bike safety

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 ...

Life in the Bike Lane

  We were on our usual Monday ride a couple of weeks ago. In the course of the morning, we were in bike lanes, on bike paths and shoulders along the roadway.  We also sp ...

Life in the Bike Lane column

  Last week, heading south on Newcastle Road, I turned left on to Powerhouse.  Around the first turn, I encountered a cyclist coming the other way.  It was downhill ...

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 ...