bike safety

Drivers: be patient

In most cases, a group of riders on the narrowest, curviest road will delay a driver only a few seconds.  Drivers: please exercise some patience and pass cyclists safely. I h ...

Green lanes would help

  Back in the day, “the day” being the late 1800s, the bicycle began to get popular.  But, oh! Those dirt/mud/cobblestone roads! “Hey,” someone ...

New riders, don’t despair

  In the years I have been scribbling this column, you five loyal readers will have noted I often encourage non- or infrequent riders to get out on a bike. Any bike.   ...

Speak up

  I feel like I can trust you, so if I go off on a rant, can we keep it just among the six of us? Bike riders have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.  Eve ...

CYCLING THROUGH PLACER COUNTY

  Cool early mornings, followed by summer temperatures after just a couple of hours.  That’s what we cyclists have been experiencing in the last month.  Sta ...

I’m OK. Thanks for asking

  For the first time in many years, I had a bit of a crash while riding. I’m OK.  Thanks for asking.  Here’s what happened. My friend (I’ll call ...

Rock up!

  “Rock up!” was the shout from the pace line’s front.  I was not only new to cycling but had never ridden in a pace line before.  I had absolut ...

Find a better road, please

  I’ve written about this before and my riding buddies talk about it often.  Eight or nine of us were heading east on Horseshoe Bar Road a couple of Fridays ago. ...

Separate, restricted, shared and buffered

As jurisdictions work toward greater public safety on streets and highways, we have begun to see more signage, special lanes and special paint designed to keep bicycle riders and a ...

Making riding safer

A few weeks ago, I again had the opportunity to ride my bike in the San Francisco Bay Area, specifically Marin County.  It’s different there.  While not “ ...

How not to get hit by a car

I was in a bike shop some time ago, one that sells used bikes.  There was a pristine, high-end road bike for sale, ridden three times.  I was told the owner was a new rid ...

Harassed by the DMV

  I don’t know how much longer I can put up with this constant harassment by the DMV.  It was just five years ago I had to renew my driver’s license and here ...

Just back away

A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found about 80 percent of drivers expressed “significant anger, aggression or road rage” at least once in the past ...

Life in the Bike Lane

You five (by recent count) regular readers will recognize that I have often waxed poetic (OK, maybe not poetic and there has been minimal waxing) about the glory of riding one&rsqu ...

Life in the Bike Lane

The astute reader will recognize it has been raining around here.  While I don’t recommend that anyone start a casual ride in the rain, I have certainly set out when th ...