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jonawebb

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Jul 29 2013 at 6:09pm #

Well, here’s another point of view: http://www.friendsofarizonatrails.org/incidents


buffalo buffalo

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Jul 31 2013 at 11:50pm #

StuInMcCandless wrote:What are they doing right?

We had three last Friday… I’d love to have a turnout of 250+, whether Flock or CM.

Where do they advertise their rides, and how? Where do we advertise our rides, and how?

I’ve only seen either Flock or CM advertised here and on Facebook, though I admit I don’t get out much…


Drewbacca

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Aug 1 2013 at 12:34am #

Be it in Seattle or Chicago, all the CM rides came to me by word of mouth. It may just take time to build up momentum…


edmonds59

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Aug 1 2013 at 6:10am #

Well, I posted the cm thing because I think it’s awesome for Cleveland. But I wasn’t necessarily thinking we need to reproduce that here. Realistically, here I would rather see Flock strengthened, and energy focused there. I think if a particular place has one strong ride/activist action a month, that would be fantastic. Don’t diffuse the energy. Imagine an 850 person Flock.
Plus, from what I have seen, the Cleveland event rolls with an atmosphere similar to Flock anyway, a fun friendly party vibe with a destination gathering at the end, not the inyerface aggro we are traffic! approach of later day CM.


paulheckbert

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Aug 1 2013 at 8:11am #

A radio story: Vehicle-Clogged Rome Turning to Bikes.

Roberto Vavassori, President of ANFIA, the Italian automotive association says:

“I see this tendency where youngsters, people under 30, are not necessarily wanting to have a driving license,” he says. “And this is not only true in big cities such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, but also Milan or Rome. We have more than 10 percent of youngsters not getting a license because they feel it is no longer necessary to own a car or even use a car.”
He also sees parallels with the United States, where the amount of young people with licenses has been steadily declining for decades.


Marko82

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Aug 2 2013 at 9:36am #

LA news channel does a bike sting to catch bike theft

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/investigations/series/bicycle-theft/Thief-Makes-Quick-Work-of-NBC4s-Locked-Bike-218001401.html


Drewbacca

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Aug 2 2013 at 12:03pm #

if only every bike theft got a news helicopter in the air…

I’ve seriously considered doing the gps thing in my headtube, gives new meaning to “family plan.”


Drewbacca

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Aug 12 2013 at 1:14pm #

“Well, this is just great news for anyone who’s ever had a bike stolen in San Francisco (which is everyone with a bike in San Francisco, basically): The San Francisco Police Department has started a new Twitter account intended to help victims get their trusty steeds back. What’s more, they’ve just started outing known bike thieves with the twitpic version of Wanted posters.”

http://sfist.com/2013/08/09/sfpd_is_now_shaming_bike_thieves_on.php


StuInMcCandless

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Aug 13 2013 at 11:25am #

I think the take-away here is that cameras work. “This photo came from a concerned cyclist.”

The other piece that matters is that the bikes themselves need to be identifiable. To that end, kudos to Bike-Pgh for running the photo campaign, which has already proven itself multiple times.


erok

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Aug 16 2013 at 9:49am #

From alameda.

This piece of feces was charged with murder of a bicyclist after it was found he liked to boast about speeding on twitter. he was going 80 in a 40 when he killed the cyclist.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/15/cody-hall_n_3764785.html?utm_hp_ref=tw


erok

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Aug 16 2013 at 10:01am #

i guess i should say that his charges were upgraded to murder after the discovery of the tweets.


Drewbacca

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Aug 19 2013 at 2:18pm #

Yippee! Seattle considers a protected bike lane on a stretch I used to ride regularly. I’m surprised, as I never noticed a lot of bicycle traffic on the particular stretch. I guess they are trying to connect Green Lake with the Burke-Gilman Trail (so, definitely a lot of *potential* use).

Local business owners aren’t so happy… :(

http://kuow.org/post/cycle-track-plan-worries-business-owners-ravenna


RustyRed

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Aug 20 2013 at 2:40pm #

If a conviction doesn’t come out of this….

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/cab_jumps_curb_in_midtown_pins_pedestrian_JcBIxIBqHmdiKKeKZI8ZNI


salty

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Aug 20 2013 at 7:44pm #

I can’t explain why the f*** this would be the case, but apparently not:

“Law-enforcement sources said the cabbie who hit her, Mohammed Himon, was likely to be slapped with multiple summonses for the crash but not criminally charged.”


buffalo buffalo

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Aug 20 2013 at 11:59pm #

So far he’s gotten a summons (i.e., a traffic ticket) for being unauthorized to drive that particular cab, and the cab company has gotten one for having an unauthorized driver, and that’s about it.

