Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on December 2nd, 2013 at 9:06 am
Welcome to December! Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught our eyes this week:
Fender zones: “It’s winter riding season,” writes Vancouver designer Jeff Werner. “Do you know your fender zones? Mere centimetres separate the douches from the saints.”
High-vis clothes don’t help: A “small but potentially lethal number of drivers will pass too close whatever you wear,” according to a study by a professor who once wore a wig to test whether people passed women on bikes differently than men. That’s just the start of the interesting findings in his team’s new study.
Is your blinking light too bright? “The scariest thing about biking at night in Seattle isn’t the cellphone-jabbering SUV drivers or the bone-crunching potholes,” argues Crosscut. “It’s other cyclists — specifically, their high-powered, strobing and flashing headlights.” Seattle Bike Blog’s Tom Fucoloro notes that though the problems of such lights are actually dwarfed by distracted driving, they can indeed cause trouble and he has some ideas.
Bikes suck: At first, it seems like Melbourne’s newspaper has brought clickbait to a new low with a piece called “14 reasons we hate cyclists.” But it hasn’t!
Do bikers long for injury? People who ride bikes are “longing” for cars to “run them down” so they can get the drivers in trouble, a British politician said during a debate over a string of six bike-related deaths on London’s streets.
Multi-use path horrors: A biking and walking path that would run alongside a Medford golf course would probably attract illegal camping, detractors say. “It will be a Guantanamo Northwest,” said Viktor Met, 85, who lives nearby. “Or a penal colony.”
Peak car: “Whenever a new study on the decline of driving in America is released, it’s almost like reading a chapter of my life and the people around me,” writes Stephen Lacey in a nice summary of the ever-stronger evidence for this trend.
2020 bike boom: A researcher predicts that after years of stagnation, a big bike sales and manufacturing boom will come in 2020, when bike-loving Generation Y (aka the Millennials) hits the traditional bike-purchasing sweet spot of ages 30 to 36.