Bike Riding in the Nighttime

In Winter months and with bike commuters, night-time cycling is sometimes a necessity. Fortunately, there are measures to increase a cyclist’s presence and thereby minimize their chance of collision or fall.  This past generation of cyclists have benefited from the development of LED lighting. Small, lightweight units that project a powerful forward light beam rivaling […]

Color as a Bike Safety Aid

 We now return to the discussion point in Item Three, and the cyclists’ low visibility with other road users. Since cyclists suffer the greater consequence of not-being-seen, they must take necessary survival and preventive measures to increase their visibility. Clothing for cyclists is traditionally bright-colored and gaudy–for this reason. Make it a practice to wear […]

How to Fall

Falling from a bicycle is inevitable. No matter how carefully or skillfully a cyclist may be, fate or circumstance will eventually find all cyclists touching terra firma. This discussion gives safety tips on how to fall during that millisecond before you hit the pavement. Athletics in contact sports are told, while falling, to “tuck-and-roll” by folding their arm over their head […]

Watch That Wheel!

Probably the leading cause of bike group crashes is one rider’s front wheel touching the rear wheel of the rider ahead. And a “touch” is all it takes for the trailing rider to fall almost instantly. If rider manages to make a clean fall with minor injury, a cascade of trailing cyclists may cause a chain reaction of injured riders and damaged bikes. […]

More on Group Ride Safety and Tactics

Should I pull until I’m almost exhausted? Answer: No. Team time trial studies has convincingly shown that a lead rider should ride until an arbitrary 70% of reserve energy is consumed. Then, when safety permits, step out. You’ll recover much faster when you don’t reach the point of exhaustion. Let your teammates share the load. […]

Responsibilities of the Group Ride Lead Rider

The lead rider–the person who is pulling the group–has the most important role in that group. That person is most responsible for the overall safety and riding efficiency of the the entire group. Don’t worry, the responsibility is shared when each lead rider takes his/her turn as “lead-dog.” Due to its importance, we’ll devote quite […]

AB-1103 (Stop as Yield Law) Takes A Different Approach

By Phil Coleman, President, Davis Bike Club Beginning with its introduction in the California Assembly in February the so-called Bike Yield law was in trouble. Powerful lobby groups representing 32 million motorists were skeptical and resentful of proposed traffic law modifications that favored cyclists. Law enforcement spoke of the confusion and difficulty of selective enforcement, […]

Safety Blog: Cycling Safely Through Intersections

Earlier mention was made that intersections were the most hazardous point of any vehicle travel. Driver Training Instructors preach the mantra, “Left, Right, Left,” for students first learning to drive, and when approaching an intersection. Cyclists are in much greater hazard at intersections. It takes at least twice as long as a motorist for a […]

Safety Blog: Pace Line Safety and Etiquette

A “pace line” is a linear group of cyclists all drafting off the lead rider. Rotating the pace line is something discussed later, here we’ll talk about basic rules for pace lines. Not doing these things, is distracting at best, hazardous all other times. This is a topic that has countless components. We’ll begin with […]