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Speed Bumps in the Path of New San Francisco Bike Plan

Posted on June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Speed Bumps in the Path of the Bicycle Juggernaut By SCOTT JAMES Dr. Frank Gilson is recuperating from a bad case of road rash — not from ill-fitting cycling shorts, but from a grueling encounter with San Francisco’s bike plan. Enlarge This Image Scott James/The Bay Citizen A new bike lane on 17th Street in…

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How to Make a Left Turn

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

There are two proper methods for making a left turn on a bicycle: 1. Using Traffic Lanes As you approach the intersection, look over your left shoulder for traffic. If clear, signal your turn and move over to the left side of the lane, or into the left or center turn lane. Position yourself so…

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When to Take the Traffic Lane

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is another question I am often asked. If there is no shoulder or bicycle lane and the traffic lane is narrow, ride closer to the center of the lane. This will prevent motorists from passing you when there is not enough room. You should also use the traffic lane when you are traveling at…

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“How Far to the Right?”

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

This is by far the question I am most frequently asked when giving presentations to cyclists. Ride on the right, but not so far that you might hit the curb. You could lose your balance and fall into traffic. Do not ride too far to the right: – When avoiding parked vehicles or road hazards….

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Four Ways to Stay Safe: #4 Ride With Traffic

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

Ride With Traffic Ride in the same direction as the traffic. This will make you more visible to drivers entering roads or changing lanes because they will know where to look for possible conflicts. On a one-way street, you may ride on the left as long as you are riding with traffic.

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Four Ways to Stay Safe: #3 Be Visible and Alert

Posted on June 7, 2011 in Safety

Be Visible and Alert Even if you obey all traffic laws, there is always a risk of being hit by a motorist who is not obeying the laws, or who simply does not see you. Ride carefully—Vehicles waiting at stop signs, in driveways, or parking spaces may suddenly pull out in front of you. Watch…

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DUI Charges for Irvine Man

Posted on June 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

Murder and DUI charges were filed on Wednesday against an Irvine man accused of causing a crash that killed a 14-year-old girl and seriously injured another teen over Memorial Day weekend. Austin Jeffrey Farley, 26, pleaded not guilty to one count each of second-degree murder and felony driving under the influence causing injury. He also faces…

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