AMSTERDAM — About 6:30 weekday mornings, throngs of bicycles, with a smattering of motor scooters and pedestrians, pour off the ferries that carry bikers and other passengers free of charge across the IJ (pronounced “eye”) harbor, clogging the streets and causing traffic jams down behind Amsterdam’s main train station.
[...] Willem van Heijningen, a railway official responsible for bikes around the station, said, “It’s not a war zone, but it’s the next thing to it.” [...]
Heartwarming story from Seattle.
Polite bike activists mind their p’s and q’s while practicing civil disobedience
[...] took an existing bike lane and hacked a protective barrier together for it. But, being reasonably polite, they told the local transportation agency exactly what they had done — and made it easy for authorities to remove the pylons they’d installed.
And, in this case, politeness paid off. As Seattle Bike Blog writes, the city’s traffic engineer actually apologized for having to take it down. And then, he had his team install a permanent, legal protective barrier of their own. [..]
What are your top reasons for biking?
13 top reasons why we should bike to work or bike for our commute. Some people say it is simple – it makes us healthier and it makes us smile…oh, and plus we pass the car jam traffic parking lot along the way too.
By Rugile Kaladyte
Published Jun. 20, 2013
Updated Jun. 20, 2013 at 8:06 PM EDT
The cycling community of San Diego is mourning the loss of local rider Jackie Price Dunn after an accident on the Balboa Park Velodrome on Tuesday left her brain dead, Fox 5 San Diego reported.
[...] Bicycle accidents contribute to more sports-related traumatic brain injuries than any other activity. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, cycling accidents played a role in about 86,000 of the 447,000 sports-related head injuries treated in emergency rooms in 2009. Still, riding and racing on a velodrome is considered to be one of the safest locations for cyclists, because of the lack of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles. [...]
La Jolla, California
La Jolla Light
Bicycle Safety: Preventing Serious Accidents and Injuries
By Michael Pines, Accident & Injury Prevention Expert
[...] A recent bicycle accident in San Diego demonstrated the risks associated with cycling, echoing the fact that even common sports can be deadly. The accident occurred Wednesday in Velodrome at Balboa Park when an avid cyclist sustained brain death after her bicycle accidentally made contact with another rider, causing her to fall off her bike according to reports.
[...] Although details of the fatal accident were not released, riders have called the collision a “freak accident.” And because the Velodrome is an enclosed track away from street traffic, it has made the bicycle accident all the more tragic and confusing.
TRAVERSE CITY, MI — A 29-year-old woman is dead after an unidentified driver hit her while she rode her bicycle early Friday morning. [...] Police said the driver appeared to have left the main travel lane portion of the roadway and entered a designated parking lane the woman was riding in. It is believed the victim was traveling within a foot of the curb.
July 7, 2013
[....] TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__ One bicyclist suffered life threatening injuries after a collision with a motorcyclist in Northwest Topeka Sunday.
Boston Globe May 15, 2013
[...] According to the statistics released by the mayor’s office, the Boston Police Department recorded a total of 1,446 incidents and nine fatalities between 2010 and 2012. Boston EMS recorded 1,432 incidents and eight fatalities — a disparity from police data, the report’s authors said, because one person died after arriving at the hospital. [...] Of the 891 crashes in which causes were listed, cyclists ran a red light or rode through a stop sign before colliding with a car 12 percent of the time. Twenty-two percent of the collisions between cars and cyclists occurred when a vehicle door opened unexpectedly on a cyclist. Eighteen percent occurred when a motorist did not see a cyclist. And twelve percent occurred when a cyclist rode into oncoming traffic.[...] And because trucks have large blind spots and often do not see cyclists on their sides, the city is installing side guards on 19 public works trucks, metal barriers that prevent a cyclist from sliding underneath a truck during a collision.
Portland, Oregon June 7, 2013
[...] In preparation, Portland police on Friday publicly urged nude riders to, at “a bare minimum,” wear helmets and shoes.
Safety first. The city’s code against indecent exposure second. [...]
Grand Junction, Colorado – June 6, 2013
[...] “If American drivers were to make just one four-mile round trip each week with a bicycle instead of a car, they would save nearly 2 billion gallons of gas,” according to the Sierra Club. [...]