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edmonds59

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Nov 27 2013 at 7:14pm #

Cool report. Thanks!


salty

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Nov 27 2013 at 10:04pm #

yeah, sounds cool – here’s hoping they can get rid of their crack smoking mayor and get back on the right path there…


J Z

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Dec 1 2013 at 11:28pm #

Bike Trains

http://www.npr.org/2013/12/01/248063342/shifting-gears-commuting-aboard-the-l-a-bike-trains?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook


paulheckbert

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Dec 3 2013 at 7:14pm #

J Z wrote:Bike Trains …

In Denmark they call this a “bike bus”, and people do it because of the wind – riding in a pack improves the aerodynamics for all but the lead rider — same concept as the peloton in bike road racing. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/world/europe/in-denmark-pedaling-to-work-on-a-superhighway.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

If packs of cyclists were tracked on smartphones, it would make it easier for new riders to find and join a pack.


StuInMcCandless

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Dec 9 2013 at 4:59am #

Calabasas, CA: Cyclist riding in bike lane struck and killed by LEO

Link to news story

Link to Facebook thread discussing the topic


Marko82

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Dec 9 2013 at 9:45am #

^ I hope the LEOs dashcam video shows what happened. Looking at the roadway it’s hard to imagine that it is anything other than distracted driving (cell phone, computer, etc.). Tragic.


paulheckbert

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Dec 11 2013 at 11:59pm #

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/62804-young-philadelphians-driving-less-raising-kids-outside-of-car-culture

Young Philadelphians driving less, raising kids outside of ‘car culture’

excerpt:
Young city dwellers are trading in the car keys for a SEPTA pass, bicycle or sneakers. Some Philadelphians are continuing their voluntary car-free lifestyle even after having children. “Between 2001 and about 2009, 16- to 34-year-olds dropped 23 percent the number of miles that they were driving per year.”


buffalo buffalo

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Dec 12 2013 at 12:41pm #

@ryanparkerdp “This is a real Denver Post from 1932 with a front page story I’m considering doing a follow-up on…” https://pic.twitter.com/rXVU8yfr6x


jonawebb

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Dec 12 2013 at 12:49pm #

Note the sub-sub-heading: “Chief Clark Takes Steps to Eliminate Deaf and Partly Blind Drivers From Denver’s Streets”. There’s also something about fainting and epilepsy.
But I love the front page editorial cartoon:


J Z

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Dec 12 2013 at 1:39pm #

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-texas-teen-drunk-driving-probation-affluenza-20131212,0,61486.story#axzz2nHmqyYBD


Marko82

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Dec 12 2013 at 2:24pm #

^ They were talking about that kid on talk radio last night. His parents are paying $450k to send him to rehab for a year. Miss Justice might be blind, but she can smell money.

Here’s the news conference explaining the “accident”. http://www.nbcdfw.com/video/#!/news/local/Dee-Anderson-on-Burleson-Retta-Rd-Crash-Report/214803761


Vannevar

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Dec 12 2013 at 5:53pm #

This is both out-of-town and temporally displaced, from a movie scene being filmed of a forced civilian evacuation during ww2

via: http://eb-misfit.blogspot.com/2013/12/godfuckingdammit-cut.html
in case you missed it:


Marko82

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Dec 16 2013 at 2:22pm #

While not really note worthy (although the accomplishment surely is), I think it’s great to have a positive article in the local Trib rag.

New Kensington cyclist bikes the U.S. Continental Divide from Canada to Mexico

Read more: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/5095517-74/green-says-divide#ixzz2nfQlG7Ow


edmonds59

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Dec 17 2013 at 2:55pm #

This is so great, it actually makes me tear up a little. Rome. And a Pittsburgh connection: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/20131217_Changing_Skyline__Former_Philadelphian_transforms_Roman_traffic.html


edmonds59

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Dec 21 2013 at 12:14pm #

NYC Christmas 2013, getting there:


J Z

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Jan 3 2014 at 12:53pm #

http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/soaring-bike-highway-proposed-in-london-140103.htm


jonawebb

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Jan 3 2014 at 1:29pm #

SkyCycle, yeah. But the argument about needing existing streets for auto traffic falls apart when you take into account traffic generation. Adding more streets increases auto traffic. So if you were to reallocate space reserved for private auto traffic to mass transit + bike lanes you would move people more efficiently through the city, while at the same time reducing pollution, increasing health, making the city more livable, etc. There’s no need for extra infrastructure in the sky reserved for bicycles. That is merely a way to avoid the politics of change the use of streets.


byogman

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Jan 3 2014 at 1:59pm #

I didn’t see any statement that they were taking anything away from cyclists to do this.

In general, I think segregated facilities are nice. And they encourage ridership in ways on street facilities don’t. The only reason I’m not loud about the need for big vision big ticket items is that I don’t see them happening here. But I hope I’m wrong.

For sure, someone else wants to show what’s possible… yay! This takes advantage of a natural advantage of bicycles… they’re light. So while crazy it’s perhaps not as crazy as it seems. Plus, you ride OVER the city. I mean, come on, who hasn’t dreamed of doing something like that! Magical griffon indeed.


Marko82

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Jan 3 2014 at 2:35pm #

You know there are some abandoned rail road tracks that all they would need is to put down some gravel and they could be made into multi-use trails at very low cost & they could be built really quickly…

-GAP started 1986
-GAP Last mile (which really isn’t) 2013

I don’t see sky ramps in our future.


