EMMAUS, PA (BRAIN)—Bicycling will debut two new feature columns in the magazine’s May issue, available on newsstands April 7.
“Road Rights,” authored by lawyer and two-time Olympic cyclist, Bob Mionske, will cover legal issues relating to cycling, while “The Bike Snob,” penned by influential blogger, BikeSnobNYC, will serve as a take-no-prisoners commentary on cycling culture.
“For Bicycling, ‘Road Rights’ signals the deepening of our commitment to the coverage of road conditions for cyclists, with the ultimate goal of affecting positive change in the form of safer streets and greater mutual respect between cyclists and motorists,” said Loren Mooney, Bicycling’s editor in chief.
“Road rights and safety are critical issues for any cyclist, from the rank beginner up to the pro-racer, and no one has more expertise on these subjects than Bob Mionske,” Mooney added.
Mionske’s practice specializes in cycling law and his 2007 book, "Bicycling and The Law," is the first book written about legal issues for cyclists since The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen was published in 1895. Mionske’s new column will appear regularly in Bicycling magazine and bi-monthly on Bicycling.com.
To this point, Bicycling was just named a 2009 National Magazine Award finalist in the Public Interest category for its investigative piece, Broken, which examines America’s failure to keep its road safe for cyclists, and makes a case against a biased legal system. Ultimately, this story helped to spark grassroots pro-cycling safety movements across the country and heightened the focus on the issue within the cycling community.
“The Bike Snob” allows for Bicycling to add BikeSnobNYC to the magazine’s enviable roster of writers. His style punditry on the world of cycling has been sought by publications such as The New York Times and The New York Observer. His first book on cycling culture is forthcoming from Chronicle Books.
“After months of begging, BikeSnobNYC finally agreed to bring his unparalleled wit and sense of style to the readers of Bicycling," Mooney said.