Rumble Strip Best Practices

I came across article on rumble strips. Driving on roads where cars and trucks are present is something that I avoid as much as possible. The rumble strips are nice but with all the distractions in cars such as texting, eating and drinking, I never will feel safe riding alongside of any motorized vehicle even with rumble strips. Still if I had to make an exception I would choose a road that conformed to the latest FHWA standards.

Based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) standards and the studies/reports noted below, these are the rumble strip best practices recommendations that provide the minimum standards to safely accommodate bicyclists:

  • Shoulder width: No rumble strips or stripes installed on shoulders less than four feet
  • Placement: Adjacent to or on the white line, providing a minimum of four feet of usable shoulder to the right of the rumble strip
  • Frequency: 6-foot gaps allow cyclists to navigate away from the shoulder if needed
  • Depth: 0.375 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Length: 6 inches

Federal Rumble Strip Guidance

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released updated guidance on rumble strips in the spring of 2010 that was a big step back for cyclists’ safety. Partnering with the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, we were able to work with FHWA to improve their guidance for cyclists and a revised Technical Guidance was released in November, 2011.

Source: http://www.adventurecycling.org/travel-initiatives/national-advocacy-projects/rumble-strips/

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“Hop On” The Riderless Biking Video

“Hop On” is our rallying cry to encourage people to get on their bikes and contribute to Canada’s reputation as a leading cycling nation.

Learn how you can ride, cheer and show your support at www.hoponcanada.ca. All that’s missing is you.

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No way to Treat a Bike

Jack Bauer is a New Zealand professional road racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Cannondale-Garmin.

Jack Bauer throws his bicycle after cycling against the wind trying to keep up with the pack when another cyclist throws away his jacket and it gets stuck in his gears. Well that ends the race for Jack so he takes his bike and throws it down a ditch.

I can understand the frustration but this is no way to treat a bike.😉

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Thanks Rails to Trails

Last year I joined Rails to Trails because I ride regularly on the Little Miami Bike Path which is a rails to trails transformation.

Rails to Trails Bike Path

The people at Rails to Trails are creating a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors of people and places. It’s a wonderful project. Their vision is that 90 percent of Americans will live within three miles of a trail system by 2020.

Rail-trails are multi-purpose public paths created from former railroad corridors. They are most often flat or follow a gentle grade as they traverse urban, suburban and rural communities in America. Ideal for many uses, such as walking, bicycling, inline skating, cross-country skiing, and equestrian and wheelchair use, rail-trails are extremely popular for both transportation and recreation. – Source: Rails to Trails

Rails to trails exists in a large way from Railbanking. There are more than 350 rail corridors (43 states plus D.C.) have been railbanked, with more than 160 trails open partially or fully on railbanked corridors. Railbanking is a voluntary agreement between a railroad company and a trail agency, which enables the agency to use an out-of-service rail corridor as a trail until a railroad might need the corridor again for rail service.

Thanks to Railbanking and Rails to Trails many Americans have access to smooth, safe bike paths. My favorite is The Little Miami Scenic Trail in Ohio. It is 78 miles long paved with Asphalt and Concrete. One I’d like to try is Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail a 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) that stretchs the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, (love Key west) the southernmost point of the continental United States.

Find out more: http://www.railstotrails.org/

Donate if you can, I did.

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Extreme Downhill Road Biking Featuring Car Passing

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Mr. Whitelander, biking in traffic at over 50 miles per hour is not for me. But thanks for sharing your thrilling 90% chance of surviving ride featuring your GoPro camera point of view. It was indeed quite an exciting and dangerous ride to watch. One tree branch in the road could have sent you down the hill on more than two wheels.

I prefer to ride on Rails to Trails bike paths where my chance of not getting hit by a car during my ride is nearly 100%.


About: Video Published on Jun 16, 2013

Description: Best Extreme road bike descent / downhill. Overtaking cars. Max speed 86 kph. Cam GoPro3 Black edition.
Riding my Bianchi SL Lite alloy Reparto Corse.

Subscribe to this YouTube Channel MrWhitelander: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1fb9KivOmMFHfI_lx2d0ew

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Bike Fitting Myths and Corrections

Start by getting a bike that fits your frame. (image credit: aroadbike4u.com)


A total bike fit has more to do with the saddle, handlebars, brake levers and hoods, stem, shoes, cleats and pedals. In this video we primarily are concerned with bike rider adjustments rather than different equipment.

Bicycle expert John Crook from Lancaster, Ohio uses laser lights to help understand myths regarding handlebar and seat placements.

According to John the center of gravity and balance across the bike are the most important aspects in creating the optimal riding position. FYI: My 2008 Trek Road bike 2.1 was professionally fit at the time of purchase.

Get the whole story in this 9 minute video.

Tip: To get the most out of your road bike, get a proper bike fit from your bicycle shop owner. I hope this video enlightens you so you may ask better questions during your professional bike fitting.

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Smartphone Bike Theft Tracker

Bike theft costs over $350 million in property loss each year in the U.S. alone, and a Chicago based startup is addressing this costly problem with a new gadget called BikeSpike.

Currently raising funds via Kickstarter, the BikeSpike is a GPS tracking device with open API that alerts your smartphone when your bike is tampered with and makes it easy to notify police. Users receive text and email alerts and can track the cycle’s location on the web and through your smartphone.

Not only does it protect your bike, BikeSpike’s accelerometer can also detect a crash, pinpoint its location and alert people on your contact list to send help. Parents could also be alerted when kids ride outside a set “safe zone.”  Plus, BikeSpike enables cyclists to monitor stats like distance, speed and courses, and fans and coaches can oversee groups of bikers or watch a specific person race from the web.

With 18 days left to go, BikeSpike has raised $30,000+ in funding, and the bike community is helping bring this product to fruition. Many are pledging $149 to get the device, carbon filter water bottle cage and bundled data plan set to launch in October, and the blogging community is hopeful, saying:

·        “BikeSpike: The best idea yet for recovering stolen bikes” – Commute by Bike

·        “It’s a device I’ve heard a lot of people mention always wanting, and this may be the chance to make it a reality.” – Urban Velo

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1054587410/the-bikespike

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