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Kids and Bicycle Safety Tips

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Para la version en Español presiona aquí Are your kids safe when riding their bikes? I though mine were, until I talked to an expert and I realized every time my kids ride their bikes, which is almost daily, I’m was putting their lives at risk.
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Is California a "bicycle-friendly" state?

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California ranks 9th in the U.S. for being "bicycle-friendly" according to various criteria set out in this analysis by the League of American Bicyclists.  As an attorney that represents bicycle accident victims in Los Angeles, I can tell you that the City of Angels could certainly do more to improve this rating by improving upon infrastructure and education related to bicycle safety.  There are still far to many bike mishaps in "la la land", in my opinion.

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Salsa Cycles Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Risk of Fall Hazard

Salsa Cycles Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Risk of Fall Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Salsa Bearpaw Bicycle...
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Riding a bike anywhere in California can be dangerous enough as we all know.  One of those dangers is faulty equipment that can lead to a crash and fall.  If you own a Salsa cycle, it is best to check for recall status and take it in if your bicycle is defective.

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Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled Salsa Bearpaw forks and contact a Salsa dealer for a free inspection and replacement fork.

Sold at: Bicycle stores nationwide and online at various websites from September 2013 through November 2014 for about $250 separately and for between $1,850 and $4,400 for the bicycles.

Importer: Salsa Cycles, a wholly-owned brand of Quality Bicycle Products Inc., of Bloomington, Minn.


Manufactured in: Taiwan


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.  Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

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Hit-and-runs take a rising toll on cyclists in Los Angeles

Hit-and-runs take a rising toll on cyclists in Los Angeles | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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It is startling to see this story and graphic from the Los Angeles Times on the rising number of hit and run bicycle accidents in L.A.  As a cyclist in the "City of Angels", you should learn to be ultra defensive in your riding techniques and to know your legal rights following a hit and run.  For example, did you know that you may be able to use your uninsured motorist auto coverage or possibly even your homeowner's insurance to cover the losses in this type of traffic collision?  Find out more here .

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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 5, 6:53 AM

For cyclists who are hit, a major frustration is how infrequently drivers are caught. The Los Angeles Police Department closed one in five hit-and-runs from 2008 to 2012, meaning about 80% were unresolved, according to data the department reported last year to the Board of Police Commissioners. Less than half of those cases were closed through an arrest.


The chance of being convicted is so slim that "if you wanted to murder someone, it would almost be better to just hit them with your car," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles), who has pushed for stiffer hit-and-run penalties.


Traffic investigators say that they are faced with thousands of hit-and-run collisions a year involving bikes, cars and pedestrians, and they must focus on cases with strong leads, such as eyewitness reports or the car's license plate number, and on crashes that kill or maim the victims.


"There are a lot of cases where we don't have a lot to go on," said Sgt. Daniel Dail, who works in the Sheriff's Department's traffic services detail.


Six days after the crash, Livingston awoke in the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He had been in a medically induced coma while surgeons raced to stop his internal bleeding. Eight vertebrae were fractured. His pelvis was sheared in half.

Kept awake by pain, he hallucinated that he was riding his bike. "I was so scared, and in so much pain," Livingston said.


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Homeless ex-con on bike hits car door that's suddenly opened State Farm Offers $44K and Jury Renders a Verdict of almost $86K

Homeless ex-con on bike hits car door that's suddenly opened State Farm Offers $44K and Jury Renders a Verdict of almost $86K | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Jury Verdict Alert is a news service for civil verdicts awarded in the state and federal courts of California.
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Interesting verdict here out of Santa Barbara California.  A bicyclist hit a car door suddenly opened by a motorist and sustained a clavicle fracture and a torn meniscus requiring surgical repair.  The injured party just so happened to be homeless and had a criminal records.  Oftentimes, this type of background leads to lower offers by insurance carriers as they feel jurors will not be inclined to award big money damages.  In this case, the offer was well below even the medical costs (which were in dispute).  The jury came back with a verdict that exceeded the "best and final offer" of the insurance carrier (State Farm Auto Insurance) by almost double.


For more information on State Farm Auto Insurance Claims in California click here .

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Sharing the roads in L.A. Has Proponents and Opponents

Sharing the roads in L.A. Has Proponents and Opponents | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Motorists unite! An advisory initiative on San Francisco's November ballot urges city leaders to reverse their public transit and bicycle-friendly policies. Because 79% of households in the city have a car, proponents argue, wouldn't it make more sense to dedicate more money to helping cars move faster and making it easier and cheaper to park them? Why have local transportation authorities created a “war on motorists” by removing street parking and traffic lanes for bike routes, while hiking meter rates and parking ticket fines? Enough already!
Steven M. Sweat's insight:

In an urban environment like Los Angeles, where the car has been "king" for many decades, it is hard to push for better infrastructure for cyclists without "push back" from motorists.


