Join me in welcoming infrastructure news magazine Next City to the Feed today. I got several “back issues” sent when I signed up so there will be many links from them in today’s post. I think this will be a good resource for the future for this blog. On a less happy note the spring equinox ritual for tomorrow afternoon at my church has been rescheduled because of forecast bad weather.
Up first Friend of WoaB Carlton Reid has another article on the fact that paved roads in the US and UK owe their existence to cyclists. “Roads were not built for cars”: how cyclists, not drivers, first fought to pave US roads That’s right, we paid for the first paved streets and highways between cities to get paved, not the motor vehicles that did not exist at the time. I know that, you probably knew that, too, we just have to get the news to about 100 million other people in the US who still think roads did not exist prior to the invention of the motor vehicle.
News from Our Daily Ted. Weekend Links: Witnesses wanted in El Segundo death, Westwood votes for bike lanes, and more Valley CicLAvia
And Bikeyface has got this infrastructure thing nailed down. A ZOO That’s kinda what I feel like out there on the roads some days.
And David Hembrow weighs in on the Sydney Rd. door prize in Oz, placing the blame squarely on crappy Oz infrastructure designs. Eliminating the risk of “Dooring”: Good cycle infrastructure design keeps cyclists out of the door zone and saves lives
Making a coroplast honeycomb material may be the next phase of bicycle helmets. The New Materials That Are Revolutionizing Helmet Safety Right Now More expensive than the current EPS material that is standard for bike helmets, but potentially this could make helmets work almost as well as people think they do now.
The first of the Next City links is about the best bike lanes in the US. Cycling Advocates Pick 10 Best New Bike Lanes in the U.S. The “Best” bike lane in the US would still fail to meet the minimum standards set forth in the CROW manual.
Memphis is feeling the loss of their streetcar revival. Memphis Streetcars Will Come Back, But When? And if you are wondering what this has to do with bikes, the increase in cars caused by the shutdown of the streetcars makes use of the parallel bike lane just that much more dangerous…
Does anyone recall how many times I wrote in this blog that stale greens and short amber phases were getting cyclists killed? Investigation Says Mayor Emanuel’s Office Is Ignoring Traffic Safety Numbers Seems like some other people had the same idea…
Surface level highways without grade separation do not belong in neighborhoods, period, full stop, end of story. Vision Zero Activists Target New York Arterials, Including “The Boulevard of Death” You can’t mix fast cars with cyclists and pedestrians without getting dead and broken bodies, they just are not compatible. And if you can’t get the cars away from the people, you have to slow them down to the point that they can mix with people. Recent studies have shown that the maximum safe speed for motor vehicles on streets with pedestrians is 25 MPH. Any faster than that and the survival rate for the inevitable collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians or cyclists just get’s unacceptably low. I mean people are rightfully appalled at a 91% survival rate for gunshots when motor vehicle collisions survivability rate goes under that at 23 MPH (90%).
Gee, why encourage people to make your downtown a desirable destination when you can turn it into a free parking wasteland. Parking Wars Play Out Differently in Two N.J. Cities One way gets sales and property tax money back to the city and the other lets car thieves have a choice of an open-air or covered market to select a vehicle from, assuming that anyone actually uses them for parking, because why stop and park when there’s nothing to see or do?
I wonder if this is because they don’t like bikes, or because they don’t like people spending money and generating sales tax dollars? Utah Appears Set to Ban Bicycles From Drive-Thru Lanes
Well this is interesting, a deputy threatening arrest for trespassing for riding a mountain bike on a posted mountain bike trail. Dust up over trail access in Oro Valley’s Honeybee trails
Gee, how DO you get people to ride bikes other than providing them with safe infrastructure that gets them from where they are to where they want or need to go? Four Ways to Inspire Bike Riders in Your Small Community
OK this is just as appalling as people getting shot. Mansfield Woodhouse car crash man walked away after injuring a cyclist He wrecked his car hitting parked cars and knocked a man down causing some injury when he pushed one of the parked cars into the man’s bicycle, then he wandered off because he “lost his passenger”? what was he on at the time? drugs, booze, massive amounts of beer?
Gee, why are huge vehicles with poor outward visibility that take up massive amounts of space when they turn killing people with no protection when they are forced to share the roads? TRL to study London’s HGV operations
Before and after court articles from the same Feed. Before New Milford man to be sentenced in cyclist death and after Lee gets eight years in cyclist’s death That’s 30 years of state supervision in all, with the first 8 in prison of he doesn’t mess things up, otherwise he gets to spend the full 25 in prison, then the 5 years of probation.
OK I an absolutely gobsmacked at this verdict. Van driver cleared of killing teenage cyclist in Kent also Texting van driver cleared of responsibility for death of 18-year-old cyclist He admitted he was trying to text but ran out of battery before he completed the text right before hitting the cyclist, and he was still found “not guilty”? And another view. SOMETHING’S NOT QUITE RIGHT HERE A detailed review of the wreck taken from the published testimony and court record.
At least there was a trial for that one even if the jury was composed of wannabe F1 drivers… One year on, ‘justice’ plea for cyclist dad who died in collision with car That’s right the plods won’t even send the case on to prosecutors.
This Irish cyclist may have missed seeing a pothole at night, but she didn’t miss the pothole! Pothole leaves cyclist with head injuries Interesting that the pothole was filled after the time of the wreck and before the cyclist was released from the hospital. 😛
No rush at all to build this memorial to a dead cyclist killed riding to ball practice, he died in 1983. Board OKs Stoughton pavilion for youngster killed riding bike That’s right he was killed by a motor vehicle while riding his bike July 21, 1983! Almost 32 years ago!
