The Pedalers for Progress asked me to share an article they ran accross in an Idaho newspaper called The Idaho Statesmen. I can’t reprint it in it’s entirety so I ask you to go to the link to read the entire article. However, there are a few segments that I will share from Colleen LaMay’s article.

BY COLLEEN LAMAY – clamay@idahostatesman.com

The death of cyclist Kevin Pavlis along Hill Road last week doesn’t help, said Joe Savola, husband of Kristin Armstrong, gold medal winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“What he was doing is what we do on a daily basis,” Savola said. “We ride right by where he got hit.”

With three bicyclists killed in crashes with cars in the past month, Armstrong and Savola talked Tuesday to the Idaho Statesman about safety for bicyclists and motorists. They emphasized that they were making no judgments about what happened in the deadly wrecks or who was at fault.

“There are mistakes on both sides, but let’s have a little tolerance,” Savola said.
Motorists and bike riders alike can make mistakes on the road, but it is bicyclists who pay, not motorists in the wraparound armor of their cars. “The motorists are the ones that have the loaded gun,” Savola said.

1. Different but equal: In all states, cyclists are deemed by law to be drivers of vehicles and are entitled to the same rights on the road as motorists.

2. Patience, not patients: You may need to wait until it is safe to pass a bicycle. Don’t tailgate. In conditions where there is not enough room for cyclists to ride to the right, they are allowed to ride closer to the lane of traffic, and sometimes even in the traffic lane.

3. A passing grade: Don’t pass cyclists until you can see that it is safe to do so. Allow ample space between your vehicle and the bicycle. If you pass too close, the drag from your car can cause the rider to swerve out of control.

4. The right behavior: Watch out for cyclists when you turn right. A bicyclist may be to the right of you and planning to go straight at the same intersection. Do not speed ahead of bicyclists thinking you can negotiate the turn before they reach your car. Cyclists may be going faster than you think, and as you slow to turn, they could crash into the side of your vehicle.

5. To the left, to the left: Also look for cyclists when making a left-hand turn. Cyclists who are traveling straight through the same intersection from the opposite direction may be going faster than you realize.

6. A back-up plan: When backing out of your driveway, always look to see if someone is in your path.

7. Parking: After parallel parking, make sure the coast is clear for opening the car door to exit. Make sure there are no cyclists riding alongside your car or fast approaching. By using the rear view mirrors and by turning around, a driver can spot approaching cyclists and prevent disaster.

8. Respect: Cyclists help the environment with each revolution of their wheels by opting to ride rather than drive. Do not resent them.

9. Honking: If you need to honk your horn to alert cyclists that you are about pass, do so at a distance. Otherwise, the noise can cause cyclists to lose their bearings.

10. Try it, you’ll like it: If you can’t beat them, join them. Riding is good for you and good for your environment.

Source: http://yieldtolife.org




Nate White bombing downhill to Whitebird at 40 mph or so. – photo and caption by Jake Quarstad

Photo of Michael Wethington taken by Jacob Quarstad


With the information I have, it looks as if the Pedalers have now logged 1,465 miles.

The Pedalers for Progress received a letter from a good Minnesota friend on Friday. Jacob Quarstad had met with Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office before leaving on the trip to solicit support from the Senator. After the appointment Jake reported that the meeting went well. Today, the Augsburg Pedalers for Progress received this letter in the mail.

Thanks to Minnesota’s only Senator at the present time, Amy Klobuchar, and to her staff for supporting the P4P’s while on this journey and in the work they do after reaching their destination.



One of many streams and rivers running through the Twin Bridges MT area

Hey everyone! Don’t forget to check in on the tab above called “Where We Are (GPS) as I track the P4P’s progress daily with GPS, tweets, phone calls, texts and emails received from the young men as they move into week 4 of their trip. Communication has definitely been more difficult as the boys have moved into the mountains but I’ll do my best to keep you updated with the latest news.

Also, thanks to everyone for all the comments and words of support to the Augsburg Pedalers for Progress. I’ve been amazed at the stories I’m receiving from others who have made the same or similar trips. Also, thanks to those that have volunteered to meet with these dynamic young men after their journey — both in Portland and back in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

I’ll speak collectively from everyone and say we wish the P4P’s the best of luck with week 4!

As the Augsburg Pedalers for Progress close in on their 3rd full week on the road, they left a cold, snowy, wet, and windy Wyoming behind and moved into Big Sky Country – Montana. The P4P’s have had some tough going this past week. Let’s hope the next week traveling through Montana and Idaho brings them better weather.

Taken from Michael’s iPhone Tuesday afternoon.


Contact is Made!

Contact has been made once again with the Pedalers for Progress. More details tomorrow morning when I post their days journey. For now I will tell you that the young men are out of Yellowstone, into the town of East Yellowstone in Montana and heading for the Idaho border.

Please see Michael’s and Jacobs tweets on the side bar. There’s some new posts there.

A photo of what the Pedalers woke up to on Sunday morning. This was taken by Jake from his iPhone.


A photo from Michaels iPhone as the P4P’s entered Yellowstone Park on Monday morning.