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rainbow dog
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http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-32996033

What? You mean she didn’t get a slap on the wrist and the media didn’t blame it on the victim?


Mick
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@ rainbow dog

It seems things are differnt in England.

Judge Anthony Bate said Dray, who received a Queen’s commendation, was a “decorated soldier of previous exemplary character”.

He had no option but to jail her, he added.


buffalo buffalo
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From Tennessee: “3 feet or else: Chattanooga police use ultrasound technology to enforce law for cyclist safety” http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/jun/07/3-feet-or-else/308339/

Interesting note:

BSMART (Bicyclist and Safe Monitoring Applied Radar Technology), made by Austin, Texas-based Codaxus, LLC, bounces ultrasonic waves off passing vehicles and calculates for distance.

It’s a brand-new technology, developed by friends of Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher. Chattanooga is the first city in the country, and possibly the world, using it.

“We are proud to be the first users of this innovative technology,” Fletcher said. “Our partners in Austin, Texas, worked for years to perfect this technology. The deployment of this technology in Chattanooga affirms our place as a technologically progressive city which includes the police department.”

(via https://twitter.com/jessicaroberts/status/608281625395265536)


Mick
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@ many buffalo – it would be great if we could convince Pittsburgh Police to use that technology!


StuInMcCandless
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I don’t suppose I could borrow that thingamajig and ride around for a while?


Vannevar
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it would be interesting to find out what it costs (which would include training for the officers, maintenance, etc) and then crowdfund it for Pgh.


rainbow dog
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33065010

More from BBC. On the power of active cities to boost economy. No doubt the study was funded by liberals with vested interests in bike infrastructure…


J Z
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Marko82
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Delaware Police Investigating Blocked DC Bike Lane Video.
http://6abc.com/news/delaware-police-investigating-blocked-dc-bike-lane-video/776593/

I think this cops attitude is what bothers me the most. He could have just as easily explained what he was doing in a non-confrontational manner. Also notice that he ignores the cyclist for at least ten seconds or so while looking in his direction until he sees (I assume) the cyclist get on his phone to report the illegally parked vehicle. It will be interesting to see if the Governor gets any push back on this.


Marko82
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Warning: hard to watch video but the kid survived
“Video shows child crossing street moments before being hit by vehicle”
http://www.wisn.com/news/rain-makes-lake-genevas-mail-boat-tryouts-a-little-tricky/33536558

This intersection is totally eft up. And even though the kid was crossing against the light, why didnt the driver see them?


Steven
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Correct link. It looks like the driver who hit the child was going faster than the other cars.


chrishent
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A woman in Earlysville, VA has started a petition to remove cyclists from county roads:

https://www.change.org/p/albemarle-county-transportation-remove-bicyclists-from-county-roads

In response, people have started a petition to stop the woman from driving on county roads.

https://www.change.org/p/christina-wade-get-christina-wade-to-stop-driving-on-county-roads

This, and the comments on the original petition, are good stuff.


jonawebb
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It’s cool that there are 8 times as many people who want her off the road, than who want cyclists off.


Marko82
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DENVER- A Denver CEO riding a B-Cycle bike came to the aid of a Denver officer pursuing a suspect on foot. He offered the officer his bicycle.
http://www.9news.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/17/b-cycle-officer/28867275/


edmonds59
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Re: the Earlysville, VA duelling petitions – as of now 4,700+ people signed to get the driver off the roads, 741 people signed to get bicyclists off the roads. Local news station describes HER petition as “gaining traction”. Nitwits.


Marko82
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Some of us are going to live forever!
Riding a bike for an hour extends cyclist’s life by same time, say Dutch researchers
http://road.cc/content/news/154903-riding-bike-hour-extends-cyclists-life-same-time-say-dutch-researchers

…of course the roads are safer over there.


byogman
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So, when someone asks how long the trip from A to B takes you, you can say honestly… in the end, it’s really no time at all.


jonawebb
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” in the end, it’s really no time at all.”
Actually, it’s negative. Because you were going to spend some time getting from A to B anyway. With biking, you get the time back.


Swalfoort
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Nice piece is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Comments are generally consistent with what we would get here, but less vitriolic.