A LEO in AK wants to see how big a difference bike lights really make in drivers seeing cyclists do they really pay that much attention? JPD starts bike safety project
It turns out it is very hard to get people to change their commute once they have a set pattern they follow. The Problem With Paying People to Bike to Work Even when you pay people to bike, if they have already established the pattern of driving to work they will probably continue to drive unless besides paying to ride you also do something that strongly disincentives driving at the same time, like charging hourly rates for parking or putting in meters that need to be fed coins regularly.
This link is a bit out of position because it came in after midnight and I was not in the mood to scroll back up 1200 words and put it over by the rest of the CA stuff. YUCAIPA: Driver jailed in cyclist’s death That is one of if not THE harshest sentence I have ever seen anyone get for killing a cyclist, that I can remember. And they did not even have to prove BAC%. I have seen cyclist killer drivers with proven BAC% in the “you’re gonna die” range get lower maximum sentences than this guy’s minimum sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
And I’m done, no more links and I don’ wanna do this anymore today. 😦
Billed @€0.03, Opus the Poet
Trying to not get angry, and the Feed
I have been getting some stuff on the Feed that has been really setting my “bike advocate” alarms off big time on infrastructure issues especially in Canada. Things that are literal no-brainers somehow elude comprehension by politicians, one wonders how they manage to accomplish daily tasks such as keeping themselves clean and feeding themselves if they can’t comprehend such simple things as putting side guards on trucks to prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being crushed by the rear wheels of right turning trucks. When not pushing vulnerable road users away from certain death they double as aerodynamic aids to reduce fuel consumption, making them a double win: Save lives, Save Diesel, Save Money!
The other thing I’m angry about is the weather is not cooperating on my attempts to acclimate to colder weather by staying cold. Yesterday’s high was 83 and we are expecting similar today, and the A/C has kicked back on because the inside the house temp got over 78 last night. My calendar says this is the 14th of freaking November! This is Dallas, not Honolulu! I wouldn’t have a problem with this if it would stay this way all winter, but it won’t. The probabilities are there will be an extended period of sub-freezing weather lasting at least 2 weeks. In other words long enough that you can’t just “tough it out”, but not long enough to justify multiple outfits of cold weather gear for varying conditions from chilly to near frozen-food-locker conditions or worse. So most of winter I’m either underdressed or overdressed for the cold, sometimes both in the same day. At least there is one funny thing about my winter riding, putting the ANSI safety lime T-shirt over the heavy winter jacket. Most of my winter clothing is military surplus, which means camouflage or drab greys and greens for the AF surplus stuff. Not a good choice for riding a bicycle around blind people. Wearing the bright T-shirt over that gives me a bit more conspicuity. And doing that makes me look slightly ridiculous, like a bright neon yellow-green Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man.
Up first is a 2-for-one hit-and-run in the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike. Troopers searching for driver in fatal Vero Beach hit and run Two cyclists hit in a single wreck were hit from behind while riding on the paved shoulder. Hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, but what is really needed in FL is prosecution of drivers that 1) Hit and run and/or 2) Hit cyclists from behind. Prosecution with mandatory loss of vehicle if convicted of hit-and-run of any road user, with mandatory loss of vehicle if the driver is at fault for hitting a vulnerable road user like a cyclist or pedestrian.
A cyclist is hit and injured in a wreck in WA. Cyclist hit by car in Lewiston At this point the official report is not out yet, but comments to the link state that the cyclist was crossing in the crosswalk when the light changed and was hit by a driver pulling forward from the light. So most likely another stale green wreck where the cyclist didn’t clear the intersection and the drivers didn’t care to look in front of them before moving.
In L.A. CA officials are worried about an increase in car v bike wrecks. Rise in number of bicycle accidents has Burbank concerned Police are basing the increase on anecdotal reports of cyclists running red lights when most of the wrecks are hit-from-behind and many are hit-and-run…
Infrastructure! in the Great White North. Trucks can be made safer for cyclists, study shows As I pointed out at the beginning of this post, the side guards save cyclist and pedestrian lives, and save fuel, thereby saving money in two ways by directly reducing operating costs and indirectly reducing insurance costs. I don’t see what the problem with the regulation is. Perhaps allowing insurers to increase rates on trucks and trailers without the guards enough to cover a pedestrian or cyclist fatality per vehicle would get the trucking industry to change their tunes?
Two links to a truck hitting a cyclist in Enn Zed. Dunedin cyclist killed in collision with logging truck and Cyclist killed in central Dunedin This is so obviously a case of the motor vehicle turning over a cyclist I don’t understand why the driver isn’t in jail yet… And the cyclist was in the bike lane when hit!
Still in Enn Zed another cyclist is killed in a separate wreck. Another cyclist hurt on Auckland waterfront I think this is another link to the cyclist who (hit/was hit by) a car in the bike lane taking a cell phone call late last week.
Multiple links over the rising anger of bad infrastructure and even worse decisions about that infrastructure in London. Widow of cyclist killed at Bow roundabout warned TfL there would be another tragedy there and TfL ‘sorry’ after second Bow Roundabout cyclist death I bet they’re sorry that thinking a splash of blue paint would keep semi truck trailers from killing cyclists has been shown to be a fallacy. More London’s Tour du Danger attracts hundreds of riders to highlight blackspots The irony of that one is the wall of cyclists created by the “Tour” was actually safer than any single cyclist could be. Another link QC gets on his bike over road safety issues
And that’s all the news that gives me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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