The out-of-town news thread, vol. II
When a car mows down a pedestrian in India, the victim’s family often assumes that justice is unachievable, e.g. that rich drivers would bribe themselves out of punishment. But video evidence may help change that:
Interesting new bike design:
Yeah, interesting MOTORCYCLE design.
I have no idea who the target audience is for this thing.
So, it turns out that you really only need to do intense exercise for one minute: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/04/27/1-minute-of-all-out-exercise-may-equal-45-minutes-of-moderate-exertion
I might try this, the intense exercise I mean. I do a lot of the non-intense kind.
Traffic lights installed on the ground in German city. Why? For phone-gazing pedestrians:
From Howell, MI (north west of Detroit)
Bikes welcome in downtown Howell
City officials noted the increasing popularity of bicycle riding, especially as more area residents opt for more-active lifestyles, as reason to rescind the old ordinance.
Sounds nice. But this is their idea of bike friendly:
The city this spring will install 10 pavement marking signs at downtown entry areas, indicating riders should dismount walk walk their bikes.
If that is the new ordinance, what was the old ordinance? Do we need to get @Erica to do there what she did for North Ridgeville, OH?
Boston MA: ‘City Council approved a proposal Wednesday to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 20 mph in the city of Boston, unless otherwise posted.
‘The measure, which was supported unanimously, would also decrease the speed limit to 15 mph in school zones, as well as other “municipally designated zones,” such as areas near senior centers or MBTA stations.
‘“We need to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city streets,” said Councilor Frank Baker, who sponsored the proposal. “Lowering the speed limit is an important step in the right direction.”’
(The measure still needs to be signed by the mayor and, for some reason, passed by the state legislature.)
It needs state approval because it’s a home-rule overriding the Massachusetts General Law WRT traffic regulation. Not something the state legislature generally favors.
Boston City Council is essentially powerless, but at least they and the mayor and the state DOT are generally pro-bike. Things have come a long way in the past 15 years thanks to the previous mayor.
Tho this reply belongs in the “Taking the Lane” thread, I’ll deposit it here.
MassBike is the statewide bike advocacy group, and like BikePgh, they’re generally conflict-averse and (like most bike “advocacy” groups) view their primary mandate as educating and encouraging non-cyclists to begin riding, rather than doing anything meaningful to improve conditions for people who actually ride bikes already.
Out of sheer frustration with that, a new group formed called the “Boston Cyclists’ Union” who are much more outspoken about the issues that cyclists face daily on the streets. Both groups seems to coexist and support one another, for the most part.
Perhaps that dual-organization model might be an option here. Although the progress in Boston would not have gotten anywhere without the strong support of the previous mayor, no matter what the advocacy groups did.
A 20mph speed limit within city limits in Pittsburgh is long overdue.
particularly in crowded areas: Downtown, Oakland, etc.
Do our elected representatives have the spine to make this happen?
Is BikePgh moving on this front?
This is really important. In the meanwhile cyclists and pedestrians are dying in the streets (literally).
Regarding the one minute of intense exercise, I’ve seen similar items recently, as well.
There is also the doing away with the carbohydrate-heavy diet and going with a high fat approach, which sustains one longer w/o the need to continuously eat during a long workout.
A glimpse of urban biking in California, from a film created by AAA in the midst of the 1970s bike boom: “Only One Road: the bike-car traffic mix”.
* almost no helmets
* no bike clothes
* cyclists are biking closer to parked cars than we do
* cars driving slower
* cars driving with windows open (partly a California thing)
@ ahlir A 20mph speed limit within city limits in Pittsburgh is long overdue.
If they enforced the speed laws in Pittsburgh, my life would change profoundly.
Changing a number on a sign when it’s not enforced? Why bother?
Regarding the 1975 California Film…
Ah, the good old days. What we didn’t know didn’t hurt us. There were fewer haters back in the ’70s and the country roads were a little closer to the big city, making an escape to peace and quiet a bit easier.
L.A. ordered to pay $23.7 million in ‘dangerous intersection’ death
A jury on Monday found the City of Los Angeles primarily liable for a traffic collision that killed a scientist in San Pedro three years ago.
The jury awarded $23.7 million to the widow and young son of Thomas Guilmette, a 59-year-old Northrop Grumman employee who died three years ago after his motorcycle struck a car that had inched into traffic on a busy avenue in northwest San Pedro.
…residents…had complained for years about the blind corner at Summerland and Cabrillo avenues but the city was “not responsive.” …Drivers waiting on Cabrillo to turn left onto Summerland were forced to edge into oncoming traffic to peer around a blind corner, attorneys said.
…The judgment was unusually large, [the family’s attorney Don] Liddy said, because attorneys showed the jury that L.A. officials had planned in 2001 and 2009 to make changes to the intersection that could have improved visibility.
After Guilmette’s death, city officials added a stop sign on Summerland at Cabrillo and restricted street parking there in an attempt to improve visibility.
“It wasn’t until after the [crash] that they followed their own plan,” Liddy said.
I didn’t want to be secretary of balloon doggies… er, bikes! The bikes demanded it!
This BBC story says, regarding cycling or exercising in polluted air, that the benefits of exercise almost always outweigh the risks of health problems due to pollution. “It found that for an average air pollution concentration in an urban area, the tipping point – when the risks begin to outweigh the benefits – comes after a huge seven hours of cycling or 16 hours of walking a day.” (But I’m guessing Pittsburgh’s air is worse than “average” urban air pollution).
If that worries you about cycling, consider this other study that suggests that the air pollution inside a car is sometimes worse than that outside, due to nitrogen dioxide:
A Beloit WI woman dies after being hit by a man on a bicycle
This story has me as mad as I usually get with most car crashes; let’s blame the victim and no serious charges. WTF
What do you think?
Street view of location https://goo.gl/maps/XtzURbYgjft
“the only charge Bolshma-is facing is an ordinance violation for riding his bike on the sidewalk.”
What about, at least, involuntary manslaughter, to start with?
I like twitter links!
— Sarah Quesen (@squesen) May 31, 2016
How about youtube?
or just a regular link to a website
Trying this twitter thing again
— Sarah Quesen (@squesen) May 31, 2016
— Better Streets LVPGH (@LVbikeped) June 1, 2016
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