I like the comment from WisBusMan (or similar) about linking land use decisions and transportation decisions, and how that might attract more millenials.

http://www.jsonline.com/business/bring-on-the-bikes-alternative-transportation-helps-spur-development-b99518696z1-309686751.html?page=1


Marko82
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Bike lanes pay dividends for Vancouver’s tourism industry
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/06/bike-lanes-pay-dividends-for-vancouvers-tourism-industry/

The article comments on how the city’s hotels have really catered to cyclists and their needs. Locally I’ve noticed the Fairmont hotel has loaner bikes by their valet, I wonder how much they are used, and if other hotels are doing this too.


Mick
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10 years ago in Germeany, I told a hotel clerk that there might be a total of half a dozen hotels in the entire US that offered loaner bikes.

The clerk was pretty sure I was kidding.


helen s
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I spent a few days at a small hotel just south of Provincetown MA a few years ago that had a small fleet of loaner cruisers, complete with small combo chain lock and helmet. It was a great service- I was able to ride as often as I wanted. They seemed to get a lot of use.


Vannevar
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http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/tri_state/west_virginia/w-va-ranger-critically-hurt-in-cycling-accident/article_aac4ee2a-2291-11e5-86a6-033d581ae5e4.html

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — The chief ranger for Harpers Ferry National Historical Park remained in critical condition Saturday in a medically induced coma after suffering a head injury in a cycling competition accident on Thursday, according to a park official.

Levins was still in critical but stable condition, and was put in the medically induced coma to help his brain heal, she said.

The cycling race in Northern Virginia was part of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games, which end today, according to the event’s website.

Brazilian Carlos Silva, whom media outlets report was a police investigator, died after the cycling crash that left two other men critically injured, according to a news release on the Prince William County (Va.) Police Department’s Facebook page.

The police department’s Crash Investigation Unit responded to Prince William Forest Park around 12:20 p.m. Thursday for a crash involving multiple cyclists, the release said.

While heading downhill, a front tire on one of the bikes blew, causing a chain-reaction collision, it said.

Silva, 48, died at the hospital on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Harriett confirmed Levins was one of the other cyclists who were critically injured. He was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., she said.


paulheckbert
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In Virginia, their new 3 foot law (up from 2 feet) “led to a modest increase in enforcement during its first 12 months on the books.
Statewide, police wrote 12 tickets for drivers passing too close, according to data provided by the Supreme Court of Virginia. During the 12 months before the change, officers in the state wrote two tickets.”
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/article_68dc785d-11f9-51b5-88fe-97169f66854a.html


paulheckbert
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From Science Friday radio program: “Why Do Cyclists Break The Rules?”
http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/07/03/2015/why-do-cyclists-break-the-rules.html

Study & survey by University of Colorado researchers found: pretty much everybody (car drivers and cyclists) breaks the law in small ways. When a car driver runs a red light (about 8%), it’s to save time; when cyclists run a red light (also about 8%), they say they’re doing it to be more visible and for safety.

http://www.ucdenver.edu/about/newsroom/newsreleases/Pages/More-cyclists-on-road-can-mean-less-collisions.aspx
says “we are beginning to find that cities with a high level of bicycling are not just safer for cyclists but for all road users”.


paulheckbert
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My comment to that Science Friday story:

Why do cyclists commonly fail to stop at stop signs? Two physics reasons: bicycles become unstable at very low speeds, and it requires energy to decelerate and accelerate. And a perception and risk assessment reason: cyclists are generally alert, they have to be, but the risks they face are mostly to themselves, not to others.

A bicycle is hard to steer at low speeds, and will fall over if you don’t put out your foot or balance actively. For those using clipless pedals, their shoe clips into the pedal and it requires an extra movement to release their foot from the pedal if they are going to get out of the seat and put a foot on the ground. An older friend of mine broke his hip when he stopped, one time. He failed to twist his foot out of the pedal, and fell to the side. At very low speeds, a cyclist must weave more in order to maintain balance. Weaving increases the risk of a collision with cars to the left. Cars do not risk falling over when they come to a stop.

Obviously, it is less effort for a cyclist to coast through a stop sign than to decelerate, stop (perhaps putting a foot out), and accelerate back to previous speed. If you’re biking to work in nice clothes, say, you probably don’t want to work up a sweat while bicycling, so accelerating is something you’re trying to avoid. Car drivers don’t work up a sweat pressing the accelerator pedal.

Comparing the typical cyclist’s environmental awareness to that of a typical car driver: the cyclist can hear vehicles around him, while a car driver cannot due to closed windows, and the cyclist’s survival (like a motorcyclist’s) depends on alertness to passing cars, cross traffic, car doors, pedestrians, potholes, and other hazards, while the car driver can ignore much of that without worry that he will go to the hospital; he only worries about getting his car scratched or dented. If a cyclist is inattentive, he’s more likely to injure himself than to injure others (at typical biking speeds), but if a car driver is inattentive, he can easily kill others.