Click here for more information on cycling laws in CA .

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an article by RI Bicycle Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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Our personal injury and automobile accident practice goes well beyond the standard Rhode Island and Massachusetts auto accident. We help clients with slip and fall, RI Car accidents, Auto / Motor Vehicle Accidents, truck accidents, wrongful Death, dog bites, bicycle accidents, insurance disputes, premises liability, motorcycle / Bike accidents and other negligence cases. Rhode Island Personal Injury Lawyer, David Slepkow has authored numerous RI Personal Injury Attorney .


We provide legal representation for clients in all areas of Rhode Island (RI) including: Barrington, Bristol, Cranston, Cumberland, Central Falls, East Greenwich, East Providence (Riverside and Rumford), Jamestown, Johnston, Middletown, Newport, North kingstown, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, Warren, Warwick, Woonsocket,  etc.

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Louis Garneau Recalls Aerodynamic Bicycle Helmets Due to Injury Hazard

Louis Garneau Recalls Aerodynamic Bicycle Helmets Due to Injury Hazard | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recall SummaryName of Product: Bicycle helmetsHazard: In...
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The bicycle helmet is the single most important piece of safety equipment for the rider. Head trauma leads to more serious and life altering injuries than just about any other type of physical harm suffered from a bike crash.  It is important to make sure you have approved and certified head gear and that it is not subject to recall.


Click here for more information on head trauma due to bike accidents .

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Stop hating on cyclists - An essay from "The Week"

Stop hating on cyclists - An essay from "The Week" | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Urban cyclists have become fodder for the tabloids. It's time to separate fact from fiction.
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The recent incident in Central Park shows the sometimes precarious interaction between bikes and pedestrians and other traffic in urban areas.  This is an essay as to the travails of cyclists and the "cyclist haters" following the incident.  It mirrors similar problems in many urban environments including Los Angeles.

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Get out your yardsticks — new law requires 3-foot bike buffer when passing a cyclist in California

Get out your yardsticks — new law requires 3-foot bike buffer when passing a cyclist in California | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Member-supported public radio for Southern California. Award-winning local news and cultural programming alongside the best of NPR.
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Nice to finally see this new 3 foot buffer law for cyclists in California being put "into action".  The law was passed last year but, not made effective until next week.  I provided my legal analysis of the new law in this blog post on bicycle accident claims in CA - click here.

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An important step towards providing real safety to bike riders. It's about time...

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an article by RI Bike Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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RI MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Being in a car accident can be one of the most terrifying events that can happen to a person. That terror is compounded when the accident is on a motorcycle. Motorcycle accidents can be very dangerous since the person does not have the protection.


PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT IN RI

Sadly, pedestrian* accidents in Rhode Island are often fatal. The most common types of pedestrian accidents are cars running over a person travelling on foot although there are many instances of trucks, motorcycles, vans or even bicycles hitting.


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CA law requires 3 feet buffer between drivers, bicyclists

CA law requires 3 feet buffer between drivers, bicyclists | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A new statewide bicyclist safety law mandates that drivers give cyclists three feet of space when passing or face new fines.
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Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes?

Why do we need a buffer in Protected Bike Lanes? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Good video presentation of the dangers presented by lack of protected bike lanes.  This is especially a problem in large urban areas like Los Angeles, San Diego and the Bay Area.

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The History of Traffic Cones | Traffic Safety Store

The History of Traffic Cones | Traffic Safety Store | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A look at how the traffic cone became one of America's most innovative inventions of the 20th century
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Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO)

Bicycling Can Be Deadlier in L.A. Than in Mumbai, Shanghai and Other Heavy-Traffic Cities (VIDEO) | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
At first, riding a bicycle through Mumbai seemed like a death wish. I saw lines of cars, scooters, rickshaws, horses, oxen, and even human-pulled carts lurch into intersections before the light turned green. I hesitated at the crosswalk, holding up traffic and setting off honking from behind. I was petrified...
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Los Angeles, on the surface, seems like the perfect place to get out and ride a bike.  The weather is temperate and the streets seem to be wide enough in most places and more bicycle lanes and other bike-friendly features are popping up.  This study by LA Weekly shows, though, that L.A. can be deadly for cyclists.  The death count for the year so far stands at 39!


For more information on bicycle accident and injury claims in Los Angeles go to:  victimslawyer.com/bicycle-accidents/


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CDC - Bicycle-Related Injuries - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center

CDC - Bicycle-Related Injuries - Home and Recreational Safety - Injury Center | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
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Examining statistics on bicycle accidents can help us all learn the major causes of such mishaps and educate ourselves and our families and communities on ways to prevent such incidents.  This stat sheet from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that children and adolescents are much more likely to be involved in a bike crash and parents should keep this in mind when talking to kids and demanding that they wear safety gear like bike helmets.

