The out-of-town news thread
Ugh, I found this article which contains a comment from the (32 year old) driver’s mother that is infuriating on multiple levels.
“This morning she was late. She was trying to get her daughter to school. The reason for going around and going to the side was to give that bus plenty of room,” said Toni Hardin.
Um..maybe she should leave earlier?
If I’m running late, I usually just accept it and be late. It’s not worth putting anyone’s life in danger to be less late.
*Organizers estimate about 100,000 bicyclists, pedestrians and skateboarders flooded much of… the city’s fifth CicLAvia festival*
Dateline Riverside County, CA: “In an effort to give the driving public fair warning, the undercover officer was dressed in an oversized ‘traffic cone’ costume.
“Of the people who were given citations (ed-16 in one day), many said they did not see the decoy festooned in the bright outfit.”
Of the people who were given citations (ed-16 in one day), many said they did not see the decoy festooned in the bright outfit.
I’m inspired to create a giant penis^H^H^H^H^H hot dog costume and go cycling down Penn with a big sign reading “Can you see me NOW?!?”
I wonder if Franktuary would sponsor?
Great program. If some of those people were actually stupid enough to say that they didn’t see the human sized traffic cone, they should get a little additional bonus fine just for being idiots.
The 3 without valid licences indicat (to me,at least) that they are’t bright enough to form the thought, “I have to drive carefully. I’m illegal and can’t afford even a minor citation.”
@reddan – I’ve ridden down the street wearing a “Can U C Me Now” message. Out of town, too.
I leave the finding of the photograph of that to the students as a homework exercise.
I found this on one of the list serves that I subscribe to, and thought it was workh sharing here:
From New York City/ NY Post headline reads:
Bloomberg says mass transit, cyclists ‘more important’ than drivers who clog roads
full story here:
From the same list serve as the post above, this time from the Dutch Consulate re: Think Bikes……
(As an aside, do our esteemed Dutch visitors need a geography lesson? I see a reference to an earlier Think Bike session in Philadelphia and a number of other cities, but not Pittsburgh….)
Austin, Dutch Officials Come Together to Improve Cycling throughout City
News article | October 26, 2012
The City of Austin and the Royal Netherlands Embassy join together this week with Austin business leaders and transportation experts to come up with sustainable solutions to bicycling infrastructure and cultural changes in the city.
They will present those solutions in an open presentation tonight at City Hall.
Ambassador Rudolph Bekink started the ThinkBike Workshop by welcoming participants with comments about the Dutch way of life as it pertains to cycling, and how the infrastructure can complement the cultural shift to riding as a way of transportation.
“In the Netherlands, bicycle riding is a crucial element in our system of sustainable transportation. I am pleased to join Mayor Leffingwell and the people of Austin as they work to increase bicycle use in this great city,” said Dutch Ambassador Bekink.
Austin is the latest American city to partner with the Netherlands to develop ways the city can become more bike-friendly by learning from Dutch transportation experts in the Think Bike program. The Dutch are recognized for their expertise in sustainable transportation. In the Netherlands, nearly 30% of trips up to five miles in distance are made by bicycle.
Recently, City of Austin officials went to the Netherlands through a grant from the Green Lane Project of the Bikes Belong organization. Council Member Chris Riley, City Manager Marc Ott, Director of Public Works Howard Lazarus, and Bicycle Program Manager Annick Beaudet all spent a week with Dutch officials and experts in transportation planning to learn better ways to implement cycling into infrastructure and culture. Now the Dutch are here in Austin to help our community find solutions for our transportation network.
Workshop participants will break into two groups to work on projects, find solutions and present those in a public presentation on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m.
One group is studying the South Lamar corridor for ways to incorporate biking and pedestrian integration into the streetscape. Another is planning a network of cycle tracks and green lanes throughout the city’s urban core to help alleviate congestion and open biking opportunities for more riders through safe infrastructure. A third group looks at policy issues for safe cycling in Austin.
The Dutch Cycling Embassy sponsors these workshops to bring their knowledge and expertise to the cities involved, and helps them find the unique solutions to fit their unique cultures, geography and current infrastructure.
Council Member Chris Riley said of the workshop and the trip to the Netherlands, “The Dutch have an amazing wealth of cycling experience to share. Their culture is one of people on bikes, enjoying biking as a mode of transportation and a way of life. Here in Austin, thoughtful planning of our networks can create a more joyful and efficient way of getting around, which would yield a number of benefits for our whole community.”
