Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

More cycle tracks and greenways in Seattle’s bicycling future

Linden Avenue cycle track -- in the street but separated from traffic

Seattle is taking another stab at improving bicycling in the city in an updated Bicycle Master Plan that relies heavily on cycle tracks and greenways — two schemes not promoted in the original master plan approved in 2007.

The idea is to entice potential bike riders who are not particularly interested in mixing it up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/16/more-cycle-tracks-and-greenways-in-seattles-bicycling-future/

Victory for bicycle projects in Missouri

Missouri's Katy Trail (by Brad S. Wilson www.bikekatytrail.com/brad-wilson-photos.aspx)

What is it about some Missouri politicians? They seem to think they can make political hay out of proposing laws that stick it to bicyclists.

Four years ago it was some council members in St. Charles County who wanted to ban bicycling on some county roads. The issue lost support of the majority on council, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/04/09/victory-for-bicycle-projects-in-missouri/

Picking your favorite city for bicycling the USA TODAY way

Seattle Space Needle

USA Today knows that people like to read Top 10 lists, so it creates a lot of them. Currently, the newspaper’s Travel Section is running a reader response poll on the 10 Best U.S. Cycling Towns.

Former pro cyclist George Hincapie was asked to nominate 20 cities to the list, and readers get to vote …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/20/picking-your-favorite-city-for-bicycling-the-usa-today-way/

One bike club wins advocacy award; another disbands

San Diego advocacy event

Congratulations to Bike San Diego for winning the advocacy organization of the year award from Alliance for Biking and Walking.

The Alliance notes that the group has accomplished a lot in just a short time.

It raised awareness of bicycling issues in the city among bicyclists and elected officials. Consider this photo from the BikeSD …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/03/05/one-bike-club-wins-advocacy-award-another-disbands/

Amazing anti-bike stance by elected official

Thomas Barraga

Sometimes I can’t believe what I read.

A story broke from Long Island last week about a 17-year-old who suggested to his local representative that he should push for more bike lanes on Suffolk County roads. The request came after the boy’s mother was struck by a car while on her bike.

Here’s part of the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/17/amazing-anti-bike-stance-by-elected-official/

Driver fined for violating Washington’s vulnerable user law

Cascade Bicycle Club

Washington is one of a few states that has a “vulnerable users law” that holds negligent drivers accountable for injuring bicyclists or pedestrians.

Before the law passed the state legislature in 2011 and became law in 2012, a motorist at fault for injuring a bicyclist in a collision would face little more than a traffic …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/13/driver-fined-for-violating-washingtons-vulnerable-user-law/

Raising funds to repair memorial to fallen cyclists in Florida

Monument to fallen cyclists in Florida

In December 1996, the driver of a pickup truck crashed into a group of cyclists on a bike trip from Gainesville to St. Augustine. Two cyclists were killed – safe cycling advocates Margaret Raynal and Doug Hill — and four others injured.

Cycling activists say the tragic crash was a seminal event for bicycle advocacy in …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/02/13/raising-funds-to-repair-memorial-to-fallen-cyclists-in-florida/

Scottsdale pays big settlement for deteriorated bike path

The old adage “You can’t fight city hall” doesn’t apply to a Scottsdale, Arizona, man who crashed on a notoriously poorly maintained stretch of bike path in that city in 2009.

Allan Fenyves and his attorney fought city hall and won a $426,000 settlement last week in a negligence lawsuit.

KPHO News reports that Scottsdale …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/27/scottsdale-pays-big-settlement-for-deteriorated-bike-path/

Motorist to cyclist in windshield: “What are you doing in my car?”

A Wisconsin motorist was surprised to notice a man’s body poking through his car’s windshield when he pulled up to his house Saturday night.

“He looked at me and said, ‘Who are you? What are you doing in the car?” said Steven Gove, the bicyclist who crashed through the windshield.

Gove told a reporter for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/22/motorist-to-cyclist-in-windshield-what-are-you-doing-in-my-car/

Bicyclist looking for justice in Tennessee

Raccoon Mtn. recreation area were cyclist harassed

A Chattanooga bicyclist who says he was pepper-sprayed by teen-agers after they allegedly harassed him on the road last Saturday was distressed to learn earlier this week that he was being investigated by Sheriff’s deputies for committing felonies.

Now, it’s the local Sheriff’s office that’s under public scrutiny for how it’s conducting the investigation.

Anders …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/19/bicyclist-looking-for-justice-in-tennessee/

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