Maillot Jaune: A study out of Australia show that in 87% of car-bike crashes, the driver of the car is at fault.
The helmet camera study found that of the 54 incidents recorded, more than 88 per cent of cyclists travelled in a safe and legal way.
Conversely, drivers changing lanes and turning left without indicating or looking were the cause of more than 70 per cent of the incidents...
Podium: Some NYC city hall employees use the bike lanes they advocate for.
Podium: A doctor on Huffington Post argues that helmets should be mandatory for cyclists and motorcyclists. He quotes the same bad research that everyone else quotes. Except that now, helmets are 95% effective - no citation given. And only 8% of cycling fatalities were wearing helmets in 2008 (it was 9% and it's still likely wrong). But as with all the other doctors who weigh in on this, he doesn't take the time to understand these "facts". His logic could also be used to require helmets on motorists or pedestrians; or for mandatory sunscreen or condom use laws. A better article would have been "Head injuries, why motorcyclists and bicyclists should wear helmets" backed up with real, up-to-date cited science. As it is, he's saying "trust me, I'm a doctor." Which makes me want soda.
Maillot Vert: NYC starts a campaign telling road users "Don't be a jerk". In it there is information that John Pucher is doing a study of cycling and transportation in several cities, including DC.
In Chicago, Dr. Pucher said, taxi and bus drivers are required to take courses on safe driving with cyclists.
In Portland, motorists ticketed for cycling-related violations can take education classes in lieu of paying a fine. Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives, would like to see similar practices adopted in New York.
Maillot a Pois Rouge: An airless bicycle tire and a light, but powerful e-bike win "Best of 2010" awards from popular science. "The Serenity consists of a solid tube-like core made from a foam-type material, and an exterior rubber tread. No air means there are no pressure adjustments to make and, even better, no flats. It’s lightweight and long-lasting, and you can add a new tread without having to replace the whole tire."
Maillot Blanc: Sen. Mitch McConnel used an earmark to help build a bike path in Louisville, KY.
Lanterne Rouge: A NYC artist has an interesting project "She is halfway through an ambitious project to capture downtown denizens riding on two wheels down each of the approximately 200 streets below 14th Street." Quick, somebody in DC copycat her.