John Whitehead wrote, to the Davis Bike Club e-mail list:
Yesterday [Wed., 28 July], we lost our friend (DBC member and former board member) Bruce Winder to a busy highway. The tour route had a left turn along a downhill section where there was heavy traffic. My understanding is that there was no left turn lane and no signal lights, as the turn was onto a small side road in a non-urban area. Bruce merged into traffic to make the turn but the vehicle behind him did now slow down enough. There is no official determination of fault at this time.
Bruce’s wife Ellen was riding with him (separate bicycles, not their tandem) and she is now recovering from surgery with a pin in her femur and other injuries that she is expected to recover from. Other DBC members witnessed the tragedy, and both families are in the loop. Stu is staying with Ellen until Ellen’s family arrives for the rest of her hospital stay. The rest of the tour group is expected to return to Davis on their planned schedule. [...]
Let’s dedicate our rides this weekend to the memory of Bruce, and keep Bruce and Ellen in our thoughts and prayers. Stu wanted me to let you know that Ellen is in good spirits considering that she feels that Bruce is smiling.
Submitted with sorrow,
More news coverage:
Submitted to: The Enterprise, Davis, California, for July 16, 2010 publication
by: Joe Krovoza
By all accounts, 1966 was a real “bike election” for the Davis City Council. Norm Woodward and Maynard Skinner embraced the pro-bike positions of the “Citizens’ Bicycle Safety Group” to defend alleged “deviant” cyclists and protest an overemphasis on parking lots. Woodward and Skinner rode to victory. Our first bike lanes were planned within weeks and the early vision for Davis as a bicycle-friendly city had begun. The mid-1960s bike advocacy was institutionalized. Continue reading ‘Bike Tales from the Campaign’
By Neil J. Rubenking
I couldn’t ask for a better biking town than Davis, with its miles of shady bicycle paths and convenient bike lanes along the streets. I love crossing over and under freeways and railroad tracks without worrying about getting creamed by a vehicle. And if the paths seem crowded I head out of town and bike the farm roads. But riding every day as I do, finding someplace new to cycle can be a problem.
I start my work day super-early, on East Coast time, and finish on West Coast time. In between I ride ten or twelve miles, sometimes as much as twenty. That big break lets me start work fresh twice each day, which helps inspire my writing. Still, there’s a limit to how many times one can enjoy making the circuit of the Davis Bike Loop, or any other particular route. Luckily for me I discovered Geocaching, the perfect companion hobby to bicycling. Continue reading ‘Treasure Hunting by Bicycle’