Archive for July, 2008
It’s the infrastructure, not intractible cultural differences, that make bicycling safe and possible
Or so says this article (pdf).
In the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark, cycling levels are more than ten times higher than in the UK and USA. Dutch, German, and Danishwomen cycle as often as men, and rates of cycling fall only slightly with age. Moreover, cycling is distributed evenly across all income groups. In the Netherlands, [...]
San Francisco cyclists form a group ride that vows to follow the laws, mend fences, and share the road.
From the article:
A bunch of bike riders pedaled through San Francisco on Friday night, and nobody got mad at anybody.
The cyclists were polite. The motorists were respectful. The pedestrians were happy. The cops were incredulous.
And it all [...]
My friend Patty sent me the NY Times article on the police officer who body-slammed the cyclist and then arrested him for assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. From the article:
According to members of the group, Time’s Up, the video was taken by a tourist standing on the sidewalk. It shows bicycles streaming down Seventh [...]
He says the cyclist drove into him, but the video shows something else entirely. . . .
Read the driver’s story here.
Jonathan Maus of bikeportland.org is in California and he wrote a great post on Davis, the first city to achieve platinum status by the League of American Bicyclists.
As most of you know, Tucson has been trying to get this award for some years now, and keeps failing.
Maus’s description of Davis tells me we have [...]
Chuck Hildebrand, who owns the apartment complex where Andria Ligas was hit and killed, contacted me and asked me to remove the memorial to her. Evidently he felt it was an eyesore that he should not have to endure in front of his property.
So, I pulled it out today. Here’s what the site [...]
“Carhead” is a word used to describe the bias found in many news reports and other discussions about conflicts between bicyclists and motorists. Check it out here in the text of CNN’s deplorable piece on the Seattle Critical Mass affair (from Seattle affiliate KING):
Title: Bike Protest Turns Violent: A group of cyclists protesting their [...]
It’s reported all over but the best first-hand account I’ve seen is here at Checksum Arcanius. The short story is that during a critical mass ride a driver was blocked by the ride and ended up running over a cyclist and into several others before he was stopped by the riders who assaulted him, [...]Read More..>>
The owner of the property that the Andria Ligas ghostbike is in front of has told us to remove it. I think it is in a city right-of-way, but he’d probably remove it himself if we don’t, and this way at least we get to keep it.
Ligas’s case is a very troubling one to [...]