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Mick

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Apr 18 2013 at 11:15am #

@ SEW
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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/nyregion/study-details-injuries-to-pedestrians-and-cyclists-in-new-york-city.html?_r=0

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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Apr 18 2013 at 11:48am #

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/sports/cycling/shannon-galpin-has-a-mission-putting-afghans-on-bikes.html?pagewanted=1&src=rechp


StuInMcCandless

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Apr 18 2013 at 4:25pm #

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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Apr 18 2013 at 7:24pm #

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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Apr 18 2013 at 7:30pm #

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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Apr 22 2013 at 2:40pm #

http://bikeportland.org/2013/04/22/riders-discover-woman-driving-car-on-glenn-jackson-bridge-bike-path-85780


buffalo buffalo

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Apr 22 2013 at 8:57pm #

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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Apr 24 2013 at 4:41pm #

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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Apr 25 2013 at 8:25am #

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/excursions/post/suspected-road-rage-incident-captured-by-surveillance-camera-in-beverly-hills/


jonawebb

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May 1 2013 at 9:25am #

New word: ‘woonerf':

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/automobiles/where-share-the-road-is-taken-literally.html?hpw


Drewbacca

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May 1 2013 at 2:56pm #

WTF?

http://reviews.roadbikereview.com/video-motorcyclist-rams-into-cyclists-at-mulholland-drive


Drewbacca

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May 2 2013 at 10:39am #

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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May 2 2013 at 7:52pm #

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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May 3 2013 at 7:35am #

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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May 3 2013 at 5:02pm #

“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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May 7 2013 at 2:59pm #

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/07/nyregion/bike-riding-in-city-traffic-take-notes-please.html

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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May 8 2013 at 11:50am #

Spectacular New Floating Cycle Roundabout

http://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/spectacular-new-floating-cycle-roundabout/


StuInMcCandless

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May 8 2013 at 12:04pm #

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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May 8 2013 at 5:38pm #

Amtrak related http://www.activetrans.org/blog/tvillaire/bikes-may-be-allowed-trains-heading-michigan-next-year


J Z

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May 8 2013 at 8:31pm #

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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May 11 2013 at 7:38am #

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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May 12 2013 at 10:29am #

Phoenix Cop Gives Working Teenager Bike for Commute

http://abcnews.go.com/us/video/police-officer-working-teenager-bike-commute-19158691


jonawebb

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May 14 2013 at 11:34am #

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/15/nyregion/complaints-rise-as-bike-share-program-nears.html?hp


buffalo buffalo

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May 16 2013 at 2:01pm #

DC apparently activated its 5th HAWK signal today: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/05/16/d-c-activating-another-special-pedestrian-crossing/


edmonds59

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May 19 2013 at 8:15am #

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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May 19 2013 at 11:09am #

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


Marko82

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May 20 2013 at 4:34pm #

Bicycle funerals

http://www.kval.com/news/business/Bicycle-hearse-offers-one-last-ride-to-final-resting-place-207791931.html?tab=video&c=y


edmonds59

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May 25 2013 at 6:44am #

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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May 25 2013 at 8:45am #

@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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May 25 2013 at 9:23am #

Ha!


StuInMcCandless

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May 26 2013 at 6:38am #

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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May 28 2013 at 10:48am #

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 28 2013 at 7:18pm #

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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May 28 2013 at 9:16pm #

Another from NPR though not about bicycling. :)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/06/137002727/sweet-justice-a-florida-couple-forecloses-on-bank-of-america


Drewbacca

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May 31 2013 at 9:15pm #

“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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May 31 2013 at 11:07pm #

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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May 31 2013 at 11:38pm #

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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Jun 10 2013 at 12:48am #

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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Jun 13 2013 at 7:02am #

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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Jun 13 2013 at 11:03am #

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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