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Posted by on June 18th, 2012 at 8:55 am

S.F. case is making headlines.

Here’s the news and other cool stuff that caught our eyes this past week…

– The man who struck and killed a person in a crosswalk while riding a bicycle in San Francisco was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and is now expected to surrender to an arrest warrant. The story has garnered national media attention, including stories in , the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

– The 2012 Reve Team — a group of women (including two from Portland) that will attempt to ride the entire Tour de France route later this month — got front page coverage in the Sunday Oregonian.

– A woman who killed a man on a scooter with her car in New York while she was texting while driving will not face jail time after pleading guilty to the charge of negligent homicide.

– The husband of a woman who died while riding a bicycle in Utah is considering legal action, saying a “misplaced and unsecured” construction sign was responsible for her death.

– India’s state governments are starting to give girls and young women free bicycles after the government realized access to a bicycle enables the girls to access and attend school.

– Tokyo’s government is considering requiring bicycles to have numbered license plates in an effort to improve safety and “etiquette” on city streets.

– Chicago recently held its second Cargo Bike Roll Call, bringing together a mass of people who love the utility of cargo bikes, trikes, and trailers.

– Street maintenance, specifically potholes, have become a significant political issue in San Diego’s mayoral race.

– A member of Newport Beach’s bike safety committee was allegedly asked by Newport Bay Police officers to destroy photo evidence of a collision between a person riding a bike and a person driving a car.

– Over 2,000 people turned out for L.A.’s 12th annual Los Angeles River Ride.

– San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum knows that her city has come a long way in terms of bicycle access, but there’s still plenty of work to be done.

– Vancouver, BC’s new ‘V-pole’ aims to reduce sidewalk clutter, something Portland is no stranger to, by consolidating many utilities in one single street pole.

– Also in Vancouver, the city has officially recommended a series of “trial” buffered bike lanes be made permanent.

– A study has come out about helmets and people who use Washington DC’s bike share system. Some people are fretting about the low rates of helmet usage but as the WashCycle points out, people may be wearing helmets less because bike share bicycles are arguably safer than some other bicycles and perhaps we should be focusing on another important statistic.

– New York City’s Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District president Jim Clark “…just can’t see…” people ever “…getting dressed up and riding a bike to go to dinner.”

– Mountain Gear’s founder Paul Fish built himself a bamboo bike that’s road-worthy enough to cruise at 25MPH.

– Google is mounting StreetView-style cameras to backpacks to capture images of walking trails, similar to how they’ve been utilizing cameras on bicycles to capture pieces of the transportation network where motor vehicles are not allowed.

– It turns out that younger people’s desire to bike more and drive less is about more than simply saving money.

– And finally, we mentioned last week how Seattle’s bike to school programs are booming. Here’s a video to show you just how successful they are:


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“The man who struck and killed a person in a crosswalk while riding a bicycle in San Francisco was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and is now expected to surrender to a warrant after being convicted.”

Utterly unbelievable that a cyclist gets charged with vehicular manslaughter when this happens, yet someone in a 2000lb metal death-machine gets a citation and fine.

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Regarding the incident in Newport Beach where police ordered a citizen to delete photos, be sure the read several follow-up posts where the NBPD chiefs responded appropriately. http://cdmcyclist.com/

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Oregonian article on Reve team was weirdly dismissive of their ability to complete the ride. Perhaps someone should tell them that people tour coast to coast in the U.S. on touring bikes and average 100 miles/day…while having to pitch camp every night and self-cater. Granted, biking across Kansas is easier than climbing Tourmalet, but I don’t think the achievement is at all out of reach for a supported group using paceline tactics on lightweight road bikes.

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A lady here in Ohio “accidentally” injured about 30 people over the weekend when she drove into a crowd during a festival. Thankfully, nobody has died that I’m aware of. Place your bets, though, on whether or not she will be charged with anything!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ohio-police-say-appears-woman-who-drove-car-into-crowd-appears-to-have-done-so-accidentally/2012/06/17/gJQAPMPHjV_story.html

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Jacob

A correction and an addition:

In Vancouver, the bike lanes in question are cycle tracks or protected bike lanes, not buffered lanes. This is a very important distinction, in my opinion. Also, those lanes there provide a direct connection through the heart of the dense downtown core, and this is a very important win for bicycling in the city. This is yet another city moving ahead of PDX in terms of protected bike lanes.

In the NYC story, it should be noted that the Fifth Avenue in question is in Bay Ridge, which is in Outer Brooklyn, not in Manhattan. In other words, this story is about a district with substantially fewer cyclists, and has much less importance in terms of citywide affairs. Also, it seems that guy in the story hasn’t been outside much, and certainly not to inner Brooklyn or Manhattan, where utility cycling is now ubiquitous.

NPDX
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NPDX

Just a technical correction on the reporting. You said he was convicted. He has been charged not convicted. Innocent until proven guilty.

spare_wheel
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i have absolutely no problem with the cyclist in SF being charged. but it should be stressed that this is an incredibly rare event and the vast majority of pedestrians are killed by motorists.

it is also sad how this tragedy being used by our utterly useless media to inflame the bike vs car culture war.

Hart Noecker
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Great news about the low helmet usage, the goal of every city should be 0% helmet usage.

Jeremy Cohen
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Jeremy Cohen

Another important distinction between NY and SF issues: The woman in NY plead to the lesser crime–that does not mean that was the original charge against her. Likewise, the cyclist in SF will likely be offered a plea option that will reduce the penalty, severity, etc. This is the system at work–the DA will have to decide if he/she can meet the burden of proof for the higher crime, in a reasonable time/cost/etc and the accused will have to decide if it is worth it to risk an all or nothing trial. I would imagine a plea would make sense for all parties.

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Will-
Good job on the monday round up, lot’s of interesting stories.