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4/29/13 12:17 P

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Thank you! Flashing lights. I use one flashing light under my seat at all times. At night I have a flasher on top my helmet. I also use a bike specific for night riding, had flasher in the bar ends and two monster lights. Also have a helmet lamp.

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Yes, good point too on the RoadID...wear mine all the time. Might have to update it if my anti-coagulant use turns out to be long term.

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4/28/13 10:38 P

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Most of my riding is alone, probably 98-99%.

For road rides:Pump, spare tubes, patch kit, bike multi-tool with spoke wrench and chain tool, some first aid, homemade tyvek tire boot, Road ID and dog tag w/ contact info, cell phone, pepper spray for just in case, and always use a red blinky (front headlight and blinking white "visibility" light in front if conditions merit it). Hi-vis jersey if road riding and conditions merit.

For trail rides: Same as above, minus the hi-vis and lights (unless it's a night specific ride on singletrack, of course). I tend to ride differently depending on how I feel, if I don't feel "on", I'll keep more in reserve and not task undue risks like more technical log piles, skinnies, etc.

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4/28/13 12:21 A

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I'm either solo or pulling my 3 year old in his weehoo. We live about a half mile from a 22 mile(one way, it's not a loop) rails to trails paved path. I have a road bike but I've been too nervous to ride on the roads around here. I for sure don't want to do it with the weehoo and my 3 year old. I see cyclists nearly every day on some of the side roads away from the busy main road in my small town. I live in Oregon and cycling is very popular so I need to find a group as I'm really bored of the trail and want to branch out. I'm just not comfortable hitting the road on my own yet. At the same time I think I'm too slow for a group LOL. So far my safety supplies are pepper spray and my cell phone but about five miles up the trail there is no cell service. When I'm on my own I ride on the main road to get to the trail but when I have my son in the weehoo I'll use the side walk especially when there is a lot of lumber truck traffic. Is that bad? I just feel nervous having my baby on the busy road(no bike lane). I have a flag, reflectors and flashing lights on his weehoo.

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4/24/13 1:57 P

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Our club is pretty tight with our local state dept. of transportation and county transportation officials and we often will collaborate in putting together community events to enhance awareness and build partnerships between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

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BARRONVC's Photo BARRONVC Posts: 1,886
4/24/13 1:43 P

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You can educate, make laws and enforce them.

The attitude on both sides, not being mindful, impaired, aggressive, or preoccupied are much tougher to correct.

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We have a mixed bag around here...solo and club rides as well as the occasional event with hundreds or (in NYC, for instance) even thousands of riders. Usually larger events are bike-only with motorists blocked from the streets during the events. Our club is usually very respectful of motorists and only go up to two wide. We are fairly fortunate in our area. However that doesn't mean we're 100% safe. Last year we lost a senior member of our club to a motorist who fell asleep at the wheel and quite unpredictably zoomed onto the should of the road. This gal had just completed a cross-country tour with her husband and got nailed right here in her "back yard." Very tragic loss.

I've had motorists make sudden and un-signaled right turns into me. Most times I avoid collision...one time I didn't, but it wasn't a big deal, fortunately...no harm to me or the bike.

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4/24/13 1:04 P

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Nice post Bill. 20 years ago my area was like Bill's. That has changed along with a war between the cyclists and motorists. I'm not part of that war, although alone you can become a target.

Group riding with packs as large as 200-300 and weekend tours with 15,000 and more inattentive driving due to texting and cell phone are at the root cause. The racers block traffic 3 to 5 abreast and take away the rights of the motorists. At that point the motorists has to deal with many cyclists and doesn't know how. Bottom line they see a single cyclists and take out the road rage on them.

I can't speak for other areas but this is what happened as cycling exploded and respect on both ends was compromised. Also many cyclists have died at the fault of the driver and the legal system has only issued small tickets.

Don, what do you have. I used to teach Effective Cycling a long time ago and worked with LAW. Stopped about 10 years ago and went to doing everything solo except for being a ride marshal and trying to keep Tri's and charity events safe.


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4/24/13 7:13 A

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I live out in the country and ride alone 99.9% of the time. Not much happens where I ride. I guess because when you're in a small town every one knows everyone. However, the advice given should be taken to heart. Better to be wise to the ways than sorry for being ignorant of the realities. Ride hard!!

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4/23/13 1:00 A

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99% of my riding is solo riding.

I believe that fear is a good thing. It helps us to be more alert. Being afraid can change the decisions you make and the actions you take. I believe some good healthy fear is appropriate while riding around cars and trucks moving 3 to 4 times faster than you and how much bigger are they then you??

I've been riding in traffic for decades and I still have some fear sometimes. But I usually don't let that fear stop me from riding. Sometimes it will stop me. If I feel those hairs on the back of my neck rising, I go home and call it a day.

I do the things I know will make me more visible to cars:
Riding 3 feet away from cars - out of the door zone
Taking the lane if there is not enough room to share the lane - don't hug that curb
Riding in the same direction as the rest of traffic
Never ride on the sidewalk
Wear bright colors
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4/22/13 12:37 P

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It can be scary to ride alone! The key is learning how to ride on the streets. I'm involved with a local bike advocacy group and we are always sharing information on how to ride your bike safely.

Check out one of the videos we published on bike safety:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ltg
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Also look into classes put on be the League of American Bicyclists. Here's a link to their education: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/educati
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I'm seeking to become a LCI + League Certified Instructor so I can teach bike safety classes in Long Beach CA



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4/22/13 6:54 A

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I like the media suggestion. Here's a related thought: one of our local Department of Transportation leaders is an avid cyclist who often says: "if we could just get our local leaders out here on a bike with us so they can see first hand how awesome it can be, maybe then they might take steps to make our community more amenable to not only cycling, but all outdoor activities!" I think this fellow is going to take steps to make this happen, too!

