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.



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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Cycling ‘superhighways’ backlash

London’s ‘cycling superhighways’ turned out to be nothing but paint in most cases. Some paint on the street might be nice for bikes, but don’t call it a superhighway.

Statistics show that the behavior of London\’s cyclists is rarely to blame for serious accidents. Many say the real problem is the high number of construction vehicles and hauling trucks on London\’s roads.

via London's cycling 'superhighways' prove to be super dangerous | Public Radio International.



NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

Urban Street Design Guide | NACTO.

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Turkmenistan: Citizens forced to buy bikes?
September 17, 2013, 08:21
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Story is old and lacks credibility. Still fun.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov – featured on TV “winning” a cycle race a fortnight ago – has been encouraging mass-participation events on Sundays. And the opposition website Chrono reports that hes expecting the entire population to climb into the saddle on 1 September. “This campaign will help to boost health, ensure environmental security and promote cycling,” the president is quoted as saying. It comes after Berdimuhamedov approved a four-year state programme for developing cycling in the country.But Chrono says this is bad news for those who dont own a bike. “Prices for bikes have sharply risen in the country. By any means, all able-bodied individuals, pupils and students should have bikes by 1 September,” it reports, citing the case of one teacher in the capital Ashgabat who tendered his resignation because of his refusal to take part.

via BBC News – Turkmenistan: Citizens forced to buy bikes.



Fort Collins bike guru calls for Idaho Stop

But I think it’s time we talked about the feasibility of allowing cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. This would solve a lot of problems and create some opportunities.

via Price: Do cyclists really need to stop at stop signs? | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com.

It would probably cause some problems too, but would be an overall positive.

Deliberate signal infractions by bicyclists aren’t nearly as dangerous as people think, or as dangerous as people would like. The evidence is overwhelming.

Right on, Rick.



Friedersdorf on Rabinowitz

That’s right, Friedersdorf.

There is no one in America who objects more consistently than me to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiatives: This is a man who favors stop-and-frisk, racially profiling and spying on innocent Muslims, restricting the size of soda New Yorkers can buy, salt limits, a trans-fat ban, and a pervasive surveillance state. Left up to me, no one like Bloomberg would ever exercise political power. My disdain for his paternalism and disregard for civil liberties is what inclines me to defend his bike initiative. It is the least “totalitarian” major initiative that Bloomberg has undertaken, yet is denounced with some of the strongest language. If the critics were merely expressing their personal displeasure at the prospect of cities better suited to bike travel (or doubts about the efficacy of a particular policy aimed at making cities more bike friendly) that would be fine. Instead they co-opt the language of freedom and oppression, as if orienting cities toward automobiles is natural and libertarian, while bike shares and bike lanes are harbingers of tyranny. 

That is vapid, paranoid, philosophically incoherent nonsense. By frivolously trafficking in it, I fear that Rabinowitz and friends will diminish all warnings about liberty and government overreach. Even the boy who cried wolf was invoking the specter of an actually frightening creature.

via The Paranoid Style in Bicycle Politics: A Bicoastal Freak-Out – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.



E-bikes vs. bikes

Pedelec. A new word to me.

In a vote at the European Parliament today, MEPs have decided to keep the original European Commission proposal; only pedelecs with a maximum speed of 25 km/h and 250 watts power will remain exempt from motorbike regulation. Europe’s cycling organisations have welcomed the move, seeing it as a clear separation between bicycles and motorbikes

via European Cyclists' Federation – 20.11.2012- EU Parliament Backs ECF And Bicycle Industry Campaign To Protect Future Of Cycling.



Bike of the Day: This Old Raleigh

Upon closer inspection, looks like a recipe for disaster.




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