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StuInMcCandless

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Jul 7 2013 at 6:52am #

Tragedy in London with a rental bike.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23207691


Marko82

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Jul 7 2013 at 8:39am #

^ related London story with video of bike “superhighways” (re: paint!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23210035


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 7 2013 at 9:45am #

The comments on Marko’s link sound eerily reminiscent of those around Pittsburgh — license plates, cyclists running stop signs, and ultimately that the majority of cases end up being driver error.


helen s

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Jul 7 2013 at 12:26pm #

At least there was not a section for inane comments as we get in our media.


Marko82

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Jul 7 2013 at 10:27pm #

Cool bike quiz for both cyclist & cars. Link at bottom of page http://wqad.com/2013/07/07/test-your-bicycle-safety-knowledge/


jonawebb

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Jul 8 2013 at 7:55am #

Biking reducing traffic congestion in DC: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/traffic-congestion-down-in-part-because-of-biking-relocation/2013/07/06/cdbaa2a4-e363-11e2-bffd-37a36ddab820_story.html


salty

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Jul 9 2013 at 7:46pm #

This article is a few months old but I just read it this weekend… seems apropos given the talk about lack of enforcement in pgh – at least we don’t have anything this dumb on the books: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/nyregion/serious-charges-in-fatal-crashes-pose-challenge-for-prosecutors.html


salty

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Jul 9 2013 at 10:27pm #

Here’s a completely shitty story from near Columbus; the victim was a friend of a friend. A woman gets her bikes stolen, drives to a friend’s to borrow a bike, and gets killed by a drunk driver on the way home.

http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/2013/07/attention-help-annie-rooneys-family.html

http://www.annierooney.com/


paulheckbert

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Jul 9 2013 at 10:31pm #

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/07/business/in-cargo-delivery-the-three-wheelers-that-could.html

“So bike-centric is Portland that its residents can have any of the following delivered to their doorsteps by cycle: a pizza, a keg of pilsner, plumbing services or a hot tub.

… a company that delivers produce, baked goods, coffee beans, bike parts and office supplies to restaurants, bike shops and other businesses throughout Portland’s downtown area using electric-assisted tricycles that pull 60-cubic-foot cargo boxes with a 600-pound capacity.”


salty

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Jul 10 2013 at 9:38am #

From NC: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x177810618/Driver-arrested-in-cyclist-hit-and-run


Marko82

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Jul 10 2013 at 9:50am #

^hit-and-run & unlicensed driver. I wonder how often these are correlated?

While we need to prevent crashes from happening in the first place; I wonder what punishment it would take to have these drivers FEAR leaving the scene more than the punishment they get for stopping and giving aid?


jonawebb

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Jul 10 2013 at 10:12am #

I’ve said it before — we should implement a system for checking for unlicensed drivers, i.e., traffic stops, like they have in California. Not doing this is killing people because of the false belief that we all have the same right to privacy in our cars as we do in our homes. As it is now, if you’re unlicensed, you face no punishment unless you are stopped for something else and are highly motivated to flee the scene of an accident.


edmonds59

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Jul 10 2013 at 12:50pm #

This article is outstanding. Includes FACTS and NUMBERS! I want to re-publish this in every paper in the country.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Risks+cycling+walking+driving+context/8632074/story.html


paulheckbert

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Jul 10 2013 at 11:26pm #

Looking Smart on the Pedals – what shoes to wear while riding a Citi Bike in NYC:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/fashion/looking-smart-on-the-pedals.html?pagewanted=all

“Among the winners: wedges, anything strappy and classic high heels, the stiffer the better.”


RustyRed

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Jul 11 2013 at 7:40am #

paulheckbert wrote:Looking Smart on the Pedals – what shoes to wear while riding a Citi Bike in NYC:

“Among the winners: wedges, anything strappy and classic high heels, the stiffer the better.”

How the heck does one ride a bike in a mini skirt and stilettos?


Mikhail

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Jul 11 2013 at 8:44am #

RustyRed wrote:
How the heck does one ride a bike in a mini skirt and stilettos?

Mini skirts — no top tube. Stilettos? :) Easy — http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/riding-in-casual-cloth/#post-264965


Drewbacca

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Jul 11 2013 at 12:43pm #

Followup to something I posted a couple months ago, a review of some proposed bike friendly changes to the Chicago–>Michigan AMTRAK line. (from the League of Michigan Bicyclists)

http://www.lmb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=829%3Aamtrak-bikes-on-trains-demo-ride&catid=114&Itemid=94


edmonds59

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Jul 11 2013 at 12:49pm #

It would be easier to bike in heels than walk in some of the shoes I see on women downtown. As they teeter along, sometimes I just want to walk up and ask these women “What the FFF are you thinking??”.


jonawebb

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Jul 11 2013 at 1:03pm #

@ed, you’re looking at the wrong part.


Mikhail

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Jul 11 2013 at 4:10pm #

http://www.heraldsun.com/news/localnews/x177810618/Driver-arrested-in-cyclist-hit-and-run


Mick

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Jul 11 2013 at 5:56pm #

@ paulheckbert How the heck does one ride a bike in a mini skirt and stilettos?

Stillettos have stiff soles and good foot position for pedalling. Not bad for biking.

Clearly not built for walking.

But then, maybe no worse than cleats.

@ Edmonds – For reasons that are kinda twisted, I’m guessing women would be extremely offended if you asked them what they were thinking of when they put on those shoes.


JaySherman5000

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Jul 12 2013 at 10:10am #

I’m not sure if anyone’s posted this yet, but here’s a flying bike. Take that, da Vinci!


