Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak hits a pedestrian in a crosswalk with his car. A bike commuter witness it, chases him down, blocks his car with his bike, calls 911, and holds Novak there until the police arrive. Woohoo!
He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street, finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blaring, until commuters behind Novak backed up so he could pull over.
Have you ever helped someone in need during your ride? Or acted like a superhero? I’ve stopped for my share of flats and also a homeless person that was passed out on the street and had been robbed.
Hat tip to Hugga reader Chad for the story.
BMX is simpler – one kind of bike, one gear, and the terrain is smooth and hard. It’s more about what you can do technically. It’s harder. You have to be smoother.
While BMX ain’t my thing, big props to Jill and taking BMX to the Olympics. It should play very well on TV.
Following all the media coverage, posts from us, and the bike blogopshere on the economy-driven bike boom, today, the AP asks if consumers frugality will last. The article includes a quote from Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers’ Association
Consumers stung by $4-per-gallon gas are shifting toward utility bikes and away from recreational versions. That’s forcing bike shops to change their inventories and offer more training for consumers who may not have ridden a bike in years, he said.
It’s also resulting in lots of bikes like the Raleigh in the photo showing up in mechanic’s stands. After reading the article, I wondered what we and the industry can do to make the bike boom last?
What do you think? Suggestions? Comment and we’ll share your thoughts with the Industry at Interbike this Fall.
- Beach Drive to Water Taxi
- Water Taxi to Downtown, rode along waterfront
- World Trade Center elevator up to Western
- Western to Blanchard
- Blanchard to 5th and the Westin.
Arrived, refreshed, relaxed, and no traffic. Duration about an hour. Ate lunch and talked to the attendees all about blogging and social media. Was reminded how fun the Brompton is.