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JaySherman5000

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Apr 25 2014 at 5:54pm #

Not sure if anyone posted this yet:

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028416/undercover-houston-cops-on-bikes-are-nabbing-drivers-dangerous-to-cyclists

tl;dr: undercover cops in Houston were on bikes giving tickets to dangerous motorists.


czarofpittsburgh

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Apr 26 2014 at 3:38pm #

http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2014/04/24/christie-blatchford-family-of-teen-fatally-struck-by-suv-sued-by-motorist-for-her-pain-and-suffering/

Family of teen fatally struck by SUV sued by motorist for her ‘pain and suffering’


smarchit

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Apr 27 2014 at 9:48pm #

Say goodbye to panniers, tents, and sleeping bags. Say hello to the new and improved future of bike camping! How handy would this have been for Crush The Commonwealth?


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 28 2014 at 5:31am #

I suspect side winds would be a problem.


rgrasmus

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Apr 28 2014 at 8:43am #

Google’s self-driving cars are able to recognize cyclists’ hand signals

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-latest-chapter-for-self-driving-car.html


smarchit

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Apr 28 2014 at 4:56pm #

StuInMcCandless wrote:I suspect side winds would be a problem.

The profile is a bit high. And it seems like it could get a bit heavy, even with two people pedaling. But then again, you’d get some protection from the elements too. An interesting premise at least, even if the practicality issues haven’t quite been worked out.


Marko82

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May 2 2014 at 9:59am #

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton joined Clairton students for a Thursday afternoon bicycling excursion intended to put a “positive spin” on after-school programming.

http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourmckeesport/yourmckeesportmore/6037038-74/clairton-students-ride#axzz30ZPnBejy


Marko82

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May 5 2014 at 7:40am #

Rev. Julia Whitworth leads the 16th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on Saturday in New York City.

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/05/309653656/blessed-be-thy-bicycle-new-york-riders-roll-into-church


jonawebb

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May 5 2014 at 7:49am #

They do that around here, too, at least for motorcycles. I don’t know if cyclists show up. Next year, Murrysville Alliance Church, April 19.

http://www.murrysvillealliancechurch.org/#/biker-ministry/blessing-of-the-bikes


Marko82

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May 5 2014 at 7:57am #

@jonawebb. Yes, they blessed bicycles at a church on the North Side last week. It conflicted with the steel city crit so I missed it even though I was only a few blocks away. I’m not religious, but I’ve gone to these in the past to show thanks to the kindness of the organizers.


StuInMcCandless

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May 5 2014 at 11:29am #

I missed the 2014 blessing, but attended the 2013 event. I believe it is the U.U. church on North Avenue, not far from the Aviary.


buffalo buffalo

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May 5 2014 at 11:33am #

Yes, Allegheny UU, North at Resaca. Look for the rainbow Pride and African Heritage flags. (The bike-blessing, and a similar blessing-of-the-animals service, are usually across the street in the park, though.)


buffalo buffalo

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May 5 2014 at 12:00pm #

Meanwhile, in Idaho…:

Boise PD unveils ‘cycling safety awareness’ patrol car, complete w/ 3-ft-to-pass bumper decal and modified city seal with bike on steps of city hall:

http://buff.ly/1kFukbE

(via @bikinginla)


StuInMcCandless

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May 5 2014 at 12:22pm #

Also in Idaho, a couple of clicks from the article above:

What are those blue lights on traffic lights?

http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/64291897.html

From the article:

Blue lights have been added to 40 traffic signals around Ada County, and are used to help police officers catch drivers who are running red lights.

Here’s how it works: As a driver approaches a red light at an intersection, a blue light shines on the back side of the traffic signal. An officer can safely sit on the opposite side of the intersection and wait. If the driver runs the red and zooms through, the officer would see the blue light and could safely pull over the driver without having to run the light as well.


paulheckbert

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May 5 2014 at 12:25pm #

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/05/02/308353109/afghan-female-cyclists-breaking-away-and-breaking-taboos


paulheckbert

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May 12 2014 at 10:41pm #

Some people in Nashville wanted to put in a 7 mile bus rapid transit line (dedicated bus lanes). The billionaire Koch brothers, “Americans For Prosperity” and others got the Republican legislature to pass a state law that prevents the “constructing, maintaining, or operating any bus rapid transit system” in the state of Tennessee.

Wow.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-koch-brothers-are-trying-to-ban-an-entire-transit-technology


RustyRed

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May 13 2014 at 11:01am #

Alec Baldwin arrested for salmoning in NYC.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/13/breaking-alec-baldwin-hauled-off-in-handcuffs-by-n/


J Z

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May 13 2014 at 3:24pm #

^Yeah, but what does Alec Baldwin ride? :)


rgrasmus

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May 14 2014 at 1:53pm #

This article on bikes vs. stop signs is pretty interesting. Wonder if PA could become #2 http://www.vox.com/2014/5/9/5691098/why-cyclists-should-be-able-to-roll-through-stop-signs-and-ride


jonawebb

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May 15 2014 at 10:58am #

Kentucky cyclist is facing trial for taking the lane on a US highway:

http://www.wkyt.com/news/headlines/Jessamine-Co-bicyclist-charged-with-reckless-driving-sparks-court-case-257068461.html

I looked at the road she has to ride on, and it must be horrible. But it has a shoulder for nearly the whole ride. Why not just take it? That’s what I would do.


