Don’t get hit and then what?

September 15, 2017 § 24 Comments

There are a lot of dark stories in the world today about the cager v. biker wars. And they are wars. The bikers get killed and maimed and the cagers get a speeding ticket. The bikers put in an imaginary magic protection road stripe and the cagers rip it out. The bikers say “You’re killing us!” and the cagers say “Exactly!” Cf. Jennifer King and the troll triumvirate of Garrett Uno, Cynthia “the Beast” Uno, Robert Lewis Chapman, Jr., and the unbearable heaviness of cager hate and stunted lives of those who wage it.

Maybe I will get around to expanding on this article by Peter Flax, but I doubt it. How do you expand on the universe? Read it and bleed.

However, on September 21 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at Performance Bicycle in Long Beach, I will be expanding on my own tiny little universe of how not to get killed while riding your bike. If you’re in the neighborhood I hope you can make it.


Performance Bicycle, Long Beach

Cycling Savvy, led by Big Orange’s own Gary Cziko, has been instrumental in the last two years teaching people the very best in Bee Gees riding techniques, i.e. “Stayin’ Alive.” Gary’s techniques work. There are two parts of the Cycling Savvy curriculum, however, that are either ignored or lightly addressed, kind of like not enough vinaigrette on a mountain of salad, and I’m going to talk about them at the event in Long Beach.

  • What to do if you’re a victim or witness to a bike-car collision.
  • How to protect yourself and your family if you or they get hit while cycling.
  • How not to get hit through insane use of over-the-top lighting, day and night.

Performance is supporting the seminar with some killer deals on, guess what, lighting. There will also be covfefe to keep you awake. However, I can promise that you won’t need it, or you’ll get your money back at this free event.



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§ 24 Responses to Don’t get hit and then what?

  • Brian in VA says:

    This is a terrific thing to do, Seth! We don’t have a bike lawyer in town or I’d ask them to perform the same function. Can you post a video?

    And remember, you can’t have too many blinkies!

  • Gary Cziko says:

    Seth, thanks for you all you for cycling. Including sponsoring the next CyclingSavvy workshop the following Saturday, September 23 at 2:30 pm in the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. Open to all for free.

    While this workshop is targeted toward faster-paced club cyclists and racers, the first hour will be a general introduction to CyclingSavvy and our two recently completed online courses suitable for all cyclists. See

  • Gary Cziko says:

    Seth, thanks for all you do for cycling. Including sponsoring the next CyclingSavvy workshop that will be offered the following Saturday, September 23 at 2:30 pm in the Malaga Cove Library in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.

    Although this workshop is targeted to faster-paced group cyclists and racers, the first hour will be an introduction to CyclingSavvy and our two recently completed online courses suitable for all cyclists. See

  • Michelle landes says:

    Gary’s classes rock people make fun of me all the time when I use his techniques till they see them WORK😂 Peters article is eye opening !!!

  • Waldo says:

    You’ll be jive talking?

  • Dan says:

    I am a convert to the “daytime running lights” you advocate, but I have a question: Light and Motion’s “Urban” series, which is otherwise great, does not have a blinky option on the headlight, but only a kind of pulse. What’s your opinion on this choice?

    • fsethd says:

      I use Exposure’s Diablo for front lighting. Powerful strobe is a must for daytime riding. Kept me from getting clocked twice today. Once at the high school dropoff, and the second as I was passing a water utility truck who saw me because the strobe hit his rearview.

    • Gary Cziko says:

      Dan, a strobe is good for daytime because it’s not the only thing other drivers can see. A pulse is probably fine, too, but likely not as conspicuous as strobe during daytime and uses more battery.

      But there is research showing that a strobe alone at night can make it harder for other drivers to judge distance and speed. Pulse is better for this because the light never goes off completely. Or use a strobe along with a steady light.

      I may use strobe front and rear to be conspicuous during the day (while also being visible and relevant), but at night I want to look like a motorcycle (fast) from the front and like a bicycle (slower) from behind. That means a bright steady white light up front. And both a strobe and steady light on the rear, or a pulsing rear light.

      • EricW says:

        I also have come around to this setup. I’ve been experimenting with bike light for about a decade now. Matching the lights to the conditions really makes a difference. Flashing front and rear for daylight. Solid white in front – dual solid and strobing red rear at night, or when the drivers are looking into the setting sun. As bright a light as practical.

        Now I’m using a generator. Some of the finer (IE expensiver) front lights from Europe have an angled and shuttered beam. This takes the light mostly out of the eye of approaching traffic, must like low beams on a car. Seem useful! Kinda works better too.

  • Kathie says:

    A while ago I attended your cycling savvy course in El Segundo and while I’m a safe seasoned cyclist, there’s always more to learn! It’s a great course – everyone should take it.

  • My wife and I are hoping to join you on Thursday!

  • The Performance Facebook page says the event is from 6:30 to 7:30, but your article says it lasts until 9:30. We’re planning to attend either way, but how long should we plan on staying?

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