Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


20 mph speed limits in Park Slope
November 25, 2013, 09:36
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A nice bit of civil disobedience here:

Calling it “a gift to the city,” a group of activists changed the speed limit in Park Slope this weekend by hanging rogue 20 mph speed limit signs along Prospect Park West.

Safe streets activists with the group Right of Way installed the signs on Saturday night around 10pm. Organizer Keegan Stephan says the group was motivated by recent pedestrian deaths — and statistics showing a lower speed limit save lives.

“A pedestrian hit by a car going 20 mph has a 95% chance of survival,” he said, who added that a WNYC map showed the city could lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour across two-thirds of city under current state law. “We don’t understand why they’re not, (so) we took it upon ourselves.” 

He said the signs are also a way of showing support for a bill currently under consideration by the New York City Council. When introduced last month, Intro 535 aimed to lower the city’s speed limit to 20 miles per hour. But last Friday, Council Member Jimmy Vacca, who chairs the Transportation Committee, told WNYC “the bill is being tweaked a little bit.” He said “we’re aiming for 25 miles per hour on narrow, one-way streets.”

(Stephan’s reaction to that news: “That’s disappointing.”)

via Activists Take Brooklyn Speed Limit Into Own Hands, Install 20mph Signs in Park Slope – WNYC.



Jefferson County bike plan map

That’s Jeffco, Colorado, comprising the western suburbs of Denver. There are a lot of Jeffco’s around.

jeffcobikeplanmap (pdf)


click for pdf

They are seeking comments here: http://www.jeffco.us/bike-plan



Bike-ped crashes in perspective
November 28, 2011, 04:21
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Tom Vanderbilt



Litigation is a lousy substitute for looking both ways
November 19, 2011, 21:48
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Excerpt from NY Post, Nov. 18, 2011.

Yet another pedestrian wakes up from a coma and sues everybody. Litigation is a necessary tool, and it is sabotaged a little bit for everybody who might really need it each time an errant pedestrian walks in front of a bicyclist, gets knocked into a coma, then sues everybody.

Bicyclists, watch for pedestrians, as they have a very hard time watching for you.