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  • 11-25-2018
    mtbxplorer
    I think truck sideguards are required in the UK or parts of it). Are they required in your area?

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/...4DO/story.html

    Here in VT I see them sometimes but they are not required? Related pages...

    https://www.volpe.dot.gov/our-work/t...-resource-page

    https://www.alabamainjurylawyer-blog...-large-trucks/
  • 11-29-2018
    ghettocruiser
  • 12-02-2018
    mtbxplorer
  • 12-09-2018
    squeakymcgillicuddy
  • 12-10-2018
    cyclingdutchman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squeakymcgillicuddy View Post

    Written from another perspective ;)

    The dutch headwind competition is held where I grew up. Note what they say about headwind trauma: I still remember needing 15 minutes to get to the bus stop in the morning and needing only 5 minutes back home in the afternoon. That was without pedalling because the singlespeed gearing wasnt high enough to keep up at those speeds....

    I also rode my first century ever on exactly that road and also the first camping tour with my wife there.

    https://youtu.be/60Q6oP9NiFk
  • 02-16-2019
    cyclingdutchman
  • 02-16-2019
    squeakymcgillicuddy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post

    Why are Nordic countries so cool?
  • 02-17-2019
    cyclingdutchman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squeakymcgillicuddy View Post
    Why are Nordic countries so cool?

    The only reason I can think of, is because people do not know otherwise? And also, as you can read, they keep the bikepaths clean for riding. Here in Germany, when the roads are plowed they simply shove everything onto the MUP/bikepaths.
  • 02-17-2019
    cjsb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post

    Thanks for posting this. I live in the area but have been away for a while and did not know the guy was caught.




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  • 02-19-2019
    ghettocruiser
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    And also, as you can read, they keep the bikepaths clean for riding. Here in Germany, when the roads are plowed they simply shove everything onto the MUP/bikepaths.

    As I've alluded to on here, I have no problem with no winter maintenance on the bike paths I use... in fact I prefer all-natural snowpack to the ham-fisted efforts they do in other parts of the city.

    But yes, we've also had both municipal and private crews repeatedly BURYING bikeways with heavy equipment throughout the winter. The narrow exit at the south end of the rail trail section now two has separate ice-piles that are both more than 7' high, and I can't believe it wasn't done deliberately.
  • 02-25-2019
    cyclingdutchman
  • 03-16-2019
    mtbxplorer
    Man Arrested After Allegedly Throwing Beer Can At Cyclist From Car, Then Approaching With A Knife
    https://dcist.com/story/19/03/14/man...-with-a-knife/
  • 03-16-2019
    BrianMc
    ^^ Been hit with a Moutain Dew bottle about 3/4full at 50+ MPH. No phone drop, though. My camera did not cover it as the throw was tined well and hit me in the thigh. Nice when police witness matters.
  • 03-17-2019
    mtbxplorer
    Bike to Work? This Bill in Congress Would Give You a Tax Deduction
    It's not clear if this would require employer participation...I'm guessing it would, and it seemed very few employers participated under the old system.
    https://www.bicycling.com/news/a2682...-commuter-act/
  • 03-23-2019
    mtbxplorer
  • 03-30-2019
    mtbxplorer
    I like these signs. We have signs at sites of drunk driving deaths, but they are not personalized like this.
    https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/29...s-around-city/
  • 04-06-2019
    mtbxplorer
  • 04-15-2019
    *OneSpeed*
  • 04-15-2019
    NDD
    Quote:
    I can relate to this. One street by my house is technically a state highway with a bike lane painted on. Will not ride it during morning or evening rushes, except for very short stretches, for this very reason. Also there's some level of animus towards cyclists because it exists, but I think most cyclists would rather have a separated greenway that allows the same access to other routes as that road does.

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  • 04-18-2019
    BrianMc
    Most of us will be working, but maybe someone will be interested:

    https://register.gotowebinar.com/reg...4f9b-139456313
  • 05-25-2019
    mtbxplorer
    Speed kills, but investigation says earbuds and lack of reflective clothing contributed to bikecommuter's death:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...eath-1.5149760
  • 05-25-2019
    ghettocruiser
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Speed kills, but investigation says earbuds and lack of reflective clothing contributed to bikecommuter's death

    Why is everyone on both sides tap dancing around the red light issue? Why is "disobeying" the red light in quotes? Is there some oddity of circumstance that makes this only a contributing factor, not a cause?

