Bob Mionske is a nationally-known cycling lawyer and advocates for the rights of cyclists. A former U.S. Olympic and pro cyclist, Bob amassed a record of over 100 wins during his racing career. Bob represented the United States in the 1988 games in Seoul, South Korea, where he made the winning break in the men’s Individual Road Race, finishing in fourth place. In 1990, Bob was the U.S. National Champion in the Men’s road race. Bob again made the United States Olympic team for the 1992 games in Barcelona, Spain, assisting teammate Lance Armstrong to a fourteenth-place finish. Bob turned pro after the 1992 games, racing for Team Saturn for one season, and then retired to become director of the team for 1993.
At the end of that season, Bob left pro cycling behind and headed off to law school. After passing the bar exam, Bob set up the first bicycle law practice in the nation, representing professional racers David Zabriskie, Michael Barry, Tom Danielson, and Kevin Livingston, while also defending the legal rights of weekend warriors, commuters, and messengers. Bob also began writing his internationally acclaimed bicycle law column, Legally Speaking, featured on VeloNews.com. Bob’s perspective on bicycle law and the rights of cyclists has also been featured in national magazines, including Esquire, Bicycling, and Outside.
In 2001, Bob wrote the legal analysis section in Bicycle Accident Reconstruction for the Forensic Engineer, and in 2007, Bob authored Bicycling & the Law, the first book on bicycle law written for cyclists since The Road Rights and Liabilities of Wheelmen was published in 1895. Since the publication of Bicycling & the Law, Bob has made numerous media and speaking appearances advocating on behalf of the rights of cyclists. In 2009, Bob continued his advocacy on behalf of the rights of cyclists with Road Rights, a new column on bicycle law for Bicycling magazine. Bob returned to writing his Legally Speaking column for VeloNews in 2015.
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