Bob Mionske, When Collisions Occur

No one likes to imagine they'll be in a collision, but a little pre-planning could go a long way to repairing whatever damages you might suffer. That's what Bob and I discuss on today's show. On vacation in Portland at the end of August, I wasn't in town 2 hours when we're off to dinner. Who walks in and sits next to us? Bob Mionske. Although we've only met in person once or twice, we recognized each other right away. He's appeared on the show here a few times — we both got a kick ... Continue Reading

Sweet Circumstance

How often do you get to give a little corrective feedback to an errant motorist? I had my opportunity as I was heading home from an early morning meeting. I've had like zero times to actually comment to a motorist after they've been blowing their horn at me; I'm still savoring the moment. Many meetings over coffee are early, this one would take me along Coast Hwy to Cappy's Cafe. We've all done this route yet it causes me to reflect – how much traffic will there be? At that time of day, ... Continue Reading

The Chief Responds

"If you don't feel you were treated fairly, you can call..." I stopped listening as my mind started wondering. Would I contact Chief Johnson? And if I did, would I be able to present my side of the story and get satisfaction? Or was I out of line? The officer standing right in front of me was watching me fumble as I erased photos from my cellphone. These were photos of a crushed bike lying in the street on Iris at Coast Hwy in Corona del Mar. There were two bikes, the other was up on the ... Continue Reading

Bike Crash on Coast Hwy in CdM

Things were getting confrontational fast; I felt like I was one smart-alec comment away from being arrested. Why had I become the focus of these two officers? As I approached a bike crash with my cellphone camera, they were immediately in my face, "May I help you?!" Some sirens seem to convey great peril, more urgency than others. We saw the police race down MacArthur Blvd then patiently wait at the light before turning east on Coast Hwy. By the time we had a crosswalk light we could see the ... Continue Reading

Bob Mionske, Fight or Flight

He's the author of Bicycling and the Law; this former bicycle racer writes Road Rights, a monthly column in Bicycling magazine. I wanted to get his thoughts on bike riding on sidewalks, because it's a subject that keeps on coming up. But first we chat about mirrors, eye wear, distracted drivers, riding in the rain and 3-foot laws, like the one that's coming back around to Governor Brown's desk again soon. Bob reminds me of the most important part of any 3-foot rule. Then he adds the ... Continue Reading

Keeping Your Cool, Bob Mionske

Ever wanted to confront that driver who just buzzed you? How often do you lose your cool while driving a car? Inconsiderate drivers can make us all a little crazy. Now picture yourself on your bike; that same motorist can be dangerous and annoying. It's the crux of the bicyclist versus motor vehicle disharmony; that's where we end up in our discussion. The longer we talk the better everything sounds, and for more than the obvious reasons. Since the last time we spoke, I've added a ... Continue Reading