Conversations about bike events, trips, trails, fitness, safety, first aid, bike maintenance, bike shops, charitable organizations, infrastructure, and public policy. Keywords: cycling, bicycle, bicycling, touring
Lisa Watts Cycles the Entire ECG
For Lisa Watts, an East Coast Greenway Alliance staffer, writing about the trail was simply not enough. She had to get out there and see it for herself, all 3,000 miles of it, only 1/3 of which is off-road. So she and a girlfriend set out in early May and 2 months later they made it to Maine. Hear her story here: the hills, the thrills, and fortunately, not the spills.
Maria Finnegan on Yoga for Cyclists
There's a reason why the ancient practice of Yoga has survived for centuries and is flourishing today. To an outsider, the obvious reason is physical - stretching to increase flexibility, and improve posture and balance. What is not obvious are the psychological benefits - how a positive mindset can help us cope with feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, aggression and depression, and to become more relaxed and content.
Steve Bzomowski on Regional Greenways
Steve is actively involved in walking, bicycling, and greenway master planning in the Carolinas and Virginia. He works for Alta Planning and Design, an international consulting firm with an office here in Durham that includes planning, design, and engineering services for active living infrastructure. In this talk, he describes trails in our area, and shares a plethora of resources - trail maps, NC DOT Traffic Volume maps, Strava heat maps, and a trail planning guide - all available online. He also reports on the status of planned trails, like the proposed Triangle Bikeway connecting RTP and Raleigh along I-40.
Pedego Electric Bikes, with Diana and Don
Popular on the West Coast, Europe and Asia, electric bikes are healthy, convenient, green, economical, and just plain fun. We visited Don Tuttle and Diana Tucker at their new Pedego Electric Bike shop at Southpoint, and found out why eBikes are a good choice for commuters, city dwellers, baby boomers, or anyone who just needs a little more "oomph" to get around on a bike.
Molly Henry on the New England Portion of the East Coast Greenway
From the glacier-sculpted coast of Maine to the beaches of New Hampshire and Cape Cod, New England offers a variety of terrains and scenic views. Molly takes us on a virtual tour starting "down east" at the Sunrise Trail, shared with all-terrain vehicles, cross-country skiers, and snowmobiles; and continuing along the coast to Portland, Portsmouth, Boston, and Providence; then eastward via the spur route to Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. The route features side-trips to Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Amtrak offers bike service for some routes, and there are ferries serving ports all along Cape Cod, and from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. So there are lots of opportunities for creative trip-planners.
Fire Captain Jeff Howard on Safety, First Aid, and Accidents
In his 10 years of service as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician, Captain Howard has responded to lots of accidents and heard the accounts of victims and bystanders. In this lively presentation, Jeff shares with us his experiences and tells us how to avoid accidents and what to do if they happen anyway.
Cardiac Arrest - occurs when the heart stops beating, and there is no pulse.
Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), for cardiac arrests, consists of chest compressions at a rate of 100/minute (to the beat of the Beegees song, "Stayin' Alive")
Anaphylaxis - a life-threatening allergic reaction that can cause shock, a sudden drop in blood pressure and trouble breathing. Ask the person if he or she is carrying an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, others) and administer immediately. Call 911. An antihistamine pill, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), isn't sufficient to treat anaphylaxis.
Durham One - Non-Emergency number (919) 560-4600 established by the Durham Emergency Communication Center (DECC) to free up 911 lines for life threatening or in-progress emergencies.
Recommended First Aid Kit
Roller Gauze - sometimes called "cling", a 4" wide strip of elastic gauze for wrapping open wounds.
4 by 4 - an individually packaged square of gauze, 4"x4"
Triangular bandage (2) - a loose-weave cotton cloth in the shape of a triangle that can be used as a sling, folded into an absorbent pad, or as a wrap to hold a pad in place.
Water - for irrigating abrasions (road rash), from your water bottle
An inner tube can also serve as a sling - drape it around the back of your neck. You should have two loops dangling down either side. Put your forearm through the loops.