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After Velonews, The Road Ahead


As I noted in my most recent Legally Speaking column, I first became acquainted with VeloNews as a young, aspiring racer. I still remember the excitement of seeing my name in the results section a few years later. Over the years, I occasionally submitted articles, such as a a race journal, or cold-weather riding tips. A few years after graduating from law school, I approached then-online editor Charles Pelkey about writing a bicycle law column for VeloNews. He agreed, and Legally Speaking was born. Over the years, the column has grown from an occasional legal column into a regular vehicle for advancing the cause of cyclists’ rights. The column would not be the success it is without the contributions and interest of an incredibly committed readership. Following on the success of the column, Charles suggested that I write a book on bicycle law, and with Rick Bernardi’s help and the guidance of VeloPress, Bicycling & the Law became a reality--the first book for cyclists on their rights and responsibilities since the publication of The Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen in 1895.

Thus, it is with mixed feelings that I announced in today’s column it will be my final Legally Speaking column for VeloNews. I am confident that the coverage of important legal issues that face all cyclists will continue at VeloNews in some form.
I will continue to be an active voice for the rights of cyclists. Beginning in February, I will be carrying the fight for cyclists’ rights to my new column at Bicycling magazine; my first print column will appear in the May issue of Bicycling. In addition to my print column at Bicycling, I will continue to post on the subject of bicycle law and advocacy online at, as well as on my blog; I will continue posting on bicycle culture on
You have my sincere thanks for your incredible support of my column in the past; I invite you to join me as I continue to advocate for cyclists’ rights on the road ahead.