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Drewbacca

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Jan 22 2014 at 4:56pm #

The company that supplies bicycles, stations, docks and software for Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program filed for bankruptcy Monday, casting a cloud over an ambitious expansion plan.

http://www.suntimes.com/25080385-761/divvy-supplier-files-bankruptcy.html


J Z

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Jan 23 2014 at 9:50pm #

http://imgur.com/a/rsIZl


reddan

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Jan 24 2014 at 6:56am #

http://imgur.com/a/rsIZl

That is really nice work.


Swalfoort

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Jan 24 2014 at 4:29pm #

Wow, talk about news of the weird:

http://www.wpxi.com/ap/ap/strange/bicyclist-stuck-in-windshield-talks-about-accident/ncwWQ/

Here’s the START of the story:

A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, “Hello, I’m the guy you hit on the bicycle.”

The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another vehicle before he arrived home, the cyclist, Steven Gove, told HTR Media about the Saturday incident (http://htrne.ws/1bI58jh ).

The man finally noticed Gove when he stopped the car outside his home.

“He looked at me and said ‘Who are you? What are you doing in the car?’” Gove said. “He started freaking out: ‘I’m going to jail, I’m going to jail.’”

The man then locked the car doors and went into his home. Gove, whose body had gone most of the way through the windshield, then pulled his knees and feet into the car.

“I righted myself and got out,” he said. “I unlocked the passenger’s side door and started walking down the street.”

(more in link)


andyc

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Jan 24 2014 at 5:23pm #

That guy should be happy to have walked away after that. I would think the driver in that mindset would be just as likely to murder the witness and throw the body in the woods.


salty

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Jan 24 2014 at 7:58pm #

fatbikes in Boston: http://www.boston.com/business/2014/01/24/welcoming-the-winter-cycle/BrPmkinkFBP0YkAqL7mw3O/story.html


paulheckbert

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Jan 29 2014 at 7:54am #

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/nyregion/snow-ice-and-wind-no-issue-for-citi-bikes-die-hards.html

excerpt:

[New York City's bike share] program, unlike those of some cold-weather counterparts, remains open all year. And in the throes of an especially unforgiving winter, the system is confronting perhaps its greatest test yet: negotiating the expected nose dive in ridership, scrambling to protect its stock from storms and showing that a program powered in large measure by novice cyclists can endure a season of black ice and face-whipping wind.

What has emerged is something of an urban survival sport, the ranks thinning but never disappearing as the temperature dips.

On peak days in the summer and fall, cyclists took more than 40,000 rides. Of those, about one-fifth typically used 24-hour or seven-day passes — popular options for tourists. From Jan. 1 to Jan. 26, the system averaged about 9,600 riders per day, with a vast majority being regular die-hards.


atown

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Jan 29 2014 at 1:10pm #

Altercation between cyclist and driver in Vancouver, with video (of some of the event, not the whole thing). There’s a lot of conflicting testimony on what actually happened.

http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2014/01/exclusive-video-reveals-fight-driver-cyclist-downtown-vancouver/

My biggest fear in situations like this isn’t getting assaulted by the driver. It’s not being able to keep my cool if things escalated.


paulheckbert

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Jan 30 2014 at 3:32pm #

More on the Vancouver incident:

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/27/vancouver-bike-lane-cyclist-driver-fight_n_4676461.html

“Cyclist Edward Hoey claims he was making a left turn in downtown Vancouver when the motorist behind him started honking his horn and yelling at him about not being in the bike lane, reported CBC News.

Hoey claims the man was trying to swerve into him, causing him to crash onto the sidewalk. When he approached the driver, Hoey says the man pulled his hand into the car. When Hoey managed to free his hand, he pulled some papers out from the passenger side seat and scattered them on the sidewalk, reported CBC.”


jonawebb

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Jan 30 2014 at 3:50pm #

I know we’re all the-bicyclist-can-do-no-wrong here, but which scenario sounds more likely:
1) Bicyclist is mad, approaches passenger side of car, reaches in, pulls some stuff out, scatters it.
2) Bicyclist approaches car for reasonable conversation, infuriated motorist reaches across to bicyclist at passenger side window, grabs bicyclist’s hand and pulls it in car, somehow bicyclist’s hand becomes engaged with papers in motorist’s car, bicyclist pulls hand back while still engaged with papers, bicyclist finally manages to free hand from papers sticking to hand, scattering them on the street.


