Ride Boldly!

Bikes, bicycling, and road safety.

February 28, 2011
by julie
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Bike Lanes & The Door Zone

I’ve ranted a bit about bike lanes in the past. As I’ve said before: I am not opposed to bike lanes, but so many of them are poorly engineered they create their own hazard by suggesting to well-intentioned cyclists that … Continue reading

February 9, 2011
by julie
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Crash (Statistics) Bang Boom

It’s been getting tons of coverage in the local media and from national organizations: As the rate of cycling in the Twin Cities has increased, crash rate has declined. Similar findings have occurred in studies in NYC, Portland (OR), and … Continue reading

February 4, 2011
by julie

Bicycle Education & Confident Cyclists

Yesterday, I talked about how bike education tends to be marketed based on safety, and that safety messages are fundamentally rooted in fear. This kind of message is fairly effective to reach the 60% of people who are interested in … Continue reading

February 3, 2011
by julie
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Safety, Fear & Bike Education

One of the greatest barricades to the success of bicycle education in this country is that the core value proposition marketed for it is ‘safety.’ Nothing is wrong with safety. Effective bicycle drivers exhibit behaviors that add to their safety. … Continue reading

January 26, 2011
by julie

The Fallacy of ‘Riding to the Right’

Per Minnesota Statute 169.222, “every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.” Several exception cases are codified in the statute. As a unit, here is … Continue reading