Drewbacca

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Jan 3 2014 at 3:09pm #

They are trying to accomplish something along these lines in Chicago http://the606.org/


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 3 2014 at 3:32pm #

Dere’s wunnadem elvated ramps dahn by Station Square onna Sahside, takes you inta a a long tunnel, nobody uses it. You could eat a jumbo sammitch inna time it’d take ya tsee a car go by inn’ere. Put a roof overdat ramp, there’s your Sky Cycle, & ‘at.


J Z

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Jan 7 2014 at 8:53pm #

https://twitter.com/BrilIiantAds/status/419673307462397952/photo/1


edmonds59

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Jan 8 2014 at 4:06pm #

The Bicycle is Best, the Economist; http://moreintelligentlife.com/content/ideas/simon-willis/travelling-best-bicycle


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 8 2014 at 5:21pm #

From one of the comments on that article, an excellent little quote: “Cycling is also the lowest cost per mile in the shortest time per dollar spent.”


rgrasmus

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Jan 9 2014 at 2:42pm #

Saw this article today: Sidewalk-Jumping Driver Claims Children He Hurt Were “Reckless” http://dc.streetsblog.org/2014/01/09/sidewalk-jumping-driver-claims-children-he-hurt-were-reckless/


Marko82

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Jan 13 2014 at 9:28am #

I keep seeing this same AP photo being used in news articles about the Iranian nuclear situation (new york times, etc.). It’s such a good photo because it clearly shows a big solution to the energy problem – unfortunately not the N-bomb problem.


Drewbacca

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Jan 13 2014 at 2:37pm #

Marko82 wrote:It’s such a good photo because it clearly shows a big solution to the energy problem – unfortunately not the N-bomb problem.

As an out of work nuc-tech, I approve! ;)


Mick

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Jan 15 2014 at 3:33pm #

Marko82 wrote:I keep seeing this same AP photo being used in news articles about the Iranian nuclear situation (new york times, etc.). It’s such a good photo because it clearly shows a big solution to the energy problem – unfortunately not the N-bomb problem.
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I think I could carry the N-bomb in my B.O.B. trailer…


sierramister

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Jan 15 2014 at 9:12pm #

Here’s a story from my old state. A friend of a friend: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/15/as-terrifying-as-riding-a-bike/


Marko82

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Jan 15 2014 at 10:20pm #

^Wow! Them cops are real d*cks. Let us know how this turns out if you hear anything.


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 16 2014 at 9:19pm #

There is enough of this shit in various locales around the country that it seems plausible to fund a Kickstarter campaign, or some such thing, that would finance defense of harassment charges such as these. One guy, fighting a corrupt sheriff’s office or self-important loonies, has at best a two-in-five chance of winning, and like the story says, he’s out a lot of money just for taking a leisurely bike ride. But if we had a mechanism to play whack-a-mole, financing the “good guys”, we could beat back the stupid. I think.


edmonds59

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Jan 17 2014 at 7:45am #

StuInMcCandless wrote:There is enough of this shit in various locales around the country that it seems plausible to fund a Kickstarter campaign, or some such thing, that would finance defense of harassment charges such as these.

I would kick in for that.


sew

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Jan 17 2014 at 8:15am #

Does “South Pittsburgh” have a reputation for corruption?! The one commenter used that as an example of what Marion County doesn’t want to become. That took me off guard.


Marko82

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Jan 17 2014 at 9:02am #

sew wrote:Does “South Pittsburgh” have a reputation for corruption?!

I think they are referring to the one without an H in Tennessee.


jonawebb

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Jan 17 2014 at 9:13am #

I’m thinking something like a cyclist’s legal defense fund, not a Kickstarter project. It’s not something with a definite launch date that delivers a payoff to the contributors, it’s a resource that cyclists can draw on over time. Quite a bit of it would be advice etc., I would think, not necessarily just paying for lawyers. There is a fund like this in the UK (http://www.cyclistsdefencefund.org.uk/) and there was/is one associated with Critical Mass in NYC (http://www.bicycledefensefund.org/). It might be worthwhile to start one here or nationally.


sew

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Jan 17 2014 at 10:40am #

@Marko82 – thanks. It’s not often that you see people add an ‘h’ when talking about pittsburg/pittsburgh. The commenter did type “Pittsburgh”, good catch.


JaySherman5000

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Jan 17 2014 at 10:41am #

Here’s a story from my old state. A friend of a friend: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/15/as-terrifying-as-riding-a-bike/

why does my hometown always seem to make cycling-related news for all the wrong reasons? I really hope the Detective working the case can sort it out and charge the bastards with everything, but I’m not holding my breath.


Drewbacca

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Jan 17 2014 at 12:24pm #

JaySherman5000 wrote:Here’s a story from my old state. A friend of a friend: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/15/as-terrifying-as-riding-a-bike/

I consider myself fortunate to have never had this type of scenario… just another example of why we all need to have cameras mounted. :(


sierramister

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Jan 17 2014 at 4:20pm #

Apparently it gets even better! http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/jan/17/the-bike-ride-that-wont-end/


StuInMcCandless

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Jan 19 2014 at 9:38am #

Note in the comments to that second article that there is now a follow-up thread:

http://www.slowtwitch.com/Opinion/From_Victim_to_Villain_in_a_flash_4130.html

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