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Bob Mionske

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BicycleLaw founder Bob Mionske is an avid cyclist and attorney. He is a two time Olympian and former US National Champion.

Bob Mionske is a nationally-known cycling lawyer and advocate for the rights of cyclists. A former U.S. Olympic and pro cyclist, Bob amassed a record of over 100 wins during his racing career. Bob represented the United States in the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, where he made the winning break in the men’s Individual Road Race, finishing in fourth place. In 1990, Bob was the U.S. National Champion in the Men’s road race. Bob again made the United States Olympic team for the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain, assisting teammate Lance Armstrong to a fourteenth-place finish. Bob turned pro after the 1992 games, racing for Team Saturn for one season, and then retired to become director of the team for 1993.

At the end of that season, Bob left pro cycling behind and headed off to law school. After passing the bar exam, Bob set up the first bicycle law practice in the nation, representing professional racers David Zabriskie, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, and Kevin Livingston, while also defending the legal rights of weekend warriors, commuters, and messengers. Bob also began writing his internationally accaimed bicycle law column, Legally Speaking, featured on Bob’s perspective on bicycle law and the rights of cyclists has also been featured in national magazines, including Esquire,Bicycling, and Outside.

In 2001, Bob wrote the legal analysis section in Bicycle Accident Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer, and in 2007, Bob authored Bicycling & the Law, the first book on bicycle law written for cyclists since The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen was published in 1895. Since publication of Bicycling & the Law, Bob has made numerous media and speaking appearances advocating on behalf of the rights of cyclists. In 2009, Bob continued his advocacy on behalf of the rights of cyclists with Road Rights, a new column on bicycle law for Bicycling magazine. Bob returned to writing his Legally Speaking column for VeloNews in 2015.

Cycling Advocacy



  • Oregon Cycling Magazine, Eugene, OR
  • The Oregonian, Portland, OR
  • Esquire
  • Bicycling
  • Outside


  • KPOJ, Portland, OR
  • KXNO, Des Moines, IA
  • KCOL, Wellington, CO


  • KGW, Portland, OR


  • Nolo Press articles
  • Nolo Press podcast
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition podcast
  • Bicycle Radio podcast

Bob Mionske, left, testifying before the House Transportation Committee in Salem, Oregon on behalf of the Idaho Stop Law. March 18, 2009.

Testifying with Bob are Karl Rohde, center, Public Affairs Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Ray Thomas, right, Portland attorney and Legislative Committee member, Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus/

Bicycling & the Law talks advocating for the rights of cyclists:
  • Gecko Triathlon Club, Portland, OR
  • We Are All Traffic rally, Portland, OR
  • San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco, CA
  • Turin Bicycle, Evanston, IL
  • Team Active, Battle Creek, MI
  • SRAM Redbowl, Philadelphia, PA
  • Winchester Wheelmen, Winchester, VA
  • League of American Bicyclists, keynote address, National Bike Summit 2008, Washington, D.C.
  • Pedal to the People, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 2008 Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association’s Celebration of Champions, Nashville, TN

The second book for cyclists on Bicycle Law, by Bob Mionske. Published 2007.

The first book for cyclists on Bicycle Law, by George B. Clementson. Published 1895.

We Are All Traffic Press Conference, November 16, 2007.

We Are All Traffic Rally, November 17, 2007.

Bob Mionske with the kids of B.I.K.E. (Bicycles and Ideas for Kids’ Empowerment).

Bob Mionske, center, at Team Active, February 29, 2008.

Pictured with Bob are Team Active’s Steve Bessony, left, and Mike Wood, right.

Bob Mionske, right, at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, April 7, 2008.

Pictured with Bob is Andy Thornley, Program Director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

Bob Mionske, center, Pedal to the People Benefit, San Luis Obispo, CA, July 19, 2008.

Pictured with Bob are Adam Fukushima, left, Executive Director, San Luis Obispo Couny Bicycle Coalition, and Shaba Mohseni, Board Member, San Luis Obispo County Bicycle Coalition.