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The Case Against Cars in 1 Utterly Entrancing GIF

Biking ElsewhereVia The Atlantic

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http://m.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/11/the-case-against-cars-in-1-utterly-entrancing-gif/281615/
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Cyclists: What To Do If You Are Hit By A Car

Biking ElsewhereVia Velosurance

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Call 911 and request police and EMS to the scene
Gather witness information
Ask the police to write the driver a ticket
Take pictures of the car and bike
Take pictures of the scene
Get the car license plate number
Do not make a statement to anyone except the police
Consult with an attorney before you make a claim on the drivers insurance company

Velosurance.com offers insurance for cyclists to protect your bicycle from many types of losses, crashes, theft and a bunch of other things that can happen to your bicycle.
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https://velosurance.com/information-center/what-to-do-when-cyclist-hit-by-a-car
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The bicycle and pedestrian "contributory negligence" bill is in trouble. Here's why.

Bike Lawsby David Alpert , Greater Greater Washington

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But sponsors said yesterday it's unlikely to pass, in large part because of concerns from trial lawyers about its impact on high-dollar cases.


Photo by Rosario Esquivel on Flickr.
"Trial lawyers" bring lawsuits to help people recover money after car crashes, job injuries, employment discrimination, defective products, and more. They are often derided as "ambulance chasers" and the like. But lawsuits when people's rights are violated or negligence has caused harm are also an important force keeping companies from ignoring safety problems or violating the law.

The trial lawyers are also well-organized and active in lobbying, locally through the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan DC. According to Councilmember Tommy Wells, the TLA has been pushing councilmembers not to move forward with the bill. So has the insurance industry.
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I spoke to her to understand why she feels this way.

Why are trial lawyers against the bill?

You might ask, wait a minute. This bill is supposed to help cyclists and pedestrians recover if they are injured. And trial lawyers are the people who bring those lawsuits. So why are they against this?

It's because of a legal doctrine known as "joint and several liability." As Wells explained it, if you're hit by a driver who has no money, but someone else who was negligent in some way (maybe the brakes manufacturer, if the brakes failed, for example), you can also go after that party. And even if most of the fault isn't with them, you could recover all of the medical costs from the deeper-pocketed entity.

The trial lawyers really like this provision, because they are really interested in the big cases that can mean a lot of money, both for their clients and for them. Cheh also said she wants to keep it, and noted that in the 45 states which don't have contributory negligence, often they also don't have joint and several liability.
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http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/24810/the-bicycle-and-pedestrian-contributory-negligence-bill-is-in-trouble-heres-why/
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Arrogant cyclists? No, they're following the rules.

Biking in BaltimoreBy Alan Solot, Arizona Daily Star

“Arrogant bicyclists feel they own the road” is a common lament of motorists. Since El Tour de Tucson is on Saturday, I think it’s a good time for this discussion.

To state the most important point: All road users — motorists, cyclists, pedestrians — must comply with the law, and use the road safely.
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Many motorists seem to believe (I may be incorrect in saying this) that cyclists’ use of the road is not as important as motorists’ use. But, the law doesn’t provide that any road user’s reason for being on the road is more important than others’, unless it’s a police car, fire truck or ambulance responding to an emergency. Cyclists and motorists have equal right to use the road; that right has nothing to do with why they are using the road.
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http://tucson.com/news/opinion/column/guest/arrogant-cyclists-no-they-re-following-the-rules/article_722bd26d-4447-5f3b-badc-76fe2296cfe8.html
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BOB MIONSKE ON THE 3-FOOT LAW

Bike Laws[Bob Mionske responds to these and other comments:]
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My question: If, on a rural 2-lane road, an officer gives a motorist a citation for part of the vehicle crossing the double yellow in order to grant the cyclist room, assuming there was clearly sufficient room to do so without peril from an oncoming vehicle, what is the likeliest scenario in a courtroom if the motorist decides to contest this citation?
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It would seem intuitive that the decision to mark a road double yellow as opposed to a broken yellow is based on engineering decisions contemplating cars passing other cars at high speed. Might the court agree and, if so, could the fact that a car is passing a cyclist, rather than a motorist, be a mitigating factor in the court's decision, and could this be a reasonable defense by a motorist charged with a violation of 21460?
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http://www.bicyclelaw.com/blog/index.cfm/2014/11/5/Bob-Mionske-on-the-3Foot-Law
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LIVING LONGER BY SAFER DRIVING, LESS SMOKING, & LESS DRINKING

Health & Environmentby Mark Plotz
-> This article could have been titled: "Gains in Life Expectancy Slowed by Obesity, Shootings, and Overdoses." A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research examined preventable deaths for the period 1960-2010 and its conclusion is troubling: the longevity gained from our public health wins (safer cars, less smoking, less drinking) has been nearly cancelled out by the public health battles we are losing (obesity, shootings, and drug overdoses). The wins have given us an additional 1.82 years of good health; the losses have erased 1.77 years, leaving not much net gain. The study uses 'quality-adjusted life expectancy' as it is a more accurate measurement of years spent in good health. Read the working paper at http://bit.ly/1Ae7KDc or the summary at http://on.wsj.com/1sdkykg.

