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  • Velo Ice Cream Social

    Velo Ice Cream Social
    August 15

    Club Members and the Cycling Community Invited

  • Ken - Speedy Recovery

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  • I Nearly Got Doored

    We all like to think the other guy is at fault or did something stupid that put us in or near harms way. Not this time. I rode too close to a parked car on a quiet residential street and … You can probably guess the rest.

    The driver gasped as she began to open the door and saw that I was there and ceased opening the car door. I just missed being at the wrong place at the wrong time; but the wrong place part of it was totally my doing. I have an excuse, for what it’s worth. The temperature was a hot 85 at the end of the Wednesday Club ride and I was searching for shade. Live and learn – always maintain the proper lane position.

    Have you had a close call recently? Share it by making a comment below.

  • America! The Cyclist Is Not Your Enemy (a story from the Wall Street Journal)

    “Of all our wacky and agitated 21st century culture wars, the most ridiculous and unnecessary, to me, is Bike Haters vs. Bike Lovers.“

    “Look: I get that not everyone rides a bicycle, owns a bicycle, or showers with a bicycle (what, you don’t shower with a bicycle? It’s cleansing and delightful!), but the frothing and vitriol directed at cycling seems so disproportionate to the activity. Freaking out at your price-gouging cable TV company? Sure. Air travel? Absolutely. But bicycling? Come on. It’s like getting irate at a koala.”.

    Story by Jason Gay of the WSJ…. Read more

  • Club Member Ken Kelley

    On this morning’s Velo Slo-Mo ride, our ride leader, Ken Kelley had a head-on with another bicyclist on the bike path.  Ken was knocked over backwards and landed encased by parts of his bike.

    Ken was about 10’ in front of me.  We had descended the Barnett Rd overpass heading to Bear Creek Park– the end of the day’s ride.  On a slight up hill curve heading up to the Park, this guy zooms around the curve and comes into view about 12’ ahead of Ken.  Ken was moving slowly and I suspect he assumed the oncoming fast guy would swerve around him.  That’s what I anticipated he’d do.  Instead, he drove directly into Ken.  Ken flipped up and was thrown backwards with the guy and his bike landing on top of him.

    He was unconscious for some 10 minutes with blood coming from his nose and mouth.

    The fellow who collided with him landed on top of Ken and was quick to get up and after collecting his bike, said he’d rush off for help.  That’s the last we saw of him.  He was 30ish and hippy looking.

    A 911 call brought EMT assistance in minutes.  They braced his neck and untangled him from his bike and onto a board and from there to an ambulance.

    Two hours later, I just spoke with him and his wife in ER.  He’s ok but still has a problem with his arm.  They’ll keep him overnight.

    Phil Gagnon

  • FHWA and PBIC release new paper and webinar on equity issues in ped/bike planning

    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and PBIC released a new white paper exploring ways transportation professionals can pursue and achieve more equitable processes and outcomes when planning and developing multimodal transportation systems.

    “Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning” offers a clear and concise overview of how equity plays a role in our transportation system. The paper provides an overview of how equity is defined by FHWA in transportation planning, research on the transportation needs of underserved populations, strategies to address pedestrian and bicycle inequities, and many applied examples and additional resources. Strategies include practical guidance for fostering inclusive public involvement in the planning process and ways to leverage data to identify opportunities.

    As with all PBIC-produced white papers, “Pursuing Equity in Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning” is designed to provide relevant information and practical ideas that working transportation planners and engineers can easily incorporate into their regular course of business.

    This new resource can be downloaded at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/resources/equity_paper/.

    PBIC also will hold a webinar on July 26 (1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern Time) discussing how transportation professionals can pursue equity in their efforts. It will include discussions from communities that have worked to pursue equity in their communities. To register for this free webinar, please visit http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/training/webinars_PBIC_LC_072616.cfm.