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  1. Comment by J_R January 26, 2021 @ 2:09 pm | Link

    They probably didn't respond because they were afraid of being accused of some kind of profiling or over-reaction to something that is not a priority i.e. traffic enforcement.

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  2. Comment by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) January 26, 2021 @ 1:54 pm | Link

    That's not correct Christian. The recent cuts maintained the Major Crash Team, hit-and-run investigator, crash reconstructionists, and so on.

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  3. Comment by Hello, Kitty January 26, 2021 @ 1:51 pm | Link

    "Cultural acceptance" is the key to effecting change. How do we change the culture here? Perhaps past successful efforts to do that could act as a guide. We changed cultural norms around drinking and driving, seatbelt use, smoking, dog "residue", and more. Not sure how to make it happen, but it obviously can be done, though I'm not sure that a few successes in small, Nordic countries really mean we can enjoy the same level of success here (just a Europe, with its differing culture, has not made the same progress with smoking that we have.)

    But regardless, without those cultural norms in place, it's hardly surprising that officials make the decisions they do.

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  4. Comment by squareman January 26, 2021 @ 1:51 pm | Link

    Drivers have the following get-out-of-jail-free cards:
    - I didn't see him
    - He came out of nowhere
    Cops have those and:
    - I feared for my life
    - I saw a weapon (to something clearly not a weapon)

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  5. Comment by Middle of the Road Guy January 26, 2021 @ 1:50 pm | Link

    I actually like that approach and use it frequently because it moves people out of their personal (cultural in your example) frame of reference and into one that is usually more objective.

    Like when someone gets treated badly by someone with whom there is a personal relationship but tries to rationalize it or make excuses for the other person - I'll ask them "so how would you interpret that behavior if they did it to someone else other than you?" Them: "Oh, that person is a j*rk". e.g., "That behavior really appears absurd when you put it that way", but admittedly context does also matter.

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  6. Comment by Kampcite January 26, 2021 @ 1:50 pm | Link

    It’s so easy to blame someone who’s life is being threatened after the fact. The people surrounding that cop car were trying to provoke an incident. As long as that is the tactic for these so called protests, nothing is going to be improved between enforcement and marginalized communities

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  7. Comment by Brian January 26, 2021 @ 1:49 pm | Link

    I don't disagree, but how would that stop those who want to kill with their car from doing so?

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  8. Comment by Christian Samuel January 26, 2021 @ 1:48 pm | Link

    It’s a shame recent police budget cuts eliminated the entire traffic division. Not that they would have been able to prevent this horrible event but I do feel more enforcement of traffic laws would reduce traffic related injuries and fatalities.

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  9. Comment by Aaron January 26, 2021 @ 1:47 pm | Link

    Chronology-wise, I'm not sure when Mike made that post as compared to when that video was uploaded. Point is, maybe we shouldn't immediately jump on the mental health train whenever someone runs people over or engages in a mass shooting. Let the investigation happen, and go wherever the investigation takes us. If that investigation reveals that a SPECIFIC mental health condition was the precipitating factor, then treat him for that and deal with it. But whatever we do, we should not just casually throw around "mental health," even if the guy was acting "pretty crazy." Speculation before that investigation concludes helps no one.

    If it turns out that some mental health condition was the cause, that information should be shared in a way that doesn't stigmatize those with mental health conditions, who in general are more often the victims rather than the perpetrators of violence. There should be an investigation into everything that could potentially lead to this, including societal or environmental factors, with steps being taken to mitigate future acts like this.

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  10. Comment by bettie January 26, 2021 @ 1:45 pm | Link

    I propose (again) that the DMV administer a mental health assessment before administering driver's licenses. I also do not give s sh*t if drunk Johnny needs a driver's license so he can get to work because he needs to pay his child support; he can take the bus.

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  11. Comment by squareman January 26, 2021 @ 1:44 pm | Link

    I'd rather more cops be outfitted with Trek bicycles than whatever SUV behemoths they drive around these days.

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  12. Comment by Middle of the Road Guy January 26, 2021 @ 1:43 pm | Link

    Sounds like an argument for well-intentioned Authoritarianism (the best kind!).

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  13. Comment by Middle of the Road Guy January 26, 2021 @ 1:35 pm | Link

    Glad someone else noticed that also. The Far-Left seems to run away from the concept of personal responsibility and agency (and yes, I have criticisms of the Alt-Right also 🙂 )

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  14. Comment by Christian Samuel January 26, 2021 @ 1:34 pm | Link

    ***Portion of comment deleted by moderator because it was mean and a direct insult. -- JM**. I probably won’t be going to BG either because I like smaller operations but to say they have “blood on their hands” is silliness.

    Police are unfortunately needed as we live in a world of imperfect people. You might want to check the new Portland nonprofit
    https://www.facetofacepdx.org/
    which is attempting to foster improved relationships between the police and community members.

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  15. Comment by Middle of the Road Guy January 26, 2021 @ 1:31 pm | Link

    They probably use Microsoft products and/or Intel chips. Giving up computers, too?

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  16. Comment by SolarEclipse January 26, 2021 @ 1:16 pm | Link

    Cancel culture at it's finest.
    Too bad I didn't need a new bike as I'd likely go buy a Trek right now.

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  17. Comment by eawriste January 26, 2021 @ 1:16 pm | Link

    One way to make this enforcement concrete and immediate is to install ubiquitous traffic cameras, with violations counting toward a points system eventually resulting in retraining, car booting, or loss of license. NY has seen monumental results from simply placing cameras in school zones. It has been so successful at reducing crashes and speeding, that legislators wish to expand to other areas of the city.

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  18. Comment by Kelly Aicher January 26, 2021 @ 1:13 pm | Link

    Hello Richard, I sold my stake in the business recently, so I was not involved in this transaction.
    -Kelly

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  19. Comment by PPD1200 January 26, 2021 @ 1:12 pm | Link

    Did any of PPD’s 1,200 employees respond to the first call? If not, why not?

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  20. Comment by eawriste January 26, 2021 @ 1:10 pm | Link

    That is the exact reason for the analogy HK. Please consider it again. We have places in the world where cultural acceptance of traffic violence is close to nill, and it has very little to do with how commonplace vehicular use is.

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  21. Comment by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) January 26, 2021 @ 1:06 pm | Link

    Nope. Pretty sure Aicher stepped away recently.

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  22. Comment by casual observer January 26, 2021 @ 1:05 pm | Link

    What's the deal with insisting on posting names on here? Its getting kind of weird and creepy. You are the exact reason I don't post my name. Is your intent to confront someone in person that you don't agree with? Do you want to stalk them? IMO its a bit over the top and scary for a blog about bike stuff.

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  23. Comment by Hello, Kitty January 26, 2021 @ 1:02 pm | Link

    One key flaw in your analogy is that moving a piano is something most of us will never do, and is generally handled by professionals. If piano moving were as commonplace and democratized as driving, I am quite sure the culture of safety around it would be as lax as it is around driving. Likewise if driving were rare and professionalized, its safety culture would be different than it is.

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  24. Comment by Hello, Kitty January 26, 2021 @ 12:58 pm | Link

    It is not possible to keep everyone safe, especially in an open society. The best we can do is change the tradeoffs between safety and other values and constraints.

    We're currently in a weird place where the far-left is pushing us in a more libertarian direction by pushing for fewer government intrusions into our lives, but without the message of personal responsibility that comes with most libertarian thought.

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  25. Comment by RICHARD M January 26, 2021 @ 12:56 pm | Link

    Was Kelly Aicher still a part owner of the Bike Gallery? If so, where does he wind up with this sale?

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