was permitted to arrest Portillo for the ordinance violation and search Portillo incident to the arrest. Consequently, we find that the trial court clearly abused its discretion when it suppressed the evidence, here cocaine, which was the fruit of a lawful search conducted incident to a warrantless arrest for violation of a valid ordinance.
We need those umbrellas to keep us cool on warm days. This woman cycles past a coal power plant on a hot day in Beijing.
Inside Minnesota’s Booming Bike Economy.
Infographic: Higher gas prices = More bike sales.
DC’s first bicycle traffic light.
Palestinian boy bikes past Israeli soldiers in Hebron.
Care not crash? What do you think of this comment?
I haven’t owned a car since 1987, and ride a bicycle on average six days a week. I’m also hugely disappointed in the SFBG’s counterproductive attempt to create controversy where little or none actually exists.
As a regular rider and pedestrian, every day I see, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians performing an intricate, and more or less frictionless, dance. Countless small nods and non-verbal signals are given, slight adjustments in speed and direction are made, all with nary a second thought by any of the participants.
Are there “bad” motorists? Sure, just as there are socially maladroit bicyclists and clueless pedestrians. But confrontations and anger between motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are in fact RARE.
Alas, human nature is such that there will always be a small number of folks who, regardless of their chosen form of transport, will try to spice up their lives with harrowing tales of a maniacal driver, rude bicyclist, or willfully inept pedestrian. And demand that “Action Against Those Renegade [fill-in-the-blank] Be Taken NOW!”
I understand that sensationalism sells newspapers. Nevertheless, the SFBG could have, should have, done better.
Study: More bikes = safer streets.
Dutch tourist in Yangon, Myanmar.
Billings, Montana hopes to build social connections with new bike & pedestrian network.
Mower gang cleans up and revives the abandoned Dorais Velodrome in Detroit.
Vancouver businesses fight bike lanes.
UK study: People with bikes are most likely to own two cars. “Research suggests a boom in cycling among affluent ‘mid-life crisis’ men and car owners.”
Finally: Maybe seatpost check should be added to this “ABC Quick Check” instruction video?