A group of teens have helped the city of Santa Ana secure a $2.37 million grant to help improve roads for pedestrians and bicyclists around the city. Recently, at California Bicycle Summit, the largest bicycle advocacy event in the state, one of the teens took to the stage to share the good news about the grant approval. Maribel Mateo, shared her story about how she founded Bike It! Santa Ana, a group led by teens. The group focuses on bike lane creation and implementation of other safety measures to separate cars from bikes on roadways.
Many medical facilities, colleges and convention centers have parking garages so that motorists can safely park their vehicles while they visit with doctors, attend classes or take in a show or sporting event. Bicycles are typically excluded from this structure, which means that bicyclists would have to find a space and park their bike. Even riding a bike to and from a train station has its challenges, since most buses only have two bike racks. What if both bike racks are occupied? Then the bicyclist has to leave the bike at the bus stop all day.
Many of us understand the risks of riding a bicycle without a helmet. Common injuries from an accident include head trauma, elbow scrapes and broken bones. While a helmet can’t prevent all injuries, it can mean the difference between life and death. But is a helmet really necessary when your toddler is riding a tricycle? Surprisingly, researchers say yes.
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.