bike safety

Life in the Bike Lane column

  Last week in this publication, Ed Carper, a long-time Loomis resident, laid out exactly why bike riders enjoy riding in Placer County, in a well-written piece (Another View ...

Another View

I think we need to consider revising some of our “rules of the road” for cyclists, at least in the Loomis countryside. I understand why people like to ride in Loomis b ...

Mamas, don’t let your babies ride bikes without helmets

  I don’t understand why bike riders don’t wear helmets.  A friend with whom I used to ride didn’t want to mess up her hair. I pointed out it was 5:30 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

    Section 21202 of the California Vehicle Code states, in part (and I paraphrase): When riding a bicycle slower than automobile traffic, a rider must stay as far to ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  With great power comes great responsibility or so said someone from the French Revolution or was it Churchill?  FDR? We know Spiderman said it in 1962.  It is a ...

May is Bicycle Safety Month

May is Bicycle Safety Month, a good time for motorists and cyclists to remember that roadway safety is everyone’s responsibility. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) promotes ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  There are really no reliable statistics on cycling deaths and injuries in America.  I was going to use 500,000 visits to the ER by cyclists as the number but many inj ...

Door!

  It’s not a very creative name but “dooring” describes a potentially-serious crash for cyclists, even though it is often portrayed in film or on TV as a sl ...

Life in the Bike Lane

If you take a bike ride in Placer County that is much more than 15 to 20 miles long, you are going to have to ride on some narrow country roads, many with nothing more than a doubl ...

Riding two abreast?

Has this ever happened to you?  You’re driving down the road when up ahead, you see two cyclists riding side by side.  As you approach them from behind on this road ...

Practice bike safety at all times

I really enjoyed the 4th of July parade, except for one thing. The youngsters from the cycle club did not wear helmets. Of the eight to 10 riders, some did not even have a cap. On ...

Helmets, again

When I was a kid, my friends and I ruined two crochet sets playing bike hockey in a cul-de-sac and played a game wherein we would jump off our moving bikes into a pile of inner tub ...

The Bike Column

  Most bike riders, even if riding just around the neighborhood, have experienced a crash of some sort.   It’s just part of bike riding, especially when we a ...

The bias against cyclists

Remember the cycling boom of 1970?  No, me either, but apparently (I read about it in a book) way back then, cyclists were seen as healthy and environmentally conscious good g ...

Bicycle safety is always a priority

In my columns, I have consistently stressed the importance of bike safety. Last week, I was involved in a situation where I was very fortunate in not being seriously injured. ...