Safe biking – Wheels of fortune

In the spring of 2002, a pickup truck crossed the centerline of a Louisiana road at high speed and plowed into a group of cyclists. Seventeen-year-old Timothy Cappo, one of the cyclists, was badly injured and died that night in the hospital. The truck driver was charged with negligence.

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How can accidents like this be prevented? Cyclists need to take measures to reduce their odds of getting hurt.

Cappo was struck on a narrow, winding road that cyclists favor for training. Because they’re narrow, these roads can be dangerous when motorists are careless. Bikers should try to use either a bike path that’s closed to vehicles or a wide road with plenty of room for cyclists. Ideally, cyclists should stay 3 to 5 feet to the side of cars and trucks. [Read more…]

Biking and Hiking Tours

FROM SUCH MEDIEVAL CITIES AS FREIBURG – KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY to the Black Forest – to castles along the Mosel River, Germany is criss-crossed with gorgeous trails and well-marked paths that are ideal for hiking and biking enthusiasts. Several companies are selling biking and walking trips that give participants time to linger in small villages, browse the shops and dine on some of the local specialties. Following are a few of the latest selections.

Euro-Bike Tours lists several programs that either stay exclusively in Germany or combine it with such neighbors as Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Hungary. Prices cover land arrangements, most meals, accommodations, taxes, service charges and rail transfers.

Biking and Hiking Tours

The six-day ‘Mosel Magic’ explores castles, villages and churches along the route known as the Wine Road. Participants can land in Luxembourg and take a 45-minute train ride to the starting point of Trier, or they may land in Frankfurt and board the train for a three-hour ride. The program ends in Koblenz. [Read more…]