The MLK Memorial festivities might be my last, best chance to win my 10,000 CaBi trips in a day, before it expires at the end of September. Still, I'm not hopeful.
- The 50 States Ride and 13 Colonies rides are scheduled for September 24th this year. The ride is great fun, and if you've never done it before, you'll get a chance to see it like never before. So, who's going to try to do the whole thing on CaBi, and of those, who are going to try to daisy chain bikes the whole way?
- If this is a typical bike rack in Crystal City, then Crystal City may need more bike parking.
- This is what happens when your back-up bike is 120 years old. [Aside: If we really want people to bike more, we have to get a handle on bike theft.] He says the bike is bombproof, but a guy tried to RABGRAI on a pennyfarthing the same year I did it and the hills killed it on the first day. He bought a bike off a 7 year old girl and road that thing the rest of the way.
- There are a lot of wrong ways to use a bike lane.
- Jason Wehmeye, the firefighter who is competing in the World Police and Fire Games as a cyclist is selfless in his personal life too. During a race that he was winning, another cyclist was injured. So Wehmeye stopped to help him. Said the injured cyclist "I got to be honest with you, I think there's less than a 50-50 chance that I would have stopped if I'd have been in the lead and I heard some commotion behind me."
- Another cyclist injured in a hit and run incident. This one in Annapolis. "A gray Hyundai Elantra traveling west struck a man on a bicycle and did not stop. The 59-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle is described as being no more than four years old and as having sustained a broken windshield and fog light on the passenger side. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-222-6145."
- You don't have to know Al Gore to ride a bike cross-country. "When he worked at NOAA, Dave was a regular bike commuter. And he’s done some long rides before, including up to New Hampshire. But this was his longest, a year in the planning. On July 24, he dipped his tire in the Pacific at Waldport, Ore., after cycling 4,209 miles over 93 days."
- This is only related to biking in the tiniest of ways, but it may be the most fascinating obituary I've ever read. If it were a movie, I'd be rolling my eyes at how unbelievable it all was.