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The Monday Roundup: No more ‘Share the Road’, helmet lawsuit & more

Posted by on August 26th, 2013 at 9:16 am

The new Garmin Virb.
(Image: Garmin.)

Here’s the bike news that caught our eyes this week:

Garmin camera: The GPS maker is competing with GoPro with a new $400 action camera that connects wirelessly to a mobile app on your phone and the company’s other hardware. There’s a $300 version with fewer bells and whistles.

Helmet lawsuit: Easton-Bell Sports won a lawsuit brought by a man who suffered brain injuries while completing a long ride. The California company said he’d been wearing it improperly.

Athlete killed: A promising British hockey star died after crashing the $30,000 BMW that his mother had just bought him because she thought it’d be safer than biking to work.

Bizzare bike attack: Wildest story of the week has got to be the young businesswoman who was biking in Chicago when a man in the back seat of a speeding purple SUV grabbed her messenger bag and towed her into a parked car.

Hit and run epidemic: Half of all car crashes in Los Angeles are hit-and-runs. An LAPD detective says one major factor is that people who entered the country illegally are terrified of the entire justice system.

Intelligent bike: The $2,600 Vanmoof offers an onboard computer, GPS tracking (to find your lost bike) and an electric assist system that knows how much help you need at a given time.

Cars that make people drive worse: Bigger cars and more expensive cars make people more aggressive.

“Americans growing less concerned about dangerous driving behaviors”: Apparently the AAA doesn’t own any stock photos of people in cars looking concerned. Four truly scary trends here.

Mandatory parking lots: Sightline Institute founder Alan Durning lists five ways parking minimums raise rents.

Carfree street counter: Two weeks after cars were banned from Goldsmiths Row, London, it’s drawing 5,000 bikes a day (that’s about as many crossings as the Steel and Burnside bridges put together).

Amazon cycle track: Under a deal negotiated with Seattle as part of a growth plan, Amazon will fund a two-block protected bike lane.

Third truck death in SF: All three deaths of people on bikes in San Francisco this year have involved large trucks in the same construction-heavy area of town.

Global road deaths, mapped: This new map seems suspiciously similar to this one.

Texas takes up bikes: “It’s not this sort of fringe tree-hugger issue anymore,” Alta Planning’s new woman in Dallas tells the NYT. San Antonio, Houston and Fort Worth all have bikesharing and Austin is next.

Bikes are the new sewers: “Cycling offers us, for the first time in more than a century and a half, the chance to build an infrastructure that will bring with it significant public health improvements.”

Bike tourism: Bike-related tourism brings $88 million a year to Arizona. Keep pedaling, Phoenix — it’s $400 million here.

Oh dear: Chicago condo owners worry that bikeshare racks will bring an “‘invasion’ of people” to their area.

Bikesharing helps bike shops: That’s the story at NYC bike shops that don’t rely completely on rental revenue.

Divvy turnaround: Three months after a preemptive series of pans of Chicago’s new bikeshare system, the Tribune’s transpo reporter rows back his complaints and changes his tune.

Citi Bike bar crawl: “Beats paying for a cab,” the NYT reports.

Police problems: As Doug Gordon of Brooklyn Spoke put it, one traffic safety problem Mike Bloomberg has never tackled is the NYPD.

Church vetoes bike lane: D.C. political leaders nixed their own DOT’s plan to cut street parking in front of a historically black church to make room for a protected bike lane.

Handsfree distraction: Driving without a phone in your hand is just as distracting as driving with one.

Bad bike sign: Bike Delaware makes a persuasive case against “Share the road” as a message for street signs.

Speaking of which, your video of the week gets some sort of award for the most patronizing “bike safety” offering I’ve seen in a while:

If you come across a noteworthy bicycle story, send it in via email, Tweet @bikeportland, or whatever else and we’ll consider adding it to next Monday’s roundup.

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Too bad the Bicycle Retailer story didn’t report more details about the helmet failure claim case brought against Easton-Bell, which the company won. I wonder if there may have been something else besides scratches on the helmet, that indicated to the company that the helmet was worn to high on the plaintiff’s head

“…According to a press statement by Easton-Bell Sports’ law firm, Yukevich-Cavanaugh, the defense was able to point to scratch marks on Sohn’s helmet that invalidated the crash reconstruction presented by Sohn’s attorneys. …” bicycle retailer http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2013/08/21/bell-wins-lawsuit-filed-cash-victim#.UhudMH_0vaL

Arem
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Arem

I don’t hear the patronizing tone in the video linked. I suppose if you’re looking for it, you’ll find it though.

Tony
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Tony

The AAA survey is shocking and probably deserves its own article.

Spiffy
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pretty smart of AAA to disable comments and ratings on their “Bike Safety – Introduction to Bike Safety and Sharing the Road” video…

Champs
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Champs

I’ve got a new problem with the helmet industry after this. They take no responsibility for a “misused” safety product using the design that they certify.

It’s hard not to feel like a dupe. Surviving a fall while wearing a helmet—which I have done—gives testimony to its life-saving virtues, as if we’d go back to prove them by repeating the accident without a helmet. Victims who wear helmets, however, take the blame for improper use, which is never the fault of the design that the manufacturer certified for safety. Heads I win, tails you lose.

TOM
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TOM

>> video of the week gets some sort of award for the most patronizing “bike safety” offering I’ve seen in a while

I saw nothing wrong with it unless you are just looking for something to bitch about. Sure it’s geared towards new riders, and most of us aren’t, but geeze there are many more important things you could focus on MA. Ignore the fluff.

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dwainedibbly

Helmet cams: I haven’t confirmed this, but I recently heard that Contour (at one time GoPro’s biggest competitor) has quietly folded. I can’t help but think that Garmin’s entry into the market may have hastened that. (Yes, I have 2 Contour cams.) If anyone out there has Contour cams and needs accessories, mounts, etc, I’d snatch them up now.

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gumby

Oregon Scientific has a helmel camera with two lenses. I think it would be great for getting license plates, recording conversations etc.