Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


From nowhere, to nowhere

That’s us cyclists.

It’s called a ‘looked-but-failed-to-see-error’ and it’s the biggest danger to adult cyclists, by far. Anticipating ‘looked-but-failed-to-see errors’ is the best thing you can do for your own safety while riding a bike, by far.

Up to 93% of motorists say it is sometimes hard to see cyclists while driving, according to a survey of nearly 18,000 drivers.

More than half (55%) are often “surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere”, the AA/Populus survey said.

Drivers in London were the most likely to look out for pedal cyclists, while drivers in Wales and Northern Ireland were least likely to do so.

The survey coincides with a national AA bike awareness campaign.

Initially, about one million free stickers will be distributed to drivers as a reminder to do a “double take” in their mirrors for cycles and motorcycles in their blind spots.

via BBC News – Motorists find cyclists hard to spot, AA survey shows.



Bill introduced in Colorado to rescue Safe Routes to School

House Bill 14-1301 will direct $3 million to keep the statewide child health and safety program alive following the end of dedicated federal funding.

The program has proven to improve safety for children around schools and to increase their daily exercise through biking and walking to school.

A broad coalition of groups is endorsing this bill along with Bicycle Colorado: LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Health Foundation, American Heart Association, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

via Mitsch Bush introduces Colorado Safe Routes to School Act | Bicycle Colorado.



Chris Boardman on Helmets

British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman says it’s time for the cycling community to put the debate about mandatory cycle helmets to bed and get across the message that helmet use is one of the least important cycling safety measures.

Even talking about making helmets mandatory “massively puts people off” cycling, Boardman said, and likened the culture of helmet use among keen cyclists to people wearing body armour because they have got used to being shot at.

Talking to road.cc at the London Bike Show, Boardman said, “I think the helmet issue is a massive red herring. It’s not even in the top 10 of things you need to do to keep cycling safe or more widely, save the most lives.”

via Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe" | road.cc.

More Boardman goodness:

http://road.cc/content/news/100104-chris-boardman-says-mps-should-be-embarrassed”-don’t-even-know-most-basic-facts”

We could use some straight talk like this in the US.



Seattle’s real-time bike counters
January 10, 2014, 11:31
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You no longer have to bike all the way to Fremont to get counted. The city — with support from the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation — has installed seven new real-time bike counters around the city. This brings the city’s total to nine.

via Real-time bike counters now installed in 9 locations around the city | Seattle Bike Blog.



Three Popular Strava Segments
December 31, 2013, 19:24
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Bicycling on the rise in San Francisco
December 6, 2013, 14:40
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According to latest report:

http://sfmta.com/sites/default/files/SFMTA%202013%20Bicycle%20Count%20Report.pdf

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NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

Urban Street Design Guide | NACTO.

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“Supersharrows” in Oakland
September 19, 2013, 06:47
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Not exactly what I had in mind when I coined the term some years ago, but pretty cool. These look essentially like a green stripe bike lane painted right down the middle of the travel lane. via East BAy Bicycle Coalition:

EBBC compromised with the city of Oakland to allow supersharrows on 40th St. in return for real bike lanes on West MacArthur Boulevard, which are being studied. The compromise was made necessary by neighborhood concerns about  narrowing newly planted medians to make room for bike lanes and AC Transit concerns about bus service impacts if a traffic lane was removed for bikes. EBBC prefers bike lanes over supersharrows for any street with significant traffic or higher speeds, but we first want to hear what you think. Thanks for providing feedback.

via 40th St Supersharrows: What do you think? | East Bay Bicycle Coalition.



New Paths Link Front Range Exurbs

Really fun hardpack paths.

Last month, the last major segment of the Coal Creek/Rock Creek Regional Trail was completed, bringing together a 27-mile trail network that now extends from Erie to Eldorado Springs, south of Boulder.

via 20-plus-year dream of a Boulder County prairie-to-mountain trail realized – Boulder Daily Camera.



Dale Stetina

According to multiple sources — including Boulder newspaper Daily Camera, local Colorado cycling website 303Cycling, and veteran American racer Steve Tilford — Stetina, 57, sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell from his bike while trying to avoid colliding with a car in Lefthand Canyon, a well-traveled road for riding among the Boulder cycling community.

According to the Daily Camera report, troopers who responded to the scene said that a 1999 Jeep SUV was headed westbound on Lefthand Canyon when the driver, identified as an adult male, pulled across the centerline and onto a shoulder on the opposite side of the road.

The driver then attempted to pull back into the westbound lane just as a group of cyclists headed eastbound on the roadway came around a slight bend. All of the cyclists were able to avoid the vehicle, but one rider lost control in the process of maneuvering, causing him to fall from his bike, a Colorado State Patrol spokesperson told Daily Camera.

Though Stetina was wearing a helmet, Tilford posted to his website Saturday night that he’d received an email from a friend of Stetina’s, describing his injuries as “very serious.”

“Dale did not hit the car, but hit the pavement, landing face first, suffering significant facial and ocular damage, and loss of responsiveness,” the email message read. “EMTs were on the scene rapidly, he received good care. He was flown to Boulder Community Hospital in a Flight for Life helicopter. He is there now in ICU. The CatScan diagnosis revealed brain stem injuries. The neurosurgeon describes the injuries as very serious. Dale is in tough shape. The future of Dale’s recovery is not known at this time, the doctors have offered no predictions. His vital signs are stable given the trauma he encountered. We are all hopeful.”

via Former national champion Dale Stetina in critical condition after Colorado accident – VeloNews.com.

Brain stem injury — not from hitting the road but from getting his neck twisted violently.




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