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Old 07-01-02, 01:01 PM   #1
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Where are they?

I really want to know--can anyone tell me where bicycle manufacturers stand on the "safe riding" issues?

Of course, they will all say, "wear your helmet." But beyond that, do they publicly advocate safe road cycling practices, or do they remain silent? Are they afraid they may scare newbies away from purchasing their first bikes by telling them to ride them in the street?

Do any of them actually support urban bike paths? If so, does that sell more bikes? And if they support urban paths for bikes, do they know it is risking the lives of their customers?

Where do bike manufacturers stand?
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Call some manufacturers and find out.
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I think there entire effort is contained in the Owner's Manual delivered to every buyer of a new bike.

There is not, to my knowledge, an industry wide effort because the Biggies in the industry can't agree about which day of the week it is, let alone something as dramatic as Bicycle Safety!
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All I have ever noticed in this regard are those yellow stickers on *-Mart frames, warning the buyer not to ride at night or in the rain.
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Well maybe this will help.
http://www.bicycleretailer.com/bicyc...ent_id=1494859

I also read recently a contingent from China representing various bike makers in that country met with the U.S. Congress. The CPSC and various rep's from name brand maufacturer's were there to push the safety issue. The Chinese basically won on their point. Basically they did not want to meet a U.S. or global safety regulations on bike building, for the cost would soar. If I can find the article I will post the link.
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I think LJ bike is right on the money on this one. Generally they're pretty hopeless at things like this, so I wouldn't expect too much from them as far as official policies go. Probably just the usual "riding involves certain risks" disclaimer that comes standard with all instruction manuals.
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All I have ever noticed in this regard are those yellow stickers on *-Mart frames, warning the buyer not to ride at night or in the rain.
Isn't it sad that they actually have to put that kind of warning on bicycles because there are some ass-wipes (is that bad) that will sue if they get hurt riding at night ... "It's not my fault. I didn't know it was dangerous to ride on a dark, rainy night".
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