Have You Ever Had a Close Call?

If you have ever been passed dangerously while riding your bike, raise your hand.

Hmmm… everyone is raising their hand.

Riding safely can help. Check the OCBC Education page. In addition, there are two websites where bike riders can report close calls, post videos and hopefully raise public awareness. Both provide maps, so riders as well as community officials can spot trends and perhaps even identify aggressive drivers.

Cyclist Video Evidence says their Incident Management System can help police departments search for repeat offenders and identify hot spots.

Close Call Database says that reporting a close call will make the information available to fellow cyclists and store it for access by law enforcement.

Make Video Evidence Ticketable by Police – the Movement

If you video a tailgating motorist blasting the horn at you, revving their engine, maybe “brush passing” inches from your elbow, that’s assault.
And if that motorist actually hits you or your bicycle, that’s battery.

CaptureBut if that callous and aggressive attack on you isn’t witnessed by a police officer, that video evidence cannot be used– legally– to cite or arrest the perpetrator.
Here’s the site of the organization behind the movement to change things:

http://www.3footcycling.com/castro-valley-california-incident-bike-mounted-video-deconstruction-and-analysis/

“We are very happy to announce that our mobilization and pressure resulted in a Summit at CHP Golden Gate Division Headquarters with Chief Ernie Sanchez, a key representative from CHP Headquarters, key staff members from CHP GGD, 3FootCycling.com’s Founder, Craig Davis, and our member cyclist. It was a respectful and productive meeting where CHP stated that they are prohibited by law from citing reckless driving or 3 Foot law violations using bicycle mounted video evidence. They also said that our persistent pressure forced an internal review and learning process that that they appreciated.”

Get involved on the national level here: 3footcycling.com

Bike Friday Recalls Tikit Folding Bikes

A voluntary recall Due to Fall and Injury Hazards.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Tikit Folding Bicycles
Units: About 3,800
Manufacturer: Green Gear Cycling Inc., dba Bike Friday, of Eugene, Ore
Hazard: The tikit bike’s handlebar stem can break and cause the rider to lose control.
Incidents/Injuries: 6 reports of breaking handlebar stems
Description: This recall involves all models of tikit brand folding bicycles. The 16-inch wheel custom bicycles were sold in various colors. The Bike Friday tikit brand decal is affixed to the bike frame.
Sold by: Bike Friday direct and dealers nationwide from January 2007 through September 2012 for between $900 and $5,000.
Manufactured in: U.S.A.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop riding the bicycle and and contact Bike Friday to schedule a free repair.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Bike Friday; (800) 777-0258, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit BikeFriday.com (FAQs).

See pictures of the affected model at the CPSC recall announcement page here.

h/t: CPSC

Solvang or San Diego?

A tough choice to make .

The (mostly) car free rollies in the Sta. Ynez  valley area with over 1500 of your new best friends for a cause , or a coastal cruise with over 1500 of your other newest best friends in the San Diego area for a cause.

Should be a blast either way – and the weather looks almost as great as the gift (on many levels) that was last Sunday’s Memorial Ride.

Tailwinds and firm tires to all riders wherever you choose to cruise!

While we on the left coast must face these troubling decisions head on, please consider those less fortunate on the right in the aftermath of the storm, even while the very fortunate get to run the Marathon.

update:Marathon cancelled – “Organizers will donate various items that had been brought in for the race to relief efforts, from food, blankets and portable toilets to generators already set up on Staten Island.     ”

Either way, the Red Cross has gone digital with a series of apps that may come in handy if disaster strikes.

From First Aid, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and soon even Wildfires, information you need will be right at hand. Read all about them here.