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edmonds59

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Sep 25 2013 at 1:17pm #

What a charming human being.


Drewbacca

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Sep 25 2013 at 6:25pm #

WBEZ-NPR asks: Is biking in Chicago a risky proposition? “A Curious Citizen wanted a point-by-point comparison to other modes of getting around. But just how close can we (or should we) get to that?”


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 25 2013 at 9:32pm #

Well, how about some good bike news from out of town! This one, from St. Paul MN:
Amber Dallman gave birth after riding [rental bike] to hospital [link]

Photo caption: Amber Dallman has the 2013 Hardcore Biker of the Year award locked up, as far as we’re concerned.

Comment: This has to be the busiest, most ad-filled webpage I have seen in a long while.


StuInMcCandless

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Sep 28 2013 at 3:02pm #

Bad news out of metro Buffalo. How do you not see a horse?

(btw, this is about two miles from the wonderful Hamburg traffic circles that made the news recently.)

http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/227614/37/Woman-Riding-Horse-Hit-By-Vehicle-Killed


buffalo buffalo

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Sep 29 2013 at 12:58pm #

Via Streetsblog: San Francisco rabbi trades pickup truck for city’s first pedisukkah


Drewbacca

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Sep 30 2013 at 6:25pm #

Ann Arbor, MI
Three charged with felonies in robbery of unconscious cyclist.
Warning: will piss you off.

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/09/woman_accused_of_stealing_twic.html#incart_m-rpt-2


paulheckbert

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Sep 30 2013 at 8:38pm #

Kolkata, India “has barred bicycles from 174 city streets. The ban includes bicycles, cycle vans, handcarts, and pull-carts. The authorities say the ban is designed to ease gridlock and make way for cars, trucks, busses and taxis.”

http://pri.org/stories/2013-09-30/bicyclists-crowded-indian-city-fight-take-back-streets


J Z

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Oct 3 2013 at 8:53pm #

http://chi.streetsblog.org/2013/10/02/driver-who-killed-bobby-cann-asks-judge-for-his-mercedes-back/


jonawebb

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Oct 4 2013 at 6:29am #

Bike share use is up in DC during the shutdown.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dr-gridlock/wp/2013/10/04/shutdown-may-be-causing-spike-in-short-term-bike-rentals/


MichaelCycle

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Oct 5 2013 at 6:28pm #

Idiocy from Georgia:

Rep. Carl Rogers, R- Hall County said he has heard it over and over from constituents, fed up with slow bike riders taking up lanes on country roads.

Rogers and two colleagues have introduced house bill 689. It would require bikes to buy and display license plates, forbid riding side-by-side, allow only four riders in a single-file group and even let counties ban bikes from some roads.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/lawmaker-wants-bicyclists-buy-license-plates/nbGKP/


edmonds59

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Oct 5 2013 at 8:20pm #

If it weren’t for precedent, I would not give a shit what happens in Georgia. Ultimate Redneck shithole.


salty

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Oct 6 2013 at 12:23am #

Pure ignorance and I agree it would be a terrible precedent.


RustyRed

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Oct 8 2013 at 3:33pm #

Wow, San Francisco understands the advantage of timing the lights to appeal to cyclists! Fewer cyclists running reds!

http://www.sfbike.org/main/four-more-green-waves-coming-to-san-francisco-streets/


edmonds59

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Oct 9 2013 at 11:09am #

Road trip, http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/ai-weiwei-forever-bicycles-installation-nuit-blanche-toronto


StuInMcCandless

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Oct 9 2013 at 1:38pm #

Oh, to have a passport. Oh, to have a government I can acquire a passport from.

I wonder what will become of 3000+ frames after this installation is taken apart. Will it travel? Can they be separated intact? Will they be sellable or give-awayable? Or just scrap?


buffalo buffalo

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Oct 9 2013 at 2:00pm #

Cleveland cyclist speaks out after hit-and-run, prays for the driver to come forward: http://www.cleveland.com/brett/blog/index.ssf/2013/10/cylist_mindy_mayno_injured_in.html
“God took care of me, took care of my side of the deal that night. I have no anger. I would thank him for having the courage to show up.” But she’d give the driver a lecture. “Do you pay attention when you’re driving? Will this have an impact on you? Will you put down all the distractions?”

Meanwhile, Maryland woman charged w/ negligent manslaughter and texting while driving, faces up to ten years in prison for crash that killed cyclist: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/woman-20-accused-of-texting-while-driving-faces-up-to-10-years-for-fatal-crash/
“This is big wake-up call to everyone to knock it off and drive your car,” said Kevin Davis, Anne Arundel County police chief.


