Author Archives: Fred
What is the purpose of a bicycle lane?
Andy Cline has some thoughtful questions in his article Please Be Careful. Here’s some excepts: Please be careful what you ask for; please re-think asking for more bicycle lanes. Four inches of paint cannot think for you. Four inches of … Continue reading
On Hazards, Warnings and Luring into Danger
Standard safety practice requires warning about hazards that cannot be eliminated. One of the greatest hazards of cycling in the city is a suddenly-opened car door. Doors can poise a hazard for pedestrians too. In the top photo at right, … Continue reading
On Being Refused Service
For lunch today I stopped at the local “Scottish Cuisine” fast food restaurant for a sandwich to take home. I wheeled my touring bike up to the order station, wondering whether the vehicle detector would pick up my wheels. It … Continue reading
Voting With My Feet — and My Wallet
My LAB membership expired recently. I did not renew because I am reluctant to send the League any more money, knowing it would be used to harm the interests of responsible cyclists. I also prefer to belong to organizations that … Continue reading
Whose League is it Anyway?
This article explains why it is so important to help the LAB election petition drive.
Trapped inside the box — Time for a new Paradigm
Paradigm was a popular buzzword a few years ago. Here’s a bit of the definition from Merriam-Webster. par·a·digm broadly : a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind The dominant paradigm in cycling holds that cyclists are inferior users of … Continue reading
Why LAB Reform?
LAB Reform seeks to restore the League of American Bicyclists as the national cyclists’ advocacy organization. That means staunchly defending our right to the road, vigorously promoting the best and safest practices consistent with the education program and it … Continue reading