Category Archives: Advocacy & Access

Sharing the Road: Georgia’s 3 Foot Rule

So Debbie and I went out for a ride on our single bikes today… Unlike it has been over the past weeks, today there was a sudden surge in motorists back on the roads and back to their “normal” behaviors. … Continue reading

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Hands Free Law Goes Into Effect in Marietta, Georgia on 1 April

As has been reported locally, the city of Marietta, Georgia — where I work and where we routinely drive — adopted a new “hands-free” driving law back on 14 February that goes into effect on 1 April.  The idea is … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Ride Videos: Fun Stuff & Being Cut-Off Three Times

Warm & sunny on a weekend: how cool is that! We actually got in two days of riding on what were picture perfect days. Well, OK: to be honest it actually felt a bit on the warm side but that’s … Continue reading

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A Non-Cyclist / Journalist’s Tandem Ride Around Redlands, California

Imagine my surprise when one of my Google search engines spit out an article from my adopted  Southern California home town of Redlands. I found this to be a very honest and fair article by Toni Momberger of the Redlands … Continue reading

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Georgia Blind Sports Association – Tandem Cycling Program

A few weeks back Sue Buckley from Club Vibes in Knoxville  introduced us to Hal Simpson who is the founder/executive director of Georgia Blind Sports Association (GBSA). The GBSA was founded in 2011 as a 501c3 non-profit working with the … Continue reading

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Ever Wonder What Motorists Are Thinking When They “Buzz” You?

Sadly, I suspect there are thousands of motorists who feel the same way as Mr. Maddox. We encounter at least one on almost every ride… you know, the motorist who either rolls down the window and gives you a piece … Continue reading

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It will be interesting to see how this one plays out…

From Sept 2013: Link to the original, detailed crime report. Link to the current report on the start of sentencing.  

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Today’s Tandem Ride & GoPro Test… “Drive By”

We had another nice day today; perfect weather for cycling: 53°F, partly cloudy with light winds and about 50% humidity. Our GoPro test was once again limited to one camera as I’m still waiting for a mounting bracket; might have … Continue reading

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Got a Light? If Not & You Ride At Dusk, Get One!!!

It’s common-sense savings time.  You know, the few weeks that precede the end of day-light savings time when cyclists who ride in the evenings seem oblivious to the fact that the days are getting shorter and they’re essentially riding at … Continue reading

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North American Tandem Cycling Association; An Invitation To Those In The Business

Disclaimer: I’m merely a conduit for this information; I have no interest or association with the organizers. For readers who are in the tandem trade as manufacturers, builders or retailers and who will be attending or represented at Interbike on … Continue reading

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The Tandem Club of America Wants To Hear From You!

If you’ve already heard about about the Tandem Club of America (TCA) Survey and are ready to let your voice be heard… TCA MEMBERS CLICK HERE NOW!  NON-MEMBERS CLICK HERE  If you need a little more background and some encouragement … Continue reading

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Looking for Paralympic Tandem Team Captains: Road & Track…

Note that I’m posting this on behalf of Chazz Walker out of Raleigh, North Carolina.  Please direct any questions to Chazz via email to: chazzwan@earthlink.net Hoping that this message will reach an interested captain with tandem racing legs. I am mentoring … Continue reading

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Should We Be Flabbergasted, Flattered or Fhilosophical?

Yes, yes…  we know philosophical begins with a ‘pf’ instead of an “fh” but it was just too hard to resist. Anyway, our good friend Michael S. over in Croatia dropped me a note the other day in which he … Continue reading

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Driver Found Not Guilty In Deaths of Gregory & Alexandra Bruehler

I hate it when I’m right… If you go back to my blog entry from October 3, 2010 when I reported that a motorist who mowed-down two cyclists was finally indicted nearly a year after the incident you find in … Continue reading

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Daily Vent…. Just one of those days on the bike.

