The out-of-town news thread
Relevant to Susan Hicks’ death and Forbes Ave in Pittsburgh,
Akron is giving some of its streets a road diet:
“”Currently, the pavement is so wide people are having weaving accidents, turning from incorrect lanes,” says Mike Teodecki of Akron’s Bureau of Engineering. “There’s four and five lanes throughout this corridor and that’s what gets confusing for the traveling public.”
In a three-year span, there were 585 crashes, more than half of which were “categorized as sideswipe-passing,” data from the city’s communications director, Stephanie York, shows. “This results from vehicles attempting to turn right or left from an inside travel lane and striking a vehicle traveling in the curb lane. This is the type of crash that is the direct result of having too many lanes…”
The plan includes “right-sizing” the number of through lanes to two, adding bike lanes and street parking.”
The story is from April. Any follow-up or fallout?
Here’s an article about Oakland experimenting with a “super sharrow”:
I really like this design, in theory at least, for places where a protected bike lane isn’t too feasible. I’m thinking West Carson St. from Station Square to the West End Circle, and then on to McKees Rocks. I like the design for two reasons. First, it tells drivers that cyclists belong IN the right lane, NOT on the far right edge of the right lane (with the broken glass and debris). Second, it encourages cyclists to get out of that same area.
I didn’t find an answer to your question, Stu, but I found other interesting articles. Several Ohio cities (Akron, Toledo, Columbus, …) have red light and speeding cameras, but Republican legislators in Ohio’s state house passed a law financially penalizing cities that did so. Proponents of the law said their goal was to “vindicate the right of intrastate travel”. http://www.toledoblade.com/Courts/2015/07/11/Toledo-asks-court-to-intervene-over-traffic-cameras.html
[we may need to reboot this thread, it seems to be having issues with resolving links to individual comments]
Comment from Prinzrob, who says they are “the Oakland District 1 bike/ped commissioner representing this part of the city”:
We have also been told by city staff that the 40th Street super sharrows treatment will not be repeated elsewhere, contrary to what was stated in this article. I personally will oppose any use of sharrows except in single lane neighborhood “bicycle boulevard” routes with significant traffic calming. Traffic-calmed, narrow neighborhood streets plus physically protected bikeways on wider arterials is the type of family-friendly bike network we are planning for the future of the city. Allowing things like supersharrows just provides an excuse not to do the harder work and compromises involved with creating better facilities.
Bishop who drunkenly hit and killed a cyclist in Baltimore has been sentenced to 7 years in prison:
LA County: Shipping container falls off truck and crushes cyclist: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-shipping-container-death-carson-20151027-story.html
The truck had apparently hit a railroad trestle, causing the container to “somehow become disengaged”.
Why Business-as-Usual Bike Planning Fails Low-Income Cyclists
“The late nights and early mornings were meant to accommodate people traveling to and from restaurant jobs and other shifts that didn’t follow 9-to-5 hours.”
“What really struck me was how unaware people were that the city was starting to do things for cycling safety,” she says. “The city has been promoting [the bicycle plan] but a lot of it has been through Facebook, social media and email. Many of the people I spoke with don’t use Facebook.”
That article @marko82 cited above is relevant to Bikepgh’s request, at last night’s membership meeting, for suggestions on improving diversity in the bike community.
Florida man who claims to be blind in one eye and takes drops in the other eye drives into 7 year old girl cyclists in crosswalk 8 seconds after the light turns red. Florida man’s blindness was even further affected by the number of trees on the road. Don’t worry, he received a $200 some dollar ticket, and will be continue to be able to drive his minivan around.
Cycling in Seattle!
West Boca Raton, FL: Woman tracks down bike thief, holds him until authorities arrive.
Guardian has an extended article on the expansion of cycling in Mexico City: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/nov/11/viva-la-revolucion-mexico-city-cyclists-fight-right-safety
Inspired by the efforts of Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa, in 1998 the [Bicitekas] collective started a weekly Paseo Nocturno, a Critical Mass-style ride where a group of cyclists meet up on a weeknight and take a four-hour trip around some of Mexico City’s busiest roads, staying safe through sheer force of numbers. It was revolutionary at the time but now the city hosts an official Paseo every Sunday and a government-organised night ride once a month on closed roads; last month’s for Day of the Dead attracted a record 95,000 cyclists.
This sounds familiar, if worse than we experience, however:
[Riders are] hopeful a new traffic law, about to come into force, will make cycling safer…But the tougher traffic laws will only work if the police make them work. “You need consequences for bad driving,” says Baranda. “The police need to enforce the law.”
That point is echoed by Agustín Martinez, the president of the Bicitekas collective. “Not everyone is studying traffic law like we are – drivers need to be educated and we need enforcement. A car can jump a red light right in front of a traffic police officer and he won’t do anything – the law is very flexible in Mexico City.”
as i wrote above, and noticed in various other similarly-long threads, the message board doesn’t seem to be able to resolve links above page 25. i’ve thus started volume II, here: http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/the-out-of-town-news-thread-vol-ii/
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