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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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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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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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1st Bike Ride of Spring 2011 On Little Miami Bike Path

If you ever wondered what its like to ride on the Little Miami Bike Path? It is my privilege to share with you this short video of my first official spring ride on April 6, 2011.

I like to launch near the Wilmington Bridge on the Little Miami River. The bike path goes for 76 miles from Springfield to Milford and beyond.

I ride from Origonia to Xenia north or Loveland south. As you can see the bike paths are very nice, riding much of the way alongside of the Little Miami River.


Click Image to Enlarge Little Miami Bike Path Map

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Bike “Hunting-Season” Safety Tip

Orange Headgear Good Idea During Hunting Season

Nerd Alert: You could buy a helmet cover like the one above here.

I wasn’t sure how to title this post, because the title I wanted to use was:

“How to Keep Your Head from Being Blown Off During Hunting Season”

but it was too long.

Gir Xar Orange Helmet

If you ride during hunting season, you want to wear orange to avoid being mistaken for a deer.

Especially if you ride off road. You can’t buy this New Giro XAR Orange Helmet until Feb 2011. and it will cost about $130. You might have to go with a helmet cover like the one above.

Orange Long Sleve Cycle Jersey

Next consider an orange jersey for cycling like this Capoforma from Cambria Bike.  Capoforma cycling apparel and casual clothing is one of the few treasures in cycling. American owned, Italian manufactured. Its the bright orange color you need during hunting season.

Wearing orange during hunting season is a wise idea, even if you are on a bike path like the Little Miami Valley Bike Path. You ride alongside a river, but you also ride through farmland and some wooded areas. And I hear guns going off all year long, not just during hunting season.

Hunting Season is here, stay safe, wear some orange.

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Skagway, Alaska Bike Trip

Our trip started with a two hour train ride on the White Pass – Yukon Route into the Yukon Territory in Canada. We boarded in Skagway and traveled north to a summit elevation of 2865 feet at the White Pass summit. There was a train guide who filled us in on the history, life and death surrounding the railroad and trails in the area.

On to Alaska with Buchannan - US Canada Border Checkpoint - We biked through this checkpoint. This shot is from the train on the way to the summit.

Near Frazier Station we passed the immigration checkpoint, with ‘On to Alaska With Buchanan’ painted on the rocks below.  George E. Buchanan, a Detroit coal merchant, began bringing boys and girls to Alaska on adventure trips in 1923. Many years later members of the various Buchanan Boys groups returned to Skagway to ride the WP&YR and to revisit the memories of their special and happy trips. Reportedly the boys from one of the summer trips painted the sign “On To Alaska With Buchanan” on the side of the mountain to commemorate their inspiring leader, George Buchanan.

Upon arriving at Frazier Station, we took a 15 minute shuttle van to the summit of White Pass which is 3294 feet.

White Pass Summit Elevation 3292

There we were instructed by our tour guide Stephanie, on how to use hand-brakes and other safety precautions. Then we started down the mountain on our 15 mile bike trip.

Too bad we never went faster than 30 miles per hour, mostly under 20. There were some steep areas where you could easily do 50 mp. We stopped 4 times during our descent one time at a waterfall, where we filled up our waterbottles with clear clean water.

The views were breathtaking and the ride was the easiest 15 miles I ever biked. All and all it was fun but a bit pricey. We paid $195 per person for the train and bike ride. For more information visit Skagway Bicycle Tours.

Music by Perspective XIV – Album: Shadow of Doubt

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