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Bono From U2 Might Never Play Guitar Again After Bicycle Crash

Bono From U2 Might Never Play Guitar Again After Bicycle Crash | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bono might never be able to play guitar again after a bicycle accident in November.
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Unfortunately, even the "rich and famous" are not immune to bicycle crashes.  Bono had a major collision on his bike in Central Park in N.Y. resulting in a compound fracture to his humerus.  This may result in him not being able to perform or be limited in the future.  It is a stark warning to all of us how devastating a bike crash can be and how much it can affect the rest of your life!  Our best wishes to him in his recovery.


For more information on bicycle accident claims in California including Los Angeles go to our webpage .

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Bicycle Hit and Run Claims in Los Angeles

Bicycle Hit and Run Claims in Los Angeles | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle hit and run claims in Los Angeles. L.A. personal injury attorney explains cyclist's legal rights after vehicle collision involving fleeing driver.
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Although overall incidents of hit and run are down in L.A., such collisions involving cyclists are dramatically up.  Learn your legal rights and how to protect yourself.

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Fatalities Among Cyclists Are Up: Young males not wearing helmets and under the influence are a rising majority of the death toll

Fatalities Among Cyclists Are Up: Young males not wearing helmets and under the influence are a rising majority of the death toll | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
(Reuters Health) - - The number of bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S.
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The number of bicyclists involved in fatal collisions on U.S. roadways rose by 16% between 2010 and 2012, according to this report from Reuters News Service.  Unfortunately, many of the victims were young males, not wearing head gear, and cycling under the influence of alcohol.  Because California considers bikes "vehicles", it is possible to get a DUI on a bicycle and riding without a helmet is the number one contributor to significant head trauma from a crash.  This is a stark reminder to wear a helmet and not travel on two wheels after drinking!


For more information on the rules of the road in California related to bicycling go to: http://www.victimslawyer.com/most-important-california-laws-bike-riders/


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David Slepkow's curator insight, January 5, 7:07 AM

The reason is there’s simply more biking,” Williams told Reuters Health. “It’s an urban phenomenon involving mostly adult males, and it’s a huge change from when mostly children were killed as bicyclists.”


“Bicycling is widely encouraged for health and environmental benefits. This study suggests we need to pay more attention to protect bicyclists when they’re out there on the road with motor vehicles,” he said.


Williams examined bicycle deaths from 2010 to 2012 as reported to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Bicyclists killed in motor vehicle crashes rose from 621 in 2010 to 722 in 2012, his study found.


While bike deaths shot up 16 percent, vehicle fatalities increased just 1 percent, the report says.


Despite the increase, the number of people dying in bike accidents remains among the lowest since 1975, when 1,003 cyclists died in the first year the data was compiled.


Since then, the demographic profile of bike crash victims has changed. In 1975, only 21 percent of bicyclists who died were adults, compared to 84 percent in 2012, the study found.


The researchers also found that nearly three-quarters of bicyclists killed in 2012 were adult males.


Most of the deaths were in urban areas, and 54 percent occurred in six states – California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Texas. The proportion of deaths in urban areas rose from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012, the report says.


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Bicycle Traffic Collisions Are Increasing at An Alarming Rate and California Leads the Nation in Fatal Bike Accidents

Bicycle Traffic Collisions Are Increasing at An Alarming Rate and California Leads the Nation in Fatal Bike Accidents | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
If you are going to be killed by a car while riding a bicycle, there’s a good chance you are male, older than 20 and living in California or Florida.
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"If you are going to be killed by a car while riding a bicycle, there’s a good chance you are male, older than 20 and living in California or Florida."


This is not surprising to me as a an attorney who represents bicycle accident victims throughout California .   The great thing about "warm weather states" is that you can ride a bicycle year round.  The down side is that as more cyclists take the roads, there is increased interaction with motor vehicle traffic and increased chances for crashes.  The other unfortunate thing is that a cyclist has very little protection from such a crash.  A helmet can help reduce the risk of serious head injury but, there is little else shielding the impact between the biker, the car and the ground.  This leads to many more catastrophic injuries and fatalities.  In fact, California has the highest rate of fatal bicycle collisions in the country.  These are all alarming statistics that demand to be addressed by providing further research, funding and infrastructure to increase bicycle safety and help all Californians "share the road" in peace and safety!

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Can Helmet Mounted Cameras on Bike Helmets Cause Injury?

