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Mick
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Lots of stats but I didn’t find the article very useful. Uninspired journalism. It reads like the Mets box score. I am posting in case some one else can draw useful information or a Pittsburgh parallel from it.

Excerpt And as New Yorkers brace for contact, an unexpected factor may protect against serious injury: being overweight.

We got that covered. New Yorkers don’t even understand how to put French Fries on sandwichs or anything.


edmonds59
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Wow. “In November, Shannon Galpin was riding her single-speed mountain bike through the hills outside Kabul…” And it goes from there.


StuInMcCandless
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I don’t know what to make of this guy. Click on link for photo.

Endgame for baby-boomer idealism: A one-man sit-in in Tribeca to prevent @citibikenyc installation: twitter.com/ZephirRed/stat… via @zephirred— Aaron Naparstek (@Naparstek) April 18, 2013


salty
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Here’s a good one “out of town”: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/transportation/pittsburgh-crashes-prompt-plans-for-overnight-closures-of-wabash-tunnel-683894/

Although, on second thought maybe they should just apply that concept to every street.


salty
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Also, thanks @drewbacca – I only wish it wasn’t such a commonplace occurrence. That one was scarier than most because I didn’t really expect it to happen. At least we were crossing in the opposite direction and able to see him and stop walking.


salty
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buffalo buffalo
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Very interesting link buried in the comments on that Bike Portland article: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/guidance/accessibility_guidance/bollards_access.cfm
FHWA Accessibility Guidance: “Bollards, Gates, and other Barriers”…

I’ve been thinking about the ones on Junction Hollow in particular a fair amount, especially since the cyclist who died after running into one on a trail in Ohio last year. Was nice to be reinforced with federal guidance text like “Bollards are often a hazard to trail users, who can crash into them, possibly resulting in serious injury or death” and “If installed, bollards…Must be easily visible, especially in low light conditions” (which the ones on JHT aren’t).

After a couple years of thinking “I hate those things, I wish they were gone”, I wrote a 311 request to ask the city to actually do that…


StuInMcCandless
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Philly goes green with sharrows. See pic, linked in tweet.

Philadelphia installs “Super Sharrows” on TIGER funded 58th Street Greenway. @streetsblognet @bikewalk @usdot twitter.com/knoja/status/3…— Jeffrey Knowles (@knoja) April 24, 2013


J Z
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jonawebb
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New word: ‘woonerf’:


Drewbacca
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Drewbacca
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Ugh… this intersection was part of my very first regular commute (Seattle). Kudos for KUOW (NPR) for making mention of it. http://kuow.org/post/cyclist-killed-seattle-first-day-bike-work-month


buffalo buffalo
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DC: A car veered onto a Connecticut Avenue sidewalk and struck a woman and a high-rise building Tuesday, before the vehicle careened back into the street and hit two cars, D.C. police said.

Not mentioned in the article, but added by the headline editor–the woman died at hospital. (No word on the condition of the building or the other cars.)


buffalo buffalo
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buffalo buffalo wrote:Not mentioned in the article, but added by the headline editor–the woman died at hospital.

@sharrowsDC “It appears the condition of the woman who died yesterday on Connecticut Ave has been upgraded to alive.”


Marko82
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“In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit”

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/in-1897-a-bicycle-superhighway-was-the-future-of-california-transit


jonawebb
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Brooklyn class on how to ride in city traffic: look out!

I like it that they serve PBR, and also that it’s legal to ride with one headphone on, but not both.


J Z
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StuInMcCandless
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Funny you should mention that at the very moment I resurrected the Things Pampered European Cyclists Get thread. This got a mention in that thread a while back.


Drewbacca
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J Z
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StuInMcCandless wrote:Funny you should mention that at the very moment I resurrected the Things Pampered European Cyclists Get thread. This got a mention in that thread a while back.

