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40. The Individuation of the Cyclist: Working with the Law to Attain Perfect Consciousness by David Hay

Amy Walker New World Library ePub

David Hay

I am a bike lawyer. Many people do not know what that is, so I start by telling people what I am not. I am not someone who represents damaged bikes; I represent people damaged on bikes. That is, I act for cyclists injured as a result of the negligence of others, usually drivers of cars. I started this work in the late 1980s in Vancouver, Canada, and I have seen a lot in my time.

I like to draw a parallel between the development of cycling in North America and the development of the psyche of the average human being. When I started practicing law, cycling in the Western Hemisphere’s car culture seemed to be in its infancy. From the legal perspective, cyclists were treated like children — that is, poorly. Drivers regarded them as a nuisance. In the minds of other road users, cyclists had no place on the streets. A cyclist who was injured probably “had it coming” in one way or another. Even when the motorist was obviously at fault in a crash, the view persisted that the cyclist would not have been injured had he or she not been on the road in the first place. Cyclists were better not seen, and certainly not heard.

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23. Cycling for All Abilities and Needs by Ron Richings

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Ron Richings

Martha Simmons just got her wheels back. Several decades after she last rode a bike, Martha is pedaling and smiling again. Not perhaps so remarkable, except that she is 82 years old and never imagined she would be riding again. But a program in Portland, Oregon, that puts seniors on trikes gave her new dreams and opportunities. Although she had to be persuaded to try it out, she has now signed up for their program, which has her riding every week. At an age when many seniors face a loss of freedom and mobility, she has found a whole new world opening up for her.

Dovid Kaplan had a serious stroke several years ago that left him with little use of the left side of his body. For Dovid, previously a cyclist and photographer, his physical limitations meant that exercise and a creative hobby were denied to him. With some special adaptations made to a recumbent tricycle, including controls and a stable monopod mount for his camera, Dovid can again enjoy both of his former hobbies. There is one other crucial element in Dovid’s newfound freedom: the Orange Heritage Trail in New York State, a flat, car-free rail trail that provides him with a place to ride in safety, enjoy nature, and take photographs, nurturing his physical and creative needs. While he could not ride on any road with cars, he can handle the trail and is a frequent visitor to it. That trail is crucial to his well being.

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The Jetty

Edited by Kenneth L. Untiedt University of North Texas Press PDF

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THE JETTY by Randy Cameron

Port Aransas, that island town off the Texas mainland, is, of course, surrounded by water. But even that is not enough for some people.

They want to go farther than the edge. They want to go to the very end. And to those who do, the jetty is their route, a mile-long, twelve-foot wide stretch of old cement first constructed in 1940, and more recently widened, patched, and finally strengthened with

Volkswagen-sized blocks of Texas granite. The whole scene is a marvelous mixture of jumbled and jagged rocks, moss, kelp, wheeling gulls, and sea spray.

And fishermen. What an eclectic lot the jetty lures out upon it—especially, I think, on a mild December day of streaky, high cirrus clouds and little wind such as this. We see people of all ages and genders, some serious anglers, some semi-so, and some not at all.

Those are the ones content to watch and listen to the sea, catch some sun, check their bird books and just be a part of the relaxed, communal scene. Still others, like myself, and my wife and sevenyear-old son, try a little bit of it all.

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Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota

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Black Hills National Forest

South Dakota and Wyoming

The Black Hills National Forest is located in western South Dakota with 1,071,741 acres and northeastern Wyoming with 175,391 acres. There are 31 developed campgrounds, 16 of which meet the selection criteria.

The Black Hills rise like a dark island from a green ocean. Its mass dominates the prairie but is dwarfed by an azure sky. The thick, dark green needles of the Ponderosa pines and Black Hill spruce give the Hills their well-known black color. Elevations of up to 7,000 feet give the Hills comfortable summer temperatures, which in turn, encourage the conifers to grow. But the Black

Hills National Forest is more than a place of breathtaking beauty and scenery. The Forest also offers a diversity of wildlife, flora, and recreational opportunities for all to enjoy.

Any of the Forest's almost 300 miles of foot, horse, or mountain bike-designed trails provide a delightful way to experience the Black Hills. The 111-mile Centennial Trail, the longest trail in the

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Zeller Makes Most of Putting on Freshman 15

The Herald-Times Indiana University Press ePub

By Dustin Dopirak

Take 15 pounds and spread it over a 6-foot-11 body, and you’re only talking about a few ounces per inch. The difference between a 215-pound man and a 230-pound man of that height can be noticeable, but only if that man happens to wear tank tops as a standard practice.

When trying to explain the difference between where this Indiana team was expected to finish and where it is, that’s where the conversation starts. With the 15 pounds of muscle Cody Zeller put on his 6-11 frame from the time he arrived in Bloomington last May until the season started in November.

To say the freshman forward from Washington is the only reason the Hoosiers morphed from a 12-20 squad last season to the 27-8 team that’s currently preparing for its first Sweet 16 game since 2002 is to grossly undervalue the contributions of so many of his teammates, and for that matter, his coach.

But Zeller’s gains in weight and strength may have been the most important development of this season, simply because it made all the rest of the pieces fit. Going from 215 to 230 allowed Zeller to play center instead of power forward, where many expected him to play, which allowed the Hoosiers to put five scorers on the floor and allow everyone to play roles that made sense.

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