Doctoral student Megan Bland setting up the impact rig.
Cycling

New Ratings from Virginia Tech Helmet Lab

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 …

Thomas Sumter's Proviz jacket and gloves really stand out.
Best practices

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. Even avid, long-time area cyclists are surprised to learn that blinking front lights are illegal on bikes in Washington state. They are …

A Proviz jacket as illuminated by a camera flash. There is also an Amphipod Xinglet in the mix, but it gets drowned out by the Proviz' reflectivity.
Best practices

Run 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 …

Kendall Katwalk August 18, 2018
Cycling

Smoke Season Weather Window

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 …

The new 520 trail provides commuters and recreational users with a great new option to get across Lake Washington.
Best practices

The 520 Trail: Love It or Hate It?

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 …

Adventure racing

Richard Kresser Running Toward Joy

Beaming with exuberance and emanating positivity, Richard Kresser is a prominent activist expanding the boundaries of running and multisport endurance adventures in the Northwest and beyond. Richard grew up in Iowa, where he felt challenged by an older brother who demonstrated abundant athletic talent. “Growing up, I was always undersized …

Best practices

Self-Restraint on the BGT

Saturday morning between 8 and 9 I was cycling northbound on the Burke Gilman Trail (aka the “BGT” or simply “the trail”) to join a group ride at Log Boom Park. The BGT is a 27-mile multi-use recreational trail that runs from Ballard, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, then …

Dangerous behavior

Doug Migden’s 2015 Transcontinental Race

I first learned about Doug Migden’s Transcontinental Race (TCR) project last September during a ride with Seattle Randonneurs Joe Platzner, Vincent Muoneke, and Mark Thomas. During the miles between breakfast and beers, Joe talked me through examples of the Seattle Rando’s “big tent” and how one of their tribe had …

Dangerous behavior

My Scar Tissue is Beautiful

A time will come when in the most provoking situation, one will be able to heed the warning given by respiration and sensation, and will start observing them, even for a few moments. These few moments of self-observation will act as a shock-absorber between the external stimulus and one’s response. …

Cycling

Beijing by Bicycle

As part of an international education experience with University of Washington‘s Executive MBA program, I was in Beijing March 13-17. Everything you’ve heard about Beijing’s air pollution is true, and for me at least, it overshadowed the Beijing experience. It’s impossible to imagine what it’s like to breath and function …