Monday, February 8, 2016

Traveling again...

Sorry for the lack of posts.  The working world has been keeping me extra busy lately.  At least Alabama has better beer than thelast time I was here!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Facebook Reminds Us....Riding a Bike is Legal!

5 Things Cyclists Do You Didn’t Know Are Perfectly Legal

It’s true that city cycling is on the rise in the United States, and that has come with some backlash.  The mere sight of a bicycle can send some motorists into a fury — often due to drivers not knowing the law. This has caused an alarming number of injury accidents that were completely preventable. Odds are, that annoying thing the person on the bike is doing — is completely legal.

5. Riding In The Roadway
street cycling

Not only is it legal to ride in the roadway, that’s the only place it is legal to ride. When you yell at a cyclist to “get on the sidewalk”, you’re asking them to break the law. It’s a sidewalk, not a sideroll. If a cyclist is in your lane, it’s important to remember — they have the legal right and responsibility to be there.

4. Leaving The Bike Lane To Use The Left Turn Lane

Cyclists are allowed to leave the bike lane for all sorts of reasons. They can do it to avoid hazards, avoid a parked car, or… turn left at an intersection.  This is the safest way for a cyclist to turn left, since it avoids crosswalks and sidewalks.  Once they make the left turn, they return to the bike lane and all is well.  They are also allowed to split lanes to move ahead of the cars waiting in line, so they’re not invisible between cars.

3. Riding Straight In The Right Turn Lane

Again, cyclists are allowed to ride in the roadway for a ton of reasons. Yes, you want to turn right, but there’s some basic geometry at play here. If a cyclist was to stay all the way to the right, what happens when you pass them and turn right? You cut them off. That’s a great way to get a cyclist-shaped imprint in your door. When the cyclist keeps the middle or left part of the turn lane, this prevents you from crossing over their path of travel, should they be going straight ahead or turning.

2. Filming You While You Scream At Them

Not only are cyclists allowed to wear cameras when they ride, they’re starting to be encouraged to do so. This is so they can have proof of drivers who endanger their safety or injure them when they break the law. This also is to defend them from fault in incidents of road rage. They are allowed to film you, as long as you are in a public place — and the road is public. It might make you feel weird, but it’s totally legal.

1. Riding Two Abreast In The Roadway

Many people complain when groups of cyclists ride two abreast in the roadway. They do this mainly because it makes them more visible, but also because it discourages close passing in the lane; since many drivers ignore the Three Feet For Safety Act. This is completely legal and done for their protection. As long as they aren’t riding more than two abreast, the cyclists are in the right.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Outside living - not at it's finest.

Yesterday I highlighted some of the progress that really is happening along the river path....including a new hotel downtown and some apartments near Broadhead park.  I also hinted at the increasing problem of homeless camps along the river path.  Here's a few pics to help illustrate the issue.  Unfortunately, it's not a small problem.

Not a small area....they span almost a 1/4 mile of the path.

Chopping fire wood....aka...damaging the limited trees we do have.

More camps...and yeah....that's a discarded shoe in the lower left.

More camps.

Camps with "paved" entryways and signed names.

A lot of garbage...this will probably end up scattered around the path and in the river.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Just another commuter morning.  I was merrily headed down Mill St. as it has become my default ride....when I decided it had been far too long since my last ride on the river path.  So detours were made.

Turns out things are changing on the old river path.  Just behind the automobile museum a new hotel is progressing.  While this isn't my favorite use of the property, because it just backs up to the river rather than showcasing the potential natural beauty.  It is at least helping clean up the homeless camps that use to exist along the river bank.

A little further down the path (next to Broadhead Park) some more apartments are going up on some long standing vacant land.  So I guess things are "progressing" here in Reno.  At least building things up indicates the economic gears are turning.

The problem is that while both of these locations are being "cleaned up" by development.  The previously distributed homeless camps have just been pushed down river. 

Photo stolen from Reno-Rambler!

I didn't take pictures this morning of the growing tent cities along the path....but let's just say they are larger than in the picture above (taken this summer by the Reno-Rambler).  In one case they even have a sign denoting a name for the camp.  So yeah, the river path was a little depressing this morning and clearly indicates that "Progress" and "Economic development" are only relative terms.

Friday, January 22, 2016

More Bike Infrastructure.

As you've seen....I've been up in Eugene, Oregon a bunch lately.  Here's a couple things I've been riding on that I'd love to see appear in Reno.

Protected bike boxes! 

Contra-flow bike lanes (two way biking on one side of the street).

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Getting fat....bikes that is!

"Off the Beaten Path" Extended Trailer - Watch in HD
"Off the Beaten Path" is an adventure cycling film from First Tracks Productions celebrating the journeys bikes allow us to take, The project specifically focuses on how fatter tire bikes are allowing riders to venture to places cyclists have never been able to ride before. Supported by: Travel Nevada, Turner Bikes, Fatback Bikes, KHS Bicycles, Canyon Bikes, Lauf Forks and VEE Tire CO
Posted by First Tracks Productions on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bike Parking Done Right!

I spent another weekend in Eugene, Or and in addition to just generally great bike infrastructure I came across something we've yet to see here in Reno.  Really great bike parking provided by an employer.  In this case its at a kind of natural outdoor / gardening center called Down to Earth.  Just look at the great design, security, and (while you can't see it) the location right next to the front door!  So come on Reno....who's going to really support biking and build something like this for their employees!?