Soybean rows line both sides of the road, with a forested line of hills to the left.
At midmorning on a Saturday, a slight breeze rustles the tall weeds in the ditches — and the bicycling feels good again.
My husband, Joe, and I flirt with the improbable conclusion that we stayed in shape during the winter.
We’re training for Pelotonia, the summer bike tour that raises money for cancer research.
We’re of a certain age, the age at which we refer to ourselves as being of a certain age, and we need to train for almost everything we do.
These hills make a good start.
On our two bicycles, we form a unit of sorts. We always ride single file — Joe in front and me behind.
Joe has a great sense of direction, so he leads and I follow, with a small blinking “ taillight” attached to a vent in my helmet.
He has the rain jackets in his larger bike bag, and I keep the cellphone and glasses cleaner in my jersey pockets.
He carries the bike pump, and I have the ibuprofen.
He sets the pace, and I remember where we passed that ice-cream stand.
I take charge of historical markers, and he waits until I read them.
The road turns upward, and we settle into the slow, heavy cadence of hill climbing.
Queen is stuck in my head: “We will, we will rock you, boom, boom-boom, boom” — just that part, again and again.
This road is a heartbreaker: At the top, it doglegs to reveal another rise.
Our heads go down, and we hear each other clicking down through the gears until we reach the lowest. All we hear then is our own breathing.
One last rise, and we stop at a shady spot under a large tree. I pull sunblock out of Joe’s bike bag and hand him a granola bar, slightly wilted, from my bag.
This is the pivoting point of our ride. [Keep reading at Dispatch]
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Time spent in jail sends a person into deep reflection; inspiring ways to better yourself or a situation. Well 26-year-old Aleric "AJ"Constantine has done just that. Even though he only spent around 24 hours in prison, every minute was put to good use devising a very sweet revenge. He was arrested on June 28th, 2013 for serving ice cream without a license... yes seriously that is what he was arrested for. AJ rigged a hybrid refrigerator-bike for his artisanal ice cream to sell during the Critical Mass bike race in Miami.
[Keep reading at Huff Post]
[Keep reading at Huff Post]
Friday, July 26, 2013
Shared Bike Lanes Cause Confusion For Cyclists, Motorists And Traffic Officers | losangeles.cbslocal.com
Getting in a crash is one of the scariest things that can happen to a cyclist. Even worse is when police assume that bicyclists are always at fault, even if they've got evidence to the contrary.
On a pleasant March morning in 2011, I was on my way to work, biking south on 14th St NW in the center of the right lane. As I approached W Street, I looked to make sure I had ample time to cross. The light was green. As I left the intersection, an SUV driver made a left turn across traffic, directly into my path. All I could do was hit the brakes hard.
The next thing I knew, I was on my back in the middle of the street. I tried to sit up, but failed pathetically and landed back on the road. My glasses were in a mangled heap nearby. Seconds later, some cyclists stopped by. None had seen the collision, but they locked my bike at the scene and helped me to a safe place. Someone called an ambulance, which showed up a few minutes later.
In the ambulance, Carlos Carter, a DC police officer, asked me what happened, and I told him. Once the EMTs realized I had hit my head, it was straight onto a backboard and off to the emergency room.
At George Washington University Hospital, an X-ray found that my shoulder was separated and several ligaments were torn. Doctors took me to a CAT scanner to check for broken bones.
During the test, Officer Carter entered the room. He asked me to sign a ticket for running a red light. I asked him to take a look at footage since I was certain I hadn't. He wasn't interested and asked me to sign the ticket and admit fault. I didn't. He left.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Matt Terchick of the West Newton Rotary; Betsy Manderino, vice president of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter; and Sam Cover, president of the Belle Vernon Rotary (from left) stand next to one of six new covered picnic tables along the Youghiogheny River Trail.
To support the Youghiogheny River Trail, a part of the Great Allegheny Passage, two local Rotary clubs donated six covered picnic tables available for the public's use.
The wooden tables, made with pressure-treated lumber and a shingled roof, were built and installed along the trail over the past several weeks, said Bob Hand, president of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter.
The Belle Vernon Rotary donated $2,000 for four tables; the West Newton Rotary donated $1,000 for two tables.
“Our Rotary, Belle Vernon, is trying to partner with Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter because we think it's a great thing for the community, for young families to be able to go out and walk and see the nature,” said Sam Cover, club president and a trail chapter member. “That's a beautiful area, and it doesn't cost them anything.”
The benches are located between mile-markers 31 and 41 on the trail through Westmoreland County.
Posted by Raymond George at 8:30 AM
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Last updated at 12:01AM, July 15 2013
There will be a widespread ban on cars in London within the next 20 years, according to one of Britain’s leading architects, who has called for cities to be designed for pedestrians and cyclists rather than for traffic.
The prediction from Lord Rogers of Riverside — who was behind the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the National Assembly Building in Cardiff and the Lloyd’s Building in London — comes as cities around the country consider restricting access for cars in their centres.
Lord Rogers predicted that small electric vehicles would become commonplace across the country and said that increasing the number of cyclists will solve the capital’s congestion problems. “By the year 2033 — my 100th birthday — you’re looking at a widespread ban on cars, certainly in the centre of town,” he said. “There will be a major change in the power and form of cars everywhere, with electric rickshaws and devices that resemble Segways a common sight.”
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
We are always being told to incorporate more exercise into our daily routines - and cycling to work is an excellent way of doing so.
And if you were reluctant to hit the pedals before, a new gizmo could provide all the incentive you need to get on your bike.
A firm has launched the Happy Ride - a vibrating seat cover that will make journeys by bicycle that bit more exciting.
The inconspicuous gadget slips over the seat of a bike and incorporates 'vibration stimulation’ as you ride.
Manufactured with a padded lining and black nylon fabric outer surface the cover, which houses a powerful vibrator, is designed to fit all seats.
Posted by Raymond George at 2:46 PM
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Posted by Raymond George at 2:00 PM
Dan Gutierrez, who helped write this article, took the video from which these snapshots are taken. In the left photo, Dan's colleague Brian DeSousa is riding close to the curb in the right-hand lane of a multilane arterial. That position invites motorists to pass him within the lane, and sure enough, one does. On the right Brian is in a lane controlposition, which tells motorists they need to change lanes to pass.
How the car lane paradigm eroded our lane rights and what we can do to restore them
Posted by Raymond George at 9:00 AM