Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on January 31st, 2011 at 9:03 am
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– U.S. Congressional leaders have been feverishly studying the Constitution, resulting in the conclusion that bicycles are not transportation.
– A three foot passing law has been defeated in Wyoming, with the reasoning that it should be common sense to leave that much room without a difficult-to-enforce law.
– In the U.K., bicycle infrastructure is being promoted and defunded at the same time.
– The World Health Organization is looking at ways to quantify the effect of transportation on public health.
– A look at bicycling numbers worldwide debunks the myth that cycling rates are tied to gas prices.
– In rural Oregon, a private, long-distance bus company is growing as demand proves strong.
– In NYC, a man seriously injured a bicycle deliveryman with his Lexus and drove away. In Charlotte, North Carolina, a man who biked eight miles to work down unfriendly streets so he could save money to help his kids through college was hit by a drunk driver who fled the scene (but who has many friends to leave comments in his defense).
– A reflection on when or if forgiveness becomes possible after a serious car crash.
– From the world of sports cycling, an analysis of the unusually light sentence given in a doping case involving Alberto Contador of Tour de France fame.
– In Seattle, the vision of converting an old freeway into a park is catching on.
– Also in Seattle, is there a war on cars or an ongoing, uncommented war on the carless?
– “The parable of the cyclist who fixed things for everyone” is cute and makes its point well.
– Video of the week: A blues singer pens an ode to her bicycle and stars in the charming music video. ..