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

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Ornoth
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This (above story about prosecutors not charging drivers who kill cyclists) is the thing that pisses me off more than anything. If I had my way, advocacy groups would stop spending their money and effort on walkers and people who don’t actually ride bikes and put as much effort as possible into ensuring that drivers who injure and kill cyclists are actually held accountable for their actions. There’s a hierarchy of needs in the cycling community, and I think ensuring road safety and legal protection should be at the absolute top of the list. /rant


Eric
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Escooters worse for the environment than the modes of transportation than they replace

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scooters-are-worse-for-the-environment-than-many-think/


Eric
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Eric
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jonawebb
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Motorist who killed Jose Alzorriz is charged

https://gothamist.com/2019/08/21/alzorriz_baig_driver_cyclist.php


Eric
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paulheckbert
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London Is Changing Its Skyscraper Designs—to Favor Cyclists. Wind tunnels and downdrafts can make life difficult for cyclists and pedestrians. London’s new design rules aim to reduce headwinds.

https://www.wired.com/story/london-changing-skyscraper-designs-favor-cyclists/


fultonco
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Dave
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StuInMcCandless
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Ah, the NY Post. Need read no further.


Eric
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Bikers do go fast through Central Park. Also rollerbladers. Although I’m not an NYC resident, I’ve never heard anyone complain about this before (or the same thing in prospect Park, which is closed to cars much of the day).


StuInMcCandless
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Weird and tragic one out of Las Vegas.


paulheckbert
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Very good article:

Why Is Bill De Blasio Trying to Kill Me? New York’s Mayor Claims to Be Progressive but Favors Drivers Over Bicyclists.

https://theintercept.com/2019/09/22/new-york-city-cars-bicycles-de-blasio/

“it feels like the de Blasio administration is luring us into a trap: ‘Here’s a new [unprotected] bike lane, please come and use it, you’re going to love it, ha ha ha.’ …

The problem is the absence of an infrastructure that gives bikers, pedestrians, and even delivery trucks what they need so they don’t go to war against each other for the rat-infested crumbs of asphalt the city has them fighting over. Cyclists need protected lanes and prioritized lights all over the city.”


jonawebb
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Eric
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jonawebb
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Paris is getting remade for bikes and pedestrians. Guess who isn’t happy.


Eric
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jonawebb
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Reduced demand resulting from closure of 14th St in NYC.


jonawebb
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New York is timing its traffic lights for bikes.
Timing lights


jonawebb
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Pedestrian and cyclist deaths up.
Cyclist deaths


StuInMcCandless
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NYC, a Twitter thread, click through to the Reddit post.

Summary: Guy on a rental bike bodily threatened by pickup truck driver on a city park trail, but NYPD did jackshit about it. Scary story about the driver, totally reprehensible story about the police.


The Iguana
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paulheckbert
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Durham, North Carolina tried a pumpkin-protected bike lane

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/11/01/a-pumpkin-protected-bike-lane-on-all-hallows-eve

 


The Iguana
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paulheckbert
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jonawebb
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Lots of cycling in Copenhagen


paulheckbert
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If you’re paranoid about bike safety, festoon your bike with lights like this crazy Floridian.
<p class=”p1″>https://youtu.be/9goJVi7aXTg</p>


paulheckbert
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If you encounter a thirsty koala while cycling, give it a drink

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6jjpHMlStM/


jonawebb
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Stu’s dream: far fewer cars, no cycling or pedestrian deaths. In Oslo.
https://www.curbed.com/2020/1/3/21048066/oslo-vision-zero-pedestrian-cyclist-deaths


paulheckbert
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Oonee is building modular bike storage lockers and trying to get New York City to install them. Free to users, subsidized by advertising.

As discussed on today’s Bike Snob radio show:

https://www.wbai.org/archive/program/episode/?id=9169


jonawebb
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From biking in LA Twitter: “Bicycle serial killer. Louisiana woman arrested for hit-and-run death of a bike rider — seven years after she killed a boy teenage boy riding his bike in another hit-and-run. And on the same damn highway, no less.”
https://www.kplctv.com/2020/01/17/woman-involved-second-fatal-bicycle-accident-arrested-negligent-homicide/


jonawebb
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paulheckbert
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Bike share bikes used as obstacles for coronavirus quarantine in China: “when I got to the gate I had to slam on the brakes. Someone had taken a dozen ride-share bikes, lashed them together with wire and piled them in between the barriers. Then, for good measure, they’d fastened the heap to the posts with more wire, making it into some sort of postmodern commentary on our hyper-mobile society.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/30/opinion/coronavirus-china-epidemic.html

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