The out-of-town news thread, vol. II
NASCAR drivers pedal from St. Augustine for bike safety
NASCAR drivers and professional cyclists hopped on bicycles Wednesday morning and pedaled 60 miles from St. Augustine to Daytona International Speedway to raise awareness for bicycle and pedestrian safety.
“I think the message is just awareness,” Johnson said after the ride. “People on these bikes are moms, dads, children, and sometimes motorists let their frustrations get the best of them and don’t realize they’re putting somebody in harm’s way.”
New Castle, PA
Second phase of Riverwalk project rolls ahead
“Phase two will formally designate the 1.4-mile loop downtown that connects to the Neshannock Creek Trail,” Staniszewski said, explaining the loop will cover portions of downtown streets and paths along the creek.
“We’re working with our engineers and the county to come up with a final design to provide access for bicycles along the route and to make it bicycle and pedestrian friendly.”
Relevant to the “Ticketed” thread also, but putting it here. In Cleveland they are training the POLICE. Can we import this?; http://www.bikecleveland.org/enforcement/
ANGIER, N.C. (WTVD) —
Four experienced cyclists are being treated at WakeMed Hospital after authorities say they were thrown from their bikes after being hit by a driver.
[The driver] told ABC11 that when she saw the cyclists there was another car coming in the opposite direction and there wasn’t room to move over. Authorities said the the four cyclists were riding in a single-file line.
“It started in the middle of the road right there and then I pulled up here to get out of the road,” said Williams.
“Why didn’t she slow down? Why did she try to pass when it wasn’t safe? The two seconds she would have saved passing them wasn’t worth it. Just absolutely not worth it,” said [local rider Jerry] Phelps.
2 of the 4 riders, randonneurs who were on a 124-mile ride, are listed in critical condition; charges are said to be pending, though the article doesn’t say what they might be.
Here’s another story about the NC collision: http://wncn.com/2016/02/20/4-people-on-bicycles-hit-by-vehicle-in-johnston-county/
There is so much ad-ware built into the WNCN website, I had to shut down my computer. I couldn’t even get the browser to close.
Streetview of the collision site in North Carolina: https://goo.gl/maps/cicSNkThmMR2
The speed limit on non-municipal NC roads is 55 mph. I wonder how fast this driver was traveling, to not see four cyclists on a relatively flat and straight road, and to hit them all.
“Williams told ABC11 that when she saw the cyclists there was another car coming in the opposite direction and there wasn’t room to move over. Authorities said the the four cyclists were riding in a single-file line.”
No room to move over. Poor woman…shame her car wasn’t equipped with any means to slow down or stop in a hurry.
From the story, it sounds like there will be charges filed against the driver. Her admission that she saw the cyclists and made the conscious decision that there wasn’t room to move over sounds, to me, like a basis for a reckless driving charge or something similar.
Ohio’s considering a three-foot passing law: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-154
If you’re an Ohio resident or know somebody, this would be a good time to call your rep.
That bill appears to have passed its committee last June: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-status?id=GA131-HB-154
Is there any news of it coming up in the full House soon?
“Listen, girls, there’s nothing left in my orchard except firewood,” Ms. Suleiman said, using a Palestinian saying for being a spinster. “But you are young. I want you, when you get married, to make riding your bikes a condition of marriage.”
The younger women erupted in laughter at the suggestion. “He’ll give me a beating!”
“The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was recently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as one of more than 1,132 Bicycle Friendly Businesses nationwide. The department achieved a Bronze-level designation for its efforts at and around the Commonwealth Keystone Building on North Street in Harrisburg.”
See a list of Pennsylvania businesses with this designation:
(click on the state)
Wow. Bronze level for PennDOT. Doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence in the LAB, does it?
For PennDOT’s efforts as an employer at their main office facility in HBG, not for their efforts as a governmental agency for the State.
Cute little video from Halifax: “How to Park in a Bike Lane”
“In honour of the new—apparently totally confusing—bike lanes on Hollis Street, PLANifax and The Coast offer a friendly guide to the etiquette of cars parking where bikes are supposed to ride.”
Regarding the North Carolina car driver that hit four cyclists on Saturday:
As of Monday, two of the cyclists were out of the hospital, but one was still unconscious. One cyclist questions the driver’s story: “she probably hit all four of us before she realized that she hit anybody.” The police say alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash. But the driver was on probation for a drug conviction.
Meanwhile, the NC legislature asked the state’s Department of Transportation months ago to review car & bike safety laws. DOT is proposing a four foot law. “But the DOT rejected some suggestions from [their review] committee, including one that said there should be no change to a provision of state law that says bicycle riders should stay “as far right as is practicable.” Instead, the DOT’s proposal would require cyclists to stay in the right half of their lane.” Cyclists are objecting, noting that in intersections, especially, it’s often safest for cyclists to be left-of-center. [audio, 11 min.]
From the land DownUnder – you can’t make this stuff up
Bike bells the focus of police crackdown on cyclists around Brisbane
A police operation at the base of the popular hill saw riders pulled over and fined for not having a bell.
Four separate $117 fines were issued at a number of locations in the area under the Queensland Road Rules.
Many cyclists choose to use a vocal warning instead of a bell, yet Sergeant Stevens said that was not enough.
“It needs to be a bell or a horn warning,” he said.
“The same as cars and motor vehicles, they’re required to meet certain standards.
“Everyone is required to maintain their vehicle or bicycle in accordance to the legislation, just as a car has to have a working horn.”
This is not a requirement in PA, BTW — I checked. We’re only required to have lights & reflectors at night, and a brake (even on a fixie).
GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A jury has acquitted a Brecksville man charged in a crash that killed two bicyclists and injured three others.
There was a landslide and track damage to the scenic railroad at Frostburg. Article doesn’t say is the GAP was damaged.
buffalo, bike cleveland wrote a really good response to that case:
Another aspect of this is that Brecksville is in an area where bike trails of the Metroparks System and the Emerald Necklace pass through and where the Cuyahoga Valley Recreational Area lies. One would think that a community, long-benefitting from bicycle touring, would have more of a collective consciousness regarding the sport.
South African fauna is no joke. We once got T-boned by a kudu while in a car.
Hartebeest 1, XC mountain biker 0.
Police: Woman revs engine at boy on bike, arrested
KTVU News camera hit by out of control driver during live broadcast
SAN FRANCISCO— Two journalists covering Monday’s train derailment in Fremont nearly became part of the tragedy Tuesday as a careening car drove right through their live report….
Just the usual, a reporter writes up his experience riding the GAP –
But it’s from a New Zealand newspaper!
Protest ride in MO against the 15 foot flag proposal
After watching someone trying to ride with one of these ridiculous and dangerous flags, I hope they see this proposal is ludicrous.
Wonderful article by NYC biking hero Janette Sadik-Khan on the bike lane wars there: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won.html?mid=twitter_nymag
“The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won”
Why women don’t bike: http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/why-women-dont-cycle/
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