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To The Police Chief Who Said 7-year-olds Should Not Be Alone, Especially in a Park

Biking ElsewhereVia Free Range Kids

About a week ago, you may recall, a Maine mom was charged with child endangerment for letting her 7 year old play by herself for an hour in the park visible from the family’s porch. This is a letter by a Free-Ranger to the Police Chief there, who defended the summons as well as the fact the girl was taken by cruiser to the precinct, instead of back across the street to her home. It’s everything a letter should be, and everything our country should be, too: Smart, sane, and unwilling to buy into child safety hysteria.
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"What was the particular and specific danger that prompted law enforcement action?”
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So, absent a verified and demonstrable hazard, the rationale for police action would seemingly have to fall to, in essence, “something bad could have happened.” This is an empty argument, and folly of high order. Something could “happen” anywhere. But, following that logic for a moment, law enforcement might take notice that, statistically, the most dangerous place for a child to be in the United States is riding in a car. Would it make sense, then, to pull people over and cite them for endangering their child passengers? The logic applied in this case would demand that you do. After all, children actually DO die in cars – thousands of them.
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http://www.freerangekids.com/to-the-police-chief-who-said-7-year-olds-should-not-be-alone-especially-in-a-park/
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HERE’S WHY WE SHOULD NOT IGNORE SELF-PROCLAIMED “CYCLIST HATERS”

Biking ElsewhereBy Cian Ginty

COMMENT & ANALYSIS: Media figures painting all “cyclists” as criminals is like an incitement to hatred which polarises some motorists. This clearly does not add to road safety. It should not be tolerated by any right-thinking person, regardless of what mode of transport they happen to use.
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The idea that only “bad” cyclists are in danger is nonsense. A polarised motorist stuck behind the best-behaved bicycle users on a narrow road or street, or while making a right hand turn etc, will not distinguish between law breaking and law abiding bicycle users.
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http://irishcycle.com/2015/07/05/heres-why-we-should-not-ignore-self-proclaimed-cyclist-haters/
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SRTSNP: SAFETY FOR WALKING AND BICYCLING RESEARCH COMPILATION

Biking Elsewhere-> The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Safety for Walking and Bicycling research compilation page identifies patterns of active transportation, injury, environmental attributes associated with pedestrian safety, as well as successful strategies to increase safety implemented by Safe Routes to School projects. Implications of this research suggest infrastructure improvements, traffic education for students, and driver enforcement can provide positive impacts on overall pedestrian and bicyclist safety. [http://bit.ly/1NuuHEY]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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StreetSmart, a Washington, DC-area public safety campaign, has been running an ad that lots of people find objectionable

Biking in Baltimore"Don't be caught dead wearing black." [B' Spokes: Like we don't have street lights and black is an illegal color. :/]

Better, actually a lot better:
"Don't kill anyone with your car."

We need to stop the victim blaming!

My synopsis of http://www.vox.com/2015/3/31/8319189/pedestrian-safety-campaign
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Help Bike Maryland Collect Accident Data

[B' Spokes: This is in addition to any police reports.]

Incident Report:
https://www.bikemaryland.org/resources/incident-report/
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SEATTLE, WA: POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT TO INCREASE PED/BIKE SAFETY

-> For a few days last week, Seattle DOT staffers, police officers, and local street-safety advocates used positive reinforcement to reward drivers (and bicyclists) who did the right thing and stopped to let people on foot cross the street. They handed out $5 Starbucks gift cards at an elementary school, a busy bridge crossing, and a protected bike lane downtown. The giveaways were part of Seattles Vision Zero initiative to reach zero traffic fatalities by 2030. They were funded by a state grant aimed at increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. [http://bit.ly/1dcBjuH]

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Enforcement of bicycle passing distance up slightly in Va.

News you will not see in Maryland[B' Spokes: Has there been any tickets in Maryland for violation of our 3 foot law?]

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/29477458/enforcement-of-bicycle-passing-distance-up-slightly-in-va
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Exercise Makes You Smarter as You Age

Biking ElsewhereBY NELSON RICE, Bicycling

Here’s more reason to keep riding well after you’ve eclipsed 40 years old: Endurance exercise may keep your brain working at full-tilt as you age, according to a new study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin attempted to determine the correlation between a person’s cardio fitness and cognitive function in middle-aged adults.
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http://www.bicycling.com/training/health-injuries/exercise-makes-you-smarter-you-age
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The Case Against Jaywalking Laws, Part 2

Biking ElsewhereBy MICHAEL LEWYN, Planetizen

Some months ago, I wrote that laws against so-called "jaywalking" (that is, crossing in places other than crosswalks or where traffic lights encourage pedestrians to cross) fail to promote safety, because traffic lights are inadequate guides to safety. When crossing midblock, a pedestrian need only watch out for traffic coming in one direction—right toward her. By contrast, when crossing at a light, a pedestrian may be in less danger from cars coming straight at him, but may be attacked by cars making left and right turns. Moreover, it is not at all clear that jaywalking is a major cause of pedestrian fatalities; although most crashes do occur outside intersections, these crashes often occur in places where there is no easily available crosswalk. According to traffic writer Tom Vanderbilt, "While jaywalking is often cited as a cause of pedestrian accidents, less than 20 percent of fatalities occurred where a pedestrian was crossing outside an easily available crosswalk." And even where a pedestrian is jaywalking, a crash may be caused primarily by driver misconduct.
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http://www.planetizen.com/node/79023/case-against-jaywalking-laws-part-2
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Sabotage and hatred: what have people got against cyclists?

Biking Elsewhere“What you see in discourses about cycling is the absolute classic 1960s and 1970s social psychology of prejudice,” he explains. “It’s exactly those things that used to be done about minority ethnic groups and so on – the overgeneralisation of negative traits, under-representation of negative behaviours by one’s own group, that kind of thing. It’s just textbook prejudiced behaviour.”

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/jul/01/sabotage-and-hatred-what-have-people-got-against-cyclists

And similar:
http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2015/07/drivers-antagonism-toward-cyclists-termed-classic-prejudiced-behavior
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