Giro Reflective Bike Shoes

Those who drive cars appreciate when people who ride bikes, walk, and run wear reflective clothing.  To be clear, there is no legal requirement that people in Wisconsin need to wear reflective clothing at night just as there is no legal requirement that a person use high vis paint on their car or truck.

Despite no law requiring reflective clothing, insurance companies and police often blame people who ride bicycles for wearing dark clothing when they get hit by a car.  I believe this is because most people relate to people who drive cars and the police officers fear that they themselves might hit someone wearing dark clothing.  Thus, they create a rule that does not exist.

Regardless of the lack of law, or your opinion on whether people who use the roads on bikes or jogging should take extra precautions, we can all agree that it is easier to seem someone or something if it has reflectors, (think of the back of a fire truck or ambulance).

Giro shoes is selling the Empire ACC reflective for people who rides bikes.  Not only does it reflect, it has a classic style.  

If in the market for new cycling shoes, this could prove helpful and give the police and insurance companies one less reason to blame you if you get hit by a texting/distracted driver who blames you for riding a bicycle at night.

Five Reasons Not To Text and Drive

Look next to you at a red light or when in slow moving traffic and it seems more likely than not the person next to you will be using his/her phone behind the wheel.  Many friends of mine who have ridden bicycles on public roads their entire lives are telling me they are too afraid to ride on roads now due to all the phone usage.  As a bike injury lawyer, in the past several years I have noticed a drastic increase in bicyclists hit from behind, something that used to be one of the most rare forms of collisions.

Here are five reasons not to use your phone whilst driving a car:

1. Chances are that you are on your phone most of the day, why not use your time in the car as a break from the phone;

2. It is illegal in Wisconsin;

346.89  Inattentive driving.

No person while driving a motor vehicle may be engaged or occupied with an activity, other than driving the vehicle, that interferes or reasonably appears to interfere with the person's ability to drive the vehicle safely.

No person may drive, as defined in s. 343.305 (1) (b), any motor vehicle while composing or sending an electronic text message or an electronic mail message.

3. If you strike someone while using your phone, the police may examine your phone and you could end up going to prison for doing something that the majority of drivers currently do-text and drive;

4. Once you kill somebody you can't bring them back.  Even if you lie about what happened, you will live the rest of your life knowing you killed someone while texting/using your phone, and fearing someone finds out and sends you to prison.

5. Many different types of people share the roads with cars including babies, elderly, blind, deaf, friends and neighbors.  These people are all trusting that you will pay attention to the road, drive at a safe speed, watch out for them, and do everything you can to avoid striking them with your car. By texting and driving, even if you don't strike or kill someone, you are showing you are not trustworthy and don't belong behind the wheel.

Milwaukee Forms Walking School Bus to Help Kids Get to School Safely

It is very sad that so many drivers don't care about kids and bicyclists on our roads. They choose to operate their phones while driving,  choose to speed, and choose to not stop for people near crosswalks.  Look next to you at a red light, and more often than not, you will see a person reading or typing on their phone.  When the light turns they often begin to drive while still looking at the phone. Because of this, parents are afraid to let their kids walk to school.  Walking to school is a tradition in Wisconsin as old as deer hunting, but recently there has been a trend towards favoring motor vehicle transport, and making driving cars more convenient, while caring less about kids walking and biking.

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is a Statewide advocacy group that helps make biking and walking safer in Wisconsin.  As you may have read, there has been an increase in Wisconsinites who choose to walk and ride bikes getting killed by drivers, often drivers who choose to use their phones whilst driving/drive distracted.

A walking school bus is a group of kids walking to school with one or more adults.  It can be two families taking turns walking the kids or can be carefully planned routes with meeting points, timetables and consistent volunteers.  There is also a variation that includes a bicycle train with adult leaders on the ride.

After learning many parents wanted their kids to walk to school but were afraid of their kids getting killed by distracted drivers, especially crossing Oklahoma Ave, the WI Bike Fed worked for approximately six years with Fernwood Montessori school, parents, students, and administrators.  As of today, they now have a walking school bus.

More info here.