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Author Archives: Richard Masoner

N.Y. judge to cyclists: “Watch for dogs”

In 2009, Wolfgang Doerr was just riding along in New York City’s Central Park when he collided with a 45 pound dog. A couple of years later, Cheryl Dobinski crashed while avoiding a pair of German shepherds south of Buffalo, NY. Both cyclists sued the dog owners, and both cases made their way up to read more » Continue reading »

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Yolo County bicycle hit & run ends with police dog takedown

Update: Sac Bee reports 38-year-old driver Alamar Houston will be charged with two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and felony driving under the influence of drugs. Two 17-year-old cyclists were seriously injured, one of them critically. 51-year-old Donald Dumaine (whose story is recounted below) suffered road rash when read more » Continue reading »

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Use cases for Garmin’s new traffic radar

In case you missed it, Garmin announced their Garmin Varia rearview bike radar, which signals the rider of traffic approaching from the rear. There’s tremendous interest in this gizmo and I’m sure I’ll see at least a few on-bike radar devices after this product launches in October, but I’m curious: what is the actual benefit read more » Continue reading »

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Work zone bicycle considerations

Here are selections from Part 6 on “Temporary Traffic Control Devices” in the 2014 California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which describes the “cone zone” signs, pavement markings, barriers and other “traffic control devices” used in road construction zones. You can refer to this document when writing a nasty-gram to your local road agency read more » Continue reading »

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Beef vs a BMX bicycle bandit

For your Monday amusement, Cuban-American “Beef” and his buddy Conan the Korean Chinaman (one of many inside jokes in the film) search for Beef’s stolen bicycle and his soul animal, the chicken, in Miami, Florida. Rent or purchase streaming video through Amazon.com: The Strongest Man. Continue reading »

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Bike parking volunteers needed for Grateful Dead concert

The Grateful Dead with Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby will perform this weekend at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for their 50th anniversary “Fare The Well” concert to sellout crowds of 83,000 on each of Saturday and Sunday night. You can pay $60 and up for parking, $4 round trip per person read more » Continue reading »

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Bike parking volunteers needed for Grateful Dead concert

The Grateful Dead with Trey Anastasio, Jeff Chimenti, and Bruce Hornsby will perform this weekend at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA for their 50th anniversary “Fare The Well” concert to sellout crowds of 83,000 on each of Saturday and Sunday night. You can pay $60 and up for parking, $4 round trip per person read more » Continue reading »

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Saturday Ride with Watsonville Mayor Pro Tem Felipe Hernandez

Do you remember the Watsonville Open Streets event last May? Watsonville Pro Tem Felipe Hernandez (shown below to the right of Open Streets organizer Saskia Lucas) participated and loved it so much he now rides a bike to city hall meetings. He created a group called Bike Friendly Watsonville to improve conditions for cycling in read more » Continue reading »

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Let’s look at cats on bikes

.It’s time for a chill pill. This bike advocacy work has me worn down. In spite of tremendous efforts from several people, we’ve suffered significant setbacks in several cities in the South Bay over the past couple of weeks. I especially love the comments in various social media from people who heretofor had zero involvement read more » Continue reading »

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San Jose District 4 runoff today until 8 PM

The runoff for San Jose District 4 City Council takes place today until 8 PM. From an active transportation perspective, you have a choice between two decent candidates in this runoff between Manh Nguyen and Tim Orozco. In fact, I Walk I Bike I Vote took the unusual step of endorsing both candidates, so you read more » Continue reading »

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