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Saturday is Parade Day!

This Saturday is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Topeka! The Topeka Community Cycle Project, the Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, and Heartland BMX will have “floats” in the parade, and both are open invitation. Take this chance to ride a bike in a slow group and celebrate, community, luck, and bicycles.

The parade is one of Topeka’s biggest community events, and we highly recommend participating! There’s nothing like smiling and waving at 4,500 people on a sunny Saturday.

Staging for TCCP will begin at the bike shop, 423 S. Kansas. Just ride your bike downtown – there won’t be any parking! KVBC and Heartland BMX will be staging early in the main staging area, between 1st and 4th streets on Kansas Ave., and they’re also asking folks to bring candy to hand out to kids along the parade route. Bring out your cargo trikes to make it that much easier!

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Rodeos, Block Parties, and Fully-booked calendars? It must be a Bike Month update!

Have you seen the bike month calendar? The month of May is filling up! Get in touch if you need your events added. There are still quite a few weekly rides whose details we’re tracking down.

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The Bike Rodeo for Kids is almost completely planned – and it’s set for the May 30th Block Party in NOTO. Speaking of the Block Party – have a look at the proposed map, so far. This doesn’t include everyone. If you want to reserve a space, get in touch!

May 11th – May 15th is Bike to Work Week. Think you can do it? We know you can!

Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle Near Downtown Topeka

Bicyclist Struck By Vehicle Near Downtown Topeka.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Topeka police say a bicyclist was sent to a local hospital with potentially serious injuries after a collision with a vehicle near downtown Topeka.

Police say the wreck was reported at 6:50 pm Monday. They say a car southbound on SW Van Buren and a bicyclist who was eastbound on SW 3rd collided in the intersection.

The intersection of SW Van Buren and SW 3rd St. remained closed in all directions as of 8:30 pm Monday while authorities continued their investigation.

Police said the bicyclist was taken from the scene in critical condition, though the extent of the injuries was not known.

The Question

Originally posted on Brooklyn Spoke:

I’ve been struck by the way in which the coverage of the bus crash that seriously injured a teenager last Friday as she crossed the street with the legal right of way exposes a core philosophy of traffic violence apologists. This philosophy has mostly played out in Pete Donohue’s coverage in the Daily News, but it’s a common point of view anytime an incident like this becomes the subject of debate: Death and serious injury, it seems, are the cost of doing business in the big city.

J.P. Patafio of TWU Local 100 said, “The law of averages has it we’re going to get into an accident.” Donohue, arguing on Twitter, has essentially said the same thing. The occasional bus crash in which a pedestrian is maimed or killed is just an accident and not a crime, and not something that should concern the law in any meaningful way beyond…

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What’s old is new again

The right to ride bikes in the road is more than 125 years old – and here’s proof!

“One of the most imperative duties of city governments in this country is to keep their public streets in such a condition that citizens can travel along them with safety, and without any unnecessary delay.

“Each citizen has the absolute right to choose for himself the mode of conveyance he desires, whether it be by wagon or carriage, by horse, motor or electric car, or by bicycle, or astride of a horse, subject to the sole condition that he will observe all those requirements that are known as the ‘law of the road.’

“This right of the people to the use of the public streets of a city is so well established and so universally recognized in this country that it has become a part of the alphabet of fundamental rights of the citizen.

“While the tyranny of the American system of government very largely consists in the action of the municipal authorities, this right has not yet been questioned or attempted to be abridged. There can be no question, then, but what a citizen riding on a bicycle in that part of the street devoted to the passage of vehicles is but exercising his legal right to its use, and a city ordinance that attempted to forbid such use of that part of a public street would be held void, as against common right.”

Swift v. City of Topeka, 43 Kan. 671, 23 P. 1075, 1076 (1890).

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Bike Month: counting down to May!

May is coming soon! Have a look at the “Ride Calendar” to see what the month has in store. Two of Topeka’s premier cycling events – the Cottonwood 200 and the Capital Classic – will be highlights. There will also be a hoppin’ Block Party in NOTO from 1-4pm on Saturday, May 30th, to round out the month – and send off the summer. There is also a bicycle-themed art show planned for the whole month of May, to be shown in the NOTO Arts District headquarters – a.k.a. the old Post Office.

A special new feature this year is the series of DQ Rides – visiting a different Dairy Queen in Topeka every Monday of the month. If you have a weekly ride that you would like to have listed on the calendar, please get in touch via the comments below!