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Posted by on March 11th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

From The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London (PDF).
(Or could it be Naito Parkway in Portland?)

Sorry for the delay in getting this out. I got back from Washington DC last night and had a crazy morning. So without further ado, here are the best bike stories and other stuff we came across last week…

— The story everyone’s talking about is the big — and I mean Big — bike plan announced by London mayor Boris Johnson last week. It calls for a complete retrofit of the city’s existing roads to create a network of separated bicycle highways with a goal to double bicycling rates in 10 years. Johnson wants to put £913 million into the plan. But before you pack up and move to London, sources say there’s a lot of politics going on and the funding is far from a sure thing. That being said, this is a major development from one of the most admired cities in the world. Stay tuned.

— Another huge story that just happened today: The NYPD has announced a major change in protocol that active transportation advocates have been clamoring for for years. They will investigate a greater number of collisions and they will stop using the term “accident”.

— I never tire of looking at photos of celebrities riding bikes for transportation.

“An accident is when a meteor falls through your house and hits you in the head. Collisions can be prevented.”
— Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives in the NY Times

— In Baltimore someone has booby trapped a popular mountain bike trail by sticking razor knives through pieces of wood to cause flats (and who knows what else).

— Here’s some bike advocacy in action. Remember how Cascade Bicycle Club posted that email from Washington State Rep. Ed Orcutt that claimed people polluted the air while bicycling? Now the advocacy group has met with Orcutt and according to this blog post they had “A great conversation.”

— In the, don’t-say-it-never-happens department comes a tragic story from the UK where a man died in a bike crash caused by a pothole. Now friends of the deceased man are pointing the finger at the city for failing to maintain the road.

— In another odd bicycling story, that guy in San Francisco who rode into a crosswalk and struck and killed someone will face charges of manslaughter.

— Volvo, a carmaker known safety, has announced, “the world’s first cyclist detection system that detects and automatically brakes for cyclists swerving in front of the vehicle.

— Coming off the ‘Bikes Mean Business’ theme of the National Bike Summit, this post on the Green Lane Project blog reminds us how bike-oriented development is the future of urban planning.

— A new documentary about high school racing programs dubbed “Singletrack High”? Sounds good to me.

— And since we can’t go a week without a bike theft story, did you hear about the teacher from Abu Dhabi who’s ramping up a search for his bike that was stolen 20 years ago?

— If you’re intrigued by Google Glass, you might be interested in these Recon sunglasses for cycling that put your ride data right at the top of the lens.

— Via Copenhagenize, learn more about the success of Nørrebrogade, the “busiest bike street in the world.”

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Gascon said he is not aware of any other felony manslaughter charge being filed in the state against a bicyclist in a collision. He said the judge upholding the charge this morning shows “there are real consequences for bad behavior and not following the traffic rules.”

Hm. Haven’t heard those rules applied to too many people driving cars and veering off the road into people on bikes. Hm. Wanda Cortese?

Top Scientist
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Re: London — next step for American city cyclists, let’s find out what it took to get this to happen!

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Anybody care to start making a list of drivers who have killed people, but weren’t charged as severely as Buccherre, if they were charged at all?

Not that he shouldn’t answer for killing someone – he definitely should. I watched exactly this type of d***head cross Broadway against a red light the other day – complete disregard for anybody but himself. But nobody ever seems to pay for hurting people with their cars. In fact, WE ALLOW THEM ACCESS TO THE MURDER WEAPON, even after they’ve proved that they’re deadly with it!

Clearly, manslaughter is legal, as long as you use your car and use terms like “accident”, “helmet”, and “Hi Vis” to shift the blame onto the victim.

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Yeah, this is a tough one. Buccherre is clearly an ass (can I say that here?), but if he had a green light or even a stale yellow and the pedestrian was crossing against the light, I don’t see how he’s legally liable. Wouldn’t the DA have to then prove intent? And given that he’s already said something online about not being able to stop / swerve, I don’t see how anyone could argue it was intentional.

I agree with everyone else that the disparity in how bike fatalities and car fatalities is handled reeks of hypocrisy.

patrickz
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patrickz

Jonathan,
“So without further adieu, here are…” (your words)
The word you want here is “ado”. And keep up that fine work of yours. Thanks for a great website.

Jeff Bernards
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Jeff Bernards

I guess celebrities don’t need helmets? none of them had one on. (please don’t start a anti-helmet thread)

Opus the Poet
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The DA in SF is 100% in charging and prosecuting cyclists that killed pedestrians this century, all 2 of them. For the hundreds of drivers of motor vehicles that have killed pedestrians in SF barely 9% have even gotten so much as a ticket with less than 1% getting criminal charges, and AFAIK no felony charges (the several online searches I made for felony charges after a pedestrian was killed only found Buccherre).

just joe
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just joe

London..note the visual..separated roadway. Whether its pretty or not, separation. A Jersey barrier will suffice ..repurpose roads now and get the fine details figured out later.

Al from PA
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Al from PA

I am currently living in London. A lot of bike advocates here don’t take the Johnson plan all that seriously–there are bike “superhighways” already in place (blue marked lanes) that are not that heavily used and provide little protection.

Riding here is strictly for the fearless, the already committed 2% in Roger Geller’s breakdown. I’m doing it, but feel I’ve risked my life any number of times. To get anywhere you have to ride around busses that cut you off, skinny between cars waiting at lights, hop onto the sidewalk, etc. etc. That, and the 2-3 times per ride a taxi cuts you off, forces you to the curb, forces you to brake, etc. Anyone who moves here for the cycling is really laboring under an illusion. As far as separated roadways go, many of the roads here are just too narrow. I ride the Hackney Rd. /Old Street/ Clerkenwell axis and the only road where you don’t feel really crammed is Old Street. Hackney Rd. is the worst–raging drivers and trucks, broken pavement, etc. The only high note was a fox–yay urban ecology!!–who ran in front of me one night on Hackney Rd.