They’re on to us!

Breaking news for all the members of the great big bicycle conspiracy… they’re on to us!

Read the Denver Post article about gubernatorial candidate Maes:

Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes “that’s exactly the attitude they want you to have.”

“This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms,” Maes said.

He added: “These aren’t just warm, fuzzy ideas from the mayor. These are very specific strategies that are dictated to us by this United Nations program that mayors have signed on to.”

Which one of you weren’t following our rules of secrecy?

As an aside, I kinda have to wonder how more people riding bicycles reduces personal freedoms… that was never in our secret liberal UN agenda.

HB 1147 and the Culture of Fear

Helmets are all the rage in today’s cycling culture. Many feel that cyclists would be a lot safer if everyone wore these helmets while cycling. We’ve even gone so far as to mandate cyclists wear one in many municipalities.

The issue recently came up in Colorado with HB 1147, which in its original revision would have mandated anyone under 18 to wear a helmet while operating a non-motorized wheeled conveyance. A few people were shocked (such as @AndyMan1) when I called it a win for Colorado that the mandatory helmet law portion of the bill was cut out. After all, isn’t keeping brains inside the skull a good thing?

Continue reading HB 1147 and the Culture of Fear

Thousand Mile Report

Sometime last week, I reached one thousand miles on my bicycle since I purchased it in May. I must say, I am rather proud of my accomplishment.

What I have noticed about riding:

  • Short trips are quicker via bicycle than car or feet. (Less than 3 miles)
  • My endurance and stamina has increased dramatically.
  • My resting heart rate went from 75-80bpm to 60-65bpm.
  • I drink lots of water.
  • My coworkers think I don’t own a car.
  • While I used to think 20 miles was crazy via bicycle, I now realize its not that hard at all.

I have also upgraded a few components of my bicycle from stock form and added new things to it. I’ve probably spent way more on my bicycle than I originally intended, but it was well worth it.

Wanna start riding a bicycle more? I highly suggest doing it. You don’t even need to purchase a new bike. Use whatever you got.  Find something used at a garage sale, or on craigslist. Really, just about any bike will work for city riding.

Start by riding once or twice a week on a regular basis. Live within 10 miles to work? Start there. Trip to work too long? Try taking a portion of it via public transit. In Denver, all buses and the light rail have provisions for bicycles.

After a bit it becomes just another part of your daily routine. I now find myself drooling over new fancy bicycles and keep looking at new components to upgrade to.

In Colorado, bicycles have a right to share the road with motor vehicles.

Share The RoadSome resources:

  1. Bicycle Colorado – Statewide bicycle advocacy group
  2. Bike Denver – Citywide bicycle advocacy group
  3. CDOT Bicycle Manual – A great overview of rules and safety tips for riding bicycles in Colorado