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."
I see this all the time on leagle.com, but I just wanted to point this out as the dark side of bike registration laws. Officer Travis Mandell of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department observed A.L.T. sitting on a bicycle. A Fort Lauderdale city ordinance requires that residents register their bicycles, and there is typically a red and white marking beneath the bicycle's seat indicating registration. As Officer Mandell did not see the marking on the bicycle, he approached A.L.T. for questioning. Officer Mandell asked A.L.T. specifically if he could "search him for weapons or drugs."
Slumdog Millionaire will be shown as part of NoMa's Summer Screen program. The event will have a "bike-in" theme—the first 50 bikers will win a NoMa bike swag bag.
A cyclist hit in Vienna was doing at least a couple things wrong. As the motor vehicle turned off of northbound Park Street and onto Casmar Street at around 10 p.m., the bicyclist entered Casmar Street from a southbound sidewalk. The bicyclist then allegedly struck the turning motor vehicle, police said. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet, was dressed in dark clothing and was riding a bicycle with no lights illuminated, police said. But they seem to be OK and hopefully they don't have any serious injuries.
This letter to the editor from 1979 is downright creepy in it's prescience. The writer, Peter Harnik now with the Trust for Public Land, calls for a cycletrack on 15th Street, bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue, Closing Beach Drive to cars on Sundays, and limiting who can use the sides of K Street. Closing down the BW Parkway and GW Parkway to car traffic once a month...that's a little farther out (can you imagine the reaction?)
A sign to warn cyclists about the door zone is shown at right.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer of the Bicycle theory, broke his collarbone in a cycling accident last weekend in Massachusetts. That's not his first crash either. He must run red lights like crazy. "In 1993, Breyer suffered more serious injuries, a punctured lung and broken ribs, when he was hit by a car while riding his bike across Harvard Square." And more here "Breyer stays limber by bicycling around Cambridge and Georgetown, where he also has a home. (In 1993, when Breyer was a federal appeals-court judge in Boston, he had what is certainly the most famous bicycle accident in Supreme Court history. A few days before an interview with President Clinton for the vacancy on the Court created by Byron White’s resignation, Breyer crashed while trying to avoid a pedestrian near his home in Cambridge, breaking a rib and puncturing a lung. He was in pain during the meeting with the President, and it didn’t go well. Breyer was appointed the following year, after Harry Blackmun retired.)" Mrs. Washcycle informs me that Warren Burger had a nasty bike crash in the 1970's that kept him off the bench for some time.
Danville, VA - A trestle on the Virginia Creeper Trail was wiped out by a recent tornado.
Ottawa, Canada - Ottawa started a Bixi system on the scale of SmartBike, 100 bikes at 10 stations. They call it a very familiar-sounding Capital Bixi. It's sponsored by a leading national communications company.
Austin, TX - Thing are not looking good for Lance Armstrong. First, Tyler Hamilton went on 60 minutes and said that he used performance-enhancing drugs with Armstrong and then, worse, George Hincapie reportedly testified to the same thing. Hamilton has been busted for doping before, but Hincapie has not. As Forrest Whitaker said in "The Enemy Within," no one believes an accusation, but everyone believes a confession. Hamilton has turned over his 2004 Gold medal (which somewhat undermines claims he's lying to promote his book). Congratulations to Viatcheslav Ekimov, Bobby Julich and Michael Rogers on their 2004 wins.
Ventura County, CA - "A 49-year-old Hummer driver was arrested yesterday evening and charged with vehicular manslaughter for his role in a series of three hit-and-run accidents he perpetrated while under the influence, according to the Ventura County Star. Satnam Singh of Ventura struck and injured a pair of bicyclists, a family in a pickup truck, and, in the last collision, killed a 20-year-old man."
Cannes - A new candidate for the best bicycle movies is out: The Kid with a Bike. "“The Kid With a Bike” tells the alternately brutal and tender tale of 11-year-old Cyril, left in a children’s home by his feckless father; Samantha, a hairdresser who almost by accident becomes his surrogate mother; and the bike he pedals furiously through a chaotic world."
It's kind of like a video game: Look at the dots on a console as they go from red to blue and back again, and plot the best course to distribute bikes where they're needed.
Some stations fill up as quickly as they're emptied in the morning, requiring attention several times a day. Others don't. The least-used stations, predictably, are mostly east of the river. The Anacostia metro station rack, for example, only had eight checkouts all of last month.
Perhaps counter-intuitively, the solution isn't fewer racks, but more of them: There's no better way to inspire confidence in a system than always having a place to either dock your bike or pick one up when you need it.
Sign your school up for WABA youth bicycling education.
The DC BAC explains the nitty-gritty on contributory vs comparative negligence. "BAC has been working to better understand contributory and comparative negligence doctrines and talking with the government to in hopes of changing from contributory to comparative because it provides more protection to cyclists and pedestrians. The Council member who has arguably has the most influence on this issue is Phil Mendelson, who chairs the Council Committee on the Judiciary and has remained cautious in his examination of the application of this legal standard in the District."
Sen Cardin and Montgomery County Executive Ike Legget support cycling at the Senate Transportation Committee hearings. “A bike path project is important in encouraging people to bike or walk to work,” said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “You are taking cars off the road and it enhances the ability of people to get where they are going.”
More focus on making PG County safer for cyclists and pedestrians. Mr. Baker should "create a full-time bicycle and pedestrian coordinator position within the county government,direct DPW&T to make bicycling and walking a priority using professional best practices, and develop a bicycle-pedestrian plan with specific milestones to be implemented in the next 4 to 8 years." DPW&T doesn't exactly get it when it comes to bikes right now. DPW&T reportedly said"by placing sharrows on the road, we would be endorsing riding a bike on Church Road." Heaven forbid.
Here's a reason to root for Butler (and have your bike checked by a mechanic) "[Butler's Matt] Howard is famous for riding his bicycle around Butler’s Indianapolis campus, no matter the temperature or weather conditions....'The bike crash? Who told you about that,' he said with a laugh Thursday afternoon. 'Probably riding too cheap of a bike, that’s the first problem. It’s been out in the rain quite a bit so it’s a little rusted, and I think the rust started to take over. And for some reason the handlebars sort of broke to the side and I went down..."