Meanwhile, this story also dropped today, although the incident was in July: NYPD officer knocks woman off her bike in the middle of busy intersection to give her a ticket: http://gothamist.com/2013/08/20/cop_allegedly_knocks_woman_from_bic.php


Marko82

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Aug 21 2013 at 6:58am #

That’s F’d up! I like this statement from her lawyer –

“If she ran a red light and he pulled her out of the car, it would be crazy,” he said. “Why, if she was on a bike, would it be any different?”


salty

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Aug 22 2013 at 12:08am #

Some lame-ass NIMBY (NIMFS’s) in Chicago don’t want bike share near their condos: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-divvy-bike-sharing-lawsuit-20130821,0,2389271.story

Some of the typical comments you know and love from bike articles, although the cyclists seem to have largely gotten out in front of this one. My personal favorite:

“And nobody asked me if they could park their ugly cars in front of my building, hogging precious limited street space with their private property. Yes somehow we live with it.”


Marko82

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Aug 29 2013 at 2:04pm #

Bike messengers needed….

“Lebanon is to have its first company dedicated soley to providing a bicycle messenger service, set to open in mid-September in the busy streets of Beirut”

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/2013/08/29/It-s-like-riding-a-bike-Beirut-sees-its-first-two-wheeled-courier-service.html


Ahlir

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Aug 31 2013 at 10:35am #

CEO of Giant gets into cycling.
The article notes:

Mr. Liu’s transformation, and that of many of his cycling compatriots, was motivated somewhat unexpectedly by a 2007 film, “Island Etude,” about a young man who bicycles around Taiwan. “With some things, if you don’t do them now, you might never do them in your life,” was its most often repeated line.

I like that an abstract idea might lead people to do good things for themselves and for the world. Dismayingly I expect it would work in less benign directions as well…


edmonds59

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Sep 1 2013 at 7:50am #

Bike Cleveland got some amazing bus wraps done. I would link to the article where I saw this but it is a really craptastic site (The Plain Dealer) that I would not direct anyone to. Plus the anti-bike comments on there are unbelievable, beyond anything I have seen locally recently. Seems like we have made some progress.


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 1 2013 at 8:48pm #

The Dutch army bicycle band, from the Sept 1 selections on Wimp.com. I think they’re all fixies.

http://www.wimp.com/bicycleband/

Also on Wimp for Sept 1, the bicycle elevator:

http://www.wimp.com/bicycleelevator/


Drewbacca

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Sep 3 2013 at 7:26pm #

Rahm(bo) Emanuel to the rescue…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-emanuel-aids-bicyclist-after-crash-on-hipster-highway-20130903,0,324294.story


RustyRed

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Sep 3 2013 at 9:25pm #

A DC Capital Bikeshare bike winds up on Seattle’s streets.

http://wamu.org/news/13/08/30/capital_bikeshare_bike_ends_up_on_seattle_street_prompting_questions#.UiaS-XiGfrE.facebook


Drewbacca

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Sep 3 2013 at 9:39pm #

I really hope that the bike got all the way there on its own two wheels!!! I shipped my bikes back via ABF, but I wish I would have used pedal power. Perhaps I’ll ride a Chicago Divvy bike to Pgh. LOL


jonawebb

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Sep 4 2013 at 3:54pm #

Seems like folks should be able to do this here, if they aren’t already:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/04/us/ap-us-travel-trip-beer-and-bike-tours.html?hp


Drewbacca

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Sep 6 2013 at 12:58pm #

Interesting read regarding a suburban Chicago community addressing the fact that they have 1.5x the national average in bicycle related injuries… (pdf)

http://www.downers.us/public/docs/Parking_%20and_Transportation/Bicycle-and-Pedestrian_Plan_022713_nn.pdf


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 7 2013 at 5:20am #

From Florida. Sometimes, even the officials get it wrong.

https://thecoastnews.com/2013/09/sheriff-captain-clarifies-sharrow-rules/

Do read the comments on this.


jonawebb

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Sep 7 2013 at 10:00am #

The sheriff is right. Florida law is still “as close as practicable”. The article does mention unsafe conditions as a reason to take the lane.