paulheckbert

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Jan 31 2014 at 11:34am #

From the behavior in the video and the news snippets, it appears to me that the most likely sequence was:

1) cyclist does something that annoys driver (making a left turn? whether the cyclist was acting legally or reasonably here is hard to guess);
2) driver threatens cyclist, steering into him, causing cyclist to fall off his bike;
3) cyclist is angered, approached driver’s car to yell at him;
4) driver gets aggressive, pulling cyclist’s hand into car;
5) cyclist reacts angrily, grabbing stuff in car and scattering it, banging car mirror and then getting away;
6) driver tails cyclist, driving his car into bike lane and into the cyclist at low speed;
7) driver exits car and assaults cyclist.

I base that timeline on this:

“Hoey alleged that, after he put his hand on the car, the driver pulled his hand through the open passenger-side window and tried to injure his wrist. As he pulled his hand out of the car, Hoey tossed some papers on the passenger seat onto the sidewalk.”

http://www.straight.com/news/574311/vancouver-cyclist-fight-driver-disturbed-police-response

and

https://www.facebook.com/lucille.austero.5/media_set?set=a.10150360045319997.1073741829.501039996&type=1

among other sources. I don’t believe that “cyclists can do no wrong” but in this case it seems the driver is the out-of-control aggressor.

My daughter is moving to Vancouver later this year, so I care about safety in that city.


atown

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Jan 31 2014 at 11:50am #

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/edward-hoey/vancouver-bike-lane-fight-video-cyclist-safety-police_b_4698169.html

Here is the cyclist’s take on the incident.


J Z

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Feb 4 2014 at 12:33pm #

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140204-can-a-city-really-go-car-free


Marko82

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Feb 5 2014 at 9:58am #

Just a few more days away…


Drewbacca

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Feb 5 2014 at 12:42pm #

Marko82 wrote:Just a few more days away…

Excited for curling, I take it?


salty

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Feb 5 2014 at 2:13pm #

From the bike list at work.

The driver was an 18 year old girl, speculation that she was drunk or drugged up, at 7am. Fortunately she got caught, but unfortunately they didn’t find her victim quickly enough to save his life.

http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/fire-chief-finds-downed-cyclist-aids-in-search-for-suspect

“He turned around to investigate and found a 21-year-[old] bike rider that had been struck,” wrote Senior Fire Communication Supervisor David Paschke. “Both the victim and bike may have never been located for several hours or until this lone riders family/friends reported him missing, as he had been flipped over the guardrail into the brush.”


edmonds59

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Feb 7 2014 at 6:16am #

Cleveland. <3 <3

http://www.newsnet5.com/news/local-news/oh-cuyahoga/winter-bicyclists-take-to-the-streets


salty

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Feb 9 2014 at 10:13pm #

I don’t know if this story was posted here earlier. It has a bit too familiar of a ring to it – cyclist gets hit by drunk driver who leaves him for dead. In this case, the driver drove 2 miles with the cyclist stuck in the rear window, then tossed him into the woods behind a dumpster.

http://www.wsvn.com/story/24666967/family-of-cyclist-left-for-dead-speaks-out

The victim has no insurance and is looking for donations to cover care, if you’re so inclined: https://www.helphopelive.org/find-a-patient/profile/index.cfm/patient/F4978F2D-A582-7D54-4C6024B1179A8731/


jonawebb

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Feb 10 2014 at 8:28am #

Man what a difference a few weeks makes. I was going to say, why doesn’t he have insurance, but he was hit Dec. 16, before Obamacare started. Donating now…


Drewbacca

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Feb 11 2014 at 12:10pm #

Hubway (Boston’s bike-share program) asked locals for help analyzing the data and giving a visual representation… here’s what people came up with.

http://hubwaydatachallenge.org/


edmonds59

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Feb 11 2014 at 1:12pm #

Lolo Jones with Dutch athletes at the Olympic village in Sochi:


J Z

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Feb 11 2014 at 1:22pm #

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2014/02/11/newday-california-police-tackle-suspect.cnn.html?hpt=hp_t2


salty

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Feb 12 2014 at 9:03pm #

Finally A legislator with some real solutions to the issue of bicycle (and motorcycle?) safety: http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/dont-scare-our-kids-away-from-biking-thomas-barraga


edmonds59

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Feb 13 2014 at 1:33pm #

I just had the above letter recirculate back to me from an acquaintance (who doesn’t have anything to do with biking!) by way of a friend of his from Michigan. Viral doesn’t begin to describe this. That dude is getting roasted.


jonawebb

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Feb 13 2014 at 1:47pm #

I updated his Wikipedia page yesterday. It’s still up.


edmonds59

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Feb 13 2014 at 2:08pm #

Oh snap.

