I don't agree with everything this author says, but they have some good advice in this DC-Centric article. Still, I'm not sure that there has been an increase in clueless cyclists, just because there are more cyclists total. You don't have to be new to behave badly. And since an increase in cyclists tends to result in no corresponding increase in crashes, I'm not sure you can blame the new cyclists.
Take Action: Maryland legislators attempt to weaken the Negligent Manslaughter law.
"Montgomery County will spend $500,000 each year for the next six years on creating new bikeways under County Executive Isiah Leggett’s (D) proposed Capital Improvements Program budget, released Jan. 15. This year, the county’s Department of Transportation is set to fund planning for a bikeway along the proposed Midcounty Highway, from Goshen Road to Woodfield Road."
"Premium Rush," the action flick about a NYC bike messenger, comes out just as the culture is disappearing. "Currently there are about 700 bike messengers in the city, not including food delivery cyclists, said William Goodman, the director of the New York State Messenger and Courier Association. A decade ago, he said, there were several thousand." How long before we see the article about the last full time bike messenger? And will historical preservation activists get involved?
I saw Americathon when I was a kid (so probably back in 1979) and seeing it again has some unintended humor. It takes place in the future of 1998, when we've run out of oil and everyone bikes or runs everywhere. We must save a fortune on health care.
Our national debt is over $400 billion. Wow! That's insane. And we're in danger of being foreclosed on - luckily, debt isn't really an issue now. Anyway, my last thought is why are all those runners and skateboarders on the Bike Freeway? Get in the skateboarding lane where you belong! It isn't safe for you mixing with bikes! Ding Ding Ding....
"The initiative, back in Arlington this summer after a one-year absence due to county government budget cutbacks, works with young people (most ages 8 to 14) with physical and intellectual disabilities. Participants attend five daily 75-minute sessions over the course of the week; the goal is not only to teach bike riding, but also promote self-esteem, confidence, inclusiveness and positive family dynamic."
On Monday at 7pm, ANC1C will discuss DDOT's planned bike lanes on Columbia Road. Please consider attending.
Some people are really worried about CaBi riders without helmets - despite no reports of skull fractures among riders. In fact, the story makes clear that all the available data shows that neither injuries nor fatalities have increased since CaBi hit the streets. It's a pretty reasonable story - making clear that helmets aren't the end all be all for bike safety, but they can be helpful in a crash.
On a related note, I heard Tom Sherwood on Kojo yesterday talking about the Harriet Tregoning crash (he's a big cyclist) . He said "it reinforces the idea that bike riding is a dangerous thing in the city, and that's why the city is aggressively trying to put in bike lanes....And people should wear helmets." I'd have preferred a different lesson - one about drivers and red lights.
Grant money will help to improve the mountain bike trails in Fountainhead Park. "Phase one will involve Jack Rabbit Run, a long ridge top downhill trail that does not take advantage of any of the surrounding side slope. The enhanced trail will shift the existing tread from the fall line to the sides with slope and include banked turns and whoops for a fast and swoopy trail ride experience."
New York City - Adult bicycle classes: “You made my day,” he said. “You made my 50 years.” Meanwhile, the Bikelash is over. "Bikes are New York fringe? Email your friends. Ask how many of them own bikes. Then ask how many of them own cars. If more of them say they own cars, look out the window. You live in Connecticut."
Toronto - Toronto's new mayor thinks cyclists are a pain in the ass, so he's having bike lanes removed. Even though traffic volume on the street in question remains unchanged. Meanwhile, city planners incorrectly measured the width of a street, deeming it too narrow for bike lanes, and incorectly counted the number of cyclists using it. They city said they were only 2%, but his count showed them to be 32%.
Colorado Springs, CO - A city worker parked in the bike lane. A cyclist hit the parked car, suffering a concussion, skull fracture and many small cuts. He then sued the city and won $50,000.
Winter Park, FL - Many communities in Rep. John Mica's district have passed resolutions condemning his plan to eliminate dedicated funding for pedestrian and cycling projects. If left to the state government, there probably won't be anything spent on these: 'Ananth Presad, who recently became Florida’s transportation secretary, has already indicated that his state, under the new Republican Governor Rick Scott, regards non-highway projects as a lower priority. “We must give serious consideration to whether — when resources and dollars are at a premium — spending money on sidewalks, bike trails, beautification and other projects like this is the most prudent use of taxpayer money,”'
Bellingham, WA - A man is attempting to bike to every major league baseball park in one season. In DC -where he'll arrive Aug 3rd - he can valet park. "I wasn't completely set on going to grad school," he said. "I thought, 'Well this seems better than grad school right now, so I'm going to do this.' "
United States - Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create more jobs per dollar spent than other road construction projects, according to America Bikes‘ press release and the new study, Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts, conducted and released this month by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Another remake of "The Bicycle Thief", but with a car - next a remake of "Smokey and the Bandit", but with bikes.
Budapest - "Participants of the first underground bicycle race compete during the "Mole Race" in a mine under Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Hundreds participated at the race, pedaling on the 1200 meter (0.75 miles) long track. The more than 30 km (18.6 miles) long mine system were used during centuries to extract stone to build the Hungarian capital."