Florida Weekly, Jan. 30, 2013
CapeCoral.com also ran an excellent feature story on Jan. 29th about bike helmets: "Recent tragedy puts spotlight on use of bicycle helmets," and quotes BikeWalkLee representatives. Hope you'll read that as well.
pains me to write about this in my column, but a recent tragedy will
hopefully serve as an all-too-real reminder for anyone who rides a bike
that using a helmet is as vital as buckling up while driving. James
Heneghan of Cape Coral died during this year’s Tour de Cape after his
head crashed into the pavement.
According to reports, he had removed his
helmet just minutes before the accident. The crash, which involved two
bicycles would likely have caused injuries — perhaps even
serious ones — but probably not have resulted in a fatality, had a
helmet been worn.
as seatbelts are proven to work in auto crashes, properly fitted and
secured helmets protect users from serious head injury and death 85
percent of the time a cyclist is involved in a crash. Considering that
even the lowest cost helmet has the same rate of success as pricey ones,
that’s one effective device, to say the least. Those of us who are
involved in safety and injury prevention don’t look forward to
exploiting such “teachable moments” but would like to think a fatality
of this nature will serve the purpose of getting an important message
across when nothing else does. My sympathy and that of the whole
bicycling and injury prevention community goes out to the victim’s
family and friends for their loss.
We’re in the thick of organized run, walk and bicycling season, and
the weather’s been very cooperative so far. As noted in my last column,
trail running events abound, with the Groundhog Day 7-Mile Trail Run
coming up first at CREW on Saturday, Feb 2 (www.facebook.com/CaloosaTrailheads).
On the roads, it’s Edison festival time, so that means the Edison Festival of Lights 5K on Saturday, Feb. 16 (www.ftmyerstrackclub.com), the Saturday after the Junior Fun Runs prior to the Children’s Parade (www.edisonfestival.org/events.html)
on Sunday, Feb. 10.
Head out to LaBelle for the Swamp Stomp 5K on
Saturday, Feb. 23. And be sure to get your training in for the always
top-notch Hooters-to-Hooters Half Marathon on Sunday, March 3.
As for cycling events, the second annual Cycling for Fallen Heroes Rides (www.brotherhoodride.com)
takes place on Saturday, Feb. 9, from Estero Trek, Coconut Point. This
is a fundraiser and warm-up for this year’s Fallen Heroes Ride to honor
law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who died
in the line of duty in 2012.
Not exactly tied into St. Patty’s Day but
still an excuse to celebrate after completing your distance, Caloosa
Riders’ Royal Palm Ride (www.caloosariders.org)
happens on Sunday, March 17, from Buckingham Park (maybe there’ll be
green beer after the ride).
If you’re interested in less formal events,
consider joining the Southwest Florida Biking MeetUp Group and suggest
your own (www.meetup.com/ Biking-SWFL).
For anyone wishing to become a more confident cyclist (not an
arrogant one with an attitude), CyclingSavvy sessions are being offered
locally over the next two months (http://cyclingsavvy.org/category/
southeast-region/southwest-florida/). Truth and Techniques of Traffic
Cycling, the classroom session, will take place twice, both Thursday
evenings: Feb. 21 and March 7. On-bike sessions will happen on Saturday,
March 2. Even if you’re an experienced cyclist, consider at least the
classroom session. You might be surprised what you’ll learn (and have to
Those interested in how our area will look in the future have lots to
watch. From the possible suspension of fees that partially fund our
transportation infrastructure, next steps for significantly improving
our transit system, and revamping of our primary planning documents,
lots is happening, some very quickly. As always, details can be found on
Until next time, I’ll look for you on the roads and trails. ¦
— Dan Moser is a league cycling and CyclingSavvy instructor/ trainer
and programs director for the Florida Bicycle Association who cycles,
runs and walks regularly for transportation, recreation and fitness. He
can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 334- 6417.
CapeCoral.com also ran a feature story on Jan. 29th about bike helmets: "Recent tragedy puts spotlight on use of bicycle helmets," and quotes BikeWalkLee representatives.