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Tony Kornheiser Turn Your Screw?

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Then join the facebook group letting him know that you don’t think his comments about running down cyclists are funny!

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?v=info&gid=379899676399

Audio Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7wnBoWOfAU

Transcript Here: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thewashcycle.com%2F2010%2F03%2Ftony-kornheiser-allegedly-condones-running-down-cyclists.html&h=095712ad0310d8b5572c03b8d2e28615

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Written by yellow fork

March 18, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Convicted: Dr. Road Rage Thompson

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Christopher Thompson, 60, is convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in the crash that injured cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr on Mandeville Canyon Road in 2008. – Via LAtimes.com
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It’s fair that the Doc. was hit with heavy charges and I believe it sets a much needed example.  People like Christopher Thompson need to know that there are serious convictions that await them if they attack cyclists.  As cycling continues to grow in the US, road rage will become a more prominent issue.  I hope that this very public trial at least serves to inform the greater public about driving safely around cyclists.

I guess at the root of it, I’m still not sure why so many motorists are angered by cyclists.  I know that there are cyclists who can be irksome at times, but not any more than the average motorist.  I believe that it might be something deeper, something more cultural… maybe some are frustrated with a changing norm or what they perceive to be a sub-culture.  Yet, we would do well to remember (as I posted earlier) that 89 percent of cyclists own at least one car… so we’re not all that different!

The three-week trial in the Superior Court’s airport branch was watched closely by bicycle riders around the country, many of whom viewed the case as a test of the justice system’s commitment to protecting cyclists. The July 4, 2008, crash also highlighted simmering tensions between cyclists and motorists on Mandeville Canyon Road, the winding five-mile residential street where the crash took place… – Full Article Here

Ride & Drive with Love, Not Hate!

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

November 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

don’t fear the reaper, cycling and crashing

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Those who say that cycling is a not a contact sport or is low impact clearly don’t get the whole picture.  In general terms cycling is great, because the main point of cycling isn’t to go around smashing into other riders and it is easier on the joints than say running.  Yet, cycling can become very high impact and very hard contact in a millisecond.  As a demonstration, please see the popular youtube video below:

Having a healthy respect for the dangers of cycling is a damn good thing, but please don’t fear the reaper!  What I mean is don’t be held back by a fear of crashing.  Don’t let that fear prevent you from getting out there on your bike, just prepare and beware. 

My Tips:

  • Suck less:  the better rider you become, the less you’ll slip up and fall. 
  • Slow down at intersections:  Face it, you’re not Lance.  You really don’t need to blow through that intersection at 25mph on your ride home from work.
  • Join a cycling club, they’ll help you prepare for group rides and get more comfortable drafting and such.  No one wants cause a massive group crash (don’t be that guy/girl).
  • Make that extra stop:  use your good judgement, don’t push it.  Be polite when you can and let a driver go or make a full stop, it makes a difference.  We all represent all cyclists when we’re on the road.
  • Be fair with the shoulder distance:  it’s best to ride as far to the right as you feel reasonably safe.  But, don’t take this too far (riding 3 across with your crew while talking on your cell – I’ve seen it).  If you can give drivers more room, do it!  Yet, Don’t forget the door zone!
  • Finally, when you can ride with others.  There is a critical mass, in that the more cyclists that are together, the safer you are.  Plus, your buddy can always write down the license plate of the dude that just blasted your ass as he’s driving away. j/k, but not really.

Crashing from time to time is just part of the cycling life, much like tripping from time to time happens to the best of us.  Just be reasonable and fair out there.  At the same time, know that there are jerks out there, just as with any other thing.  Here’s a link to a good article from TreeHugger on 6 Ways to Defuse Anti-Cycling Road Rage

I like this one (#6)

6. Remember, biking has a bell curve.

“Most of your bike experiences are statistically likely to be good ones, without road rage or other incidents. For every million hours of biking, the mortality rate is just 0.3 – that’s better than driving’s 0.5. To put it another way, Canadian study says the risk of dying in a bike crash are about the same as dying in an SUV crash. It seems then self-evident to do what you can – arm yourself with a smile to deflect rage, the right amount of lighting, and yes, even a mirror. Female cyclists will likely be subject to a higher incidence of cat-calling and wolf-whistling (some cities are worse than others). But does getting mad solve anything? To paraphrase Dori the fish from Finding Nemo: just keep riding.”

Written by yellow fork

September 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm