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Staying Visible While Cycling

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Cycling is one of the healthiest and most environmentally friendly methods of transportation. While it’s always ideal to cycle down a designated wooded path far away from the hustle and bustle of a city, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid traffic entirely.

If you commute alongside vehicles, here are some top tips to ensure you’re seen on the road.

1. Wear Florescent Clothing in the Daytime

When you’re cycling in the daylight you’ll want to wear something florescent. Florescent clothing is the most easily visible in daytime, and will draw in a motorists’ eye far more than something that’s simply bright or light colored. Florescent green, yellow, pink, or orange are all excellent options here. Better year, wear more than one color to increase your visibility!

2. Wear Reflective Clothing at Night

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When you’re cycling at night, it doesn’t really matter what color you’re wearing because nobody can see you anyway. What’s more important is wearing something reflective so you’ll stand out against a passing car’s headlights. You can attach extra reflectors to your bicycle, your clothing, or even your helmet. Or, you can always opt for a reflective and florescent vest to be worn at all times.

3. Don’t Pass on the Right

It’s nearly impossible for someone to see you when you’re passing on the right. Oncoming traffic also won’t be able to see you if you’re on the right, hidden by other motorists. This is especially dangerous at busy intersections where someone may be turning right. To ensure everyone sees you, it’s usually safest to ride directly in the center of your lane.

4. Avoid the Door

Drivers aren’t the only ones who will have difficulty seeing you. Passengers exiting cars is a huge danger for cyclists. Getting doored (when someone opens a car door directly in front of you) is one of the deadliest situations for any cyclists. So how can you make passengers see you?

Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire way to do so. Your best option is to just make it physically impossible for a car door to hit you. The average car door is 5’ long, so if you’re at least 4’ away from parked cars you should be fine.

5. Use a Better Bell

If you bought your bicycle from a local cycle shop, it’s likely it never came with a bell. If you bought it from a major department store you’re more likely to have a bell, but it’ll be very week and more useless than anything. If you cycle in an area with a lot of pedestrians, like in a major city or on a bicycle/jogging path, you’ll want a good bell to alert every one of your approach. BikePacking has a great review of some of the major players in the bicycle bell industry.

 This article was created Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally!

Just Cuz

Just Cuz

Thank you to Lauren DiCenso for the article!!


Durango Dirt Derby gets mountain bikers on the last patch of open dirt

Durango Dirt Derby gets mountain bikers on the last patch of open dirt

 Thursday, June 14, 2018, 9:30 PM

The Durango Dirt Derby will be held free of charge on the track at Fort Lewis College all summer at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, with the next event to be held June 28. Workouts range from one fast lap to 12 laps in a points race format. The event is non-competitive and simply encourages people to get a good workout in on their bikes. “I wanted a group-oriented thing for mountain bikers like we have Tuesday night worlds for the road,” Ishay said.

With trail closures all around Durango making it impossible for mountain bikers to ride in town, former Fort Lewis College cyclist and current exercise science director at FLC Rotem Ishay, front, led the first Durango Dirt Derby event Thursday night around the track at Ray Dennison Memorial Field on the FLC campus. Ishay had planned the event long before the trail closures caused by the 416 Fire, but the timing of the first ride helped cooped up cyclists get on some dirt. “We have the natural resource of the dirt track over here, and if you want to ride that fast you have to have tires with knobs with a cross bike or mountain bike. Combining track racing and mountain biking, they are two total opposites on the spectrum of cycling. Mountain biking is all about climbing, force and strength, while track is all about speed, aerodynamics.”

Courtesy of Kate Dorrell

April Events

It's in the works!  Here is what we have going on for April and we Keep adding!  I have not ever seen all the cycling-centric events or activities compiled into one place before here in Durango!  It was fun and eye-opening to see how much is going on in April which makes me excited for this summer!  Many great events hapening this year! 

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If you hear of any event or don't see one on our list that you think should be, just submit it on our events page!