Follow the conversation on Twitter! Use #ThinkBikeATX
City of Austin:
City of Austin Twitter: @austintexasgov
Austin Bicycle Program Twitter: @coabikeprogram
Embassy Twitter: @DutchEmbassyDC
Ambassador Bekink Twitter: @RBekink
Dutch Cycling Embassy Twitter: @Cycling_Embassy
Through a multi-city initiative, Dutch experts and companies are working with cities in the U.S. and Canada to look at safer conditions as bicycling use continues to increase. Toronto was the first Canadian city to host such an event, while Chicago was the first U.S. city to host a bike workshop, followed by Washington, DC, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
• Cycling in the Netherlands 2009 Transportation Report
• City of Austin Bicycle Program Website
• The Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Riding around NYC with no cars (and no lights): http://bikeportland.org/2012/10/30/surveying-the-damage-and-the-darkness-in-lower-manhattan-79463
A fine family Christmas present in Wilkes-Barre.
Only a bit more info here
Anonymous 12/26/2012 at 12:46am #
So we are seen riding around with helmets on and hoping for the best as well as reading about all the cyclists being creamed on the road and we want people to cycle more and/or become cyclists? I don’t think we get it here in the US. Not a very uplifting thread. If anything, it makes me want to give up and just drive a car.
Anonymous 12/26/2012 at 1:33am #
I think it’s important to note that on average biking is getting safer as it’s getting more popular.
Not fast enough, that’s for damn sure and it takes nothing away from the sadness and horror of these stories, but does mean that I won’t let them scare me off the bike.
To the thread as a whole, can we please do a little better than rebroadcast with the same bad new bias as the local news? With numbers rising surely there’s more good news to report.
A couple of happier-than-usual-for-this-thread stories from out of town:
(This one was posted elsewhere on the board, but it’s a nice story and fits here, too…)
Cleveland ministry starts bike-rack manufacturing business to employ homeless & others who have trouble finding jobs: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2013/01/growing_bike_rack_business_run.html
(Forget where I found this, probably on twitter somewhere, thanks either to scott or rsprake…)
The Best Bike-Sharing Program in the United States: How D.C., of all places, made it happen. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/doers/2013/01/capital_bikeshare_how_paul_demaio_gabe_klein_adrian_fenty_and_other_dc_leaders.single.html
That is a really fun story, but those things lose their credibility to me once they start with exaggerated claims. From Wiki:
In 1860 Étienne Lenoir used an electric spark plug in his first internal combustion engine and is generally credited with the invention of the spark plug.
There is no mention of “bicycle” in Étienne Lenoir’s Wiki entry.
In other good out-of town news (found while looking up spark plugs): Today’s Wikipedia featured entry is the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, with a totally cool winter pic that makes me want tire studs.
From Streetfilms comes this report on actor Hugh Jackman:
…How’d most of the bicycling world miss this?
You know bicycling has hit the big time when Golden Globes winners start talking about it during their acceptance speeches.
Megastar Hugh Jackman (who won the Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy) had his bike stolen while auditioning for Les Miserables.
How do we know this? During his acceptance speech, Jackman said the following to the A-listers in attendance:
To the guy or girl who stole the wheels off my bike while I was auditioning for Les Miserables, we’re all good.
Firstly, how nice is it that he didn’t assume the gender of the thief?
Afterwards he followed up that comment saying if the thief also wanted his frame, he would leave it leaning up in the same spot “tomorrow”.
Geez, what I wouldn’t do to be able to do a Streetfilms profile of Hugh Jackman. The guy rides frequently and looks cool doing it.
Anonymous 01/16/2013 at 3:22pm #
i bet he’d get a 4′ clearance wearing the Wolverine claws too.
Cool. How awesome would it be to have some sweet adamantium claws for those not observing the 4 foot law? Mmmm.
No comments on this one so far, though there are a couple in the article.
Good. Rochester has way more road infrastructure than it needs these days. It’s a shell of its former self.
A victory against stupidity!
Nice find Stu. The road in the article looks like the perfect road to ride — I wonder if that’s a 45mph country road or a 25.
That is great. I’ve been hearing about that situation for a while. I wonder what group took that to the Co Supreme Court.
Fear not, Stupidity is apparently alive and well:
^ CAUTION: video just before the crash (not graphic, but still disturbing to watch knowing what’s about to happen)
It looks like Mr. Alexander Motsenigos was riding safely – WTF!
This is simultaneously awesome and sad:
Awesome because I’d like to do this, but sad because, well, the whole dying thing :/
And we think we have it bad:
“Miami-Dade Had 12,813 Hit-And-Run Crashes In 2012, Highest In Florida”
“the 305 saw … 35 hit-and-runs per day, on average.”
Holy hell is that horrifying and depressing. (referring to marko’s article, not that it doesn’t apply to the one about the british cyclists – which as I commented on FB is horribly similar to the crash that killed Don Parker)
Two of the stupidest assholes on the internet, right here: http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-the-wimpification-of-america/03024963-359B-4883-B029-5451E03AC22F.html
or, skip the video and just read this: http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2013/02/its-wednesday-and-air-is-think-with.html
^since when does the WSJ compete with the Onion? Maybe their owners played (Ausy-rules) football when they were kids? (if you don’t know who owns them, look it up)
Ugh… at least they got a photo.
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