The out-of-town news thread, vol. II
Before he was killed in Niger, Sgt. La David Johnson was known as the “Wheelie King” in Miami because he would rider to work on his bike without a front wheel.
In his own words: The world according to Bike Snob
poorly written article but seems like cyclist killed by autonomous uber in AZ. I know bikes are the hardest for the self driving cars to detect.
also hard to tell if it is a cyclist or a walker given the trib picture is of a cyclist and the text saying it was a “pedestrian.”
if that’s the case than that’s terrible design. On the other hand, autonomous vehicles need to do a better job spotting humans even in places they “shouldn’t belong.”
According to news sources now, the person who was killed was a pedestrian. Interesting to see the public outcry over this. It seems like most people never think about their rights as pedestrians (and worse, many protest pedestrian infrastructure) but seem to be freaking out about this. Not that they are wrong to be concerned (I agree)… but many people die every day as a result of cars.
She was walking her bike across the street, explaining the bike/pedestrian confusion.
Canberra, Australia imposing unbelievable fines for bike offenses.
speaking of “unbelievable fines for bike offenses”, a group of kids from (largely Black) East Oakland, CA, say police officers in neighboring (mostly white) San Leandro have been harassing them, up to and including intentionally dooring them and confiscating their bikes at gunpoint.
The stories told by these kids are troubling: Cops would sometimes open the doors of their police cruisers just as kids go by, knocking them off their bikes. Or, police allegedly pulled their guns and held a group of kids at gunpoint. One said an officer ran after his friend and tackled him off his moving bicycle in the Wells Fargo parking lot off East 14th Street. The kids said San Leandro police officers also sometimes said they were going to give the nice scraper bikes that they confiscated from Oakland youth to their own children.
San Leandro police officials did not respond to multiple calls and emails seeking comment for this report.
[via @bikinginLA, https://twitter.com/bikinginla/status/979450602236215296 ]
Load up a bicycle with proximity sensors, turn indicators, and a car horn?
Bike Snob’s thoughts on this:
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Saudi Arabia now allows women to ride bicycles.
China dumping ebikes in Europe. EU is angry.
Rise in peds deaths multifactorial
Good story and good photos about (throttle-controlled, non-pedal-assist) ebikes popular with Asian food delivery workers in New York City, and Mayor deBlasio’s misguided crackdown on them.
Chinese city automatically sprays water on jaywalkers
Can the robots automatically lob tomatoes at speeding cars, too?
Something to think about if you contemplate foreign travel
The future of transportation is the bike.
Lessons from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Stockholm, and New York on making cycling and walking safer in cities. The lessons seem to be
- force cars to slow down (30 mph or less). In the Netherlands they concluded that “the best way to slow cars down is to throw away all the techniques that traffic engineers developed to make traffic flow quickly.”
- congestion zones with variable pricing, for cars
- wide pedestrian sidewalks
- lots of bike lanes
I traveled, by bicycle, along the Mexican border in 1980. Several locals that I met along the way warned me about bandits and small groups who would come across the border to rob vulnerable people, or worse. Fortunately, I didn’t encounter any such individuals. Sounds like things haven’t improved, since that time.
Loudoun County, VA- A fitness tracking app and information from the public helped identify a cyclist in the assault of another cyclist last month on the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail
Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office discovered the suspect was utilizing the STRAVA app as he traveled in the area of the assault. Through the investigation and interviews with independent witnesses, Edward A. Shortnacy, 48, of Vienna, was positively identified as the suspect. Shortnacy was charged today with malicious wounding.
The charge stems from an incident April 22 where the victim was riding his bike west on the W&OD Trail near Ashburn Village Boulevard and was attempting to pass two bicyclists. He was reportedly riding on the center line when the suspect was coming from the opposite direction. The suspect reached his arm out intentionally and struck the victim on his helmet. The victim fell to the ground and was seriously injured. The suspect rode off in the opposite direction.
The victim was taken to the Lansdowne Campus of Inova Loudoun Hospital and later transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and was later released.
Shortnacy turned himself over to authorities Thursday morning and was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Poorly written but interesting nonetheless.
Article about dockless bike share and regulation
I’m in Philly right now and the Ride of Silence last week is big news. Front page of the Inquirer opinion section. A cyclists was killed last week and there’s lots of coverage, articles about bike activism etc.
One man was killed and another was seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state.
Authorities said the two men were on a morning bike ride in the foothills near North Bend when the attack occurred.
The mountain lion ran into the woods and officers with the Washington Department of Fish and Game are trying to track it, King County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said.
The 31-year-old survivor was taken to a hospital 30 miles west in Seattle. He is listed in serious condition in the emergency room but was alert and talking, Harborview Medical Center said in a statement.
A search and rescue team has been dispatched to recover the body of the deceased man.
KIRO-TV reported that the injured man called 911 shortly before 11 a.m. and shouted, “Can you hear me? Help!” and then the call hung up.
Authorities found the cougar standing over the body of the dead biker, the station reported.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the two victims were biking together or separately.
Dutch Priminister bikes to palace to see King.
re: spilled coffee. Our President would have denied even having coffee and dropping said coffee, and then days later change his story by blaming the Clintons via Twitter for setting him up to drop the coffee.
Koch brothers killing transit projects
Los Angeles biking situation sounds pretty bad
I wonder how much of this is made worse by mapping services like Waze or Google? My sense is that in calculating the quickest route it’ll take you off the highways and main streets and along smaller streets, where people are more likely to be walking. I know via Google maps around Pittsburgh it routes traffic from 28 S going to 279 N on Chestnut, which isn’t the official signed route. My guess is that several streets back there have much more traffic due to mapping software- before only locals or those that study paper maps would have known..
Dockless bikes getting vandalized, stolen.
Lyft buys Motivate, parent company of nyc’s citibikes and others. Renamea company Lyft Bikes.
Regarding cycling in Manhattan, E.T. Doesn’t Like the Bike Path Either
And if you look closely at the second photo in that article, the woman with the yellow glove, you will see a familiar face. That’s @gimppac, Tricia Chicka, who moved to DC about a year ago. Still has the “tax-paying cyclist” sticker on her helmet, part of a @bikepgh giveaway some time ago.
Bicycling magazine’s ranking of the safest/least safe cities for bicycling. Not surprised to see DC on the least safe list. Pittsburgh’s not on either list.
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