The decline in motor vehicle death rates is impressive, dropping from 20 per 100k in population (1960) to a little over 10 deaths per 100k (2010). The authors present the counterfactual scenario, which projects death rates if we had done nothing--freezing seat belt use, impaired driving, and vehicle safety at 1960 levels--and continued to drive at our current rate: we reach 78 deaths per 100k population by 2008 before the plunge in VMT brings deaths back down to 65 per 100k in 2010. The lesson seems to be it is remarkable what we can accomplish when government, the private sector, and the public agree on a public health threat and decide to act.

The trend is going the wrong way in Houston, where the voters told the City to turn off red light cameras in 2010. The result: more crashes--a lot more (http://bit.ly/1uqzPVc).

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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B' Spokes: I want to emphasize: "The lesson seems to be it is remarkable what we can accomplish when government, the private sector, and the public agree on a public health threat and decide to act."
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A 40-mph electric recumbent tricycle that changes your commute forever

Biking ElsewhereBy Ezra Dyer, Yahoo Auto

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The 422 Alpha has some impressive stats. With a 2.1-kWh lithium-polymer battery, it can cover 100 miles at 20 mph. A recharge takes only two hours. And the price? Well, it’s not cheap: $11,995. But nice bicycles are expensive, and this is really an exotic bike. I guess the way to think of it is not as a $12,000 bike, but as a $12,000 piece of transportation that’s also gym equipment and tech-geek lust object. Outrider also makes a less powerful, all-terrain version called the Horizon, which starts at $8,545. That one was funded through Kickstarter and sold out its first production run.
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https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/a-40-mph-electric-recumbent-tricycle-that-changes-your-commute-forever-222311127.html
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Interim Executive Director Greg Hinchliffe

Biking in BaltimoreVia BikeMore

Bikemore is naming Greg Hinchliffe the Interim Executive Director of Bikemore. Greg is a Baltimore City resident, recently retired Captain at American Airlines, and has been a lifetime advocate for bicycle infrastructure improvement in Baltimore City.

He is a member of the Maryland Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, is the State Chair of the East Coast Greenway Alliance, a member of the Gwynns Falls Trail Council, the former Chair of the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, and he helped organize Tour du Port for the past 12 years.
"Having worked with Greg for many years on bike issues both large and small, I'm encouraged with the direction Bikemore is taking. Greg not only has a solid vision for what a truly bikeable Baltimore can be, but knows how to make it a reality. I look forward to working with him in his new role at Bikemore."  - Nate Evans, Bike Maryland
Greg will continue Bikemore’s daily advocacy work while we launch a national search for a new permanent Executive Director.

If you know of anyone passionate about bicycles with a demonstrated track record of advocacy and fundraising success, please let us know. Bikemore will publish a formal announcement and job description for that position soon.
 
Thank You to Chris Merriam
From initially sparking the idea of a Baltimore-focused bicycle advocacy organization at evening meetings with a small group of dedicated volunteers, Chris Merriam grew Bikemore into a professional advocacy organization that--while still in its infancy--has moved the needle significantly on projects in Baltimore City, and recently expanded into Baltimore County with progress on the I-70 trail connections and the opening of Towson bicycle facilities.

While Chris is stepping down as Executive Director, we look forward to his continued involvement in the organizational mission, vision, and strategy as a founding member.
 
Jed Weeks
President, Bikemore


http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9ae12933a17d8c1c4a22924d6&id=8d609fb28a&e=83fc0acd76
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4 Maryland Counties in the top 30 with Highest Transit Share increases

Mass TransitPer the Federal Highway Administration Office of Planning, Environment and Realty the Top 30 Counties with Highest Transit Share increases between the Year of 2000 and 2007-2009 (Journey to Work Trips) include 4 Maryland counties and here they are with their ranking:

2 Prince George's County, Maryland
7 Charles County, Maryland
12 Montgomery County, Maryland
23 Howard County, Maryland

http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/census_issues/ctpp/data_products/2000_2007-2009_2010-2012_commute_shares/transitshare.cfm

B' Spokes: And I'll note that there are similar analyses for biking and walking but no Maryland county made that list (no surprise there)
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Why motorists get so angry at cyclists — a psychologist's theory

Biking ElsewhereBy Susan Perry, MINN POST

A study issued earlier this year found that motor vehicle drivers and cyclists are equally responsible for car-bike collisions in Minneapolis. But, as comments to media reports of that study demonstrate, the finger pointing continues, with bicyclists blaming aggressive drivers for most collisions and drivers blaming “inconsiderate and stupid” cyclists.

The anger from motorists toward cyclists seems especially raw. So I read with interest British psychologist Tom Stafford’s latest Neurohacks column for BBC Future in which he offers his theory for “why cyclists enrage car drivers.”
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http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2013/02/why-motorists-get-so-angry-cyclists-psychologists-theory
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