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Are San Diego Cyclists Being Assaulted?

We have written about road rage on our blog before. Many of us who are used to cycling in San Diego have probably been honked at, yelled at, flipped off or cussed at by motorists who were unwilling to share the road. Unfortunately, there are also cases where cyclists are assaulted or pushed off the road by angry motorists. Assaults or attempted assaults on cyclists are not uncommon in California. Some cyclists have even recorded their encounters by using wearable cameras. Last year, a video of an East Bay Area cyclist being struck by a tennis ball was shared online. In other cases, cyclists have been run off the road  or screamed at by angry motorists. Cyclists who are assaulted can suffer serious injuries, or worse, they may be killed. What Cyclists Can Do After an Assault First, it would be wise to buy a wearable camera if you are…
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Can Cycling Slow the Aging Process?

Cycling is a healthy and effective mode of transportation used by millions of people in the US. Many of the health benefits of cycling are already known. For example, we know that cycling can improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress. A new study even claims that frequent cycling can slow down certain aspects of the aging process. Researchers at Kings College in London determined that cycling can slow down age-related muscle deterioration. To make this determination for the study, researchers biopsied the quadriceps of 125 male and female cyclists between the ages of 55 and 79 years old. Researchers compared the results with two other groups. The first group consisted of 55 young adults who were not physically active. The second group was made up of similarly aged people who also did not exercise. According to results from the study, the quadriceps of the participants had more muscle mass and…
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How Bicycle Safety Advocates Use Ghost Bikes to Memorialize Fallen Cyclists

You may have seen white bicycles attached to street signs, trees, fences or outside of businesses while traveling about Southern California. These “ghost bikes” are placed to let you and others know that a cyclist died at that location. Like tombstones, ghost bikes may also be adorned with flowers, candles, personal photos and other objects left by family and friends. In 2003, a bike mechanic created the first ghost bike after witnessing a fatal bicycle accident in St. Louis, Missouri. After the accident, he painted a bicycle white and placed it where the cyclist had died. The idea has spread to dozens of US cities and foreign countries. Thousands of ghost bike memorials have been placed around the world. Ghost Bikes, an organization that places these bicycles, has chapters in Southern California. Many members of Ghost Bikes have lost loved ones and friends to bicycle accidents. In recent articles published by…
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