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COVID-19 Is Bad News for Naked Bikers

This year's Philly Naked Bike Ride is no more

(Newser) - The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the brakes on this year's Philly Naked Bike Ride. The annual event, which usually draws thousands of nude cyclists for a trip around Philadelphia and its tourist sites, had been set for later this month. But organizers who had been gearing up for it... More »

Man Biked 14K Miles, Then Got Hit From Behind in Texas

Josh Quigley fractured his skull, ankle, heel bone, pelvis, and ribs

(Newser) - A Scottish man's quest to bicycle around the world has been studded with setbacks: His bike got stolen in April and he had to quickly fly from Australia to home and back to get a new passport after his own sweat damaged his passport photo beyond recognition. Now Josh... More »

This Common Traffic Rule Must Go Away

Right-on-red is too dangerous for bicyclists, writes 'Outside' columnist

(Newser) - A columnist at Outside is making an argument that may not sit well with drivers—he says it's time to outlaw right-on-red turns. The reason? They're simply too dangerous for bicyclists, writes Eben Weiss. He cites an accident in Virginia that made headlines last month in which a... More »

It's Hard to Believe How Fast This Bicyclist Went

Denise Mueller-Korenek pedals at 183.9mph in 'motor-paced' record

(Newser) - Plenty of cars can't reach 183.9mph. Denise Mueller-Korenek managed it on a bike in the obscure world of "motor-paced cycling," reports the Wall Street Journal . Peddling in a race car's slipstream, the 45-year-old former junior cycling champion smashed the bicycle land speed record of 167mph... More »

Driver Guilty of Murder in Deaths of 5 Cyclists

Charles Pickett had 'swallowed handful of drugs'

(Newser) - A reckless driver who was on drugs when his pickup truck crashed into a pack of bicyclists , killing five, was convicted of second-degree murder Tuesday in southwestern Michigan. Charles Pickett's trial lasted just a few days in Kalamazoo County. There was no dispute that he had swallowed painkillers and... More »

NYC's Bike-Share Program Has First Fatality

Brooklyn banker collides with bus

(Newser) - New York's bike-share program just had an unwanted first: A 36-year old Citi Bike rider was killed Monday after colliding with a charter bus in Midtown Manhattan.The death of investment banker Dan Hanegby is the first fatality in the history of the city program, which has had more... More »

Cop Stops the Terminator for Improper Bicycling

German officer shocked to find himself issuing a warning to Arnold Schwarzenegger

(Newser) - He'll be back...but next time he'll make sure he's walking his bicycle. Deutsche Welle reports a German police officer was shocked to discover the man he stopped for riding a bicycle through the main railway station in Munich was none other than the Terminator himself, Arnold... More »

Cyclist Has Cracks in Spine After Crash on Risky Descent

Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten tweets she'll be OK

(Newser) - A female Dutch cyclist suffered a horrific crash on a steep hill Sunday that left fellow cyclists and spectators fearing for her life. As it turns out, Annemiek van Vleuten cracked three vertebrae and sustained a concussion, reports Reuters . "I am now in the hospital with some injuries and... More »

Cyclist Burned After He Falls on His iPhone

Australian Gareth Clear has third-degree burns on his butt

(Newser) - Sydney cyclist Gareth Clear was riding his bike with his iPhone 6 in his back pocket over the weekend when his foot slipped off the pedal and he lost his balance and fell—all par for the course for riders of any level. But he was not expecting his phone... More »

911 Callers Reported the Driver. 30 Minutes Later, 5 Were Dead

At least 4 other bicyclists hurt in Kalamazoo, Mich., crash

(Newser) - At least five people were killed in a horrific crash a few miles north of Kalamazoo, Mich., Tuesday evening when a pickup truck plowed into a group of cyclists. At least four others were seriously injured in the Cooper Township crash, which involved a group of people that goes on... More »

