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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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Carmageddon #flightvsbike challenge: How a team of cyclists beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach. – By Tom Vanderbilt – Slate Magazine

Carmageddon #flightvsbike challenge: How a team of cyclists beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach. – By Tom Vanderbilt – Slate Magazine.

Carmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won!

How a team of cyclists—and a guy on the subway, and a Rollerblader—beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.

n cycling news today, the Belgian Jelle Vanendert won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, beating Spain’s Samuel Sanchez by 21 seconds, and 46 seconds ahead of Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck

And in Los Angeles some guys on bikes beat a Jet Blue plane from Burbank to Long Beach.

It was a bad day for intra-metropolitan area commercial aviation. Jet Blue flight No. 405—the flight that was supposed to help Angelenos beat the chaos resulting from the closure of the 405 freeway—was bested not only by the @wolfpackhustle A team (elite cyclists who had pledged to follow traffic rules), but by @garyridesbikes, a late entrant promising to take only public transit and walk, and, if Twitter is to be believed, a Rollerblader, @jennix, who supposedly came in third. The gripping tale of the race to the Long Beach lighthouse is there for all to see on Twitter at #flightvsbikes.

According to Twitter-based calculations by @bcgp, the unofficial finish times were:

Bike: 1:34
Metro/Walk: 1:44
Rollerblades: 2:40
Plane/Lost Cabdriver: 2:54

Lost cabdriver? A late Tweet by the Jet Blue flyers, @ohaijoe and @ezrahorne, elaborated: “Our cabdriver didn’t know what a lighthouse was, and was too blind to see the map on my phone.”

Not that it would have made much difference (although a smoother cab ride might have allowed the aviators to beat that pesky Rollerblader).

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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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Bicyclists vs. drivers

Bicyclists vs. drivers.

Why can’t we just get along?
Monday, June 20, 2011

At 7:20 a.m. on Memorial Day, we were cycling along Butler Street just past the Highland Park Bridge. A driver seen weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed hit one of us, Robert Noll, the lead cyclist, and seriously injured him. He remains hospitalized, recovering from two full days of surgery to repair his many broken bones.

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We realize that cycling is a dangerous sport. We call on every cyclist and motorist to make every effort to obey the laws of the state and to use common sense. Many cyclists wear helmets, ride in single file and obey traffic laws, as we do.

To those who complain about cyclists disobeying traffic laws, we ask if they ever exceeded a speed limit, or drove through a red light or rolled through a stop sign.

It’s distressing to see cyclists without helmets (that’s as foolish as drivers not wearing seat belts). We call upon our fellow cyclists to lead by example and demonstrate responsibility by obeying traffic laws. We call upon all motorists to pass us with care, giving at least 4 feet of room when doing so.

Let’s stop the vitriol about how cyclists deserve to be injured because some of them disobey traffic rules. We must be reasonable and treat everyone on the roads — cyclists, pedestrians and drivers — with respect and care.

Read the full story here: Pittsburg Post-Gazette

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Promoting Bicycle Lanes

“Struggling to control the controversy over one of its signature transportation policies, the Bloomberg administration is embarking on an unusual kind of political campaign: convincing New Yorkers that bicycle lanes are good for them.”

Read more in the New York Times.

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Boris Bikes Roll in London

“Sitting astride a big, gray bicycle at the head of a long line of traffic on City Road last month, I studied the 20 or more other cyclists who were — with varying degrees of skill and impatience — crossing the intersection on a red light. Some were swerving among startled and cursing pedestrians, bells ringing; others had expertly timed a slalom between four lanes of cars. What all these cyclists shared, however, was a sense of liberating entitlement. For more than half a century, London’s historical tangle of streets has been owned by cars and vans and double-decker buses and black cabs. Not anymore.

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quoted from The New York Times Magazine, Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Bike Lanes II: The Condemned Motorist Speaks

In this post, John Cassidy explains – and, in a way, retracts – some of his former statements about bicycle lanes in New York:

“As I was saying about the bike lobby…

I am tempted to let the fury of the reaction to my mildly heretical piece speak for itself, but, before I get burned at the stake, a few specific points.

It seems to have escaped notice that I said I support the introduction of bike lanes, but not so many of them. Herewith: ‘So, by all means, let us have some bike lanes on heavily used and clearly defined routes to and from the city—and on popular biking routes within the city and the boroughs.’

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quoted from: The New Yorker

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Battle of the Bike Lanes

In his column, “Rational Irrationality”, John Cassidy rants against bike lanes in New York:

“At the risk of incurring the wrath of the bicycle lobby, a constituency that pursues its agenda with about as much modesty and humor as the Jacobins pursued theirs, and which has found its heroine in transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, I say hats off to Iris Weinshall, the former transportation commissioner (and wife of Senator Chuck Schumer), who, together with some like-minded citizens, has filed a lawsuit challenging a bike lane on Prospect Park West.

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quoted from: The New Yorker

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Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps

Google ® is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summit that they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps.

Users can now choose biking when deciding how to get to their destination.

This new feature includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails outlined directly on the map; and a new “Bicycling” layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. The directions feature provides step-by-step, bike-specific routing suggestions – similar to the directions provided by our driving, walking, or public transit modes. Simply enter a start point and destination and select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu. You will receive a route that is optimized for cycling, taking advantage of bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly streets and avoiding hilly terrain whenever possible.

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