Category: Bicycle Advocacy

New York cops: “Drop that bike!”

New York City is continuing its crackdown on cyclists who ride en masse through the streets on the last Friday of the month. At the latest critical mass rally, Associated Press reports, police in the Big Apple arrested 37 …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/28/new-york-cops-drop-that-bike/

The “best bicycle bill in history”?

(Updated July 30, 2005: See “Money for Cycling in Transportation bill passed by Congress.”)Bicyclists could benefit when Congress rolls out the pork barrel this year.

A highway funding bill includes more than $242 million for building bike and hike paths and trails in the US. It also includes an ambitious safe-routes-to-school program to get school kids out of their parents' cars and encourage them to ride bicycles or walk to school.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/24/the-best-bicycle-bill-in-history/

Bellevue, WA: West Lake Sammamish Pkwy improvements a step back for bicyclists?

An analysis concludes that Bellevue's plan for improvements to West Lake Sammamish Parkway could actually make the road more hazardous to bicyclists than it is today.

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The city's proposal for improvements to the 5.5-mile, two-lane road calls for no bikes …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/22/bellevue-wa-west-lake-sammamish-pkwy-improvements-a-step-back-for-bicyclists/

Cyclists in Utah get 3 feet of space; bicycle traffic lights in California

(Updated March 21) Motorists in Utah will have to give bicycle riders 3 feet of clearance when they pass, according to a bill that Gov. Jon Huntsman was expected to sign on Friday.

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The signing of the bill is only a partial victory …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/18/cyclists-in-utah-get-3-feet-of-space-bicycle-traffic-lights-in-california/

No bicycle lanes planned for busy West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue, Washington

Bicycling advocates are fighting for the addition of bike lanes to proposed improvements to the dangerous West Lake Sammamish Parkway in Bellevue. Currently, the city's staff is proposing a multi-use trail on the southbound shoulder that forces northbound and southbound bicycle riders and pedestrians to share the same 8- to 10-foot space. Bellevue City Council meetings on the issue are coming up.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/17/no-bicycle-lanes-planned-for-busy-west-lake-sammamish-parkway-in-bellevue-washington/

Three-foot gap for bicycles in Missouri too?

A bill in the Missouri legislature would require motorists to give bicycle riders a 3-foot clearance when passing. If it passes, it would benefit Mo's cycling citizens as well as all those loaded down bicycle tourists riding the TransAmerica route on the state's narrow roads.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/10/three-foot-gap-for-bicycles-in-missouri-too/

Update: Opposition to Colorado bicycle bill

Some Colorado lawmakers don't trust cyclists' judgment, and that could puncture passage of a bill that would allow cyclists to ride side by side. Currently, bicycle riders in Colorado have to move over to single file whenever a car is within 300 feet — a requirement that is difficult to gauge.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/07/update-opposition-to-colorado-bicycle-bill/

Bicycle laws wheeled out in state capitols

Bicycle through a red light or wait for it to turn green? Ride single-file or two abreast? Enjoy a 3-foot clearance from passing traffic? Pay a recycling fee for a new bicycle? These are just some of the issues that are being argued this winter by state legislatures in several Western states.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/03/02/bicycle-laws-wheeled-out-in-state-capitols/