    If he really ignored a red light, that's all that needs to be in the report, IMO... there's no reason to throw in non-HTA issues like headphones and reflective clothing.

    "Lack of reflective clothing" is also an oddly specific criticism. Did he have lights and reflectors as per the HTA? Was he wearing bright coloured clothing?

    So many of these news reports now seem to be deliberately fuzzy.
  • 05-25-2019
    mtbxplorer
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ghettocruiser View Post
    Is there some oddity of circumstance that makes this only a contributing factor, not a cause?


    I think it is the taxi going 94 in a 60 zone.
  • 05-25-2019
    cyclingdutchman
    Mbx: +1. they definitely should investigate if the accident could have been avoided when the taxiDRIVER wouldnt have been speeding. The needed space to come to a full stop is much, much longer when going 34 mph too fast.

    And if reflective clothing is not required by law it can not a contributing factor either.

    The fact that the cyclist ran a red light could maybe even be explained with speeding too. He might have seen the taxi but misjudged its speed and thought he had plenty of time to continue.

    In the article the author feels sorry for the driver for having to live with the fact that he killed someone. I feel more with the cyclists relatives for having to live with the fact that he was killed by an idiot driver who is not even charged for it.
  • 05-26-2019
    cjsb
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Speed kills, but investigation says earbuds and lack of reflective clothing contributed to bikecommuter's death:
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottaw...eath-1.5149760

    A cyclist who cant be seen and is riding in his own ear bud world, and runs a red light, can be struck and killed by a car going at or under the speed limit, too. They are all contributing factors.

    The story quotes about blaming the cyclist for his own death are not surprising, as it sounds like the zealots wont learn from someone else foolish mistakes that sadly contributed to their own demise.


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  • 05-26-2019
    NDD
    I think I agree with cjsb. Should the driver have been speeding? No. Did the driver have right of way? Yes. Would the driver have been able to stop if they'd been driving the speed limit? Maybe not.

    Yes, the cyclist was killed by the car because it was going fast, but the speed limit was enough to kill the cyclist anyway. By running a red light, they are in the wrong. Earbuds probaby contributed, hell you'd be able to hear a car going that fast. Lack of reflective clothing is probably a null point when cyclists are running red lights and drivers are going 34 over the speed limit.

    If the cyclist had followed the traffic rules and been cognizant of their surroundings, they would have watched the taxi drive by too fast and though "what a jerk", but hey they'd still be alive. Always assume everyone is doing the wrong thing when you're on a bike. Always.
  • 05-26-2019
    BrianMc
    In one second at 20 mph, a cyclist moves 29 feet. So that is about how long it would take to get across 2 lanes. A motorist at 94 kph covers 85 feet. The reaction distance at 60 mph is (about 100kph) is 187 feet, stopping distance is 293 feet (average and a mini van is no sports car so the 60 mph data will be close) and the total is almost 500 feet. So to brake for the cyclist the driver would have to see the cyclist was going to run the red about 5 seconds earlier, and the cyclist would be about 100-120 feet from the intersection. At 60 kph (about 40 mph) both figures are about half so a total 235 feet from seeing the cyclist until stopping, and the motorist would still need to be seen to be running the red light when the cyclist was about 40-50 feet from the intersection.

    So even at legal speed, the driver would not have been able to avoid collision as he can't mind read the cyclist's intent, but at the legal speed, the driver may well have dropped speed enough to avoid a fatality if he was very attentive. That said, the cyclist made the accident unavoidable by the motorist and even a low speed accident can be fatal if hit just wrong or run over.

    Physics say that the cyclist had the control to avoid the accident and the driver did not once the cyclist ran the light regardless of the speeding. This analysis does not address any braking or swerving the cyclist could have done to avoid the collision. As a cyclist, pedestrian, and motorist, I can't blame the driver in this case.
  • 07-19-2019
    mtbxplorer
  • 10-05-2019
    mtbxplorer
    What a terrible outcome, I hope she wins the appeal https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/10/...ist-for-crash/ The video is very helpful in understanding the crash.
  • 10-06-2019
    BrianMc
    The Boise case clearly has issues. Hope the appeal works.

