Many sports fans forgive their favorite stars when they deal with brushes with the law and situations of immorality. But in the case of Lance Armstrong and his infamous doping scandal in 2012, many people aren’t willing to forgive and forget so easily. The disgraced, former professional bicyclist returned to the Tour de France on July 16th and 17th to raise money for charity. Armstrong was invited by English football player, Geoff Thomas, to help raise £1milllion for Cure Leukaemia. Judging from the reactions from the media and other bicyclists, not many people were thrilled to have him in attendance.
Crossing the Bay Bridge is no big deal for motorists who commute to work. But crossing the Bay Bridge was just a fantasy for San Francisco and Oakland cyclists. The only choices for pedestrians and cyclists were to take a ferry or a BART car. In September 2013, pedestrians and bicyclists were given the opportunity to cross the eastern span of the bridge thanks to a new bike path. However, construction continues and there is a plan to extend the bike path an additional two miles.
When people imagine bicycle-friendly cities and towns, Modesto, California, rarely comes to mind. But Modesto, located in the Central Valley approximately 75 miles south of Sacramento, has made major strides to accommodate bikes in the past few years. One of the state’s oldest cities, Modesto was once known for wide streets built exclusively for cars. But with Modesto city planners thinking about the future – which includes more bicycles – the city began undergoing some positive changes in 2012, and the city’s not done yet.
Although most of the products we buy are safe for their intended use, sometimes a defect or some other issue can cause accidents and serious injuries. When this happens, a recall is typically issued to inform and warn consumers and offer remedies. This is what bicycle manufacturer Trek had to do after three riders were seriously injured due to the quick release lever causing the front wheel to lock up and suddenly stop or even separate. One of those riders is now a quadriplegic due to the defect.