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 7 2013 at 10:57am #

California, not Florida. (San Diego County, specifically.) And, the sheriff is dead wrong; again, read the comments, especially Bill Davidson‘s, which specifically references several sections of the CA Vehicle Code.


edmonds59

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Sep 7 2013 at 12:11pm #

From The Atlantic Cities, quote from Minnesota state senator S. Scott Dibble regarding a new $5 mill ped/bike bridge. A public official gets it – remarkable!
“There’s been some criticism about the amount of money we spend on these facilities, particularly when they’re off-road facilities and dedicated trails. But when you do the head count and you really do the cost/benefit analysis, and compare that to how much money we put into the transportation infrastructure for cars — and you look at the benefit, in terms of transportation, in terms of connecting communities, in terms of livability, quality of life and just how it makes people feel about where they live — it just can’t even be compared.”

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/09/eight-more-brilliant-pieces-bike-infrastructure/6803/


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 8 2013 at 7:21pm #

From Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: First, you have to read the tweet.

BC Police to crack down on reckless drivers that make streets unsafe. Just kidding, they're focusing on bike helmets. http://t.co/Xxy5bBU9oc— citylab (@thecitylab) September 7, 2013

OK, now you can go to the story.B.C. police chiefs want tougher penalties for cyclists who don’t wear helmets


Drewbacca

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Sep 8 2013 at 9:12pm #

helmets aside… (har har, couldn’t resist), Victoria BC is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to ride a bicycle that I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring… it should really be on everyone’s bucket list.


RustyRed

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Sep 16 2013 at 8:00am #

Cool!

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/ae/music/pittsburgh-symphony-musicians-take-to-their-bikes-703301/


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 17 2013 at 9:58am #

London to make all roads 20-mph within the Square Mile: http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.com/2013/09/city-of-london-votes-near-unanimously.html


LizziMac

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Sep 21 2013 at 1:00pm #

Here’s a funny!


helen s

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Sep 22 2013 at 4:57pm #

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/22/225122364/crash-stops-cross-country-charity-bike-ride-miles-from-goal


paulheckbert

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Sep 22 2013 at 7:34pm #

Another story about London. In some areas they have narrowed the roads, in the process eliminating bike lanes, in an effort to widen sidewalks (or “pavements”, as they call them). And they’re forcing cyclists to take the lane and using them for traffic calming. It’s an improvement for pedestrians but a failure for cyclists, who are now avoiding this area.

http://cyclelondoncity.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/more-road-narrowing-coming-to-city-of.html


jonawebb

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Sep 25 2013 at 11:43am #

This happened. Then NH Driver Arraigned in Crash That Killed Cyclists which is somewhat encouraging, but there’s also this: “Police say Hess had been stopped on the same road eight hours before the crash and ticketed for driving without a license.” So driving without a license doesn’t mean you can’t, say, drive, even if they catch you. It just means you get a ticket.
Edit: I see in the earlier story that the police didn’t let her drive, she had to wait until a friend arrived to drive her away. But then she borrowed a friend’s car and killed people in the same spot. Because that’s what true friendship is all about, lending cars.


Mikhail

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Sep 25 2013 at 12:03pm #

jonawebb wrote: “Police say Hess had been stopped on the same road eight hours before the crash and ticketed for driving without a license.” So driving without a license doesn’t mean you can’t, say, drive, even if they catch you. It just means you get a ticket.
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to be more exact , the first article says:

“Because she has never had a driver’s license in New Hampshire”

It implies that she had DL from other state and just did not followed procedure to exchange DL after certain period of time.


Marko82

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Sep 25 2013 at 12:13pm #

Jon, some good quotes from another article http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130924-NEWS-130929879

*The charges theoretically could be upgraded to vehicular manslaughter, but that would require the state to prove “criminal recklessness,” rather than the lower charge of “criminal negligence,” Reams said.

*Witnesses are still being interviewed, Reams said, noting investigators “ended up with a lot more witnesses than you’d imagine” because a large bicycling event involving about 1,500 riders was going on at the time.

*Reams said Hess was driving a friend’s vehicle at the time of the crash. He said it’s illegal to knowingly allow an unlicensed person to drive, but there no charges have been brought against the owner of the vehicle, since he doesn’t know the facts surrounding how Hess got those keys.

*Reams said although Hess was driving nearly twice the speed limit when she was first pulled over, that wasn’t enough to have her car towed. “That wasn’t considered a crime to take her off the road,” he said. “They were both criminal violations, not crimes.”

I assume this will get elevated to more serious charges. I hope it also leads the state to change the laws surrounding driving without a license, but I doubt it will happen.

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