How many people do you know that have been struck and killed by a car? How many people do you know that have been struck and killed by a bicycle?


jonawebb
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chrishent
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Paris to let cyclists skip certain red lights:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33446899


Vannevar
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Some people think there’s tension between BikeShare programs and mandatory helmet policies. Boston seems to think there’s tension between their BikeShare (Hubway) and World Naked Bike Day

“For the love of all that is decent, please consider the other riders,” a Hubway spokesperson said in a statement to The Boston Globe .

http://www.boston.com/news/2015/07/09/bike-share-program-please-don-ride-our-bikes-naked/uIaqUYRMb7nrowWl2v8EzK/story.html


edmonds59
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Ok, good point.


RustyRed
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iPhone Bicycle Thief in NYC Caught on Dashcam with Citbike Hero in Pursuit


paulheckbert
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Fishing for bicycles in the canals of Amsterdam. They pull up 15,000 bicycles per year.
http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-07-10/amsterdam-there-are-people-paid-full-time-benefits-fish-bikes


jonawebb
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Bicycle exhibit at the Smithsonian

Mark Twain: “Get a bicycle,” he urged readers. “You will not regret it, if you live.”


buffalo buffalo
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Philly rider killed by hit-and-run driver this weekend: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Hit-and-Run-Philadelphia-Bicyclist–314390801.html
Driver apprehended several blocks away and questioned, then released. Victim had no ID; Philly police are asking for help identifying him: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Hit-and-Run-North-Philadelphia-2nd-Street-John-Doe-314596201.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_PHBrand

Meanwhile, in New York, whose Vision Zero plan Mayor Peduto has held up as the model Pittsburgh should follow, a rider was killed in Brooklyn near Barclay Center, the new basketball arena. http://gothamist.com/2015/07/13/barclays_cyclist_crash.php#photo-1
NYPD have suggested the driver suffered a ‘seizure’ or ‘medical event’, according to reports, despite witness statements that he was able to back up and go around a car he’d hit prior to running over the cyclist.

(The New York victim is also unidentified. Carry ID, y’all.)

ETA: Already over a hundred people have been killed in traffic in NYC this year. New York’s Families for Safe Streets tomorrow will hold a vigil for #VisionZero in Union Square. Nearly a thousand people have pledged to attend.


Marko82
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How the F**k are these drivers not in jail immediately?! They even have video in the Philly crash.

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Re bb’s ID comment:

I’m a cheap s.o.b. so instead of buying a “road ID” for $40 I instead bought a (literal) metal dog tag from a pet shop for around three bucks and sewed it to a piece of elastic I use as a wrist band. The tag allows for three lines of text – which can be anything. So I have my name, two emergency phone numbers and my PA drivers number listed. In the ER the most important thing is for the trauma team to contact a family member, I doubt that they would pay much attention to (unverifiable) medical information from a third party like road ID – so that aspect of their product is questionable. I know even the military ignores the blood type on their own tags and will retest the person before giving whole blood. So if you’ve been putting off getting road ID type identification because of its cost, it doesn’t get much cheaper than pet tags.


jonawebb
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You know who else is installing bike lanes? NORTH KOREA!
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/14/us-northkorea-bicycles-idUSKCN0PO06Q20150714

Though the situation there sounds like a driver’s utopia. Maybe some of the commentators on letters to the editor should move there:
“North Korean cyclists are not supposed to ride on urban roads and have for years used an unmarked narrow strip of pavement shared with pedestrians, residents and visitors said.”
“They are not the most common form of transport for the average Pyongyanger, and many people I have spoken to about bikes there – mostly men – have scoffed at the idea that they would ride a bike,” said Cockerell, whose company offers bicycle tours of North Korea.


J Z
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I wear a dogtag w/ name, city, emergency contacts on there. Cheap and useful for an “in event of” incident for loved ones and emergency responders.


StuInMcCandless
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Wife of Philly mayor is a serious cyclist. [story in Bicycling magazine]


Marko82
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Albuquerque Cyclist killed by drunk driver. It was early afternoon. He was inside an expensive gated community. He was on the sidewalk.

We are never safe out there.

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3856386.shtml#.Va4yDaRViko


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