Maillot Jaune: (via GGW) NYPD crack down on bicyclists who run red lights, salmon or ride on the sidewalk - writing over 1000 tickets in two weeks. "I think the moral of the story is it's not just obey the rules of the road, but to utilize the bike lanes and safety first." said an NYPD source. Why is the lesson to use bike lanes? You aren't required to. "Sources said that lawbreaking by cyclists has become the top quality-of-life complaint in some neighborhoods.
Meanwhile a pair of city councilmembers are asking that bike lanes be subject to environmental review.
Transportation Alternatives wishes that the anti-bike forces at the New York Post would cover some other aspects of the story like how serious a problem scofflaw cyclists are and how the NYPD is measuring success. Personally, I think you can justify a crackdown on bad road users - including cyclists - or a crackdown on dangerous drivers - because they're most likely to kill, but cracking down on just cyclists is like focusing on keeping knives out of schools over keeping guns out.
Podium: The long and triumphant history of cycling women.
Podium: A cyclist who was walking his bike on the sidewalk (so really a pedestrian) hit by a driver pulling out of a driveway had to sue his original lawyers because they didn't sue the city and property owner, limiting him to only the driver's insurance. Something to consider if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.
Maillot Vert: Guangzhou, China won the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) 2011 Sustainable Transport Award, in part because of their dedication to cycling. the new bus system "hooks up seamlessly" with rail as well as "idyllic" bicycle paths and bike-sharing stations, and helps to make the city "more livable."
Maillot a Pois Rouge: Contador might be stripped of last year's Tour win and be banned from this year's race as well. Party at Schleck's house. Contador feels like he's being unfairly punished, and the longer this has gone on the more I agree with him. There has not been a large amount of evidence against him, or an expert who said his story is incredible. It would be a shame if he lost his jersey because he ate some meat.
Maillot Blanc:On London's Cycle Superhighways.
Lanterne Rouge: If bikes were like cars.