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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.”

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For Good of San Antonio, Free City’s Pedicabs – San Antonio Express-News

For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs – San Antonio Express-News.

For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs

Updated 11:42 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012

[…]

For years, the city has imposed silly, overly strict regulations on pedicab drivers, who peddle people in carriages to and from downtown locations on bicycles.

The three laws that bug them the most: They can’t work after midnight; they can’t stop peddling unless they’re dropping people off or picking people up; and they can’t peddle at all on Commerce, Market, St. Mary’s or Navarro streets, or on César Chávez Boulevard.

[…]

In November, Julian and others in the pedicab industry began working with the city’s Transportation Advisory Board to craft a more rational ordinance for consideration by City Council.

The concessions they won were significant: The curfew was extended to 3 a.m.; they were allowed to stop in commercial loading zones; and they were allowed to work on all downtown streets.

Then the bike cops caught wind of it, complained and kicked the ordinance back to the TAB.

[…]

Here are a few other candid gems:

“Once traffic gets messed up, and you have situations, then you throw in additional horse carriages or pedicabs, it makes our job a lot harder.”

[…]

Again, the recalcitrant lieutenant: “One reason I know is, after 12, that’s when things start picking up for bike patrol, especially on weekend nights. Things start happening, and we don’t need additional work.”

[…]

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Texas Man Gives away Bikes to Children in Need – San Antonio Express-News

Texas man gives away bikes to children in need – San Antonio Express-News.

Published 09:00 a.m., Monday, January 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Texas (AP) — Gerla Rangel isn’t old enough to drive a car, but he still enjoys his own set of wheels, courtesy of neighbor Oscar Harper.

The 9-year-old received two bicycles from Harper, one last year and another this year.

He said he feels good because he rides his bike all over his neighborhood.

[…]

Gerla is one of the many children who have received bikes from Harper, a 79-year-old affectionately known as “the bike man” because of his repair work.

Harper’s backyard is filled with about 40 bikes of all shapes and sizes, and tools sit neatly on a table. Two of the bikes are turned upside down, indicating that they’re a work in progress.

[…]

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Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles – San Antonio Express-News

Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles – San Antonio Express-News.

Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles

Updated 11:18 a.m., Sunday, July 3, 2011

No wonder some call him “The Jared of B-cycle.”

In only three months, Phillip Schrank has logged more than 750 miles using San Antonio‘s bike-share program, shedding about 45 pounds. He’s B-cycle’s No. 1 user and — like the Subway spokesman he’s been compared to — a natural booster.

“I call myself the ‘spokes-person,’” Schrank jokes.

Since the downtown bike share launched this spring, B-cycle users have logged more than 32,400 miles. Some, like Schrank, ride for health reasons, others use the bikes for transportation or just for fun. Many are also enjoying a burgeoning sense of community among riders.

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11 L.A. Bicyclists Injured

11 bicyclists were injured, one of them critically, when a car slammed into a group of ca. 100 bicyclists stopped on the road at 2 a.m.

For the full article, click here: L.A. Times, online edition, June 16, 2011

Read more details here: Huffpost Los Angeles

What I gather from the above articles and the San Antonio Express-News is that a group of about 100 bicyclists had gathered for a middle-of-the-night ride, something that has become increasingly popular as at that time there’s  not that much traffic. The riders seem to have stopped in a traffic lane – maybe under a streetlight that was out – to wait for others to catch up. Some of the riders are reported to have dismounted to chat. The car turned from a blind corner and ploughed into the group, injuring 11 of them. It is not quite clear yet if the driver was texting and/or intoxicated at the time of the accident.

Even if – or rather because – I am an avid bicylist, I cannot but find fault with that group of bicyclists for recklessly endangering themselves. That is definitely not meant to say that I want to exonerate the driver, especially if she was either texting or intoxicated or maybe both. But I must maintain that any (responsible) bicyclist should know better than stopping in a traffic lane, especially at night – and, as it seems to be the case – in the dark and just beyond a blind turn. That means courting disaster. Even for a conscientious driver it might have been difficult to avoid a collision in these circumstance. If we bicylists want to be respected by drivers, we need to behave responsibly, too.

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Bike-Friendly San Antonio

“San Antonio recently received a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists, the first such recognition for the Alamo City!”

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Bike World Offers Downtown Tours and Bicycle Rentals

“Bicycle tours of San Antonio will be available from Bike World‘s new location at the Pearl Brewery, which will have a “soft opening” Saturday.”

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Bicycling Proposals

“With close to $1 million in federal stimulus money on the table, the City Council is expected to vote today to improve bicycle transportation downtown.

The money would establish bike rental, bike tour and bike share programs in addition to expanding a “share the road” media campaign. […]”

read more here: San Antonio Express-News, June 17, 2010

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Making Room for Bicycles in San Antonio

“Some 350 miles of bicycle lanes could be added to San Antonio’ s streets — triple the amount now — without widening a single road or impeding traffic, just restriping. The mayor, who sees bike lanes as a tool for urban renewal, is backing the plan. So is the Metro Health director, who has a $15 million grant to combat the city’s high diabetes and obesity rates. If anything is standing in the way it could be the city’s public works bureaucracy, which has ignored stacks of bike studies for years. But even road engineers might be ready for change.”

quoted from The San Antonio Express-News, Sunday, May 23, 2010

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safe passing ordonance approved

” […] the [San Antonio City]  council approved the new road rules, which require motorists to change lanes when passing a cyclist, pedestrian or other “vulnerable road user.” If changing lanes isn’t possible, and if conditions allow, drivers must give three feet of clearance when they pass.

The city will launch an education campaign this spring to emphasize to San Antonio drivers they legally have to share the road with users who’ll always lose in a collision with 2,000 pounds of steel.

The council OK’d the same version of the rules passed by the Legislature last year, a measure that took 10 years to craft and garnered widespread bipartisan support.”

quoted from the San Antonio Express-News

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Even if that’s a long overdue measure, I really doubt if it’s going to help very much. On the one hand, who’s really going to enforce it? As the Express-News reported the other day, drivers disobeying will not be cited unless there is a law-enforcement officers present watching the incident. And then, three feet is certainly not enough in many circumstances. And considering the overwhelming number of irresponsible comments as to the various reports on this matter in the news, I really don’t think passing this ordinance will change an iota in the behaviour of motorists – and of bicyclist, at that. Let’s face it: there are irresponsible people on either side of the spectrum. But, and that’s the up-beat, the irresponsible drivers and bicyclists are an absolute minority. And what I’m actually really afraid of when I’m on my bike is not those drivers who yell and/or honk at me, because that means they have seen me, but those who – for various reasons [maybe they’re texting or on their cell phones, maybe they’re just having a sip of drink, maybe they’re simply alseep at the wheel or as blind as a bat and still driving] – do not see me at all. What we actually need is better education for both drivers and bicyclists. And, starting with bicyclists, those measures being taken up by schools now to get more children on bikes [see my posting on that and cf. here and here] are excellent as these are the future drivers and hopefully they’ll be more bicyclist-friendly then. But then, also, a real working law enforcement would, of course, help to eliminate the few rotten apples in the barrel of good drivers. The opinion expressed by the SAPD, that relieving officers from  issuing tickets would free them for more patrol duty is callous, to say the least. Or would anybody say they should not pursue a burglar, e.g., so as to be able to patrol the streets more?

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