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Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm Feeling Vulnerable...

Hello loyal reader (possibly readers?).  I have not posted in a little bit.  But I have a confession... I have been cheating on you dear reader with another site. (I hear your jaw drop.)

However, it was for a great purpose and a great organization- The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.  So, this being the internet and all, I can link my post to this post and... voila, you can now read my most recent blog entry.

http://bfw.org/2012/01/25/member-guest-post-im-feeling-vulnerable/

And please do read.  It is a, dare I say, most excellent piece on why Wisconsin needs a "vulnerable user" law to protect cyclists, pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers and others in the "vulnerable user" category.  This is a law that would bridge the gap between a mere civil forfeiture and criminal conduct when a operator of a motor vehicle acts carelessly and seriously injures or kills a "vulnerable user".  It is critically needed legislation, and the Bike Fed is working on such legislation to propose at a later date.

So, read my post, search and learn more about "vulnerable user" laws in other states, join the Bike Fed if you have not already, and advocate for the rights of all vulnerable users in Wisconsin.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Insurance...

Back in May 2011, I did a post about insurance in case you are injured in an accident while riding your bike.  I also discussed how the governor rolled back great advances in insurance protection and coverage to 1982 style laws- thus providing most people with measly insurance coverage.  Such minimum insurance coverage will most likely not cover all of your medical expenses should you be injured while riding your bicycle.  This would also apply while driving your car, since both are vehicles.

Since the weather here in SE Wisconsin has been unseasonably warm, and you are most likely still riding around town (or, if you have resorted to indoor riding for the winter, you will be riding around town again soon) it might be worth your while to review what type of insurance coverage you have and how much coverage you have so that you can be better insured should you be involved in an injury causing accident, either while riding your bike or operating your car.

Here is a link (after clicking on the link, click on "Understanding Auto Insurance") to a great pamphlet that explains everything you need to know.  I strongly encourage you to check it out and make sure that you are prepared and that you are adequately covered through your insurance company.

https://www.wisjustice.org/temp/ts_C312D2DE-BDB9-50CE-F04F284366C48A4BC312D2EE-BDB9-50CE-F2CAB7B031CB1514/New%20Understanding%20Insurance%20final.pdf

Ride safe and enjoy the unseasonably warm temps- unless you like to ski of course.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Anticipation...

It is Friday.  Good things are coming, like the end of the work week.  Also, I took my bike in to be cleaned, tuned, and fixed while I am unable to ride due to injury.  (See prior post).  However, that is about to change slightly-hopefully.

On Monday I get to remove my sling, though I will be prohibited from using my injured shoulder/arm for anything other than very incredibly light physical therapy for about the next month.  But, I am eager to use the trainer and be active again.  (Never ever did I think I would use "trainer" and "eager" in the same sentence).  I am hoping to ride the trainer, though I may have to fashion some device to hold me up so that I put little to no pressure on my left arm/shoulder.  I may look like this...

                                (Photo courtesy of www.stevencozza.com)

Notice the injured left shoulder (though Cozza broke his collarbone) and the rope/belt buckle device around his chest, which is attached to a pole behind and above his head.  Also notice the handlebars have been turned upwards so that he does not have lean forward very much in order to rest his hands on the bars.

If I am unable to fashion some device, I may have to go to a gym and ride a recumbent.  In which case, embarrassingly, I will look like this...

                                 (Photo courtesy of www.iamtedking.com)

At any rate, I will not be heading outside on my bike anytime soon to see views like this:
                                (Photo courtesy of me: View from atop Holy Hill)

So, we will see how it goes, but regardless, I am itching to do something other than sitting on a couch or going for mediocre walks with my dog.