The following is something they are doing in Colorado which I think is kind of cool. While you can report aggressive drivers here in Maryland via *77 on a cell phone we do not have the follow up they do in Colorado.
Bicyclists have a new tool to help make Colorado
Whenever something like this makes it to print I just cringe and makes me wonder just how effective our educational campaigns are. (And if you are asking what educational campaigns, my point exactly.)
Just to be clear, wrong way riding is one of the major causes of bike accidents and it does not prevent them. The following letter to the editor is wrong.
Bicyclists are safer when they ride facing auto traffic
I've read that Delaware has an extremely high rate of bicycle fatalities compared to other states. This is not surprising, considering the unreasonable biking laws in Delaware.
In states like Virginia, bicyclists are required to ride facing traffic. This way, if a car gets too close, the biker can avoid being hit. But Delaware law requires bicyclists to ride with the flow of traffic, with automobiles in back of them. That way, a biker has no idea what drivers are doing without looking backward at them.
If you ride a bike according to Delaware law, all you can do is pray that drivers see you and are considerate. Regardless of the law, I don't intend to put myself in danger by riding with my back turned away from drivers. I bike facing the traffic.
Cynthia McPherson, Newark
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2006
President George W. Bush has praised cycling as a way to "chase that fountain of youth"
But the Netherlands and Denmark, the undisputed champions of cycle use, have come closest to restoring the bicycle to its pre-auto role. Perhaps it is no coincidence that they share one concept: Dutch and Danish cyclists are protected by an extensive legal framework and are fully recognized users of the road.
Orphans in Africa
The Cry of Humanity (Warning lots of disturbing images)
Strike It Up
Thumbs Down to Pity
It would be cool to have One Less Car, One More Bike selected as the issue of young Americans.
---Let's go national! Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry has signed a bill into law making it a finable offense for a driver to pass a cyclist closer than three feet. Oklahoma is believed to be only the third state to have a safe-passing law. It also simplifies what a bicycle is, clarifies where cyclists should ride on the road, removes a requirement that cyclists ride on sidewalks, and establishes fines if a motorist hits a cyclist. Credit for this advancement in cyclists' rights goes to the Oklahoma Bicycle Coalition.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Chocolate milk might be a strong alternative to commercial sports drinks when it comes to helping athletes recover from strenuous, energy-depleting exercise. Those were the findings of some scientific -- and not-so-scientific -- research of chocolate milk when compared to commercial sports beverages.
• Racism, Sexism and Mode-ism
• Bicyclists as Minorities
• Manifest Destiny
• Subspecies of Bicyclists and Where to "Put" Them
• Duh Laws
• Act Up
A few quotes:
How does a citizen obeying the law while traveling on a public road portray a negative image?
Then there’s the unwritten law. It’s based on ridicule, an attitude of superiority, ignorance or disparagement of the written law, and the ability to flee the consequences of antisocial behavior. If it were written it would say:
Stay out of our way or we will scare the crap out of you, hit you, or maybe even kill you.