Daily Archives: October 7, 2011

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win, and the Feed

OK as a member of the Social Justice committee at my church I get notified about a lot of things that have nothing to do with bicycles, and a lot to do with human rights issues. Well this morning I was notified about a student in my old home state who was assaulted by his principal during an exam no less, for trying to start a Gay-Straight Alliance to defend non-heteronormative students from undeserved harrassment. We are in stage 3 of Ghandi’s 4 stages of non-violent change that I quoted in my headline, for the Gay Rights movement. For the Bicyclist Rights movement we were getting killed before the movement even started (the whole point of the movement) so we are somewhere between 1 and 2 in most places, between 3 and 4 in NYC and Portland, I think solidly in 4 in SF and all of the Netherlands. Here in the suburbs of Hell we are still trying to get to stage 2.

Up first because I like to link to wrecks where the cyclist isn’t seriously hurt, a Wounded Warrior rider is bumped off his bike during an official WW ride. Warrior riders injured in collision One thing I don’t agree with is that the driver was not at fault, SC just enacted a 3 foot to pass law for cyclists to prevent this very thing from happening as there was something that caused the cyclist to wobble while the car passed (maybe the car passing close enough to touch with an extended arm?) and the two came in contact. Had the driver maintained the required 3 feet the cyclist’s wobble would have been just that- a wobble with no harm done.

A hit-and-run against a cyclist in NY State. Ramapo police seek Lincoln Town Car in Monsey hit-and-run of teen bicyclist Another hit-from-behind wreck by a driver either trying to hit or not paying any attention to a legal road user in front of him. Hit-from-behind protocols might help prevent a wreck if the driver was just not paying attention, but if this was deliberate all the protocols would do is reduce the severity of the injuries if that much. And that assumes there was someplace for the cyclist to bail to from the road that wasn’t as bad as getting hit by a car. The cyclist may have gotten as far away from the driver as physically possible in the confines of the area. I can’t find the wreck site on Google Maps so I can’t use the street view to tell if the cyclist had any place to get away from the driver. Another link to the story with additional information. Police search for Lincoln Town Car in Monsey hit-run that hurt bicyclist, 17; victim’s ID released The thing that jumps at me from this report is that there were 2 wrecks in 12 hours with cyclists hurt in the wrecks. The comments show that this part of NY is still in stage 3 of Ghandi’s stages of non-violent change.

A wreck in TN in the same city that in 2008 declared that you can hit a cyclist you claim to not see… Bicyclist Injured After Crash With Van Wednesday Night Other than the bare fact that the van hit the cyclist LEO have released no information about this wreck.

A LifeStyle article from the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bicycle, FL. Friends to finish ride for cyclist killed during cross-country trek I reported on this wreck a long time ago (long enough for me to have gotten a couple of good nights’ sleep). Today I found out the driver that hit him got a much steeper sentence than most drivers that hit cyclists get, he was fined more than $1K. Most drivers that hit cyclists are given therapy rather than fines… TANJ!

Infrastructure! in Sioux Falls SD. Safety awareness for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers Funny how they never blame the drivers in any of these wrecks, just the victims or the infrastructure…

More infrastructure from NYC, where the perpetual cry of the driver “I have a license to use the roads, why don’t you?” is raised again. UES Community Board Members Want Cyclists to be Licensed and Gothamist’s inevitable response Start Licensing Bicyclists: UES Community Board Discusses Cyclist Regulation The idea is absurd, the last country that licensed bicycles was Switzerland and they quit a while back because it was counter-productive and cost more than it made. OK I’m going to play devil’s advocate on this one, I will start from the assumption that licensing cyclists and registering bicycles is a good idea. Now, how do we issue those licenses? The existing DMV infrastructure should be able to handle the people riding bicycles getting licenses especially now that you need photo ID to vote in many states which has to be issued by the DMV (or equivalent in that state). The problem is getting a legible plate on the bicycle, it has to legible or the stated purpose of the registration is null and void, identifying cyclists that hit-and-run a pedestrian. As it is right now no bicycle in the world is designed to have a metal plate permanently affixed to it after manufacture. And that is the crux or the problem first the plate has to be large enough to be read from a distance, like a car plate, and second there has to be a way to attach it so that it can’t be easily stolen. Should either requirement fail to be fulfilled then registration becomes a nuisance to the cyclist with no real purpose.

And that’s all the news that gives me fits today, more later?

Billed @$0.02, Opus