Swalfoort

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Oct 15 2013 at 8:52am #

I never really thought of carrying an ice pack with me when I ride. Apparently some people do. The first one is almost certainly the “slam to activate” type, not the refreezables that would condense all over your pannier. The second might be either type, as he was carrying chilled samples at the time.

Do any of you carry an ice pack on a regular basis?

Here’s the story, from the Metropolitan Diary of the NY Times:

Victim Becomes a Cycling Samaritan
By NANCY BROUS
Metropolitan Diary
More Reader Tales From the City »
Dear Diary:

Late on the evening of May 30, I was in a pretty serious cycling accident on the Williamsburg Bridge: a hit and run. I was left with smashed bones in my face and a profusely bleeding gash in my forehead.

Against all odds, a good Samaritan on his bike happened past with an ice pack in his backpack. It helped stop the bleeding and may have just saved my life.

Three months later, while cycling down the West Side greenway with samples for a citizens’ water quality testing program chilling in a cooler, I came upon a downed cyclist, also the victim of a hit and run. I gave the guy, a tourist, my ice pack for his swollen wrist.

I knew I was lucky the night of my accident, but I never expected to pay it forward quite so literally.


Mikhail

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Oct 15 2013 at 3:36pm #

Swalfoort wrote:
Do any of you carry an ice pack on a regular basis?

I do. Every workday. Not because I am smart but because I am type II diabetic. The re-freezable one (I have a lot of them, somehow I cannot through them away when I get my insulin in mail). I would hand it out without problems.


Drewbacca

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Oct 18 2013 at 10:10pm #

ahhhh Texas

“That is when Clark began to drive to the left running the cyclist to the shoulder of the road. Another cyclist, then came around Clarks right side in an attempt to go around. That is when Clark slammed his brakes on causing cyclist Rick Sauvageau to slam into the back of Clark’s truck. ”

Then he gets out of the truck and waves a baseball bat around. He also runs over a bicycle before leaving the scene…

http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com/man-engages-cyclists-video/


andyc

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Oct 21 2013 at 8:18am #

I wonder what they were selling from their bikes at 25 mph?


paulheckbert

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Oct 22 2013 at 8:26pm #

A debate in the NY Times:

Should the laws and infrastructure be altered to recognize differences between bikes and cars, or should cyclists and drivers be treated the same?

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/10/21/cyclists-drivers-and-the-rules-of-the-road

excerpts:

“Since the 1920s American car culture has carried on a campaign to make motor transport the highest priority for streets and highways. [The campaign is] based on three arguments:

1. Roads are made for motor vehicles.
2. Cyclists must stay close to the edge of the roadway, or off of it if there’s a path, because the greatest danger to cyclists is same-direction motor traffic.
3. Cyclists cannot be expected to be capable of obeying the rules of the road.

… Both of motordom’s scientific claims were proved false. Turning and crossing movements are the cause of 95 percent of car-bike collisions and only 5 percent of accidents are the result of same-direction motor traffic. Cyclists are fully capable of obeying the rules of the road; they fare best when they act, and are treated, as drivers of vehicles.”

“Bicycles should not only be for the brave young men on their way to work, but also for the children on their way to school. We’ve also seen that improving bicycle infrastructure at crossings and along congested stretches has empowered cyclists and improved safety. Over the last four years, Copenhageners who have reported that they feel safe while cycling has increased from 51 to 76 percent. Only 5 percent of them now feel unsafe.”

“Let’s ban private cars downtown; while continuing to allow commercial vehicles, taxis and shuttle and bus services. Cyclists should be permitted to roll slowly through stop signs like in Idaho, and they should also be granted free, secure parking.”


J Z

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Oct 23 2013 at 8:18pm #

http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/why-does-the-government-continue-to-promote-biking/Content?oid=4655086


Drewbacca

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Oct 23 2013 at 9:59pm #

J Z wrote:
http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/why-does-the-government-continue-to-promote-biking/Content?oid=4655086

Personally, I think just living in Charleston, SC is hazardous to one’s health… nevermind cycling. IF nothing else, the place will bore you to death. Worst 1.5 year of my life.


paulheckbert

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Oct 25 2013 at 8:37pm #

A Swedish filmmaker has a kickstarter campaign to raise money to make a documentary “Bikes vs. Cars” about transportation planning, with expected release in 2014.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/17/bikes-vs-cars-director-fredrik-gertten-sets-out-to-expose-the-car-lobby/


Swalfoort

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Oct 29 2013 at 8:21am #

Economic Impact of (Katy) Trail discussed in recent Voice of America news item:

Abandoned US Railroad Tracks Find New Life

SEDALIA, MISSOURI — The morning sun shines like gold on the two rails of train tracks that run through Sedalia, Missouri.

