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Riding Two Abreast - Bike Law Peter explains...

Biking ElsewhereBy Peter Wilborn, Bike Law

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Visibility:

Driver’s inattentiveness poses the greatest threat to cyclists (and to pedestrians and other motorists). In most of the wrongful death lawsuits that I have handled, the common drivers’ refrain is that “I didn’t see the cyclist.” In too many cases, the motorist has simply run over a cyclist in front of them. A group of riders riding two abreast, however, is far more visible to drivers. A frustrated driver is at least a driver who is aware of the riders on the road and realizes that he must slow down until it is safe to pass.

Easier Passing:

In one tragic case a few years back, a truck driver attempted to pass a long line of single-file riders. But in the middle of his maneuver, an oncoming car forced the truck back into the pace line, killing a young girl. Long lines of cyclists can pose a more difficult challenge to passing drivers. A more compact group of two-abreast cyclists can make passing easier and more predictable. A two-abreast formation is approximately the width of a car, and cars should pass them as if they were passing a slower automobile.

Enough Room to Pass:

Cyclists often maintain a two abreast formation because they can see something the trailing drivers cannot: it is unsafe to pass here. Whether because of a blind curve, a double yellow line, approaching traffic or a narrowing road, by riding two abreast with others, the cyclists are asking the motorist to cool his jets and wait. The driver’s safety is important, too. Too many times, drivers improperly assume that there is ample room to pass a single line of cyclists, and end up hitting them or dangerously forcing them off a too narrow road. Two-abreast riders prevent this from happening until there is adequate room for a motorist to pass.

Most cyclists exercise common sense. With thousands of miles of experience, they know when to ride next to each other and when to ride single file. For example, on heavily traveled roads with adequate lane width for passing cars, most riders I know will ride single file. And most riders already do what critics suggest; they take prudent steps to allow cars to pass safely and efficiently.

The situation can and will improve. As more folks ride, and as more roads across the country get dedicated bicycle lanes, and we as we continue to educate cyclists and drivers alike, frustrations will lessen. Until then, we will continue to encourage common sense and basic courtesy.

http://www.bikelaw.com/2014/06/18/riding-two-abreast/
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Something is not always better than nothing

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More politicians on bikes please

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Think Bicycle Commuters Are Good Citizens? You're Probably A Democrat

Biking ElsewhereBy Christine Matthews, Huffington Post

Last week, Pew Research released a survey of 10,000 voters focused on partisan polarization. In their survey, Pew also collected data about lifestyle polarization. For example, Liberals want to live in smaller houses within walkable communities; Conservatives prefer bigger houses with an ability to drive to places of interest.

This reminded us of a survey we conducted late last year that explored partisan attitudes toward bicycling and bike lanes. We were inspired to ask these questions by the bike lane wars we had seen erupting in communities, including in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

In theory, most respondents to a HuffPost/YouGov poll tended to agree with the concept of bikes and cars sharing the road. Three-fourths of voters agree that roads should accommodate both cars and bikes, while a minority (18%) thinks roads should be for cars only. While Democrats more widely support dual use (85%), Republicans (72%) and independents (70%) also strongly support the idea.

A majority of voters (53%) think policies should be put in place to make it easier (53%) rather than harder (6%) to commute by bicycle. Nearly three in ten say what we're doing presently is fine -- no changes -- and 14% aren't sure.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-matthews/cycling-politics-poll_b_5500546.html
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NEW BAGGAGE CARS COMING SOON - Amtrak

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Read more: http://blog.amtrak.com/2014/06/new-baggage-cars/
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STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam [video]

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STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

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Baltimore's Zoo and its Metro (but they don't).

Mass Transit[B' Spokes: Another zing about our mass transit.]
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by Jeff La Noue, Greater Greater Washington

While Washington has a Metro stop with "Zoo" in its name, the Metro subway in Baltimore and its zoo appear to ignore each other.

At the nearby Mondawmin Metro stop, there is scant evidence the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore (Baltimore Zoo) even exists. At the zoo, there's little mention of the subway. Meanwhile, the Washington Metro, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and nearby commercial retailers have a symbiotic relationship.

The Woodley Park/Zoo Metro station and the National Zoo are the same distance as the Baltimore zoo entrance and its nearest subway station, 0.4 miles or a 9 minute walk.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/23086/the-national-zoo-and-dc-metro-fit-together-so-could-baltimores-zoo-and-its-metro-but-they-dont/
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A hypothetical decision tree for when to stop - LOL

Biking ElsewhereVia Willamette Week

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Just roads everywhere

Politics[B' Spokes: I thought this was kinda cool campaign for a governor.]
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By Randy LoBasso, Pphiladelphia Weekly

Paul Glover wants to warn us: “In 60 years, either cars will be gone or we will.” Those are tough words. The Germantown resident says he hasn’t driven an automobile since 1978—and, based on a lifetime of research, he’s pretty sure that if more people don’t follow his lead, we’re all doomed. And before you ask: No, he’s not interested in cleaner fuel, or hybrid technology, or electric cars. He believes human mobility will be the end of humanity, because as long as fuel exists, and is cheap, human beings will continue to sprawl—and devour the earth.

“Even if you had a car which ran on parakeet farts and only needed one little parakeet fart a year, cars go everywhere,” he says. “There needs to be a deliberate restraint on human mobility. Otherwise, we entirely cover the planet with roads. Just roads everywhere.”

But who cares what this guy thinks? You should. Glover, a former Temple professor and leader of numerous green job and food organizations around Philadelphia, is running for governor of Pennsylvania on the Green Party ticket.
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http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/news-and-opinion/How_Paul_Glover__Will_Spend_His__Summer_Vacation-262576491.html
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Police Search For Shooting Suspect in Baltimore

Biking in Baltimorevia Washington CBS Local

Baltimore City Police are searching for a suspect they say shot a man multiple times while he was riding a bicycle.

Around 3:15 p.m., police responded to the intersection of E. Monument Street and Madison Street for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they found a 20-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.

Police say they believe the man was shot while riding his bike in the 1200 block of E. Monument Street near the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Detectives from the Eastern District are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 410-396-2433.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/06/16/police-search-for-shooting-suspect-in-baltimore/
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