But you don’t mention his true identity;


Marko82

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Feb 13 2014 at 3:29pm #

River Thames flooding: before and after aerials

Check out the 50 second mark – major rule-9 rider

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10634703/River-Thames-flooding-before-and-after-aerials.html


paulheckbert

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Feb 13 2014 at 8:04pm #

Regarding the Cutrone / Barraga / Suffolk County story, great work, Jon! I see that a commenter at bikesnobnyc noted your wikipedia paragraph http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2014/02/fatheads-and-fat-bikes.html


Benzo

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Feb 14 2014 at 2:18pm #

Funny thing is, bikesnob mentions that he actually voted for complete streets legislation in suffolk county. Great job on the follow through.


jonawebb

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Feb 14 2014 at 2:41pm #

If the All-Powerful Bike Lobby can’t defeat this guy in the next election, it doesn’t deserve the name.


Marko82

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Feb 19 2014 at 9:41am #

Pop-up protected bike lane demonstration in Minneapolis

http://planetsave.com/2014/02/18/600-pop-protected-bike-lane-makes-case-permanent-bikeways/

There’s a nice little video that accompanies the article.


J Z

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Feb 28 2014 at 2:38pm #


edmonds59

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Mar 5 2014 at 12:33pm #

I love this, outstanding; “Protesters Cover NYPD Signs Urging Pedestrian Safety On Upper West Side”;

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/04/protesters-cover-nypd-signs-urging-pedestrian-safety-on-upper-west-side/


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 6 2014 at 7:34am #

^NY story in one sentence: “They may be right, but we’re not wrong.”


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 8 2014 at 2:33am #

City of Los Angeles denies permit for large (2,000+ rider) bike event, because of safety concerns, and impossibly large insurance requirements.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-marathon-crash-race-canceled-20140305,0,5571667.story

But people plan to ride anyway.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1445259812375353/


StuInMcCandless

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Mar 9 2014 at 1:04pm #

Columbus bike lights about to debut.

http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/2014/03/odots-first-ever-bicycle-warning.html

I am curious to see how these will work. I had not heard of this sort of thing before.

From the article: “ODOT’s Public Information Officer Don Hamilton says the four signs cost the agency $180,000.”

That’s chump change, folks, to make the streets safer.


salty

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Mar 13 2014 at 1:49am #

Asshole plows through crowd at SXSW – 2 dead, 13 injured

https://broadcast.app.net/43751/news-alert/3032545/

Edit: make that 23 injured, 5 critical. Ugh. https://broadcast.app.net/43751/news-alert/3032659/


paulheckbert

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Mar 19 2014 at 9:46am #

Mexico City is getting better for bicycles:

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-03-18/best-way-get-around-traffic-clogged-mexico-city-may-be-bike

“He told me about a new commuting contest here between a car, public transportation, a motorcycle and a bicycle. He said they do it to show how fast the bike is. The bike always wins.

The Bicitekas aren’t saying Mexico City is cycling nirvana: They mark cycling deaths here by putting up “ghost bikes,” bike frames painted white, memorials for killed riders. Last year they built two — tragic, but still a very low number for a megacity. [21 million people in the metro area]

… You actually don’t need to pass an exam to get [an automobile] license in Mexico City; testing so was corrupt they did away with it.

… the City’s new bike lanes. The city now has nearly 40 miles of these lanes, half of which was implemented last year, and plans for more. Concrete dividers separate bikes from cars.

… the city’s bike infrastructure was modelled on Copenhagen, arguably the most bike-friendly city in the world.”


jonawebb

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Mar 19 2014 at 9:54am #

2 deaths in a city of 21 million is really impressive. We had 3 in greater Pittsburgh last year.


J Z

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Mar 25 2014 at 10:48am #

Interesting artist installation.

Will Publicly Shaming Drivers Who Text Save Lives?

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/will-publicly-shaming-drivers-who-text-save-lives-210520870.html

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