Man Checks Out Citi Bike in NYC, Rides It 2,700 Miles

Jeffrey Tanenhaus was 'out of options'

(Newser) - What does it take to get from New York to California? "Just WiFi, water, and a working bicycle," Jeffrey Tanenhaus tells WNBC-TV . The New Yorker rolled into the Golden State at the city of Blythe last week after riding 2,700 miles across 17 states—mostly along historic... More »

Cyclists Fighting Stop Signs in San Francisco

'It feels like the Wild West'

(Newser) - How would you feel about being able to legally roll through a stop sign while riding a bike? Your answer to that question probably depends on whether you're a cyclist or a driver. The New York Times reports San Francisco is considering a controversial ordinance that would allow bicycles... More »

Man Biking Across US for Charity Killed in Crash

Sarah Morris was allegedly looking at her phone when she hit Patrick Wanninkhof

(Newser) - On Sunday, Patrick Wanninkhof led a 26-person team that spent the day working for Habitat for Humanity. The 25-year-old was doing such charity work as part of Bike & Build, a group that bikes from coast to coast to raise funds for affordable housing. Yesterday, while cycling through Oklahoma, the... More »

Volvo Invents Lifesaving Invisible Paint for Bikers

Spray-on stuff reflects in headlights

(Newser) - The company that invented the three-point seat belt is behind another big innovation in road safety, and this one comes in a spray can. Volvo's LifePaint, developed by a London ad agency and a Swedish startup, is invisible when you spray it onto, say, your bike. But when a... More »

Why 'Underground' Cyclists Battle Overnight

LA's nocturnal pastime becomes serious sport

(Newser) - LA's underground cycling scene has grown from a nocturnal pastime into an organized, competitive sport—with a few bumps along the way, LA Weekly reports. It started in 2004 when a small group began cycling at night for pleasure. Within two years they were a monthly, 1,000-strong horde... More »

Deaf Cyclist on Charity Trek Hit Just Miles Short of Goal

Jacob Landis completed more than 10K miles

(Newser) - A deaf bicyclist who logged more than 10,000 miles for charity got hit by a truck on the last leg of his journey, reports NPR . Maryland's Jacob Landis, 24, suffered a concussion, a broken nose, and a fractured cheekbone in the hit-and-run incident. Landis got hit by the... More »

Ewww: Fan Tosses Urine on Tour Rider

Britain's Mark Cavendish gets sprayed

(Newser) - British bicyclist Mark Cavendish suffered some seriously unsportsmanlike conduct during the 11th stage of the Tour de France today when a spectator sprayed him with urine. The most unfortunate sentence of all, courtesy of the BBC : "The liquid was thrown from a bottle with the 28-year-old Cavendish initially thinking... More »

Naked Bikers Hit Mexico City

World Naked Bike Ride underscores cyclists' rights, health and environment benefits

(Newser) - Mexico City's infamous smog-inducing traffic ground to a brief halt yesterday as throngs of naked bicyclists took to its streets in an attention-grabbing bid to protest the Mexican capital's car culture and promote their own rights, reports the BBC . Dubbed the World Naked Bike Ride, an estimated 300... More »

Supreme Court's Stephen Breyer Falls Off Bike, Breaks Shoulder

It's his third major accident

(Newser) - One of Stephen Breyer's Supreme Court clerks might gently suggest that it's time to put away the bike: Breyer broke his shoulder today after taking a spill in DC near the Korean War memorial, reports the Los Angeles Times . It's actually his third major bike accident, notes... More »

GOP Lawmaker: Bicycles Pollute Worse Than Cars

Washington state Rep. Ed Orcutt takes a stab at science

(Newser) - All that sweaty cycling can kick up a lot of carbon dioxide—right? So said House Republican Ed Orcutt in an email as he defended a bike tax proposed for Washington state, reports the Seattle Bike Blog . Writing a constituent, Orcutt wrote that bicyclists emit more CO2 than car drivers... More »

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