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Mutual Respect on the Road

Guest Blog by Jerry McKinley – I am fairly new to cycling. Before I took up cycling a few years ago I was one of those people who saw cyclist riding down the road with those colorful logo enriched outfits and spandex shorts and thought “what’s the heck’s the attraction”? At the time I never really thought about or understood the tension between cyclist and motorist until I threw a leg over a bike and went for a ride. Boy… Read More »

Crashes Are No Accident

That’s what the sticker on my office door says and I agree. I see and hear the word used every day: accident. We all tend to say it when we really mean “crash.” A fatality caused by a drunk or distracted driver or a cyclist riding on the wrong side of the road is avoidable. We need to call it what it is, a crash– not an accident. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that accidents do happen. Leaping… Read More »


Great fun today watching the start of the Grasshopper in Occidental. This Grasshopper was a fundraiser for Ross Dillon. Eight years ago Ross was a young man with an amazing life stretching out in front of him; marriage, law school, bike racing. Then Ross was hit by an inattentive driver. You can read more about Ross and the important movement of bicycle advocacy at Bicycling in an article called “Broken” by David Darlington. Mr. Darlington’s well written and detailed article is unlike most magazine… Read More »