    The other three cases reported, IF accurately reported do sound like the cyclists fault. The following too close, depends on whether the pass was just completed. The story makes it sound like there was some time to create a safe distance and it was some distance from the intersection. If there was not time, then under Indiana rules, she very likely did not complete her pass before 100 feet of an intersection which is a Reckless Driving charge, let alone and unsafe pass if she did not leave a safe margin.
  • 10-12-2019
    mtbxplorer
    Anybody have these bike rider detection lights at intersections? What do you think? https://bikeportland.org/2019/10/11/...project-306124 I have one left turn arrow that I'm never sure is ever going to turn green, so I have gone on red when there is a break in traffic. If it was on my regular route I guess I would figure out if it actually works or not.
  • 10-12-2019
    BrianMc
    Indiana passed a law allowing cyclists and motorcyclists to treat a traffic light as a stop sign after 90 seconds of no response. Trouble is that a police officer may see the running of the red light without seeing the wait that preceded it. I use a couple of alleys to avoid a light that does not seem to respond to a bike. Motorists are allowed to treat a malfunctioning light as a stop sign, but I don't know of a time constraint on that. As a motorist, I have applied the 90 second rule to a traffic light that was modified during construction such that the left turn lane always had a red light.
  • 10-12-2019
    squeakymcgillicuddy
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    Anybody have these bike rider detection lights at intersections? What do you think? https://bikeportland.org/2019/10/11/...project-306124 I have one left turn arrow that I'm never sure is ever going to turn green, so I have gone on red when there is a break in traffic. If it was on my regular route I guess I would figure out if it actually works or not.

    That's really cool!

    I have one left-turn light on my grocery route that doesn't detect bikes. It's got a lot of traffic too so I feel pretty exposed just standing there in the middle of the road. I'll stop and wait for a break in oncoming traffic...I try to let traffic behind me clear up too so they don't see me run the light and see me as another example of a lawless rider. Not always possible though.
  • 10-12-2019
    BrianMc
    In time, the cost of a bike detector at intersections should drop as major centers install them. Might become common one day.
  • 10-24-2019
    BrianMc
    Not sure she was a commuter, but she lived just 25 miles away:

    https://www.wishtv.com/news/crime-wa...h-in-columbus/
  • 10-24-2019
    NDD
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Not sure she was a commuter, but she lived just 25 miles away:

    https://www.wishtv.com/news/crime-wa...h-in-columbus/

    Pretty sad stuff. A former boss of mine lives partially in Columbus so I saw this sorry whenever they put the ghost bike up.
  • 02-10-2020
    mtbxplorer
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/10/n...kless-nyc.html

    I would love some red light and speed cameras around here.
  • 02-10-2020
    cyclingdutchman
    https://mobil.stern.de/auto/news/war...n-9126928.html

    Sorry I somehow couldnt run this through a translator but it is a german article reporting and explaining the number of killed cyclists and pedestrians in helsinki in 2019, which is 0 (ZERO) !!
  • 02-12-2020
    cyclingdutchman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by cyclingdutchman View Post
    https://mobil.stern.de/auto/news/war...n-9126928.html

    Sorry I somehow couldnt run this through a translator but it is a german article reporting and explaining the number of killed cyclists and pedestrians in helsinki in 2019, which is 0 (ZERO) !!

    Ok word has spread in english now too:
    https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/02/...eaths-in-2019/

    And I also found this:
    https://www.curbed.com/2020/1/15/210...g-anne-hidalgo

    It sounds like more and more cities recognise the advantages of cycling and act accordingly. Lets hope that this trend keeps going upwards!
  • 02-13-2020
    ghettocruiser
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post

    I would love some red light and speed cameras around here.

    Just remember to bolt them down


    Thestar.com - Someone is stealing Torontos photo-radar cameras
  • 02-13-2020
    mtbxplorer
    ^^ Wow, just wow.
  • 03-13-2020
    cyclingdutchman
  • 03-13-2020
    bedwards1000
    ^^What an over dramatized article! It made it sound like they were going to lock him up for nothing when all they wanted to do was ask him a question.
    "Hey, did you pass this house a few times this day?"
    "Yes, that is my regular bike route. I live nearby."
    "OK, let us know if you hear something."

    I would think the act of instantly "lawyering up" would have made them more suspicious.
  • 04-06-2020
    BrianMc