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Warm Weather Brings Out the Bikes

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Between rising gas prices and our rising temperatures, you may have noticed more bicyclists hitting the road and just in time for Bike to Work Week.

These days, just about every street and intersection has at least one bike rider jostling with traffic. Even on McCarran Boulevard, where we met Tony Allison. "I love riding here. I work downtown, I live in South Meadows and I ride every day," he told us.

At Great Basin Bicycles in south Reno, owner Rich Staley says the bikers were out earlier than ever this year, in early April. Why so early? "The weather. You know when that big burning ball of fire comes out, everyone comes out for it."

Reno Fire Captain John Kennedy is one of them. He's been riding to work for about a month, "Leaving my car at home and biking with all the other happy cyclists in the morning."

Great Basin Bicycles' owner was ready. As bicyclists hibernated over the winter, Rich stocked the newest innovations. That's because the two-wheeled classic is rapidly changing. There's now electronic shifting, and just like the cars have, a Garmin data screen showing street and bike path maps that you can install right your handlebars. Or the latest tail light, that can be seen from miles away.

But despite the innovations, being a two-wheeled rider in a four-wheeled world is still not easy. Ask a biker in Reno if they've had a close call, and they'll have stories. University of Nevada student and frequent biker Dan Newton started with a familiar story, "somebody was turning right and didn't see me coming." John Kennedy told us that just recently, "A gentleman was texting on his motorcycle and he clipped my left elbow."

We have come a long way with a flurry of new bike lanes, but all too often they double as parking places for cars. Still, all the bikers we spoke with quickly reminded us that it is getting better out there.

There is more about Bike to Work Week, including the prizes and perks for those who register, click http://bikenevada.org/individual-register/

Written by John Potter

 

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