Marko82

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May 19 2014 at 3:05pm #

15 of World’s Best Urban Bike Infrastructures

http://gizmodo.com/15-of-worlds-best-urban-bike-infrastructures-1577377892


jonawebb

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May 20 2014 at 8:53am #

Wow, anti-mass transit because it’s “regressive”:

http://thefederalist.com/2014/05/15/road-diets-and-car-shaming-the-lefts-war-on-transit-innovation/


smarchit

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May 20 2014 at 5:29pm #

Some throwback out of town news

On This Day In History…. (starring our hero, Bicycle Roundsman Schuessler)


Marko82

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May 22 2014 at 8:33am #

A well attended bike to school day – near Cleveland…

http://www.cleveland.com/fairview-park/index.ssf/2014/05/it_was_a_sea_of_colors_at_the.html


edmonds59

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May 22 2014 at 7:46pm #

58% of the student body! Woa!


LizziMac

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May 23 2014 at 1:01pm #

“Piedmont man charged after viral video threatening cyclists” Wow… spitting vitriol.


jonawebb

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May 28 2014 at 8:31am #

They’re trying to catch bike thieves in SF:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/28/us/police-use-high-tech-lures-to-reel-in-bike-thieves.html?hp


JaySherman5000

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May 28 2014 at 10:54am #

That article said the SFPD printed ~30k “Is this a bait bike?” stickers; where can I get one? Can bikepgh make some? Even if PPD isn’t using a bait bike program, I’d still put one on my bike. After all, how informed are bike thieves when it comes to which jurisdicitons are using bait and which ones aren’t?


edmonds59

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May 29 2014 at 4:04pm #

Cyclist in Delaware wins case against being ticketed for taking the lane:

http://www.bikede.org/2014/05/27/a-busy-tuesday/?fb_action_ids=10154165242565648&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=below-post


rice rocket

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May 29 2014 at 4:49pm #

People live in Delaware? I thought it was just a tax shelter for corporations and a place to collect toll and ticket money for people trying to get from NJ to MD.


Marko82

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May 29 2014 at 5:02pm #

^It’s worth posting a pic of the road the cyclist was traveling on in the Delaware case. Does that cop really expect a cyclist to “share” that lane?


jonawebb

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May 30 2014 at 12:46pm #

NYC is considering a bunch of bills to make things safer for pedestrians and cyclists: http://www.streetsblog.org/2014/04/24/slew-of-traffic-safety-bills-on-council-transpo-committee-agenda/
There are so many good things in those bills. It would be totally awesome if we could leverage our political power and get some similar bills passed here.


J Z

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Jun 1 2014 at 11:36pm #

Cities like Pittsburgh getting innovative to befriend bicyclists (weird, considering the article is primarily about Memphis)

http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6120773-74/bike-memphis-percent


helen s

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Jun 4 2014 at 7:37am #

Although I did not partake, it looked like a great ride- a lot of coverage locally.

http://wivb.com/2014/05/31/cyclists-bike-for-first-ever-skyride/

Some parallels with Pittsburgh having experienced a population loss coinciding with the reduction of the local steel industry, leaving roads less traveled and ripe for diets making them more cycle friendly.


jonawebb

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Jun 4 2014 at 8:17am #

Somebody shot a cyclist on a 600K in Canada (from Jim Logan): http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/craig-premack-b-c-randonneur-cyclist-shot-during-cache-creek-600-1.2661218


Mikhail

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Jun 4 2014 at 10:51am #

Some people just plain crazy and should not be allowed to live among normal people. :(


StuInMcCandless

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Jun 4 2014 at 2:49pm #

A-ha! I knew Buffalo must have a bike advocacy organization, and there it is, mentioned in that Skyway article.

http://gobikebuffalo.org/

And here’s their article on that particular ride.


jonawebb

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Jun 5 2014 at 3:15pm #

Crowd-sourced bus service in Boston:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/05/us/to-lure-bostonians-new-pop-up-bus-service-learns-riders-rhythms.html?hpw&rref=technology


Benzo

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Jun 9 2014 at 10:38am #

Honk as you pass cyclists in WV if new law passes. Some good stuff in the bill too, but this seems somewhat counterproductive to me.

The Bicycle Safety Bill (HB-4304) requires bicycles to generally travel in bicycle lanes or as close as practical to the right edge of the roadway. This new law also requires drivers to give bicycle riders an audible signal when passing. Drivers must also pass on the left at a distance of not less than three feet.

http://fabb-bikes.blogspot.com/2014/06/in-wv-honk-before-passing.html


paulheckbert

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Jun 12 2014 at 1:44pm #

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/11/321049308/being-a-pedestrian-in-fl-is-dangerous-orlandos-trying-to-change-that

Orlando Steps Up To Make Its Streets More Pedestrian-Friendly

excerpt:

Semoran Boulevard in Orlando, lined with gas stations, strip malls and bus stops, is a good example of what’s wrong with the roads in this busy Florida city.

It’s the most dangerous street in a city that ranks No. 1 in the nation for pedestrian accidents, according to a recent national study. There have been 28 crashes involving pedestrians — and six deaths — on this stretch of road over the past seven years.

According to the urban planning group that conducted the study, Smart Growth America, Florida is the most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians, with four Florida cities leading the nation in pedestrian deaths per capita. Orlando tops the list, thanks to its layout, road design and the culture of its drivers. (The other three are Tampa, Jacksonville and Miami.)

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