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Inside Cycling (Aug 5th, 2019)

Welcome to a brand-new Monday edition of Inside Cycling. Thanks for sending in your feedback last week about New York potentially adding more bike lanes and sacrificing parking spots — the general consensus seems to be that transportation is changing and NYC’s plan is a good idea. We have more stats and news on bike lanes today, plus other cycling news, too. Enjoy and see you Wednesday. — Hailey Hudson

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1. More than two cyclists are killed in the U.S. by drivers each day. Bicycling.com shared five stories of riders killed, hoping to spur readers to action: The driver who killed Alaskan cyclist Jeff Dusenbury pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide but finished her sentence in a rehab facility while other charges were dropped. New York cyclist Dulcie Canton was gravely injured in a hit-and-run and the city didn’t pursue the case, despite clear evidence. A riding club in Kentucky lost two riders. Cyclist Nako Nakatsutka was actually sued by the driver who hit her. And a young man named Asif Rahman was killed by a truck and the driver was not charged. — BICYCLING

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2. Are you shopping around for your first bike? Reddit users have some advice for you. First of all, don’t spend a lot of money: you’ll probably fall off several times and scrape up the bike as you’re learning. Buy something cheap to learn on and then upgrade later. Look for 2019 bikes going on sale, or go for a mid-level aluminum bike under $1,000. You can also test ride bikes at a local shop to help you decide what you want and get a feel for bike fit. And finally, purchase a bike that can do more than one thing in case you change your mind about what you want to focus on. — REDDIT

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3. By the Numbers: Some cities are safer for cyclists than others. A study of crash and street design data showed that, unsurprisingly, roads with protected bike lanes make cycling and driving safer. The study looked at 17,000 fatalities and 77,000 injuries between 2000 and 2012 in 12 major U.S. cities. Where protected bike lanes were common, fatal crash rates dropped by 44 percent. Protected bike lanes are key: the study discovered that shared lanes with markings for cyclists often just provide a false sense of security. — CITY LAB

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4. Thousands of riders took on Ride London Surrey this weekend. This annual cycling event was created as a legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and is a big draw for amateur cyclists in Surrey. The route begins at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and enters Surrey at Hampton Court; next, it winds through Ripley and East Clandon and then comes back to finish on The Mall. Supporters enjoyed their weekend watching cyclists ride through Surrey. — SURREY LIVE

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5. A Mississippi neighborhood added bike lanes and now its residents are confused. The residents weren’t fully informed of the changes that would be taking place — stop signs, designated bike lanes and shared roads — and are now worried the roads will encourage collisions instead of the opposite. — DAILY JOURNAL

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6. Elia Viviani took home his 75th career win. The Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider was competing in RideLondon and took advantage of a crash to sprint for the finish. Sam Bennett came second and Michael Morkov third. — EUROSPORT

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7. If you only have five minutes to work out, try this full-body plank workout. Perform the following exercises for 30 seconds each: plank up-down, plank to downward dog tap, plank jack, forearm plank rock and forearm side plank twist. Repeat for five minutes. Even short workouts can be effective in helping you reach your goals on the bike. — SELF

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8. A Mississippi cyclist was hit by a truck and killed over the weekend. 50-year-old James O’Daniel from Clinton was participating in an event called Bikes, Blues and Bayous. Troopers were directing traffic but O’Daniel, who may have been wearing headphones, seemed to ignore them as he proceeded through an intersection. He was hit by a truck and instantly killed. — WAPT

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9. The Giro Tyrant helmet is a simple but effective piece of gear. The Tyrant is more or less a half-shell helmet with covers over the ears. It’s well-ventilated and rides low; the helmet is a solid choice for your next purchase. — BIKE MAGAZINE

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10. A real-life Lego helmet could make you look like a Lego figure as you ride. Over the weekend, users in the Facebook group Cycling Advice discussed this helmet, which was made in Denmark and meant to encourage kids to wear a helmet. So far, though, the helmet is just a prototype. — BORED PANDA

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Inside Cycling is written and curated by Hailey Hudson, an Atlanta freelance writer with a love for all things fitness and sports. Hailey performs an equal mix of journalism and content marketing services for clients such as Sitejabber, Barnes & Noble Education and FloSports. In her spare time, she writes YA novels, tap dances and snuggles with her beagle puppy Sophie. Follow her on Instagram @haileyh412.

Editor: Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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