Bike Your Drive!

Bike to Work Day reminder

Tomorrow is California’s bike to work day and Friday is National Bike to work day. So far I have 2 co-workers that have committed themselves to riding to work. Remember to send your pictures of anyone that you’ve convinced to ride to work!!!

Are Bike Commuters More Chatty

As some of you may know, we run about 4 different sites. Our most popular is our mountain biking site called, Though the traffic on our mountain biking site is way up there compared to, but the funny thing is we get more more comments from people on the Bike Commuters than the mountain site. Not so sure why, the only thing I can think of is that bike commuters are more assertive and confident in themselves and aren’t worried about what people think. I mean that’s why we’re bike commuters right?

Helmet Saves a Life

Ryan Lipscomb holds the helmet that saved his life when his head was run over by a delivery truck in Madison, Wisconsin.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) — Ryan Lipscomb lived to tell how it felt to have a truck run over his head. “Really strange,” he said.

Lipscomb, 26 of Seattle, suffered a concussion but was otherwise unhurt. He was shaken up, especially after he saw his mangled helmet.

Lipscomb, a graduate student in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was riding down a bike path in Madison on Friday afternoon. As he approached an intersection, he said, he noticed the oncoming delivery truck preparing to make a right turn in front of him.

The truck wasn’t going to stop, Lipscomb said, so he slammed on his brakes, flipping his bike and landing in the street.

A moment later the truck rolled over his head.

“I didn’t see it coming, but I sure felt it roll over my head,” he told The Capital Times newspaper. “It feels really strange to have a truck run over your head.”

His black helmet was flattened, tread marks visible on the cracked frame.

Lipscomb was taken to a hospital and released about three hours later.

Police initially declined to call the incident a hit-and-run, saying it was unclear whether the driver knew someone had been hit. But Sgt. Bernie Gonzalez later updated the accident report to include the designation.

Police spokesman Mike Hanson said Tuesday there hasn’t been an arrest because investigators haven’t been able to identify the driver.

In a telephone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Lipscomb said he has had some lingering headaches and a stiff neck.

“All things considered, that’s about as good as it can get,” he said.

Despite the close call, he said, he has to focus on school because his qualifying exam for the Ph.D. program is next week.

“I think it will probably hit me when I’m done with exams,” Lipscomb said.

Lipscomb does plan to ride again, he just prefers to wait until after exams are over.

“After that, I’ll go out and get a new helmet and be back on my bike,” he said.

A Reader in the News

Michael Culp, a dedicated reader of was in the news recently.

Check it out!

I tip my cap to cyclist commuters
By Bryan McKenzie | 978-7271
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Mike Culp looks over his shoulder and grins as we gain momentum down Rose Hill Drive while he poetically waxes on the charm of sweating your way to work.

“It’s really beautiful this time of year,? he says, his voice growing fainter as he pulls farther and faster ahead until he’s too far in front to hear.

I catch up with him at a stop sign. He’s smiling. I’m wheezing.

“When the flowers bloom in the spring, it’s amazing. Some of these houses have incredible gardens. People must spend all day in them to make them look so good,? he says with great enthusiasm. “How are you doing??

I mutter something that sounds like “good? but could be interpreted as “dead? and he nods his head with a smile and pedals up the hill. I follow.

A healthy pace

Mr. Culp, 47, director of information technology for Albemarle County, is on the last leg of his 5-mile commute to work. I’m pedaling with him, behind him all the way – way behind him – as a part of National Bike-to-Work Week. We’re heading to the County Office Building’s bicycle pit stop, replete with bagels and bananas and swag for any pedal-pushing commuter who rolls by.

The county, the city of Charlottesville, Syklo Cycles and the Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation sponsor the pit stop.

Mr. Culp bikes his five miles every workday. I don’t bike to work at all. We both have our reasons. For me, work is not a destination but a satellite from which I go in search of The Great Topic. It’s also tiring and I’m out of shape.

His reasons are better.

Savings at the pump

“I save a lot of gas, especially now that prices have reached the highest ever,? he says as we stop at the Rose Hill Drive and Rugby Avenue intersection. “I lived in D.C. for 15 years and I’d ride 12 miles back and forth to work. Parking is expensive and I get a little claustrophobic on the Metro. It’s also good to get some cars off the street and it’s great exercise.?

We struggle up Rose Hill to Preston Avenue. Actually, I struggle. He waits for me near the top. I tell him I’m trying to make him overconfident. He says it’s working.

“I ride all year,? he says. “I ride in the rain, especially the summer when it’s a welcome change. It can get pretty hot in the summer, even in the morning. The coldest I rode in this winter was 17 degrees when I left the house. I don’t ride in the slippery stuff, however.?

We pedal to Bodo’s and he springs for a small cup of The Elixir of Life.

“I’m a happier person when I ride and there’s no pressure because this is about just riding to work, and not working out,? he says.

“The truth is, I do it because it’s pure fun,? he admits. “Riding a bike is like being a kid again. It’s a great way to start the day and a better way to end it.?