FUNctional Riding in Topeka 101

Considering riding to work some this Spring?

Wanting an alternative to driving to the store for groceries?

Come join Topeka Community Cycle Project for FUNctional Riding in Topeka 101!
Ben and Andy, TCCP League of American Bicyclist’s Certified Instructors, will cover all aspects of basic safe riding skills in everyday traffic!
Over 3 class periods we will address safe ways to operate safely in traffic, basic mechanic fixes for your average ride, and the basic responsibilities of riding a bicycle. This class is geared at offering individuals who want to ride for fun or functional parts of life, such as:
  • a grocery run to the neighborhood store,
  • visiting a friend, or
  • a social ride to a local restaurant on a Saturday afternoon!
The classes will be Monday, April 13th 6-8pm, Wednesday, April 15th 6-8pm and Sunday, April 19th 10am to 2pm. The first two days will be a classroom type setting, and the third session will involve riding and be outdoors in areas surrounding the bike shop.
The course will be held at:
Topeka Community Cycle Project
423 S. Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603
Participants wont need a helmet and bike until the class on the 19th. If you need to borrow either, let us know and we will try and facilitate a solution for you. Send questions to andy@cycleproject.org!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Up for showing some cycling spirit? Join TCCP and Kaw Valley Bicycle Club in riding in the 2014 Topeka St. Patrick’s Day parade. We will meet at the shop (423 S. Kansas) at 10 am and then migrate at about 10:15 down to the staging area at 1st-4th and Kansas to get in line. Parade starts at noon and allow several hours, as this parade is full of Topeka’s Irish and can get pretty long!

In addition, feel free to join us early on Thursday evening from 5-7 pm to decorate the TCCP trailer float, as well as your bike in green streamers etc!

Hope to see you there!

The 3-Foot law

 

Big news today for cycling safety in the state of Kansas! The 3 foot passing law is now officially in effect.

Here’s part of the statute that pertains to the new law:

K.S.A. 8-1516 is hereby amended to read as follows: 8-1516. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles and bicycles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:

(a) The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

(b) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his or her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

(c) (1) The driver of a vehicle overtaking a bicycle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a distance of not less than three feet and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken bicycle.

(2) The driver of a vehicle may pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction in a no-passing zone with the duty to execute the pass only when it is safe to do so.

(Read full text of bill)

If you aren’t a fan of all the legal mumbo jumbo, here’s what you can take away from it:

  • A vehicle can legally pass a bicycle on the left, given there is at least 3 feet  of space between the cyclist and the vehicle.
  • Vehicles can only legally pass on the left, and can’t move back to the right until clear of the cyclist.
  • Vehicles may pass bicycles in a no passing zone as long as it’s safe to do so.

Laws like this are a great step in the right direction in making Kansas more cycling friendly!