Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

Volunteers needed for upcoming annual bike/ped count

Every bicyclist counts. That’s why it’s important to get enough volunteers out in more than 40 cities across Washington on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 to count bike commuters.

The results help demonstrate that money for bike lanes, bike paths, and other infrastructure increases bike traffic and reduces traffic congestion and its unhealthy side-effects.

WSDOT has a …

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3-foot passing buffer for bicyclists becomes law in California today

If bicyclists in California feel they have a little more space when cars pass today, that’s no accident.

Give Me 3

The state of California on Tuesday became the 24th state to require motorists give bicyclists and pedestrians at least 3 feet of space when passing.

The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September, became effective Tuesday after more than a year of preparation. Brown had vetoed two earlier versions …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/16/3-foot-passing-buffer-for-bicyclists-goes-into-effect-in-california-today/

Have piano, will travel by bicycle; Mr. B’s Joybox Express hits the road

Musicians who travel the countryside by bicycle are rare, but not unheard of. It’s relatively easy to stash a cornet into a saddlebag or sling a banjo over one’s back.

Mr. B’s Joybox Express takes this a gigantic step forward by rolling an upright piano up on a bicycle trailer and hauling ass down the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/15/have-piano-will-travel-by-bicycle-mr-bs-joybox-express-hits-the-road/

Surprises in new top 50 “bicycle friendly” list from Bicycling mag

Linden Avenue cycle track, Seattle's first

September is the home stretch for baseball fans watching the pennant races. But bicycling fanatics are probably more interested in another set of standings.

Bicycling magazine has issued its biennial rankings of “America’s Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities” and there are some surprising changes in the top spots.

For one, Portland is no longer the leading …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/03/surprises-in-new-top-50-bicycle-friendly-list-from-bicycling-mag/

Southern California bicycling advocates ask: Are police above the law?

Milton Olin Jr.

Bike ride and vigil scheduled Wednesday evening

Last December, Milton Olin was enjoying a bicycle ride along the shoulder of Mulholland Highway in Calabassas when he was struck from behind by a car and killed. Investigators learned the driver was texting on a mobile device in the car and didn’t see the cyclist.
Sounds like an open-and-shut case of distracted driving.

In this case, however, the car was a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department patrol car and the driver was an on-duty Sheriff’s deputy. At the time of the crash, he was typing a message …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/02/southern-california-bicycling-advocates-ask-are-police-above-the-law/

Death of Seattle bicyclist brings sadness, raises questions

Sher Kung, killed while bicycling

There’s much heartache in the Seattle bicycling community today after the death on Friday of Sher Kung, a young mother who was killed at a downtown intersection on Second Avenue at University Street.

Let me add my condolences to the family, friends and coworkers of the attorney. An impromptu memorial, including a ghost bike and flowers, has …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/30/death-of-seattle-bicyclist-brings-sadness-raises-questions/

Making streets safer for bicyclists is headline news in Seattle

Mercer/Dexter map

“Seattle has banned drivers from turning right at one of the city’s busiest intersections, to protect the thousands of bicyclists passing through.” — Seattle Times

That temporary right-turn ban during road construction at the busy Mercer Street-Dexter Avenue intersection warranted front page play above the fold in this morning’s Seattle Times.

Making a road safer for …

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Did Missouri mayor intentionally hit cyclist?

Mayor Mark Furrer

Accusations are flying back and forth in the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills, Missouri, where the mayor is accused of sideswiping a cyclist after a rolling argument.

No charges were filed by local police, and an outside law enforcement agency is conducting an investigation.

Cyclist Randy Murdick writes on this Facebook page that he was riding …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/08/01/did-missouri-mayor-intentionally-hit-cyclist/

Vote for your favorite urban utility bicycle design; entries from Seattle, Portland, Chicago, SF and NYC (Update: Seattle wins)

Seattle entry: The Denny

[Update: Aug. 5, 2014 -- The Seattle-based entry - Denny - won the Bike Design Project competition. Congrats to the local design and prototype team.]

July 29, 2014 – Five teams of bike designers and builders from five cities are competing to create an urban utility bicycle that a major manufacturer says will be put …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/07/29/vote-for-your-favorite-urban-utility-bicycle-design-entries-from-seattle-portland-chicago-sf-and-nyc-you-can-vote/

British filmmaker explains the revival of bicycling

Why is the bicycle back in fashion? That’s the question that British filmmaker Michael B. Clifford tries to answer in the film, “Bicycle – A Great British Movement.”

The 90-minute documentary tells the story from the British perspective, but we can easily argue that the bicycle is also undergoing a rebirth in the US.

The documentary premieres …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/06/30/british-filmmaker-explains-the-revival-of-bicycling/

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