Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Proof that bicycling boosts many states’ economies

Here’s a very useful graphic created by Bike Utah, which recently held its statewide Bike Summit in April. Its message is clear, Bicycling Means Business. It makes one wonder why states aren’t doing everything in their power to promote bicycling. Not only is it a healthy recreational pursuit for residents, but it adds to the bottom …

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Two states add 3-foot bicycle-passing laws to the books: now it’s the law in 26 states

The state legislatures in Wyoming and South Dakota passed laws this year that require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing. The governors have signed those laws and they’ll go into effect later in 2015. The success in those states will bring to 26 the number of states (and the District …

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Essential ambulance equipment in Fort Collins, CO: bicycle racks

If you ever, heaven forbid, get injured in a traffic collision while riding your bike in Fort Collins, Colorado, at least you won’t have to leave your bicycle behind. That’s because a hospital in the platinum-level bicycle-friendly community has equipped 14 ambulances with front-mounted bicycle racks. Steve Main, director of emergency medical services for Poudre Valley …

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3 states consider bicycle bills requiring 3-foot passing; Nebraska considers ‘changing lanes’

State legislatures in Indiana, Wyoming and South Dakota are considering bills this year that would require that motorists give bicyclists a 3-foot gap when passing. (March 19, 2015 — Other states considering passing laws — Alabama (SB 4 — 5 foot passing law passed Senate, goes to House; Massachusetts Bill H.3073 names bicyclists as vulnerable users and requires …

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Bicycling means big bucks in Washington state; ranks 4th in outdoor recreation spending

A newly released economic study of outdoor recreation in Washington state finds that bicycling contributes $3.1 billion a year to the state’s economy. That’s the fourth highest economic impact among the major outdoor pursuits listed in the study, following only Sightseeing and Nature (1), all types of Boating (2), and Hiking, Climbing, Camping (3). And participation in …

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Driver gets 15 years in prison for hit ‘n’ run cyclist fatality

A jury in Houston, Texas, chose not to “blame the victim” in a hit-and-run fatality of a bicyclist and instead sentenced the motorist to 15 years in prison on Thursday. The defense attorney for the motorist told the jurors that the collision would have been avoided if the bicyclist, Chelsea Norman, 24, had been riding elsewhere. “If …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2014/12/11/driver-gets-15-years-in-prison-for-hit-n-run-cyclist-fatality/

You can find bike-friendly communities in all 50 states

Thanks to the bike advocates and city officials in places as different as Honolulu and Fargo, there are now bicycle friendly communities in all 50 states. The League of American Bicyclists announced its newest round of 23 communities that earned bike-friendly status last week. That makes a grand total of 325 communities across the US …

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Traffic-related bicycling deaths on the rise in many states; bicycle advocacy groups dispute results

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

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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Did Missouri mayor intentionally hit cyclist? Charges filed

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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