An automobile rumbles over the tracks then disappears up the street.

A clanging crossing gate drops, allowing a lone engine to chug by pushing a single boxcar.

When trains were king

Ten blocks away, three dozen tourists dressed in bicycling clothes, gaze up at a train museum that looks like a palace topped by a towering, green tiled roof.

Tour guide Kathleen Boswell says this historic depot dates back to the 1860s, when trains were king.

Hundreds of trains stopped at the depot along the Kansas-Missouri-Texas Railroad, also known as the Katy, each week.

However, by the 1970s, so many trucks and planes carried freight and people, that the train tracks were largely abandoned.

In the 1980s, private donors worked with government officials to turn this stretch of track into the tourist attraction it is today.

New way to ride the rails

The former Katy railway is now one of longest recreational trails in the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. It was also one of the first.

The tourists hop onto their bicycles and take to the trail, gearing up for a week of biking up to 80 kilometers a day. They’ll be pedaling along a car-free trail that winds through hardwood forests and train tunnels, past corn fields and beside the expansive Missouri River.

The group is among the nearly half-million people who use the Katy Trail every year. More than 20,000 of them come from out of state.

“I love biking. That’s why I’m here,” said Stacy Heikes, who is from Colorado. “I love biking in new places. Right up the road, I hear, there is a burr oak that’s a state champion in size.”

A tour agency called Road Scholars organized this group’s itinerary, and it encourages side trips to train museums, vineyards and the Missouri state capital.

The historic murals at the capital building in Jefferson City captured California resident Alice Frost’s heart.

“The one mural in the senator lounge was just magnificent,” Frost said. “I had never been to Missouri before and I had put it on my low list of places I might like to go, but after seeing it, I see there’s many good things for vacationing, and I’m enjoying it.”

Paying off

The Katy Trail cost $6 million to build. Today, the state of Missouri spends a small fraction of that each year to maintain the 390-kilometer long trail.

Katy Bike Rental owner Todd White says the resulting tourist traffic means the investment pays off.

“The economic impact study says that $18.5 million every year [is] getting sprinkled along this trail,” White said. “Two hundred and fifty thousand meals and, of course, the bike shops and different support services along this trail as well.

Many Missouri cities now require major roads and bridges to include a bike lane, and for residential areas to add bikeways that link up with the Katy Trail, according to White.

Since beginning with the Katy in the 1980s, the Rails to Trails program has helped convert 32,000 kilometers of abandoned train tracks into recreational paths. The group’s ultimate goal is to create a nationwide network of connecting trails.

Three minute video: http://www.voanews.com/content/abandoned-us-railroad-tracks-find-new-life/1778545.html

Source: Voice of America News


J Z

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Oct 30 2013 at 10:17pm #

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/10/britain-experimenting-glowing-seemingly-self-aware-bike-path/7413/


Swalfoort

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Oct 31 2013 at 9:11am #

This is a little cool, a little freaky:

From The Atlantic Cities, http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/10/britain-experimenting-glowing-seemingly-self-aware-bike-path/7413/

Britain Is Experimenting With a Glowing, Seemingly Self-Aware Bike Path

The spectral blue glow emitted from this British bike path looks like it should be pulsing off of magic crystals inside some miles-deep cavern. But if it saves a rider from road rash or fractured bones, then more power to the folks who made it: Let’s get even more parts of the cycle infrastructure lit up like Marie Curie’s lab table.

The so-called “Starpath” is a type of solar-enhanced liquid and aggregate made by Pro-Teq Surfacing, a company headquartered southwest of London near the awesomely titled town of Staines-upon-Thames. It’s in the prototype phase, with a test path running 460 feet in a Cambridge park called Christ’s Pieces. (The British and their delightful names!) The material works by absorbing UV rays during the day and later releasing them as topaz light. In a weird feature, it can somehow adjust its brightness levels similar to the screen of an iPhone; the path gets dimmer on pitch-black nights “almost like it has a mind of its own,” says Pro-Teq’s owner, Hamish Scott.

The company patented this curious substance to suit the needs of certain thrifty municipalities, which are trying to cut back on their nocturnal electricity bills. Here’s more about the Starpath from its makers:

It is certainly a sustainable surface, perfect for cyclist and disabled access and has a high safety margin with its anti-slip properties. It can also help to reduce the risk of collisions between cyclists and pedestrians at night without having to resort to artificial painted centre lines. The aggregate is a non-reflective light source, the lack of any glare off the surface further enhancing its acceptance in more populated areas. (eg: if this product were to be laid on a driveway in a private residence, there would be no adverse impact on neighbouring properties).
Pro-Teq is hoping that governments will embrace its self-aware, supernatural-looking pathway for its energy-saving elements and the ease in which it goes down. The installation is fairly quick (the Cambridge job took about 4 hours), and because it’s a resurfacing technique doesn’t involve the burdensome disassembly and disposal of existing pathways. “The main bulk of the U.K. path network is tarmac, where perhaps it’s coming toward the end of its useful life,” says Pro-Teq pitchman Neil Blackmore in the below video. “We can rejuvenate it with our system, creating not only a practical but a decorative finish that’s certainly with the Starpath also very, very unique.”

