Boston's mayor hosts a Bicycle Safety Summit. Biker Boy attended.
Richard Fries, a self-described cycling evangelist from Lexington, praised the officials for “political bravery’’ in reaching out, but asked what they would do to influence the behavior of what he called a hostile rank-and-file: bus drivers who bear down on cyclists; train conductors who frown on bike-toting passengers; officers who make accident victims feel as though they had it coming.
An Arizona cyclist tries to get the 3 foot law enforced
Mason contends that when the bus driver passed, the bus was within 3 feet, which is in violation of the state's 3-foot law.
Mason confronted the driver a short time after the incident, and NAIPTA video footage of the encounter showed that neither the bus driver, nor the responding Flagstaff Police Department officer was familiar with certain bicycle laws. The footage also appeared to show that the bus was traveling 44 mph in a 35 mph zone.
A 65-year old cyclist was hit and killed last June in southern Illinois during a cross-country ride to protest government bailouts. The driver, who was drunk and left the scene afterward, was sentenced to nine years in prison and a $5000 fine.
Rails-to-Trails won. [Actually, they tied, but American Express decided that since it was too close call, they would just give money to both Rails-to-Trails AND the National Trust for Historic Preservation. You hear that Supreme Court circa 2000?]
Hey, rail-trail supporters! On behalf of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we'd like to be the first to congratulate Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on winning the $200,000 Members Project grant from American Express and Take Part. We couldn't be happier or more excited for you—especially because the National Trust has been named co-winners with you, due to what ultimately was a tied vote between our organizations.
A Canadian cyclist rides with a helmet camera recorded a crash with a car.
But the city still does not ticket double parking during church services — even when congregants block dedicated bike lanes, a violation of the city traffic code that carries a fine of $105.
Stephen Elliott, an author and cyclist who lives in the Mission, said, “Anybody that parks in a bike lane is worshiping the wrong god.”
Four police officers involved in the Hollywood Critical Mass kicking incident have been pulled from patrol duty while internal affairs investigates the confrontation.
A manufacturer of bikes for heavy people debates whether to keep making them in the U.S. or start making them in Taiwan. The imported bikes cost less than half as much, but
manufacturing in the United States enables her to provide a level of individualized customer service not easily matched by producing her bikes overseas. “As it is, people call and say I’ve got this issue and that issue, and Tim Mathewson is so good he knows what to do to make the bike right for that person,” she said, referring to her Vermont bike guru
Its correspondent from the Giro, the authoritative Philippe Brunel, reported on Sunday that the bicycle weighs 10 kilograms, or 22 pounds, a couple of kilos over the usual weight. It has, he continued, a motor powered by an electric battery, all of it concealed in the frame near a pedal. The motor, nearly silent in use, is turned on and off by buttons hidden in the brake levers.
“Unbelievable,” he gushed. “You press a button and the bicycle quickly picks up speed. All you have to do is keep your legs in sync on the pedals. You move at 50 kilometers an hour without effort, without strain.” Fifty k.p.h., or 31 miles an hour, is almost 10 k.p.h. above the usual speed of a race.
“Its designer told me that it’s been around since 2004 and that some riders have used it in races,” he said.
Because what pro cycling really needs is another cheating scandal.
Although no one offered proof, and Cancellara dismissed the allegations as “stupid,” online speculation reached such a point that on Wednesday it crashed the Web servers of an Austrian company that makes an invisible motor system for bicycles.
Speaking of batteries,
At a media event in Nairobi on Thursday, mobile phone maker Nokia unveiled a new cell phone charger product that runs off bicycle power.
Despite fears of this causing distracted biking, I doubt this product will even catch on in the States. That it was launched in Nairobi is telling. In Cameroon, many of my colleagues had hand-cranked shortwave radios, but I've never seen anyone using a hand-cranked anything back here. This product is for people who live in areas without electricity. Certainly a lack of electricity is not saving us from distracted biking.