Category Archive: Bicycle Advocacy

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/

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia seek safety in 3-foot passing law

A billboard in Cincinnati where "3 feet" is the law.

Bicyclists in Ohio and Virginia are working to enact bills that would require motor vehicles to give bicyclists 3 feet of clearance when passing.

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books with the 3-foot or more requirement. California became the 22nd to enact the law last year; it goes …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/14/bicyclists-in-ohio-seek-safety-in-3-foot-passing-law/

Huge growth for bike sharing in US last year

Snowbound Divvy bikes in Chicago (photo by pdbminer @ twitter)

Forty cities in the U.S. host some type of bicycle-sharing system at the beginning of 2014, after 13 cities joined the effort to use rental bikes to solve traffic congestion and pollution in 2013.

In spite of successful ridership for those systems throughout the year, several had to shut down briefly because of snow and/or …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/06/huge-growth-for-bike-sharing-in-us-last-year/

Death Valley National Park freezes bike race and charity bike ride permits

Event organizers who operate charity bike rides and bike races in the Death Valley National Park learned just before Christmas that no new permits for such sporting events will be issued at the park in 2014.

The park service is citing safety concerns and a need to study such sporting events before issuing permits for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/01/02/death-valley-national-park-freezes-bike-race-and-charity-bike-ride-permits/

The who and where of bicycle commuting in U.S.

Bike to Work Day, Seattle, 2009

If you regularly ride your bicycle to work, then the League of American Bicyclists report “Where We Ride: Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities” is all about you.

The report by the LAB staff digs into the results of the 2012 American Community Survey released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September.

You might remember …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2013/11/19/the-who-what-and-where-of-bicycle-commuting-in-u-s/

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