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Update Your Bicycle Lingo on National Ride Your Bike to Work Day

May 16, 2014
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A flashback to one of our bicycle-friendly 2008 covers

In a post yesterday on Alec Baldwin’s recent ticket for riding the wrong way down NYC’s 5th avenue, NPR laid down some pertinent lingo for commuters. Since it’s National Ride Your Bike to Work Day today, we figured we’d share the good word.

Door zone: The space right next to the parked car lane. To avoid the hazard of an opening car door, ride on the opposite side of the lane, hugging the white line.

Ninja: A night bicyclist wearing dark clothes and riding without safety lights. Gotta wear ‘em, San Antonio. Like a car, a white front light and red rear reflector are legally required for all night riders.

Shoaling: Shoaling occurs when a group of individual cyclists accrues at a red light. One cyclist decides that they’re faster than the group and hustles ahead. A point of contention among bikers, shoaling is acceptable when you’re truly outpacing the other bikers on the road. If you speed ahead only to slow down, be cordial at the light.

Salmoning: Going the wrong way down a one-way lane. In downtown SA, one-way lanes are common. Don’t do it!

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