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Uber updates app to improve cyclist safety in the U.S.
by Paul Hill
Uber has announced the launch of its RideCheck safety feature aimed at its delivery drivers to help them share the road safely with cyclists. RideCheck will also pop up when it notices a cyclist making an unusually long stop asking if they need to access emergency assistance to get any help they may need. The information in RideCheck will be sourced from the League of American Bicyclists.
In terms of education for motorists, Uber has adapted the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Driver education material so that they’re suited for Uber drivers. It includes information such as safely passing a cyclist, picking up and dropping off items and passengers, and navigating bicycle infrastructure.
Commenting on today’s news, Bill Nesper, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, said:
With the COVID-19 pandemic seeing more people use bicycles, this Uber update is particularly important. According to Uber, the rise in the number of cyclists has also seen an increase in speeding, impairment, and pedestrian fatalities. Hopefully, the update will be able to help avert some of those problems.
By Sir Topham Hatt
Anyone into cycling?
I used to be quite into it but then as life went on, I just got out of it.
Then the stomach blobbed out a little, so I want to get back into it to help me get a bit fitter.
I didn't really realise there were a few different types of bikes. I thought you got BMX style, racing style or mountain bike. However as I would be cycling on roads pretty much exclusively then a Hybrid bike might be a lot better for my needs. Come to think of it, my last bike may have been a hybrid but I didn't realise.
I have been astonished at the price of bikes, but I am a bit of a snob so want a fairly good one so I can have great quality from the off. I don't want ot end up purchasing a bike then not using it that often because it's not a very pleasurable experience.
THIS is the one I was looking at:
However at ?499, it's more than I really wanted to pay.
But I "save" ?100, would get ?14 from cashback and they have a deal on until Wednesday to get ?40 off too.
Any thoughts or advice?
By Atomic Wanderer Chicken
I think Lance should start selling off his 'Tour de France' bikes!
The Head of USADA tells CBS that Lance Armstrong lied to Oprah, and gives him a date by which he has to tell the truth!
Source: CBS News
By +Frank B.
Lance Armstrong stripped of all seven Tour de France wins by UCI
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the sport's governing body.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has accepted the findings of the United States Anti-Doping agency's (Usada) investigation into Armstrong.
UCI president Pat McQuaid said: "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling. He deserves to be forgotten."
McQuaid added Armstrong had been stripped of all results since 1 August, 1998 and banned for life.
On what he called a "landmark day for cycling", the Irishman, who became president of UCI in 2005, said he would not be resigning.
"Cycling has a future. This is not the first time cycling has reached a crossroads or that it has had to begin anew," he said.
"When I took over [as president] in 2005 I made the fight against doping my priority. I acknowledged cycling had a culture of doping. Cycling has come a long way. I have no intention of resigning as president of the UCI," McQuaid said.
"I'm sorry that we couldn't catch every damn one of them red-handed and throw them out of the sport at the time."
Armstrong, 41, received a life ban from Usada for what the organisation called "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".
The American, who overcame cancer to return to professional cycling, won the Tour de France in seven successive years from 1999 to 2005.
He has always denied doping but chose not to fight the charges filed against him.
Usada released a 1,000-page report earlier this month which included sworn testimony from 26 people, including 15 riders with knowledge of the US Postal Service Team and the doping activities of its members.
Usada praised the "courage" shown by the riders in coming forward and breaking the sport's "code of silence".
Armstrong, who retired in 2005 but returned in 2009 before retiring for good two years later, has not commented on the details of Usada's report. His lawyer Tim Herman, however, has described it as a"one-sided hatchet job".
Source: BBC Sport