What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

When are Bicycle Crashes Most Likely?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! In the previous post, I talked about . . . → Read More: When are Bicycle Crashes Most Likely?

Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! I’m going to answer this in two . . . → Read More: Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

Bikes and Peds Sharing Paths?

From the Mailbag:

I have a question concerning biking in the suburbs. Are there rules or etiquette – either written or unwritten – about bikes and pedestrians sharing paths?

Great Question!  The answer is YES, there are rules and etiquette for bikes and peds sharing the same paths.  Here are a few things to remember: . . . → Read More: Bikes and Peds Sharing Paths?

Singlespeeds

From the Mailbag:

I don’t get why anyone would want to ride a single speed bike…  do they just want to punish themselves?  Please explain.

Great question! People like to ride singlespeeds for a lot of reasons, but mostly because it means a lot fewer parts to maintain. Riding a singlespeed removes the need to . . . → Read More: Singlespeeds

Why Don’t Cyclists Ride IN the Bike Lane?

From the Mailbag:

Why oh why do cyclists ride ON the line that separates the traffic lane from the bike lane? Do they WANT me to hit them?!

Great question!  The short answer is that they probably ride on the line because they don’t feel like it would be safe for them to actually ride . . . → Read More: Why Don’t Cyclists Ride IN the Bike Lane?

Best Bike Path in the Cities?

From the Mailbag: This question comes from my friend Don, who writes along with his wife at The Wortley Pad.  Here’s his question:

Hey Reuben- My parents are coming to town near the end of the month and I want to take them on a bike ride on one of the paths here in town. . . . → Read More: Best Bike Path in the Cities?