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Bad infrastructure design leads to bad behavior on bikes

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: My own thoughts on this topic start off with an imaginary experiment where they put traffic lights at an intersection of an indoor mall. In that situation you can certainly imagine a lot of noncompliance with a red light. It's the same for us, it just takes a bit longer to make a good understandable case. Here's Lloyd Alter attempt at it:

http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/war-cyclists-gets-cranked-notch-toronto.html
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The psychology of why cyclists enrage car drivers

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: A bit of an insight on why "but cyclists don't pay road taxes" comes up or what they call "free rider problem". I found it interesting.

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20130212-why-you-really-hate-cyclists
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Volvo debuts world's first cyclist detection system with full auto-brake

Biking ElsewhereBy Matt Swider, Tech Radar

Volvo is introducing the world's first cyclist detection system with full auto-brake, the company announced today, adding to its already five-star-rated safety features.

This is good news for cyclists who share the road with cars, especially in Europe. About 50 percent of all cyclists killed in European traffic have collided with a car, according to accident data cited by Volvo.

The Swedish manufacturer said that its new system can prevent collisions when a car and bike are headed in the same direction.

An instant warning and full braking power is applied to the Volvo car if the cyclist suddenly swerves out in front of the car and a collision is imminent.
...

http://www.techradar.com/news/car-tech/volvo-debuts-world-s-first-cyclist-detection-system-with-full-auto-brake-1141471
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A Poem About Bicycle Commuting

Biking ElsewhereThere once was a motorist in L.A.
Who drove to work every day.
Though he didn't live far,
He'd travel by car,
And swear at all who got in his way.

He tried to stay calm and genteel,
But each time he took to the wheel
He'd scream and he'd curse
As the traffic got worse
Until rage was all that he'd feel.

He never stopped to ask why or to think
That we all might be close to the brink.
He was truly a twit,
For he cared not a whit
About getting his life back in synch.

Then one day from out of the blue,
He flashed on just what he should do--
He'd give up his place
In this asinine race,
And adopt an alternative view.

No more would he just sit and stare
While his car kept on fouling the air.
At this moment in time,
With an insight sublime,
He dared to assume his fair share.

He found a new use for his bike
that was kinder by far on his psych.
On his daily commute
He now wears a gym suit,
And can park wherever he'd like.

Though his pace may not seem quite as fast
And his colleagues at first were aghast,
He's managed to cope
And inspire new hope,
For he seldom to work arrives last.

To those too blind yet to see,
He offers advice here for free:
Don't be a knave
Or petroleum slave,
You still have a choice--follow me!

Written by: R. Geary, A Cyclist

Found at: http://osdir.com/ml/politics.activism.carfree/1999-02/msg00002.html
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You’re Going to Kill Someone

Biking ElsewhereBy Albert McWilliams,

If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.

 It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.

You can save those lives. You need to do two things:

  1. Slow down.
  2. Move over.

A few facts you might not be aware of:

  • When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
  • When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)

This law wasn’t made up because the state hates you, or cars, or getting places quickly. This law was enacted because squeezing by a cyclist in the same lane is incredibly dangerous – to the cyclist. It’s not dangerous to you, unless you don’t like jail, or fines, or being a murderer.

NOW YOU MIGHT SAY:

“But, I have places to go and people to do! You’re in my way! Too slow!”

[follow the link at the end for his response.]

...

 “But, you ride too far out in the lane, you’re supposed to ride single file, all the way to the right. You’re an asshole!”

Legally, you’re wrong...[follow the link at the end for his response.]

...

 “But, I pay taxes/registration fees/gas tax.”

This one is really dumb....[follow the link at the end for his response.]

...

 “But, Cyclists disobey laws all the time, they run red lights and stuff, so screw them!”

Yes, I do. I ride my bike safely. The rules say I’m supposed to pretend that I’m a car, but see, that’s dangerous if I’m the only one obeying that rule. I’m pretending I’m a car, and you think I’m a bike, and you run over me and kill me with your car. This is bad for both of us. So, the minute you treat me like a car, I’ll start acting like one. In the meantime the difference between when you break the law and when I do is that you’re endangering my life, and I’m endangering your … wiper blades? Maybe? Probably not even that.

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http://albertmcwilliams.com/post/54015994028/youre-going-to-kill-someone
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Updates to Drivers’ Education Reflect New Dangers on the Road

Biking ElsewhereBy KAREN ANN CULLOTTA, New York Times

DES PLAINES, Ill. — The drivers’ education simulator lab here seems straight from the 1970s:
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“Technology has changed so much over the years, and with the old simulators, the students would laugh and easily lose interest,” Ms. Franzen said. “Now, if a student hits a guardrail, the new simulator will immediately stop them from continuing to drive, and they’ll hear sirens, just like they’ve had an accident. It’s really amazing.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/29/us/updates-to-drivers-education-reflect-new-dangers-on-the-road.html?smid=fb-share&_r=3&;
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[B' Spokes: I wounder how well the new system covers bicycle and pedestrian issues?]
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CHATTANOOGA (TN) PLANS BICYCLING IMPROVEMENTS

Biking Elsewhere-> According to an August 13th Times Free Press article, "Speed limits could be lowered, parking spaces added and more speed bumps installed in neighborhoods as part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to improve transportation in Chattanooga. But with the city's rising reputation in the world of bicycling, the newly formed Department of Transportation is already studying where to add bike lanes...

"There are too many places where cyclists who want to bike to work or tourists trying to get around downtown have to share the road with trucks and cars. To avoid the traffic, some even bike on sidewalks, running the risk of hitting pedestrians...

"To that end, a Netherlands-based cycling group has been invited to Chattanooga to host a two-day workshop called Think Bike. The Dutch Cycling Embassy and the Royal Netherlands Embassy, which have studied how to improve cycling in Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Portland, Ore., will offer suggestions for the city's current projects that include a bike lane running the length of Cherokee Boulevard..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1d5kC0l

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Get on your bike and ride (like you are getting ice cream?) [video]

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Traffic Laws for Cyclists

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