In an effort to help cyclists make informed bike helmet purchases, the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab with funding provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, has released new ratings for 20 bicycle helmets, which brings the total number of tested bicycle helmets to 50. The ratings give each helmet a score between one and five stars that reflects its ability to reduce … [Read more...] about New Ratings from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab
The dark season is upon us, which means it's time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don'ts of running and riding at night. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are only allowed on emergency vehicles. Despite the prohibition, light manufacturers produce all … [Read more...] about Ride Safely at Night
The dark season is upon us, which means it's time for the annual ritual when folks hotly debate the dos and don'ts of running and riding at night. Seattle native, cyclist, and ultra runner Martin Criminale recommends reflective clothing and rechargeable lights: "In my experience, neon or bright clothing makes zero difference when it comes to being seen. You either need a … [Read more...] about Run Safely at Night
I'm surprised to see how many folks have been out running and cycling during the recent smoky weather. It's as if the rest of us need to HTFU. Current AQI: Exercising in unhealthy air isn't like lifting weights: it's not going to make your lungs "stronger." And, just because you don't feel irritation or soreness doesn't mean you aren't doing damage. If you are … [Read more...] about Smoke Season Weather Window
One of the most exciting new developments in regional transportation alternatives has been the multi-use trail on the new Hwy 520 Floating Bridge across Lake Washington. The trail opened on December 20 and has had more that more than 70,000 trips to date. The new trail significantly shortens bike commutes between the east side and Seattle, and enables new route options for … [Read more...] about The 520 Trail: Love It or Hate It?