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Chief Casady on bicycles

2008-08-01 15:16:25.730757+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Since I'm regularly pointing out the bad guys in blue, how about some attaboys and kudos for the good guys: Tom Casady, Chief of Police, Lincoln, Nebraska, on bicycles and their rights on the road:

The seam where a concrete curb joins the pavement is prone to cracks, crevices, and pot holes, so a wider berth may be needed. Some roadways have drainage grates that will swallow a 1" tire and wheel. A row of parallel-parked cars is risky, and cyclists generally need to move out to the left by the approximate length of a 1972 Monte Carlo's door. The right-hand side of the roadway is impractical when you are preparing a lane change, a left turn, or getting positioned at an intersection to avoid right-turning cars from cutting across your path. Moving away from the right side in these circumstances complies with the "close as practicable" rule in the law, and motorists just need to deal with that, treating cyclists with the same respect as any other vehicle.

And he follows up with some surprise that cyclists think police officers don't get it:

Stow the stereotypes, and I suspect you'll find that most police officers are well aware of the content in yesterdays post, would render the same advice, and are generally inclined to support and defend cyclists rights to use the road like any other vehicle, as established in their State and local laws. ...

[ related topics: Law Enforcement Bicycling ]

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#Comment Re: Latest work on No-nose Bicycle Sadles made: 2008-08-08 12:47:20.479703+00 by: m

I seem to recall this being a topic of interest in the past, so here is the latest study.

No-nose Bicycle Saddles Improve Penile Sensation And Erectile Function In Bicycling Police Officers


#Comment Re: made: 2008-08-08 15:35:50.820771+00 by: Dan Lyke

Hmmm... Ages ago Charlene tried a noseless saddle for the back of our tandem, I believe it was a Spiderflex. Seemed like a good idea, but on the tandem it wiggled the bike way too much for us to be comfortable riding together.

I've found that on an upright, like a mountain bike, I like the nose way low, but on a drop bar bike I put the nose high so that I slide back on to the wide part of the seat and that deals with any numbness I get on long rides.