Archive of Dennis Nugent

Dennis has written 6 article(s) for InMenlo.


The lifestyle changes that all of us are making as the result of Coronavirus pandemic are challenging. But there are some positive effects occurring. From my kitchen window, I see so many more families out cycling together.

Given good weather and a noticeable reduction in traffic, cycling is more enjoyable than ever. Along with increased cycling activity, the safety of riders and the courteous behavior cyclists display is essential.

Kudos to both fitness and family cyclists for wearing helmets, observing traffic rules, and being courteous to pedestrians and drivers in automobiles. Keep it up!  It’s great to see parents of young riders modeling cycling safety and courteous behaviors.

Now let’s work to eliminate what I still observe from time to time, most recently when my walking companion almost got upended by a fast-moving cyclist:

  • Not stopping or even slowing down at stop signs
  • Riding without a helmet
  • Riding side by side in auto traffic lanes
  • Failing to signal upcoming turns
  • Not verbally advising pedestrians that you are approaching to pass by saying “On your left”
  • Riding on sidewalks that clearly prohibit bicycles

Keep on riding, it’s a great activity. Be safe. Be courteous.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2020

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Tod Spieker inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame for his swimming accomplishments

Atherton resident Tod Spieker was one of six inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame last night at a ceremony at the the San Mateo County History Museum. An outstanding swimmer at Menlo-Atherton High School and UCLA, and later in masters’ age-group competition, Tod has had a major impact philanthropically on aquatics locally and […]

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Opinion: Build restrooms at Menlo Park city-managed parks – or bring in portables

With summer arriving, many Menlo Park residents will travel to Fremont Park for the Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings. This event is popular, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoy attending. But I have a major concern about Fremont Park and other popular parks in the city. The issue: Numerous parks have no public […]

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Spotted: Chevron guys at Sacred Heart Prep golf tourney

Menlo Chevron owner John Conway (left) and General Manager of the service station, John Polenta, were among the participants at the 20th annual Sacred Heart Prep Golf Tournament held last Monday (4/16) at the Stanford University Golf Course. Menlo Park resident and event organizer Bob Budelli has been instrumental in the growth and success of this […]

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Spotted: Menlo Bike Club at Tour de Menlo training ride

There was a lot of Menlo Park at the first training ride for the Tour de Menlo, which was held today and offered three ride options. Participants included about 50 members of the Menlo Bike Club, most of whom joined Fast Freddie Rodriguez on the advanced ride. We can report that at least the intermediate […]

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View from the Bike Lane: Stop signs are not suggestions!

For over 50 years, I’ve been a recreational cyclist. Growing up in Menlo Park, my buddy Jim Bill and I would bike up to San Francisco along El Camino Real, including a side trip to Coyote Point. Some days we’d spent most of the daylight hours riding. A year ago, I moved back to Menlo Park […]

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