What’s Behind the Rise in Cyclist and Pedestrian Deaths? | Streetsblog.net.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is out with traffic fatality data for 2011, and the news is not good for cyclists, pedestrians or, for that matter, anyone who uses U.S. roadways.
While motor vehicle deaths declined to a still mind-numbing 32,000, cycling deaths were up 8.7 percent, and 3 percent more pedestrians were killed. The increase represented a break with recent trends, and folks all over the Streetsblog Network and the news media had different theories on the cause.
Read the full article here: Streetsblog Network
Bicyclists Using Cameras to Capture Accidents – NYTimes.com.
WASHINGTON — When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car.
But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
Pedal Push – TIME.
Jeff Frings has a talent for attracting insults. Soda bottles have been hurled at his head without warning. He’s been called unprintable names by people who don’t know his actual name. He’s been sideswiped and rear-ended and run off the road more times than he can count. Red Sox fans wandering through Yankee Stadium have been subject to less abuse from complete strangers than Frings has on the streets of his hometown, Milwaukee.
So what’s his problem? It’s simple: he’s an avid bicyclist.
Read the full story here: Time Magazine
FROM THE TOP | Road Bike Rider.
Not long ago, on an otherwise unremarkable day, I received an email from an RBR reader about a New York Times article noting the use of helmet cameras as a possible deterrent to motorist harassment, and worse, against cyclists.
The reader wrote of the article: “Interesting development. Wearing a camera was suggested to me last week after I was sideswiped by a driver (almost certainly intentionally). Bruised and bloody but nothing broken. I was lucky under the circumstances.”
The day became remarkable when I received two additional emails on the very same topic, one noting the New York Times story, and another referencing a Time magazine article.
Read the full story here: Road Bike Rider
This looks like a great event!
Family Bike Trails — National Geographic Traveler.
The National Geographic has a piece about family bicycle trails in its July 2012 edition, featuring the following trails:
More to explore on Mission Reach – San Antonio Express-News.
“[...] an additional mile of the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River has opened to the public, making it possible to enjoy the river’s ecosystem restoration for more than three miles, from the Lone Star Brewery to VFW Boulevard.”
Read the full story here: The San Antonio Express-News
Come and enjoy a 10k bicycle ride at the First Annual Karnes City Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 30th, – and if you don’t want to ride, there’s a run and a walk, too, plus various other activities such as a moon walk, a climbing wall and many many more.
The day starts with a bicycle ride at 8:00 a.m. and will end at around 4 p.m.
The main events are at the city park at the corner of S. Browne and E. Wall streets.
- Ready to Roll (pitstexasexpatblog.wordpress.com)
To Avert Liability, Washington Town Drops Helmet Laws – NYTimes.com.
Is it really better not to have laws to make bicyclists wear helmets? I must admit, I’m in two minds about it. There certainly are arguments for and against it. Btw, that’s a controversial discussion in my native Germany, too, with, strangely as it seems, the ADFC [General German Bicyclists' Club] campaigning against the law. Their argument: fining bicyclists for not wearing a helmet might reduce the number of people who use bicycles, especially for commuting.