In this post and comparative chart we compare some of the best headphones for safe cycling. Not all headphones are the same – some are much more immersive and potentially dangerous; others enable you to be much more aware of your surroundings. The safest leave your ears completely open. And you might even want to consider a smart helmet with integrated stereo speakers! Use this post to figure out which headphones would be the best and safest for your needs.
The LuminTrail headlight is a super bright bike headlight – and yet it costs under $40. It can be mounted on your handlebars or on your helmet. For safer cycling, and to see where you are going, no matter how dark it is – the LuminTrail bike headlight is highly recommended.
Here are five essential ways to stay visible in traffic when cycling. These tips will help you to keep yourself safe as you enjoy your favorite activity, cycling.
The issue of mandatory bike helmet laws is controversial, to say the least. Some are vigorously in favor; others oppose them furiously. A research study out of New Zealand suggests that the opposition has it right.
This post is about some of the main benefits of separated bike lanes for cyclists. Benefit #4 may surprise you! Benefits include safety, and the perception of safety. And other stuff too, such as simply having fun!
Here is an excellent post about bike safety, with 10 excellent tips on how NOT to get hit with a car by a motorist. This post will help you to stay safe on your bike.
Here is my review of the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium Cordless Bluetooth Open Ear Bone Conduction Headphones, which have quickly become my go-to cycling headphones. They are cordless (Bluetooth) headphones that conduct sound to you via vibrations on your cheekbones, instead of by plugging up your ears. This makes these headphones ideal for people listening to music while vulnerable to traffic, such as pedestrians and cyclists. The CORDLESS Trekz Titanium Bluetooth open ear bone conduction earphones are a great idea, and have been very well designed. This review will help you decide if you want to try this safety-focused technology.
Flashing lights and bikes are strongly associated together, but flashing bike lights can actually cause problems at times. When should you use flashing bike lights, and when is it not a good idea? Here’s a guide to when to use your bike lights in flashing mode. Post also includes guidance on how to use your bike lights during the day and the night.
May is National Bike Month in the USA – and LaneSpotter is here to help cyclists to find the safest bike routes in cities across the country. This new Android app was released on May 1. Get a link to download this promising new app here!
Here is a press release from Transalt in New York – find out how the tragedy could have been prevented, and what you can do going forward. Attend or support the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on 19 November.
A Conversation with Peter Walker, author of an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. Walker discusses bike helmets and high visibility clothing; the misuse of the word accident; roadside intimidation; cycling activism; older people and cycling; business objections to cycling; bike share programs; and the role played by La Monde à Bicyclette and Vélo Quebec in the transformation of Montreal.
Excerpt from an important, brand new book: How Cycling Can Save the World by Peter Walker. In this book, Walker shows the close relationship between infrastructure and the way people get about. Therefore, to create mass cycling you need to create a conducive built environment. The way to do this is in fact already well known – only the political will is lacking. So what’s the secret? Basically, bikes must be kept separate from motor traffic on busy roads, and the separation must be physical. “A bicycle way that is not safe for an eight-year-old is not a bicycle way.”
Here are our top 10 tips for winter cycling. Winter cycling can be challenging, especially if you live in a climate that gets both cold AND wet. However, comfortable winter cycling is possible and even enjoyable, with careful planning and a little expense.
A London lorry driver who carelessly killed 29-year-old cyclist Louise Wright in London has been convicted of causing her death by careless driving – but has walked away with a suspended sentence and assorted wrist slaps. Should he have gone to prison? The family doesn’t think so …
We have grown to accept human motorists killing thousands of people every single day. After all, cars are so convenient, right? But are we going to let self driving cars kill even ONE human being? Absolutely not! We must have a code of ethics to force them to behave the way we wish WE would behave. But before we get around to making laws about ethics for robotic cars, we might want to think about passing a few laws reflecting the fundamental ethic that cyclists are human beings too, and therefore motorists are not allowed to run them down?
If you are ever hit by a motorist while cycling, you may be in too much shock to know what to do. This guest post explains the 3 crucial things you should do in this situation. Includes infographic about common cycling collisions, and advice to avoid collisions for drivers and cyclists.
Here are photos and video of a situation that endangered small children. It was caused by a truck driver who was only thinking about the most important rule of the road – cars CANNOT be blocked. Compared to that central tenet of modern life, children are almost literally invisible. Cars are IMPORTANT – little kids, not so much.
The sentence for Tineke Kraal – who tried to harm North Shore Mountain Cyclists – is ludicrously light. A tap on the wrist for a woman who spent two hours a night for two years trying her best to injure and kill mountain bikers by sabotaging mountain trails on Vancouver’s North Shore!
In Victoria on Vancouver Island, design of its first protected two-way bike lane is taking shape. The design calls for the loss of 32 parking spots. In reaction, local merchants have submitted a petition opposing any protected bike lanes that compromise parking. I am sick of selfish interests compromising cyclist safety – BOYCOTT these businesses!
By dressing as if we fear death any second, do we increase the perception that cycling is an extreme sport and risk scaring other people away from cycling? Will wearing bike helmets save our lives – or just discourage others from cycling, and so increase the numbers of people who will die from lack of exercise?