So, we go out for a nice ride on a nearly perfect day. First irritation are the stoplights installed by Cobb DOT at Mars Hill Rd & Old Stilesboro Rd. that use video motion detection to trip the lights. Only … Continue reading

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What Good Are Laws That No One Knows About? (3 Foot Law)

Back in July 2011, Georgia’s “Better Bicycling Bill” became the law.  Other than cycling advocates, I’d venture a guess that very few Georgia motorists know anything about the changes brought about by the new law and, in particular, the so-called … Continue reading

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Theft Alert: 2011 Calfee Bamboo Tandem from Walnut Grove, California

Just posted to the Tandem@Hobbes forum from tandem community icons Dick & Marilyn Powell: Our nearly new Calfee Bamboo tandem was stolen from our home last night in Walnut Creek, California. Details are: Brand: Calfee Model: Bamboo Tandem Medium Built up … Continue reading

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ITO – Road Fatalities Mapping

This showed-up as a link on one of the motorcycle forums that I frequent and it is probably of as much interest to cycling advocates / facilities designers as it is to motorcyclists.  What you’re seeing is a composite view … Continue reading

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Friends on the Mend… And Back On The Road! (Follow-Up #2)

Regular readers may recall that back on August 20th our friends Tom & Cheryl from Southeast Pennsylvania were struck from behind by a motorist while out riding their tandem.  Tom was released from the hospital with minor injuries while Cheryl … Continue reading

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Kill a Cyclist = Slap on the wrist: Follow-Up On Wisconsin Tandem Fatality

With a tip of the hat to our reader James O’Brien for bringing this to our attention, here is how the Outagamie County District Attorney’s Office ruled on the motorist who ran down Douglas & Kris Hanson of Green Bay, Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Distracted Driving… PSA’s & Self-Defense Techniques

Compelling stuff to be sure…. Sadly, despite the best of intentions behind all of the public service announcements that have been released by various different agencies and even telecommunications companies like AT&T, until people start to practice a little self-control … Continue reading

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Friends On The Mend (Follow-Up)

As a follow-up to our report on friends Tom & Cheryl being run-down by a motorist in Pennsylvania last week, we’ve shared some Emails with Tom and have been otherwise keeping up on their recovery via some mutual tandem friends from … Continue reading

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Yet Another Team Down! And This Time It’s Personal… Friends from PA

In what seems to be a never-ending stream of incidents involving motorists running down tandem teams, we learned via some friends whom we met at the Chattanooga Santana Rally this past May — Shirley & Dick D. — that another … Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Tandem Cyclist Fatality in Onedia, Wisconsin

Back on August 3rd we shared news reports regarding another collision involving a tandem bicycle that was hit from behind by a car in broad daylight.  The collision took the life of Kris Hanson (56) and left her husband Douglas … Continue reading

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Another Tandem Rear-Ended & Stoker Killed: Casa Grande, AZ

Sadly, the tandem community has lost another friend, this time in Casa Grande, Arizona. According to new accounts, Brian (46) & Pam (47) Pangburn were riding their recumbent tandem north on Trekell Road in Casa Grande, Arizona on Tuesday morning … Continue reading

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Trailblazers Tandem Cycling Club – Serving VI Cyclists in Toronto, Canada

A few weeks back we received a nice note from Audrey Chin to let us know about the TRAILBLAZERS Tandem Cycling Club based in Toronto, Canada.  I still need to add a link to their club from TheTandemLink.com, but in the mean … Continue reading

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Tandem Down Near Aspen, CO: No Major Injuries In This Instance

A tandem team from Broomfield, Colorado was struck by a motorist who “didn’t see them“.  In this instance, initial reports seem to indicate there were no life-threatening injuries after it was initially thought the stoker had suffered a broken leg. … Continue reading

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Sad News: Another Tandem Team Run Down, This Time In Onedia Wisconsin

Not too many details are available just yet, but according to local news accounts Kris Hanson (56) and her husband Douglas (59) were hit from behind by a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Michael Gustmas (55) in Onedia, Wisconsin while … Continue reading

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Georgia “Better Bicycling Bill” Signed & Becomes Effective on July 1st, 2011

House Bill 101, (HB 101), also called the Better Bicycling Bill, was signed into law back on May 11th and will become the law of the land on July 1st. The key feature of the bill that had most cycling … Continue reading

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Yeah, I dress for the slide… not the ride, even when it’s hot.

I had to run a few errands this afternoon and, as I often do when I don’t need to carry much on an errand, I used my motorcycle because I simply prefer to ride on something two-wheels vs. in something … Continue reading

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