Can Helmet Mounted Cameras on Bike Helmets Cause Injury? | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Can Helmet Mounted Cameras Cause Injury?
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Interesting discussion here on the safety effects of helmet mounted cameras for cycling head gear.  One of the most popular brands is "GoPRO", whose representatives deny that the mounted helmet could in any way lessen the safety of a helmet even after a high impact. It will be interesting to see if additional studies are done into this issue and whether camera manufacturers will begin providing warning labels if it is found that the camera and mount can cause the helmet to split open or make head trauma more likely.



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David Slepkow's curator insight, October 16, 2014 2:45 AM

For more information concerning Rhode Island Bike Accident lawyer please visit:

http://www.ripersonalinjurylaw.com/motorcyle-car-accident-rear-ender/


an article by RI Bike Accident lawyer David Slepkow 401-437-1100
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In an important motorcycle and car accident cause of action decision, The Rhode Island Supreme Court reversed a “Summary Judgment” decision of the Providence Superior Court in favor of the Defendant and sent the case to a jury trial on the merits.


The  Motion Justice previously determined that no reasonable jury could believe that this bike crash was anything else but a garden variety rear-ender accident and the claims by Plaintiff’s injury attorney were speculation. The motion justice believed that the biker rear ended the automobile and therefore under RI law the cyclist was prima facie liable for the crash and entitled to no compensation as a result of the collision.


In a nutshell, the RI Supreme Court determined that there were IN FACT factual issues concerning whether the auto-bike mishap was a rear-ender and therefore an extreme remedy such as a summary judgment was not warranted and our system of justice required a jury to sort out what occurred.


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Novato, others settle lawsuit over girl killed by SUV while riding her bike home from school

Novato, others settle lawsuit over girl killed by SUV while riding her bike home from school | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The city of Novato and other defendants have settled a lawsuit by the family of Hailey Ratliff, 12, who was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding her bicycle home from school on Novato Boulevard in September 2012.
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While no amount of money can ever bring back a child, this settlement will hopefully provide some financial resources to the family and encourage the City of Novato to take further measures to make their streets safer for cyclists.

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LiveLeak.com - Luckiest cyclist in Russia and quite possibly the world

he was just crossing the road then this guardian angel saved him
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This is a dramatic example of what can happen while crossing an intersection on a bicycle.  Statistically speaking, you are more likely to get into a bike accident in or near an intersection in an urban environment than just about any other place.  Thankfully, this cyclist survived the ordeal but, it is a cautionary tale for us all to be extremely cautious in traversing intersections on two wheels!


For more information on bike accident claims in Los Angeles or anywhere in California go to our webpage .

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Feds move to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths

Feds move to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
The federal government is launching an initiative to reduce the number of bicyclists and pedestrians who are killed in traffic accidents, the Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday. 
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While car crash fatalities, on the whole, are stable or going down in most states, there is a disturbing trend of an increase in fatalities in bicycle and pedestrian accidents since 2009.  This is prompting the U.S. Department of Transportation to take further measures to study the problem and find solutions.

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Can you ride a bike? Then you're a marvel

Can you ride a bike? Then you're a marvel | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A runner-up in the Wellcome science writing prize, Catherine Hess, considers the extraordinary human ability to cycle
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Reserve Officer on Leave After Video Where She Says She Hates All Bicyclists and Wishes They Were Dead

Reserve Officer on Leave After Video Where She Says She Hates All Bicyclists and Wishes They Were Dead | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
A Santa Paula police volunteer officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted to her YouTube page of her talking about hating bicyclists was widely criticized on the Department’s...
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Unfortunately, motorist negativity (and even downright hatred) towards cyclists is not uncommon in California and throughout the country. You don't expect this from law enforcement officials, though. As an attorney and advocate for bicyclists in Southern California, I can't say I'm surprised. I constantly see police officials placing blame for traffic collisions between motor vehicles and bikes without any legal justification and consistently ignoring the rule of law in CA which allows bikes to share the road with motorists. This is despicable conduct on the part of a person sworn to uphold this law and to protect all citizens of a SoCal city including those who choose to get out and ride their bicycle in compliance with the law!
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Cycling Doesn't Cause Male Infertility: Study - eMedicineHealth

Cycling Doesn't Cause Male Infertility: Study - eMedicineHealth | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Cycling doesn't lead to male infertility and erectile dysfunction, but it may raise prostate cancer risk in cyclists over 50, a new study finds.
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Nice to know that, at least by some recent medical research, male infertility and erectile dysfunction are not caused by cycling.  Nevertheless, male cyclists should take heed at a higher risk of prostate cancer (in older males).

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Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children

Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children | Bicycle Safety and Accident Claims in CA | Scoop.it
Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children (Bicycle Safety Tips for Your Children - http://t.co/ovHruMXhUH)
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Can bicycle safety products also be stylish? - Businessweek

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