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What’s Behind the Rise in Cyclist and Pedestrian Deaths? | Streetsblog.net

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.

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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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To Avert Liability, Washington Town Drops Helmet Laws – NYTimes.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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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To Commissioner Sadik-Khan: Unruly cyclists are turning Manhattan Bridge into pedestrian perdition

To Commissioner Sadik-Khan: Unruly cyclists are turning Manhattan Bridge into pedestrian perdition.

To Commissioner Sadik-Khan: Unruly cyclists are turning Manhattan Bridge into pedestrian perdition

Friday, August 12th 2011, 4:00 AM

The following is an open letter to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan.

Dear Ms. Commissioner:

We invite you to take a walk across the Manhattan Bridge today so you might understand why so many New Yorkers – even reasonable New Yorkers – are so dead-set against your bike lanes.

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Can Tabloids Save NYC From “Maniacal” Cyclists Terrorizing… – StumbleUpon

Can Tabloids Save NYC From “Maniacal” Cyclists Terrorizing… – StumbleUpon.

Can Tabloids Save NYC From “Maniacal” Cyclists Terrorizing Brooklyn, Manhattan Bridges?

Should cyclists be banned from the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, or just rounded up and deported en masse to Portland? It seems like only the latter outcome will placate the NYC tabloids, which have recently escalated their war on bike lanes with matching editorials slamming cyclists who ride recklessly over the bridges. Today the NY Post revisits the age-old bike battleground on the Brooklyn Bridge, which really is a terrible bridge to bike over if you’re trying to make an efficient commute. The Post finds that the situation is even worse now that there’s construction that’s shrunk parts of the path to just 10½ feet wide. It’s a “war path!”

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Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged.

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

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Originally Published: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 2:33 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 7:16 PM

The husband of a cyclist killed by a postal service truck said Sunday that the driver must have seen his wife before his vehicle struck her.

Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, sister-in-law of legal giant Alan Dershowitz, died Saturday after the truck driven by Ian Clement, 62, hit her on W. 29th St. near Ninth Ave.

Clement apparently didn’t even know he hit the biker and may not face charges, police sources said Sunday.

But Nathan Dershowitz, the victim’s mourning husband, who was biking just ahead of his wife, believes otherwise. “If they did the work and spoke to the people I spoke to, it is inconceivable from what they told me that he did not see her,” he said.

The Tudor City couple was pedaling to the West Side bike path about noon when the accident occurred. She was wearing a helmet while riding a silver mountain bike, investigators said.

“What I was told (at the scene) was that two vehicles, neither one was willing to yield to another, so they both went through too narrow of a space to get through,” said
Nathan Dershowitz, a criminal defense lawyer. “She was ahead of both vehicles. The driver just ran her over.”

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