BikeRadar.com Interview: Specialized Designer Robert Egger

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BikeRadar.com Interview: Specialized designer Robert Egger
By Gary Boulanger, US editor

Specialized design director Robert Egger. (Specialized Bicycles)

For years, the mantra at Specialized has been 'Innovate or Die.' Much of what Specialized has done in its nearly 35 years in business has been to innovate in its design and functionality, and that responsibility falls squarely on the 46-year-old shoulders of chief design director Robert Egger. BikeRadar recently spent time with Egger, both in his design studio at Specialized's Morgan Hill, California headquarters and with him and his wife Sandy at their 50-acre Moto Villa in nearby Watsonville.

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske Pedals To The Depths of Anti-Cyclist Road Rage

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Milwukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske pedals to the depths of anti-cyclist road rage

By Tom Held
Sept. 9, 2008

Wisconsin native Bob Mionske has penned a remarkably thoughtful exploration of the conflicts between motorists and cyclists, and the road rage phenomenon.

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Cyclisme: Bob Mionske Practices Law

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008

Cyclisme: Bob Mionske practices Law


American Cycling Lore

b.i.k.e. Board Member Bob Mionske, didn't change after he finished fourth in the Olympic Road Race. Nor did he change when Captain of the USA Cycling National Team and a young triathalon Natz Champ named Lance Armstrong was invited to join the team.

Bob was destined for the Law, and for the intellectual realm. His long running column in Velo News recently became a highly touted book about cycling legalities.

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StreetsWiki: Bicycle Crashes- Culpability

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StreetsWiki: Bicycle Crashes - Culpability

Data on bicycle crashes appear to indicate that bicyclists, either by falling or disobeying road rules, are most often responsible for their own collisions [1, 2, 3] . However, legitimate questions have been raised about some of these data, and the seemingly slap-dash methods that police use to report crash circumstances.

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Crit Corner NewsBlog: Bicycling and Your Rights... Are You Up To Speed?

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Crit Corner Newsblog: Bicycling and your Rights… are you up to speed?

July 8, 2008

Filed under: Race Day — sloroots @ 10:47 pm

Bob Mionske called in today from Portland for an interview with KCBX FM 90.1 to promote the Pedal to the People Benefit, to be held on Saturday the 19th at 5:30pm.

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Outside: Rules of the Road

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Outside Magazine: Rules of the Road

By Bob Mionske


1. Traffic laws They apply when you're on your bike. The exception is Idaho, where cyclists can treat stop signs like yield signs.

2. iPods Most states allow cycling with music players. But just because it's legal doesn't mean it's smart.

3. Brakes Fixed-gear riders, listen up. Most states require brakes on bikes. And even if your state doesn't, insurance companies can use the absence of brakes to deny accident compensation.

4. Middle fingers The Supreme Court says it's not obscene, but some local laws might consider the gesture "fighting words." Our recommendation: Keep all ten fingers on the bars.

5. ID No state requires you to have a driver's license to ride a bike, but you will usually be required to produce some form of government-issued identification if you're stopped for a traffic violation. We recommend using your passport and riding in Italy as much as possible.

6. Public peeing The law treats this as if you were drunk outside a bar—you can get cited for it anywhere.

7. BUI Many states have strict laws against bicycling under the influence—Oregon, for instance, applies the same penalties for BUI as DUI. Seattle bar-hoppers get off easy, though: In Washington State, you cannot be arrested, no matter how drunk you are—although you can be taken into protective custody.

8. Helmets There's some form of helmet law in every state (for a complete list, visit the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute at helmets.org).

9. Visibility Most states require lights and reflectors in low-visibility conditions, though almost any light, no matter how dim, will suffice.

10. Insurance There are no comprehensive policies for cyclists available in the U.S. However, you can piece together solid coverage from your existing policies: homeowner's (theft), medical (injury), and auto (liability and injury).

