Author Archives: Fred

MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN, a good safety message

In my new hometown of Prescott, Arizona, I’ve gone exploring looking for good and bad places to ride my bicycle. I found a really bad place: a narrow bike lane on a hilly multi-lane road, Willow Creek Road. The bike … Continue reading

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“I Am Traffic”

A new bicycling education and advocacy organization “I Am Traffic” held a colloquium in Feb. 23-24 Orlando. You can watch some of the presentations and read some really good educational material from the website. The keynote speaker was Keri Caffrey … Continue reading

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Bicycling Safety: The Real Issues

Let’s start with what should be the obvious problems — riding on the wrong side of the road [note 1], no lights at night [note 2], flagrant traffic violations like running red lights and riding on sidewalks. These are best … Continue reading

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On Visual Attention, Inattentional Blindness and Assertive Safety Practices

A couple years ago, I was riding to the local “Homeless Depot” store on a Sunday around noon. I had to pass a local mega church that had a police officer directing traffic out of a parking lot to my … Continue reading

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What is the purpose of a bicycle lane?

Andy Cline has some thoughtful questions in his article Please Be Careful. Here’s some excepts: Please be careful what you ask for; please re-think asking for more bicycle lanes. Four inches of paint cannot think for you. Four inches of … Continue reading

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On Hazards, Warnings and Luring into Danger

Standard safety practice requires warning about hazards that cannot be eliminated. One of the greatest hazards of cycling in the city is a suddenly-opened car door. Doors can poise a hazard for pedestrians too. In the top photo at right, … Continue reading

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On Being Refused Service

For lunch today I stopped at the local “Scottish Cuisine” fast food restaurant for a sandwich to take home. I wheeled my touring bike up to the order station, wondering whether the vehicle detector would pick up my wheels. It … Continue reading

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Voting With My Feet — and My Wallet

My LAB membership expired recently. I did not renew because I am reluctant to send the League any more money, knowing it would be used to harm the interests of responsible cyclists. I also prefer to belong to organizations that … Continue reading

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Whose League is it Anyway?

This article explains why it is so important to help the LAB election petition drive.

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Trapped inside the box — Time for a new Paradigm

Paradigm was a popular buzzword a few years ago. Here’s a bit of the definition from Merriam-Webster. par·a·digm broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind The dominant paradigm in cycling holds that cyclists are inferior users of … Continue reading

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