The out-of-town news thread, vol. II

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jonawebb
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Guy who shot Jacob Blake is on the bike squad


paulheckbert
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↑ Yikes. Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha cop that killed Jacob Blake is quoted as saying:

What I like most [about being a cop] is that you’re dealing with people on perhaps the worst day of their lives and you can try and help them as much as you can and make that day a little bit better.


Mick
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(Third attempt to post.  Evidently it didn’t like my link.  Story can be found searching on “arlington trail rage.”  Apologies if multiples show up.)

Arrest Made in Aggressive Cyclist Case

Arlington County police have arrested a man they
say is the cyclist behind a series of “trail rage”
incidents on local trails.

On Friday, ACPD issued a community warning about
a middle-aged man who had aggressively cursed at,
mooned and in some cases struck pedestrians, in
at least five separate incidents along trails in
Arlington. Police say they received “numerous tips”
over the weekend, which led them to identify a suspect.

“On the evening of Sunday, September 6, police
executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence
and took him into custody without incident,” police
said in a press release today. “David Marlowe, 55,
of Arlington, VA, was arrested and charged with
Robbery, Assault and Battery (x3), Indecent
Exposure(x5) and Felony Possession with the
Intent to Distribute Marijuana. He is being held
in the Arlington County Detention Facility on no
bond.”

Felony possession of marijuana?  FELONY?  Jeez.  What is wrong with the police these days?

 

 


Kolo Jezdec
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Felony possession With intent to distribute.  That last part is important.  In Virginia, it usually means at least 2 0f 3 things:

  • Person has more than 5 pounds of the drug. (11 oz or less is misdemeanor in most cases)
  • Person has indicated he is not a marijuana user or that the marijuana he has is not for his personal use.
  • Marijuana is packaged in such a way as to make distribution easier, or person has packaging materials with him.

Intent to distribute is the key charge.


paulheckbert
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Madison, Wisconsin likes their new Saris cargo e-trike with 660 pound payload capacity, for city maintenance work.

https://madison.com/wsj/business/biking-at-work-madison-tests-electric-cargo-bike-from-local-manufacturer-saris/article_d50605b2-359c-5658-a6e2-d6e2c994e7ac.html


Dave
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paulheckbert
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There’s One Big Problem With Electric Cars
They’re still cars. Technology can’t cure America of its addiction to the automobile.


Dave
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https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-lawsuit-hole-20210224-pblj3ccbnne6farlslpwxx7y2a-story.html

Comments: although I question his riding on the sidewalk and through a puddle where he did not know what the bottom was like, he did get a settlement which seemed low considering his injuries.


paulheckbert
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The City Where Cars Are Not Welcome: Heidelberg, Germany

“Mr. Würzner’s goal is to reduce dependence on cars, no matter where they get their juice. Heidelberg is buying a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, building a network of bicycle “superhighways” to the suburbs and designing neighborhoods to discourage all vehicles and encourage walking. Residents who give up their cars get to ride public transportation free for a year.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/28/business/heidelberg-cars-environment.html

 


Mick
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England vs the US

Not sure whether it belongs here or in “Great things European cyclists get” thread.  “Great things” y’know, like enforcement of the law.

US woman who killed teen biker Harry Dunn wouldn’t face prosecution in America, lawyer claims (msn.com)

Her lawyer says, “So in the United States these cases are only prosecuted where there is evidence of recklessness that rises to the level of close to intent, so drunk driving, distracted driving or a hit-and-run situation or excessive speeding. But there was none of that here,”

As a practical matter, her lawyer is right.  In the US, you are allow to drive like a total drunkard as long as you are sober.  That isn’t actually the law, though,  as the article point out.

I don’t think they should even allow cars on the public roads until car drivers learn to obey traffic laws, but that is just me.

 


StuInMcCandless
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Bad news from Adelaide, Australia: We can’t lose parking spaces, so no bike lane.

City council to lose $3m bikeway funding after rejecting latest plan


StuInMcCandless
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Mick
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<h5>North Carolina driver arrested after striking protesters with car</h5>
North Carolina driver arrested after striking protesters with car: Police (msn.com)

“A North Carolina motorist is behind bars after authorities said she struck two protesters during a Monday demonstration for Andrew Brown…”

Most relevant for us, methinks:

“Lisa Michelle O’Quinn, 41, was jailed on Tuesday and charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one count of carelessness and recklessness, and one count of unsafe movement, the Elizabeth City Police Department announced.”

To, me that is the appropriate charge for on attack using a car: “assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.”  The crime is a serious felony, not something minor we should have to beg the authorities to issue a traffic ticket.


paulheckbert
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Wheelie kids have fun riding bikes around Perth Amboy, NJ but because

  • many are black & brown
  • they’re having fun in the street but not in cars
  • they’re easy targets for enforcement
  • selective enforcement of dumb, local bike registration law allows it

one kid is arrested and 4 bikes are seized by the police.

See video

https://www.bicycling.com/culture/a36732615/wheelie-kids-inclusion/


paulheckbert
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Compilation of dooring and right-hook crashes, with excellent soundtrack


Dave
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https://www.france24.com/en/france/20210909-paris-gets-mediocre-walkability-grade-over-reckless-bike-e-scooter-riders

 

we don’t want to see this headline for Pittsburgh. I know everyone who reads this forum would never inadvertently terrorize pedestrians, so how do we get everyone else to act accordingly?


Kolo Jezdec
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StuInMcCandless
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October 2 2021 update on the Texas incident, above: https://www.bikelaw.com/2021/10/waller-bike-crash/

“In light of the recent Waller Bike Crash in Texas, and in an effort to help untangle and unpack some of the emotionally-charged comments, questions, and inaccurate assumptions being made, we want to update you on the parts that we can share. I hope that this will also help clear up any confusion regarding some of the misinformation we’ve been reading in many of the media articles that have been published and on numerous social media channels, ours included.”


Kolo Jezdec
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Interesting, thanks for posting that. No charges to this point is not unusual in traffic incidents. There is no indication the driver was impaired, but I wonder if he was required to submit to a blood test or at least a field sobriety check? That is usually standard procedure in a crash with injuries. I also wonder if the vehicle was impounded?

The nepotism reference is interesting, wonder what that refers to?

There is a redacted copy of the police report on the internet:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_a9bUdYAk4TIebOO-CnKN2vj3I9YaI7C/view

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