A two-time Olympic cyclist, attorney Bob Mionske is the author of Bicycling & the Law.

The Chicago Tribune: Walking Off The Anger

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The Chicago Tribune: WALKING OFF THE ANGER

Rage between cars, bikes is a vicious wheel

By Kevin Williams and Editor Of The Tribunes On The Town Section
April 27, 2008

We’re mad as hell, and it’s all because of the wheel. Cyclists are dropping, and the whole bike-versus-car showdown has become a tinderbox. This should make any sane person slow down and think. Instead, it inspiresinvective. Just look at Internet message boards, like the Tribune’s, for proof:

“Those bikers had it coming. They don’t obey traffic laws,” says a motorist.

“SUV-driving pigs hog the road and waste resources as they try to kill me,”says a cyclist.

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BikePortland.org: Portland In The Spotlight On The National Stage

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BikePortland.org: Portland in the spotlight on the national stage

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Editor) on March 5th, 2008 at 9:18 pm

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.

Roger Geller, Jerry Norquist, Scott Bricker, and
Veronica Rinard formed part of a dream team
of Portland bike advocates that filled in
for Commissioner Sam Adams at lunch today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

From the opening speech that was given by a former Portland City Commissioner (Earl Blumenauer) to the last event of the day which was headlined by a Portland-based lawyer (Bob Mionske) and just about everything in between, Portland was all over the National Bike Summit today. 

Today’s informational “breakout” sessions were also full of panels featuring Portland bike stars.

Among them was bike lawyer Bob Mionske. Mionske, who you might recall made headlines back in November for his claims of bias against cyclists in the Portland Police Bureau, was a panelist in a session titled, Promoting Cyclists’ Rights, Responsibilities, and Protection Under the Law. He was also the featured speaker at the League’s annual meeting which took place tonight.

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L.A. Streetsblog: The Vicious Cycle of Anti-Cyclist Bias

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L.A. Streetsblog: The Vicious Cycle of Anti-Cyclist Bias

by Damien Newton on March 5, 2008

From the National Bike Summit:

At a panel on cyclist's rights, Bob Mionske, a Portland, Oregon attorney and founder of Bicycle Law, offered a cogent explanation of the obstacles cyclists face when it comes to public perception, police enforcement, and holding motorists accountable for injuring and killing cyclists. "Anti-cyclist bias is endemic in the police, the court system, and the media," he said, then described how bias in each arena reinforces bias in the others.

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BikePortland.org: Day 2 at the Summit: What's On Tap

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BikePortland.org: Day 2 at the Summit: What’s on tap
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Editor) on March 4th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

This story is part of my ongoing coverage of the 2008 National Bike Summit. See the rest of my coverage here.

Tuesday night’s dinner crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Ex-Portland City Commissioner and now U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will open things up at the 2008 National Bike Summit tomorrow.

Blumenauer is slated to speak at the opening of tomorrow’s session with a talk billed, “Advancing America’s Journey to Embracing Cycling.” After that, the 500+ Summit attendees will break out into their choice of educational sessions.

There’s a wide variety to choose from including a session on cyclists’ legal rights featuring Portland lawyer and author Bob Mionske, and a session titled, Getting More People Riding: The Two-Mile Challenge, that features Dan Bower from the City of Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) and Scott Bricker from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA).

Lawyer and author Bob Mionske,
will speak twice on Wednesday.

Other sessions are on the topics of Safe Routes to Schools, creating bicycle-friendly national parks, how bicyclists can play a role in the 2008 elections, and more.

After the sessions, each state will connect with their delegation to discuss Thursday’s big day on Capitol Hill. I’m looking forward to seeing the entire Oregon Team all in one place (group photo coming!).

The day will end with the League of American Bicyclists annual meeting. The featured speaker this year is none other than Portland-based lawyer, author of Bicycling and the Law, and former Olympian Bob Mionske.

Stay tuned for more coverage (along with some local news stories I’m getting behind on as well). 

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