New York City - The Deputy Mayor charged with getting more people to bike has taken up bike commuting. [He even bought the same bike I own]. “I’m sort of proof that if I can do this,” he said later, “anyone can do this.”
Meanwhile, the widow of a man killed by a salmoning bike delivery person, is working to make the roads safer and make sure cyclists are educated. "The cyclist who hit Mr. Gruskin wasn’t charged and quit the catering company. Ms. Gruskin sued the company that employed him, which settled for $1 million, said Chris McGrath, her lawyer. She set up the Stuart Gruskin Family Foundation to push for safer streets....ONE project that absorbed her was finding out how many people were hurt in collisions with bicycles. “If you wanted to find out how often cars hit bike riders, or cars hit pedestrians, you could get statistics about that,” Ms. Gruskin said. “If you wanted to know how often bicyclists hit pedestrians, there were no statistics for that....The standard form used by police officers who respond to a traffic accident does not include any place to list bicycles if they are involved. A new law calls for the collection of that information."
And, a NYC Councilman suggested legislation that would require bike license plates for messengers and food delivery people. This is law in London I believe.
Portland, OR - Mia Burk, President of Alta Planning + Design, which I'm pretty sure is related to Alta Bicycle Sharing (the company that operates CaBi) calls for the Idaho Stop in Oregon, among other ways of dealing with stop signs and bicycles.
Germany - Ride your bike on a pedestrian mall, and you could get a yellow card. “It is best to give it to them like this,” Kaufmann says, slipping me a card underhanded. “You cannot hold it up like a referee.”