That’s pretty sweet.


jonawebb
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Amazing increase in safety from protected bike lanes in NYC. 35% decrease in traffic related injuries on 8th Ave, and 58% (!) decrease on 9th Ave. This is for all road users, not just cyclists. Plus, retail sales on 9th Ave went up 50%. Let’s do it here.
http://streetsblog.net/2013/05/08/the-debate-about-bike-infrastructure-has-been-settled/


Marko82
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jonawebb
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Turns out, if you have bike share, you need racks, which take up space. Who knew?


buffalo buffalo
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edmonds59
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The victim was on a motorcycle, but I had to put it up, because it’s a positive change: “Police arrested the driver of that SUV, 42-year-old Laura Gargiulo, on Friday on several charges, including careless driving and texting while driving.” And nowhere do they refer to it as an “accident”. Nice.

http://www.wtae.com/news/local/woman-charged-with-texting-while-driving-after-crash-kills-firefighter/-/9681086/20206872/-/11u317w/-/index.html


StuInMcCandless
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This, from the same news organization that put up the sucky story the other night about cyclists.


Marko82
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edmonds59
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From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the major newspaper. In case, you know, you need to ride to Cleveland for anything;
http://www.cleveland.com/roadrant/index.ssf/2013/05/the_rule_of_the_road_when_it_c.html#incart_river


Marko82
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@edmonds, Man the comments at the end are very reasonable compared to most articles, which can only mean one thing – Cleveland drivers are illiterate


edmonds59
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Ha!


StuInMcCandless
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A pretty big event for a pretty big town. Going on right now (Sunday 5/26 thru 10a our time).
http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/nbcchicago-live-stream-bike-the-drive-may-26-208733321.html

That’s a live stream, apparently. Cool stuff!


jonawebb
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NYC seems ahead of us in many ways like bike lanes and bike share, but at least we don’t have to deal with a newspaper like this:
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cyclist-killed-bensonhurst-article-1.1355753
Puts the blame on the cyclist (was he wearing a helmet before the motorist ran over him) and bike share (even though the accident had nothing to do with it). Not a word about what the driver may have done wrong, except a pat on the back for not going hit-and-run. Shameful.


Marko82
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May 28th NPR story about the claim that bike lanes equal more business (they don’t find it)

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/shopkeepers-dont-buy-nycs-bike-business-pitch


Mikhail
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Drewbacca
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“A Park Ridge man has been charged with reckless homcide and aggravated drunken driving in the death of Robert “Bobby” Cann as he rode his bicycle Wednesday in Old Town, as the biking community is set to memorialize Cann in the monthly Critical Mass bike ride.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-driver-questioned-critical-mass-to-memorialize-bobby-cann-20130531,0,3803133.story

At least they are treating this appropriately!


salty
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Not really “news” but for some reason this photo really wowed me: http://plus.google.com/112113776658081726835/posts/W9WG7hybG6M

That group gets a lot of great photos from from around the world – makes me wish I could go to all those places.


paulheckbert
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Bill Cunningham covers New York City biking fashions in his great lighthearted style (narrated slide show): http://nyti.ms/11uzWtK


Mikhail
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Friend of mine just came back to Moscow from Munich, Germany. He was impressed by number of people using bikes for commuting. A lot people from subarbia come on elictric powered people movers (not an LTV like our T but on heavy rail vehicles similar to what Chicago has) and then got on bikes to get to work. City has special bike roads/lanes with special bike traffic lights. Rail stations have a special covered vertical parking but not enough.


paulheckbert
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About bike sharing & safety: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/13/bike-sharing-can-mean-safer-biking/

excerpts:

“the presence of a bike sharing program is a boon to the safety of all bicyclists”

“a personal injury lawyer in Chicago who exclusively handles bicycle-related accidents, said that a large majority of his cases involve “dooring,” …. Incidents like these, along with drivers’ failure to give bikers the right of way, account for nearly half of all bicycle-vehicle accidents.”


Mikhail
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Last week, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance doubling the fines for people who open doors in cyclists’ path: now $300 when the move interferes with a bicycle without incident, and $1,000 when it causes an accident.

Hm, I like it. should we propose to do the same to our officials?

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(For this reason, many bike safety advocates favor back-in angle parking.)

I like this too.

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