LizziMac

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Jul 12 2013 at 11:42am #

As a woman with pisspoor walking-in-heels abilities, I can confirm that I can ride in heels significantly more gracefully than I can walk in heels.


edmonds59

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Jul 12 2013 at 12:28pm #

Basic skillz, this woman haz em;


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 15 2013 at 11:40am #

Found this on the Fort Lauderdale Critical Mass page. Happened in Hershey PA.

http://www.local10.com/entertainment/Stranded-Dave-Matthews-hitches-ride-with-fan/-/1716846/20976826/-/pvmvwmz/-/index.html


helen s

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Jul 15 2013 at 12:04pm #

Buried above was the mention of the winning of the Sikorsky Prize- here is another with video. The “bikecopter” is barely recognizable as a helicopter, but the bike frame appears stock with interesting gearing. Note the rider (pilot?) was not wearing a helmet.
If planes and boats can have pilots, why are we not all bike pilots? We supply the power and the navigation, much more than those “riding” planes and boats.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10898078

I personally thought the video was pretty thrilling.


Drewbacca

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Jul 15 2013 at 12:42pm #

@stu, just saw that on facebook and you beat me to the post. That gave me a good laugh. I frequently pick up hitchhikers and haven’t had any surprises (for better or worse). I did have a guy named Scooter that looked miraculously like George Carlin once… he lives in Atlanta.


Marko82

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Jul 17 2013 at 11:53am #

New King County Metro electronic bicycle lockers roll out

http://www.king5.com/news/local/New-bicycle-electronic-lockers-roll-out-in-King-Co-Metro-park–rides-215672941.html


Drewbacca

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Jul 17 2013 at 11:59am #

@Marko, bad link… they changed it from “local” to “cities”

http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/New-bicycle-electronic-lockers-roll-out-in-King-Co-Metro-park–rides-215672941.html

I like the idea… when I was out there for six years, I never had the opportunity to try the old lockers; the card system sounds like a perfect opportunity to make use of the locker without any hassle at all.

Still, who wants to park and ride when you can just commute all the way to your destination! :D

I wonder if the fact that Seattle’s current mayor is a cyclist played a part in this.


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 17 2013 at 4:36pm #

BikingInLA via Washington Area Bicyclist Association: Pasadena cyclist killed in collision with salmon rider.


salty

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Jul 18 2013 at 12:02am #

Not bike related, but, um… http://gothamist.com/2013/07/12/nj_transit_bus_driver_caught_mastur.php


Marko82

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Jul 18 2013 at 3:07pm #

First, the cyclist was NOT killed, but it shows even if you are doing everything right you are still not safe.

“Video Captures Hit & Run Accident That Injured Bicyclist”

http://www.wgrz.com/news/national/article/220169/2/Video-Captures-Hit–Run-Accident-That-Injured-Bicyclist


paulheckbert

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Jul 18 2013 at 8:49pm #

This nice historical video about “How the Dutch got their cycle paths” concludes:

“To sum it up: What caused the changes in the Netherlands [resulting in so many bike paths]? There were the problems of cities that couldn’t cope with the increasing traffic that led to demolitions and to a public outrage over the amount of space handed over to motorized traffic. An intolerable number of traffic deaths that again led to mass public protests. An oil crisis and an economic crisis that led to gas shortages and high prices of energy. A solution was found in the political will on a national and municipal level with both decision makers and planners to deal with the situation. By turning away from car-centric policies and making way for alternative transport, like cycling. Cycling is now an integral part of transport policies.”


salty

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Jul 23 2013 at 4:46pm #

[pdf report] Sunnyvale, CA considers new bike lanes on El Camino Real.

I thought the report was interesting from a documentation perspective. They’re proposing removing 134 on-street parking spots to accomplish this, and they have data about current utilization and nearby alternatives. Plus they sent a survey out to local residents and businesses (snail mail and online) to gauge support. Maybe that is a good path to getting similar changes done around here?

FWIW, the best thing I could compare ECR to is McKnight Rd. It’s a pretty major thoroughfare, lined with strip malls and other things involving huge parking lots. So, it would be pretty cool to see bike lanes on a road like that. The vote is tonight – we’ll see…


salty

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Jul 23 2013 at 10:21pm #

Bike share in Vancouver, 1500 bikes (7 speed bikes, which I hope we get here instead of the 3 speed models at BkSq)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/07/23/bc-vancouver-bike-share-vote.html

BTW, feel free to read the comments if you’d like to shatter your illusions of Canada being more polite/enlightened/etc than the US/Pittsburgh/etc.


paulheckbert

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Jul 26 2013 at 10:38am #

More bicycle fashions:

“Prada backpack, Miu Miu skirt, Valentino shoes, Yakkay helmet.”

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2013/07/23/fashion/bike-street-style.html


RustyRed

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Jul 26 2013 at 3:27pm #

If you’re not wearing spandex, you might get pulled over in the UK.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2330335/Do-think-theyre-fashion-police-Cyclist-pulled-officers-wasnt-wearing-Lycra.html


edmonds59

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Jul 29 2013 at 9:55am #

Cleveland, July 2013 Critical Mass. 858 riders. Regardless of your opinions of CM, that’s something.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 29 2013 at 1:42pm #

What are they doing right?

We had three last Friday. THREE. But if it ends up getting one asshat driver a ticket (as it well might, I haven’t heard at this point), then it’s worth it.

I’d love to have a turnout of 250+, whether Flock or CM.


edmonds59

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Jul 29 2013 at 2:07pm #

If I had to throw out a wild assed guess as to the why, Cle probably had only very weak CM’s in the 90′s, and probably none to speak of in the 00′s, thereby avoiding the nastiness and negative connotations associated with the event in it’s later days, as here. So the whole concept may be fresh and mostly untainted up there. But I am to a large degree making that up.
Nonetheless biking is blowing up in Cle.
Also, surprisingly, Ohioans do like to party.

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