The out-of-town news thread, vol. II

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jonawebb
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(Assuming you put the photo on your Twitter and Facebook profiles and tell HR about it, and your employer has government contracts.)


StuInMcCandless
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Toledo woman shuts down road widening proposal. Part of the campaign involved leading a bike ride. Click thru for bikes photo.

https://t.co/eKXF9qh835?amp=1


jonawebb
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jonawebb
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The Onion weighs in with a simple solution to cyclist injury
https://www.theonion.com/study-90-of-bike-accidents-preventable-by-buying-car-1820403123


fultonco
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I needed that laugh.


StuInMcCandless
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jonawebb
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Eric
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Getting rid of all road signs, markings,etc in city centers may make traffic faster and peds/bikes safer.

https://99percentinvisible.org/article/shared-space-design-road-signs-suck-got-rid/


Eric
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Hacking NYC Citibank rebalancing bonus points system.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/04/hacking-the-citi-bike-points-system


Eric
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In Toronto neighbors remake a dangeous intersection with cornstarch, water, and leaves.

https://99percentinvisible.org/article/leafy-neckdown-cornstarch-water-leaves-reshape-unsafe-intersection/


jonawebb
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Confrontation between a cyclist and a law-breaking state senator impersonating a police officer reminds me of our dear Darlene Harris


Eric
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That Senator sounds like a mensch.


jonawebb
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Japanese bicycle cop tickets driver of Lamborghini. https://japantoday.com/category/crime/japanese-police-officer-pursues-pulls-over-lamborghini-supercar%E2%80%A6while-on-a-bicycle


Eric
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Eric
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Proposed 60 mile bicycle beltway (and other linked trails) around DC

 

https://wtop.com/dc-transit/2017/12/bicycle-beltway-expected-get-regional-endorsement/amp/


paulheckbert
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Biking vs. Driving

Driving a car at 70MPH for one hour:

20 minutes of lifespan erased
$35.00 per hour of money burned

Riding a bike at 12MPH for one hour:

4.5 hours of lifespan gained
$100 of monetary gains secured

https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/


Eric
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jonawebb
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So weird to read a story where traffic planners treat cycling routes as something to be taken into account when doing mass transit construction. It’s like reading about another country.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/01/11/montgomery-plans-new-bike-lanes-to-help-cyclists-during-purple-line-construction


Eric
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Bree33
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NYC considers introducing congestion pricing  – fee for driving a car (including taxi) in certain areas

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/18/nyregion/driving-manhattan-congestion-traffic.html?

  • This reply was modified 7 months, 4 weeks ago by  Bree33.

jonawebb
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Kate McKinnon as an auto lobbyist visiting Times Square.


paulheckbert
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Veronica Moss says “bikers are a pimple on the butt of any city”

(Kate McKinnon before she joined Saturday Night Live)


paulheckbert
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Lawrence Solomon wrote another dumb op-ed in the Financial Post, a Canadian newspaper, “Cyclists are just bloody collateral damage in the climate change wars”. Lots of bad ideas here: bike lanes are a government plot, bikes are dangerous.

http://business.financialpost.com/opinion/lawrence-solomon-cyclists-are-just-bloody-collateral-damage-in-the-climate-change-wars


paulheckbert
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A nicely edited video, BIKING IN NYC SUCKS:

Where are the potholes?


The Iguana
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The next video shows another “nicely edited video” …the other side of the coin:

What Cycling In NYC Is Like:


zzwergel
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That kind of riding is definitely going to get one killed.


fultonco
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And, according to Bicycling Magazine, NYC is one of the top bike-friendly cities in the country.

I’d like to see a true study done of bicycle-friendly areas in the USA.


Eric
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Requiring cyclists to have a pinging system for autonomous cars to avoid them is a cop out.

http://amp.slate.com/technology/2018/02/self-driving-cars-struggle-to-detect-cyclists-bicycle-to-vehicle-communications-arent-the-answer.html


The Iguana
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Oh deer! Beware Downunder:

Kangaroo knocks out cyclist

Is there anything more Straya than this? A cyclist was knocked out by a kangaroo on Australia Day.Story: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/queensland-cyclist-crashes-into-kangaroo/news-story/21ac98554487d428ffbbe3cce79c5e36

Posted by news.com.au on Monday, January 29, 2018


Eric
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paulheckbert
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Regarding the Australia story, that roo will rue the day it crossed the road without looking.


The Iguana
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From http://www.metronews.ca/views/opinion/2017/01/03/math-myth-busting-our-worst-urban-planning-misconceptions.html

Here are just a few examples:

·        A common political argument is that bike and transit riders should “pay their own way.” A study in Vancouver however suggested that for every dollar we individually spend on walking, society pays just 1 cent. For biking, it’s eight cents, and for bus-riding, $1.50. But for every personal dollar spent driving, society pays a whopping $9.20! Such math makes clear where the big subsidies are, without even starting to count the broader environmental, economic, spatial and quality-of-life consequences of our movement choices. The less people need to drive in our cities, the less we all pay, in more ways than one.

·        Another study in Copenhagen (where the full cost of transportation choices are routinely calculated) found that when you factor in costs like time, accidents, pollution and climate change, each kilometre cycled actually gains society 18 cents!


buffalo buffalo
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@jonawebb @ 01/13/2018 at 9:29pm >
So weird to read a story where traffic planners treat cycling routes as something to be taken into account when doing mass transit construction. It’s like reading about another country.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2018/01/11/montgomery-plans-new-bike-lanes-to-help-cyclists-during-purple-line-construction

…did we read the same story?  They’re having to take cycling into account now because they completely failed to do so before construction started.  Riders who commute between Bethesda to Silver Spring were saying well before the trail closed that the detour, especially in Chevy Chase, was  unsafe and unacceptable.  Now that it’s been closed for several months, Montgomery County is finally listening.


jonawebb
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At least there was a detour. Imagine having bike paths along the parkways, here.


buffalo buffalo
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This isn’t the freeway-side trail, though; that’s a separate issue (in a different state, though also in metro DC)–this is more like if, after the Strip District Trail had been closed for several months, the City had finally realized that Smallman St is dangerous and started working on an alternative.

(Or, perhaps, since the closed trail is significantly longer than the Strip Trail, imagine if the South Side Trail were closed so they could put a T extension in to Homestead; while a better trail would result, in the meantime they told riders to use Carson Street from Smithfield to Birmingham and Irvine through Hazelwood to the Glenwood Bridge.  Some might be okay with it, but many, especially those who ride with young children and those who simply don’t wish to Forester in traffic, could find it unsafe and off-putting.)


jonawebb
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I think you’re right. I may have posted the wrong link.


Ahlir
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A piece on e-bikes, and a quote:

Think of an e-bike as a replacement for a car, not [for] a manually powered bike


Eric
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In Scottsdale az this weekend. Bike lanes everywhere. And in Scottsdale some intersections without bike lanes (ie bikes need to be on the sidewalk) have two sets of call buttons for the walk signs. One at regular height and a second one at about 5 feet off the ground for those on a bicycle.


The Iguana
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The perilous politics of parking
The average car moves just 5% of the time. To improve cities, focus on the other 95%

https://medium.economist.com/the-perilous-politics-of-parking-43f1f34d4b97

 


jonawebb
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Before he was killed in Niger, Sgt. La David Johnson was known as the “Wheelie King” in Miami because he would ride to work on his bike without a front wheel.
https://www.local10.com/news/florida/miami-stunt-rider-known-as-the-wheelie-king_20151127195827943

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