Following up on the Critical Mass arrest last week in Seattle, Robert L. Jamieson Jr, a Seattle PI columnists finds fault with both the police and Critical Mass. Having spent time in the clink for bike v. car road rage, I can tell you that getting angry with drivers is just not worth it. While part of our bloggy mission here at Bike Hugger is to promote cycling and be advocates, getting angry just “mucks up the message.” For more on the incident and opinions see
A Tri-Cities cyclist was seriously injured when he hit an empty concrete turtle intended to hold a traffic bollard. The bollards have not yet been installed. As the Tri City Herald reports, the cyclist, Matt Moeller, “suffered shattered bones and a collapsed lung.”
While that’s a serious accident, that turtle is nothing compared to the exposed tracks, potholes (I don’t think there are any potholes in the Tri-Cities), homeless people, drunken mariners fans, drunken seahawks fans, car doors, sheer density of traffic, suv drivers, concrete cracks, and more in larger urban areas like Seattle. It’s always best to ride with situational awareness, as I call it, to be very aware of your surroundings and that angry driver trying to park in your lane.
My wife endoed on exposed railroad track once, sliding into a curb with her head, and spent a day in the emergency room dazed and confused. Her helmet saved her life and I watched it all happen. I’m sure Matt freaked everyone out that was with him, including himself!
“Montana Mike” Robinson has been updating the Chinook Cycle Club with reports on Matt’s status and it’s great to hear he’s “up and walking. They have elected not to do surgery as all the broken “stuff” is in place and the ball and sockets appear OK also.”
See this post from stokediam about a cyclist that hit a real turtle and broke his collarbone.
Cyclingpeaks is offering a live view of SRM data during each stage and posting the entire file afterwards. That’s cool and also depressing to see such low heart rates! That’s my heart rate during a casual riding to meet the team!
In a Q/A with the Seattle PI Business Section, REI’s CEO says, “Bikes are going bonkers for us. About half our bikes are our own brand, Novara, which is a great value.” Not only are Novara’s great value, but a great cycling brand. While Novara has been around for years, they’re certainly not just a house brand. I first noticed their cycling enthusiasm when I saw a Novara Merlino Wool Jersey and thought, “whoever brought that to market loves and knows bikes.” And they do, check the photos in their catalog (PDF 5.8M) to see how much.