In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycle Commuting, Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking, Rider Down on March 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm
ElectricBike: “Japan Electric Bicycles Booming” Battery technology is leading the way, but the high price of fuel is pushing it along too. Top drivers: Delivery services and rental firms.
Cannondale is recalling road bikes lacking spoke protectors. Doesn’t seem like that big a deal but there you have it. The law’s the law…
Bicycle Times, whose visit to Seattle we chronicled in our review of Bike Expo, can be followed on Twitter now. So can its parent mag, Dirt Rag.
BikePortland: On Saturday, mountain bikers will fill Forest Park in Portland to do trail maintenance. I love linking to these stories and showing them to my Sierra Club and Washington Trails Assn. friends who complain about mountain bikers. Hey, we’re the good guys!
More OR: The state’s tourism agency, Travel Oregon, is looking for biking tales. Now you get to commit those epic adventures to print, exaggerations and all.
Rider Down Redux: Remember the Chattanooga cyclist whose saddlebags got hooked by a passing truck, dragging him underneath the truck to his death? Looks like there will be an investigation after all. Thanks to DrunkCyclist by way of Eastside Cyclist.
In Bicycle Commuting, Rider Down on March 10, 2009 at 11:46 am
This one especially hurts: A fellow journalist and a contemporary, one whose newspaper just shut down last week, is dead after being involved in a bicycling accident last Friday. Friends of Rocky Mountain News reporter James Meadow have set up a Facebook page with lots of memories, condolences and stories. Apparently he was literally “just riding along” and suddenly fell. He was wearing a helmet at the time.
Front says It's the LAW
Also last Friday, David Meek, past president of the Chattanooga Bicycle Club and an experienced, safety-conscious rider, was killed when his bike’s saddle bag got hooked by a passing truck. Incidents like this cry out for at a minimum aggressive enforcement of the three-foot rule, giving cyclists at least a yard of clearance when passing. Washington State is considering three-foot legislation. “3 Feet Please” offers jerseys and I’ve seen bumper stickers as well. At present Florida, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Oregon, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, Utah, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Maine have 3-feet laws, according to the group, and Canada is working on legislation as well.