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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

For those about to ride, we salute you

A salute to Ian, David, Dan, Karen, Brent, Karl and Vinny, who joined this morning’s San Jose Bike Train. Vinny, a regular bike train participant, is a Vietnamese guy who routinely bikes to his technology job in Santa Clara. This morning he rode his Bianchi San Remo, a lugged CrMo touring bike. In his heavily read more » Continue reading »

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Online bike registration for Santa Cruz CA residents

The city of Santa Cruz Police Department announced their online bicycle registration last week. Registration is free and and never expires. See details at the Santa Cruz Police Blog, which includes stories of successful stolen bike recovery because the owners registered their bikes. In the San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco, Menlo Park, and Walnut read more » Continue reading »

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250 miles by bicycle rickshaw in “The Grey Escape”

“The Grey Escape” is an uplifting film about a group of Danish elderly people who go on a 250-mile road trip by bicycle from Denmark to Norway to deliver rickshaws to their elderly Norwegian neighbors. It’s about the power bicycles have in transforming lives. The director, Michael Dorgan, tells me his documentary elicits both tears read more » Continue reading »

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Pedal faster for safety!

You know when you’re just riding along at 20 MPH and some guy in a car at the cross road glances briefly past you before he blows through the stop sign and cuts you off? Apparently, research shows that pedaling cadence is one of the factors motorists use to judge your speed. Dr Katja Schleinitz read more » Continue reading »

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Rules of the road vs local custom

While vacationing in Colorado earlier this month I biked through Garden of the Gods, a magnificent public park in the city of Colorado Springs where I encountered this combined pedestrian / bicycle lanes on the right side of a one-way road. The arrow suggests, to me, the direction of travel, and that’s the way I read more » Continue reading »

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San Mateo County California BPAC: First meeting Thursday night!

The San Mateo County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was established by a Board of Supervisors Resolution in September 2015 to advise the Board of Supervisors on policies, plans, and programs that affect people walking and bicycling for transportation in unincorporated parts of the county. The first meeting of the newly established citizen committee takes read more » Continue reading »

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Clovis CA investigates fatality initially dismissed as “just an accident.”

The call came in to the California Highway Patrol dispatch at 6:12 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Patrick TeNyenhuis was riding his bicycle in the shoulder of Shaw Avenue in Clovis, CA when he was hit from behind and killed by the driver of a Toyota Camry.

1179-Trfc Collision-1141 Enrt 8501 E Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93619, USA (Bicycle Involved) https://t.co/Wr1wsCGDkB

— CHP Bike Incidents (@chpbike) April 20, 2016

The story should be familiar to you: The driver stayed at the scene, cooperated with the investigation, no criminality, no charges filed. The Clovis PD statement, however, that the driver of the Camry “accidentally bumped” TeNyenhuis outraged the cycling community in Fresno County. How can a death on a wide open road where the cyclist did absolutely nothing wrong be an “accident”?

Apparently these local cyclists were able to encourage the District Attorney and Clovis PD to do more than a cursory investigation. According to the Fresno Bee, the DA has hired an “expert witness” of some kind to determine what, if any, felony charges can be filed against the Toyota Camry driver.

It should be interesting to see where this leads. Prosecutors in many California counties routinely ignore traffic fatalities involving vulnerable road users because they consider such cases unwinnable. A notable case in Santa Clara County, for example, involved a man driving with a suspended license who tested positive for methamphetamines; Luis Felipe Hau allegedly drove his Nissan Quest minivan into the bike lane occupied by a 12 year old boy on a bike. Cindy Hendrickson from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office said at the time, “We could not find a single case where similar driving was found to be ‘reckless.’”

Santa Cruz County is a notable exception; Attorney Greg Peinado routinely (and successfully) prosecutes drivers who maim and kill pedestrians and cyclists.

Via the usual excellent collection of bicycle-related news over at Biking In LA.

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Unpaving roads

I’ve previously joked that disintegrating roads contribute to the popularity of adventure bikes. Governments can’t afford to maintain our public roads, resulting in challenging rock gardens for cyclists and recurring front-end repair bills for the motoring public. On this 100th Anniversary of the first Federal funding law for public roads, WIRED Magazine looks at the read more » Continue reading »

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Cycling in San Jose: Serious injuries for one, fatality for another

We had two traffic collisions involving people in bikes in San Jose: one early Saturday morning resulted in a fatality for a 49 year old man, while Monday evening’s crash sent a young man to the hospital with critical injuries. Injury collision Monday I saw the firetrucks headed to 1st Street last night for a read more » Continue reading »

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Convert your bike into a box bike

If you haven’t seen the zillions of posts about the LIFT cargo bike Kickstarter yet, here’s the gist: for $725 (early bird pricing), you get the front end of a bakfiets style cargo bike that hooks to the front of your existing bike in about a minute. Compare against $3,000 and up for low-end box read more » Continue reading »

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