Photos on the website make it worth clicking on the link. Sort of reminds me of the poppies scene in the Wizard of Oz. Except these “poppies” are blue.


paulheckbert

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Nov 6 2013 at 1:56pm #

A drunk driver in Japan struck five middle school girls bicycling on the road. A hit-and-run. One girl suffered a broken leg.

http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/105220.php

animated reenactment:

http://us.tomonews.net/a-drunk-driver-was-arrested-after-a-hit-and-run-involving-five-middle-school-girls-112048


edmonds59

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Nov 6 2013 at 5:07pm #

Mayor elect of NYC Bill de Blasio was the only one of 3 mayoral candidates to respond to Transportation Alternatives questionnaire regarding transportation, repeatedly calls for (continued) expansion of bike facilities and the bike share system in the city. This is wonderful. http://transalt.org/getinvolved/vote/survey?nosplash


RustyRed

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Nov 8 2013 at 10:29am #

Justin Bieber, lousy bike thief.

http://www.tmz.com/2013/11/08/justin-bieber-steals-security-guard-bike-vegas-surrenders-palms-casino/


J Z

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Nov 8 2013 at 11:19am #

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/06/tech/mobile/selfies-while-driving/index.html?hpt=hp_bn5


Drewbacca

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Nov 8 2013 at 12:46pm #

http://blog.priceonomics.com/post/16013457968/the-fixie-bike-index

“fixie index”


neilmd

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Nov 9 2013 at 8:18pm #

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/opinion/sunday/is-it-ok-to-kill-cyclists.html?from=opinion


buffalo buffalo

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Nov 10 2013 at 8:50pm #

neilmd wrote:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/11/10/opinion/sunday/is-it-ok-to-kill-cyclists.html?from=opinion

This article has its own discussion thread here: http://bikepgh.org/mb/topic/is-it-o-k-to-kill-cyclists/


J Z

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Nov 11 2013 at 10:39pm #

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Traveler-s-3-400-miles-by-bike-loss-and-4971409.php#photo-5436804


Drewbacca

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Nov 12 2013 at 4:02pm #

Interesting article on bike theft in Chicago.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131111/lincoln-park/bike-theft-gangs-using-sucker-poles-steal-bikes-across-city


J Z

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Nov 17 2013 at 9:05pm #

http://www.npr.org/2013/11/17/245717477/bike-builder-uses-recycled-parts-to-put-more-riders-in-the-low-seat


StuInMcCandless

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Nov 18 2013 at 7:06am #

How Calgary cyclists got the city to keep a bike path clear of snow. In short, they started doing it themselves.

Includes pictures and a short video (from 1996!) of their apparatus.

http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2013/01/31/how-some-committed-cyclists-paved-the-way-for-calgarys-pathway-snow-clearing/


J Z

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Nov 19 2013 at 1:30pm #

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-25000788


paulheckbert

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Nov 27 2013 at 5:34pm #

I spent 3 days visiting a friend and bicycling around Toronto earlier this month. Here are some impressions of cycling in Toronto.

1. Cycling is common. I saw lots of people on bicycles: men&women, young&old, with&without hats and gloves (even though it was cold and windy: 5-10C and 15km/h). I saw lots of bicycles locked on front porches of houses and on balconies of high-rise apartments. Many people have bicycles and they use them for short-distance trips. Mostly hybrids. The fraction of people in spandex was small. Here are bikes locked up in front of a restaurant.

2. Cycling is easy. I saw more bike lanes than in Portland OR, for example. Not as easy as Amsterdam, however. Lots of bike racks. Drivers seemed to accept the cyclists.

3. Subways and trains accept bicycles, outside of rush hour. Here we are lifting our bicycles onto an evening train back to downtown. No racks, no extra fee, no fuss. (This is just like the trains that run every 30 minutes from Monroeville to downtown Pittsburgh for $5 – you know that train, right?)

4. There are nice paved bike trails that follow rivers upstream away from the lake, through the parks, and also along the lake (comparable to Pittsburgh’s network). Here is a bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the Humber River.

5. They have bike share, but I didn’t try it.

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