Thanksgiving Break, No Newsletter Next Week
First, a quick schedule reminder: Next Thursday, the 26th, is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Like most other Americans, I and the RBR crew will be spending time with family and friends, watching football, relaxing – and maybe even getting in a little riding.
We wish all our fellow Americans a very Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll be back with a new issue December 3.
And a quick email Newsletter tip: In the weekly email, you can click the RBR Newsletter logo to go straight to the full Newsletter page on the site.
Fantastic Holiday Giveaway
Last week I announced a new Premium Member giveaway of a couple of Fly6 combo tail light/high-def cameras. Change of plans. I’m going to hold onto those until early next year, because I just got word from Magellan that they want to offer us a top-of-the-line navi cycling computer to give away through the holidays.
I gladly accepted their offer. We reviewed the Magellan Cyclo 505 last December and loved it. I’ve been riding with it for well over a year. At $429, it’s our biggest Premium Member Giveaway prize ever. Here are the details:
With an MSRP of $429, this is Magellan’s top-of-the-line, full-featured cycling computer – featuring Bluetooth/ANT+ and Wi-Fi connectivity, full GPS mapping and turn-by-turn navigation, Di2 connectivity, customizable user screens and more. See our 4.5-Star Review of the Magellan Cyclo 505.
Year-End Holiday Special! We’ll give away this terrific computer to 1 lucky Premium Member to start the New Year. All new and renewing Premiums through December 31 are eligible.
Help a Coach: Take Survey on Insoles, Get Discount
Coach Rick Schultz, bike fitter and author of RBR’s Bike Fit 101 eBook, wants to enlist your opinions in helping him choose the best insoles for cyclists he works with. If you’re willing to take a quick survey, he’ll offer you a discount on insoles. I’ll turn it over to Rick to explain:
The purpose of this survey is to find out what is important to cyclists regarding insoles. As a bike fitter and USAC coach, the two items that always seem to be worn out when I do fittings are cleats and insoles. Instead of having to stop a bike fitting and send my client to a LBS to purchase cleats and insoles, I want to carry both.
I have narrowed down over 100 insoles to a group of 8, each of which has its pros and cons. For your participation in the survey, I will happily offer you 15% off the retail price on those I decide to carry. I want to make sure that I choose the right insoles based on your answers. (Of course, for the truly “custom” insoles mentioned in the survey, I can’t offer those because I would need you to physically be here for the fitting.)
This short 10-question survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. I can think of no better, more experienced group to offer their opionions than RBR’s readers. I appreciate any of you willing to participate. Here’s a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YW7DQRR
Report: Urban Cycling Could Save $25 Billion by 2050
As reported in Stonehearthnewsletters.com, a new report on the potential economic benefit of cycling (and e-biking) for urban transportation, assuming a major global increase by the year 2050, puts the possible cost savings at a whopping $25 billion.
The savings would come through reductions by up to 10 percent in energy use and CO2 emissions, according to the report by the University of California, Davis, and the New York-based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy.
“This is the first report that quantifies the potential carbon dioxide and cost savings associated with a worldwide shift toward much greater use of cycling in urban areas,” said Lew Fulton, a report co-author and co-director of the STEPS Program within the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. “The estimated impacts surprised me because they are so large. The costs saved in lower energy use and reducing the need for car travel, new roads, and parking lots through 2050 are substantial.”
The report, titled “A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario,” states that trips by bike currently make up about 6 percent of urban transportation worldwide. More than half of those trips are taken in countries including China, Japan and European countries including the Netherlands and Denmark.
In the U.S. and Canada, by contrast, only 1 percent of urban trips are made by bike.
Mix of Policy and Investments are Key
The study, though, claims that the proper mix of public policy and investment could bring the worldwide percentage of urban trips by bike up to 14 percent by 2050. As for individual countries, they foresee the Netherlands and China reaching levels of around 25 percent, while the U.S. and Canada would jump up to about 7 percent. Considering that more than half of urban trips worldwide are less than 6 miles, the potential impact is enormous, the authors hold.
Especially intriguing is the potential impact in the two most populous countries in the world, both of which have vastly underdeveloped infrastructure.
“This study shows the profound impact that cycling can have in developing countries like India and China, where much of the infrastructure has yet to be built,” said co-author Jacob Mason, transport research and evaluation manager for the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy. “Building cities for cycling will not only lead to cleaner air and safer streets — it will save people and governments a substantial amount of money, which can be spent on other things. That’s smart urban policy.”
The authors used the city of Davis, California, itself to show the potential of policy and priorities in developing urban cycling infrastructure. Davis was the first city in the U.S. to develop many of the urban cycling infrastructure features now commonplace nationwide.
More than 20 percent of employed Davis residents usually commute by bicycle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And 46 percent of UC Davis students and employees travel to campus by bicycle, while 7 percent walk or skate, according to the 2015 UC Davis Campus Travel Survey, conducted by UC Davis Transportation Services and the Sustainable Transportation Center, which is part of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.
“This represents what’s possible by building excellent cycling infrastructure, focusing on safety, and generally building a pro-cycling culture,” said Susan Handy, who is not a study co-author but is director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis and a professor of environmental science and policy. “Most cities around the world should be able to approach the kinds of bicycling rates we enjoy in Davis, as well as those achieved by so many in Europe, China and Japan.”
Watch Out for that…Deer!
On my family’s annual Thanksgiving drive to the heartland (Atlanta to Kansas City, about 800 miles), I’m reminded often that it’s deer season for hunters across the country. Many animals can be seen tied down to pickup trucks and SUVs making their way home from the hunt. And others lie by the roadside after a run-in with an automobile. I often see deer up close and personalin Stone Mountain Park outside of Atlanta on my usual ride, as well. The closest I’ve come to a collision by bike was maybe 10 feet. But let me put it this way in describing any such bike-deer collision: The deer is going to win. Just ask RBR reader Bart Krauss, who wrote me this week about his own deer crash.
Just curious to see how many roadies have been struck by a deer, or am I the only one that folks are laughing at?
I was riding one of my favorite 30-mile rides on a beautiful Wednesday lunchtime in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, when I passed a thicket. The first deer came out and went in front of me. The second deer was the problem; she spooked and cut to the left and hit my back tire, taking me down violently.
I dusted myself off, stopped my bleeding, and fixed my bike so I could ride back. I saw some medics that I know and they put my bike and me in the back of the ambulance and gave me a lift home. They told me I should go to the hospital, but I said to them, “What would the TdF guys think of me?” Their response was, “They are 20, you are 60….”
Anyway, my wife drove me to the hospital where she works, where I was told the obvious…mild concussion. I was, thankfully, riding with a helmet.
I know about cyclists being hit by vehicles (happened to me a few years back), and I see it all to often occurring where I live, but deer?
Thinking I might need to develop a taste for venison.
BTW, really like the new site.