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4/22/13 12:44 A

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Don't be afraid. Live your life. Just prepare and be street smart.

Bike trail or local roads? The bike trail has no car traffic, there are other bikers, roller skiers, skaters, dogs, runners, and walkers.

Roads have motorists that can be distracted, aggressive or not aware of the rights of others.

Do your best to handle the situation and be prepared. Been cycling seriously since the 60's. In the 60's, 70's, and early 80's I could ride in any city or venue with minimal problems. The 90's saw aggressive behavior accelerate. In the 2000's I looked for more trails and better roads to be safe. I traveled a lot for work in the past and always took a bike, some areas are more driver friendly than others, often the tone is set by local police.

Here is a suggestion. Try to find a local media person that rides or does tri's. Get them involved in doing a safety segment with both driver and cyclists. Anything will help.

Good luck

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I like that strategy! :-)

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4/21/13 10:15 P

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I usually ride alone. A close friend keeps telling me I shouldn't. Every time she says that, I invite her to ride with me.

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4/21/13 6:07 P

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Thanks for sharing this article and the tips. I am really nervous when im riding alone and often will choose to not ride, sadly. The community i live in is not very cyclist friendly although 10 miles East has a very large biking community. When I am able to I try to make it to group rides or rides with at least one other person.

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Agreed...crazy times we're contending with...!

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4/18/13 3:29 P

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Better to know and not need it, than to need it and not know what to do. It's a right to defend yourself from a 2000 lb+ car taking your rights away in an aggressive manner just because you choose 2 wheels over 4.

This behavior with motorists is everywhere. Just take a 50 mile drive on a multi-lane highway, set your cruise to 3 mph over the limit and see what happens. Put your helmet cam in the car facing out the rear view window, you will get some nice facial expressions.

Just watch the news! Something crazy and wrong is going on around all of us no matter where we live. I will not let fear stop me from doing something I like to do or going somewhere I like to go.

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Whoa! May nobody ever need to use these tactics! Guess it pays to be prepared for the worst...!

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4/18/13 2:32 P

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Don,

I ride from rural to city. Often on bike paths that are shared by gangs or people doing illegal activities at night. I also have to connect these trails with riding in city traffic and do have my share of motorist issues.

Halt works on dogs and people. That way you don't need the knife or worse yet introduce them to the cycling helmet.

Rule 1. keep your helmet on. 2. If someone tries to punch you put your head down and let them hit the helmet. 3. Grab them by the hips, front pockets, or belt pull their center of gravity over your hips and into you fast. Put your head down, head butt them in the lower jaw, nose and repeat as needed. If they are standing to your side, grab an arm at the elbow, jerk them into you hard and head butt the side of the head. They will leave you alone real quickly. In fact when they wake up they won't know what happened.

Motorist hanging out the window trying to grab you at a stop light etc? Turn into the car and grab the shoulder harness. Wrap it around their neck going behind the head and let your weight hang on there a while. Works similar to the baseball bat choke, lights out. I call it the wrap and drop.

These work, best learn them and never have to use them. Each season I average about 1 form of harassment every 1000 miles riding alone. Everything from getting a bottle or soda tossed at you, to yelling or grabbing at you. Rocks tossed from the bike path, shopping carts or other things pushed out on the bike path. Gang members blocking the path.

Dogs, most you can yell at and they will stop. Some you need the Halt. Bad ones (farm dogs you can't out run and you are in their territory) that will not go away, get off the bike and get the bike between you and the dog. Walk down the road, if they still don't leave and get more aggressive you have to act. If you can stamp their feet. If you have a jacket on slip your arm out of the sleeve and let the dog grab your empty sleeve. Pull up and stamp on the dogs feet as hard as possible. If you get them up high enough to stamp the back feet that's better. You can also wrap the empty sleeve around the nose a few times and hold the mouth it shut. Hammer punch the nose, top of nose, or top of head above eyes if they grab you. Knuckles work good on the top of the head.

If a person ever gets you off the bike and try to beat you here is what you do. Rule #1 keep helmet on. Tuck and reach into your pocket or sock for the knife. As they try to kick you grab a foot or grab their legs. Use the knife to cut the Achilles Tendons, then reach up and cut or stab one of both femoral arteries and push them away. Run or get back on the bike and go, distance is your best defense at this point.

If I'm going to be a victim it will not be without a price to the attacker. I don't carry a side arm, I know some do with a permit, a 5 shot revolver made from composite is light. If you are in that kind of trouble you are too close to worry about aiming. Distance is your best defense.

Group riding has the benefit of safety from motorists. I'm not trying to scare anyone, this can happen anywhere at any time. Know the area and people. Biggest problems are vacationers or campers from out of town that have been drinking and see a lone cyclist on a rural road. People are just plain out of control, therefore, protect yourself at all times.

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Love the "motorists" part...! :-)

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Almost always ride alone. Pump, spare tire, tubes, tools with spoke wrench, some first aid, ribber gloves, chain tool and quick link, cash $20, very sharp knife, Halt for dogs or motorists, and always use a flashing light.

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I almost always ride alone. Cell phone + tool kit + debit card + cash for the lemonade stand = no regrets.

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.



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"All By Yourself
Group rides build fitness, but solo rides soothe the soul"

www.bicycling.com/beginners/bike-ski
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Savor that solo ride while staying safe too! :-)

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