Silent Sports Sounds Off: North Suburb of Chicago Adopts New Bike Ordinances

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Silent Sports Sounds Off: North suburb of Chicago adopts new bike ordinances

The north Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills has adopted new ordinances aimed at the increasing number of cyclists enjoying its roads and picturesque rural surroundings. The new rules, which the village police intend to enforce this spring and summer, mandate single-file riding only and prohibit negligent use of a bicycle.

I passed the news of the new biking ordinances on to Bob Mionske, an attorney specializing in bicycling law who wrote the book Bicycling and the Law and writes a column on the subject.

I received Mionske’s response last night:

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske moves to Bicycling Magazine

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske moves to Bicycling Magazine

By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 9, 2009

Wisconsin native Bob Mionske has changed cycling teams, in a journalistic sense.

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Streetsblog: Midtown Police Refuse to Help Hit-and Run Pedicab Victim

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Streetsblog: Midtown Police Refuse to Help Hit-and-Run Pedicab Victim
by Ben Fried on January 21, 2009

NYPD "Broken Windows" Strategy Does Not Apply to Traffic Crime

Last month a grand jury indicted officer Patrick Pogan for leveling cyclist Christopher Long during a Critical Mass ride and lying about it afterward. For all the satisfaction one may derive from seeing justice grind forward in that case, the Pogan assault is something of a rarity -- police aggression caught on tape, making the cover-up utterly transparent and leaving a media storm in its wake. The more common -- and pressing -- problem for pedestrians and cyclists is the routine NYPD response to traffic violations that cause them injury and harm.

Ethan Haymes is still waiting for a response to his report of a hit-and-run collision.

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske returns to Madison and road rage

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske returns to Madison and road rage

By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 11, 2008

News of a bicyclist vs. bicyclist road rage encounter drew Bob Mionske's attention back to his college days at the University of Wisconsin Madison and his first meeting with Colin O'Brien, the victim in this troubling tale.

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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.

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