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That Ain’t Right…

“Nobody ever died from not knowing how to play flag football. Yet we spend tax money teaching kids its nuances in gym classes, while bicycle safety is still foreign to most school curriculums. That ain’t right.” – Don Cuerdon, cycling writer I was at a drivers’ education symposium last year, representing a state advocacy/education organization. Read the full article…

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Motor Vehicle Law: A “Bike’s-Eye” View

Motor Vehicle Law: A "Bike's-Eye" View

A new course offered by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University–New Brunswick provided law enforcement officers in five counties with the training necessary to help them understand how New Jersey’s motor vehicle code applies to bicyclists. Although New Jersey law explicitly gives bicycle riders the same rights Read the full article…

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Melancholy…no

“More than any other emotion, melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” –James E. Starrs, The Noiseless Tenor   What he said. I’ve ridden my bike at various times with various emotions and feelings: in happiness and in uncertainty. With vigor and in deep tiredness. Mindless and mindful. Hot, cold, wet, dry. With riding companions, and alone. Read the full article…

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The day my eyes opened

“I had been familiar with that street for years, and supposed it was dead level: But it was not, as the bicycle now informed me to my surprise. The bicycle, in the hands of a novice, is as alert and acute as a spirit-level in the detecting and vanishing shades of difference in these matters. Read the full article…

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Seattle

I just got back from a multi-day trip to Seattle, WA. A beautiful, friendly place. We thoroughly enjoyed so much of the city: the parks, the food, the Market…the list goes on. Seattle is also one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the country. Bikes are everywhere. Bike racks are available just about everyplace you Read the full article…

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Who pays for the roads, anyway?

A friend asked a question on facebook yesterday. She wanted an objective, fact-based response to the argument some people start about bicycle riders: “Bicyclists don’t pay for roads so they shouldn’t use them.” This argument seems logical to many, but in fact, is completely off-base. First, there is no such thing as a road tax. Read the full article…

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Close Call

Close Call

“Wow, that car almost hit me!” “…that $#^^#*@ threw a soda bottle at me as he went past!” Most of us have experienced close calls, if not exactly one of those two scenarios, then one just as unsettling or dangerous. Your heart races, and flashes of what might have happened go through your mind. Now there’s Read the full article…

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