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Cyclists are annoying: Why you think they’re a menace on two wheels. – Slate Magazine

Cyclists are annoying: Why you think they’re a menace on two wheels. – Slate Magazine.

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The fact is, unlike me, most bicyclists are courteous, safe, law-abiding citizens who are quite willing and able to share the road.

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Bicyclists Using Cameras to Capture Accidents – NYTimes.com

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.

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Pedal Push – TIME

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

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FROM THE TOP | Road Bike Rider

FROM THE TOP | Road Bike Rider.

The Case for Helmet Cams, Driver Education

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

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Family Bike Trails — National Geographic Traveler

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:

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More to explore on Mission Reach – San Antonio Express-News

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

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Andy Hampsten’s Spin on Cycling Tours – NYTimes.com

Andy Hampsten’s Spin on Cycling Tours – NYTimes.com.

Bicycling Italy – Tuscany, to be exact

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Castle Ruins and Smoked Herring: Touring a Danish Island on Two Wheels – NYTimes.com

Castle Ruins and Smoked Herring: Touring a Danish Island on Two Wheels – NYTimes.com.

Worthwhile reading about bicycling on Denmark’s island of Bornholm

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This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com

This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com.

THIS summer the city’s Department of Transportation inaugurates a new bike-share program. People who live and work in New York will be able to travel quickly and cheaply between many neighborhoods. This is major. It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible. Parks, restaurants and friends who once seemed beyond plausible commuting distance on public transportation will seem a lot closer. The possibilities aren’t limitless, but the change will be pretty impressive.

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Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

Room for Debate:

Making Cities Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians

An article in The Atlantic Cities this month lamented the lax enforcement of traffic laws in New York City, even in cases in which a pedestrian or cyclist is killed. The author calls for a crackdown on traffic violations large and small, emulating the “broken windows” approach to suppressing crime in the 1990s.

Would this be effective? Are there other ways to make cities safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

Read the discussion here: The New York Times – Room for Debate

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