Colin McEnroe Show: Be Kind; Share The Road With Bikers!

We talk local biking and a Tour de France expert gives the latest on the race.

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What's the hardest and scariest sports event in the world?

I have to believe it's the Tour de France. The race has 2,200 miles of curves and mountains. The course is undeniably grueling and, as we have been reminded this week, very dangerous.
 
The injuries you get when cyclists are bunched together rounding mountain curves at high speeds, clipped into their pedals, are more than bumps and bruises.
 
I recently transitioned from a comfortable commuter bike to a faster, lighter road bike with shoes that clip into the pedals. I feel incredibly vulnerable, and now that my rides take me 20 and 25 miles out instead of five or ten, I have the chance to meet more drivers who might hit me. And at the end of the ride, I have pain in parts of me I do not ordinarily discuss with the outside world. But we'll discuss it all on today's show. 
 
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Central Wheel has a number of

Central Wheel has a number of group rides each week. Visit www.centralwheel.com. If you are a beginner, the best rides to attend are the Saturday 9am rides leaving from Malibu Fitness in Farmington (every other week). Check out the blog for info on recent rides: centralwheel.wordpress.com. Group rides are a great way to meet fellow cyclists, learn the rules of the road, and have fun in a supportive environment.
A ride I have not yet tried is out of Elizabeth Park on alternate Saturdays (same days as the Malibu rides) run by Mark "Huggy Bear" Lucas. Mark is an icon of Hartford cycling and I'm sure the ride's a lot of fun.
Whether riding alone or with a group, I highly recommend getting a Road ID: http://www.roadid.com/Common/default.aspx
If you go out by yourself on a road ride, make sure you know how to change a flat tire!

E-mail from Paul

I wish drivers would give me a little more respect when Im on the rode. A lot of the time I'm being called names that can't be said on the air and I try to ride as far to the right as possible. Drivers here in Danbury feel that only cars belong on the rode and no one else. As an urban planner, a lot of the anxiety comes from how poorly the urban environment has been planned here in Danbury and much of Connecticut. We have planned our cities only or the car with no thought about other users. Please listeners respect cyclist and pedestrians.

E-mail from Andrea

My most disturbing near miss was the time a young mom shoved her baby carriage right into my path after she looked both ways for CARS. Without this mindfulness people describe, I would have rammed straight into her kiddo.

I think the really hazardous thing for cars, pedestrians, busses, bikers et al is that we are not used to dodging traffic and varying tempos. This was a crazy challenge I confronted in Amsterdam- which is truly multi-modal