Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

Traffic-related bicycling deaths on the rise in many states

State by state chart; click for larger view

A report by a national highway safety association is shining a spotlight on the increase in bicyclist deaths in traffic.

Newspapers and other media outlets are reporting that bicycle traffic deaths have been on the rise since hitting a 10-year-low in 2009, a fact that many bicycle advocates already have been tracking. Reports from California and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/29/traffic-related-bicycling-deaths-on-the-rise-in-many-states/

Universities pass the test for bicycle-friendly status; UW moves up to gold level

Bike lockers and rooms at UW

Twenty-five institutions of higher learning earned passing grades to achieve a spot on the League of American Bicyclists list of Bicycle Friendly Universities this fall.

In addition, eight universities renewed their membership in the program; in seven of those renewals, the universities moved up on the list to either silver or gold level. The University of Washington …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/24/universities-pass-the-test-for-bicycle-friendly-status-uw-moves-up-to-gold-level/

Did Missouri mayor intentionally hit cyclist? Charges filed

Mayor Mark Furrer

Oct. 3, 2014 – The St. Louis County Police Department has Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer with 2 felonies in connection with allegations that he intentionally ran a bicyclist off the road with his car.

Furrer was charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree property damage, according to reports in the Call …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/10/03/did-missouri-mayor-intentionally-hit-cyclist/

New bicycle-friendly businesses named in California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

Twenty-eight businesses in West Coast and Pacific Northwest states joined or moved up on the League of American Bicyclists’ newest list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses.

One-hundred-and-fifty new and renewing businesses in 39 states and the District of Columbia made the list this fall — the most ever. The overall list of Bicycle Friendly Businesses contains 800 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/24/new-bicycle-friendly-businesses-in-california-idaho-oregon-and-washington/

Deaf and blind tandem cyclist ends bike tour after traffic collision

Harald Vik meets cyclists on his recent US tour. He's raising money to return at http://www.gofundme.com/dkfmbw

A deaf and blind bicyclist touring in the United States has returned to his home country of Norway to recover after being struck from behind by a motorist.

The cyclist — Harald Vik, 71 — was riding in the stoker position on a tandem bicycle when the collision occurred near Sioux Falls, Iowa South Dakota, last …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/23/deaf-and-blind-tandem-cyclist-ends-bike-tour-after-traffic-collision/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/09/18/volunteers-needed-for-upcoming-annual-bikeped-count/

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/

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