Former firefighter Brendan Lyons, whose career was cut short when he was struck by a distracted driver while bicycling, is fighting for a statewide texting and driving ban in Arizona.
Lyons founded the Arizona chapter of the nonprofit Look! Save a Life in 2012 after his work responding to distracted driving incidents inspired him to raise awareness for the cause, which soon became personal for him.
“In a sad twist of irony, almost a year later, I went out for a bike ride with my girlfriend on the morning of her birthday … and a motorist at 45 mph looked down at his cellphone to see who’s calling, drifted into the bike lane and struck us both from behind,” he told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.
Lyons said he suffered spine and pelvis fractures and was treated for a traumatic brain injury, which ended his days as a firefighter.
While only a select few of us will ever take in the view from atop a podium, we can all rejoice in the fact that no cycling skill is impossible to master. To that end, we asked coaches, mechanics, top racers, and other experts to help you improve your ride, whether you’re trying to set a century PR or just figuring out how and when to push that little lever on your handlebar. Here are the best bike-riding tips and advice they offered us.
14 simple tips that will have you riding better than ever
LeBron James, cycling superstar? He is, perhaps, in the eyes of kids at that much-discussed Akron school for at-risk students the NBA star opened last week. Each student, in addition to tuition-free education in a state-of-the-art public school facility, also gets a bike, in a more than symbolic nod to James’s association of his own childhood bike with the freedom it afforded him.
Team Sky released data from Chris Froome’s Giro d’Italia victory that outlines the power of his attack and mid-race diet to lose weight.
The British super team released insider documents to the BBC that show Froome’s diet, watts and thoughts over the three weeks from Jerusalem to Rome. Froome, 33, became the first British rider to win the Italian grand tour. He had crashed twice early on, but rode consistently over three weeks and launched a lethal attack in stage 19, over the Finestre, to take the race lead. Read more from VeloNews.com
Biking apps like Ride Report and Strava are being used by transportation planners to determine where biking infrastructure should be focused.
In dozens of cities across the country, biking apps like Strava or Ride Report have become in-depth sources for data, informing planners where cyclists not only want to be riding, but where they feel safe.
These partnerships between public transportation departments and private technology firms are taking the place of manually counting bicyclists, surveying riders or even outright guessing, leading to the sort of data-based decision-making around areas like the placement of bicycle infrastructure, non-motorized master plans and other forms of transportation public policy.
A driver accused of killing one cyclist and injuring another at this year’s Tour de Palm Springs has been charged with murder.
Ronnie R. Huerta, 21, allegedly plowed into a group of riders after losing control of his car, a Ford sedan, during the February race in Southern California. Witnesses told authorities that Huerta was speeding at more than 100 mph when he veered off the road, striking two cyclists before rolling over.
One of the crash victims, 49-year-old Mark Kristofferson, was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend, fellow cyclist Alyson Lee Akers, 50, was seriously injured and airlifted to a nearby hospital with lacerations to her head.