Author: rnielsen

Bike Lanes: Sometime Yes, Sometimes No.

Bike lanes are a simple concept; they’re supposed to be a separate lane for bikes that provides cyclists with a bit of safety. They seem like a good idea, and they are if the bike lane provides a clean, safe place to ride. However, this…

Biking on a Sidewalk: Do or Don’t?

The General Answer: Do not ride on the sidewalk. When it comes to biking on a sidewalk, the most important factor to consider is safety, and in general, it’s not a very safe thing to do for an adult cyclist. A cyclist on a sidewalk faces…

4 Tips for Biking in the Fall

Biking in the fall can be a very relaxing, especially after suffering through the summer heat. A cool breeze, quiet roads, and more forgiving temperatures make rides a lot more enjoyable. However, there are some special considerations you want to take when you are biking in…

What if I crash because of some defect (pothole) in the road?

Generally, you cannot recover because of a defective condition on a roadway or on a bike path. Roads and bike paths are built and maintained by government entities. In general, a claimant cannot sue the government unless the government gives permission to do so. That…

Do bicyclists have the “right of way”?

It all depends. In the Texas Driver’s Handbook it says “in every situation, right-of-way is something to be given, not taken.” And as a cyclist, you just can’t take something that is not being given. Yes, legally you are right and you had the right-of-way,…