Doctor's prison sentence isn't a sea change for cyclists

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The Los Angeles Times: Doctor's prison sentence isn't a sea change for cyclists

Only after multiple assaults was the motorist in the Mandeville Canyon incident finally punished. It should never have gone that far.

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Judge: Woman hit in unpainted bike lane is not protected by law

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Bikeportland: Judge: Woman hit in unpainted bike lane is not protected by law

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Editor-in-Chief) on December 18th, 2009 at 10:26 am

When Portlander Rob Daray witnessed a right-hook collision on his commute home last summer he thought it was obvious who was at fault. So did the police officer who cited the operator of the motor vehicle for “failure to yield to a bicycle.” Even the woman driving the car admitted she made an abrupt right turn without checking her blind spots.

But when the case came up in traffic court, the judge came to a different conclusion and now Mr. Daray and others familiar with this are worried that people who ride bicycles are vulnerable — not just on the street, but in the legal system as well.

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Stop. Yield.

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Philadelphia CityPaper: Stop. Yield.

What can Idaho teach us about bike/car relations?

by Brian Howard

Published: Dec 1, 2009

The bike wars in Philadelphia have reached a fever pitch, where vitriol breeds rage breeds illogic — in the streets (see Fletcher, Rachel) and on message boards (see all bike posts on The Clog).

While there are certainly cyclists out there engaging in egregious and dangerous behavior, most of the invective seems to stem from stopping. Or rather, not stopping.

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Troubles in Philly, Lessons for New York?

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The New York Times: Troubles in Philly, Lessons for New York?

By J. DAVID GOODMAN

The animosity that some cyclists and pedestrians feel for one another — well-documented in comment wildfires on this blog and elsewhere — simmers just below the surface of shared urban streets, as seemingly inevitable a part of city life as the steam rising through manhole covers. Just as inevitably, every once in a while these tensions boil over, usually in response to a coincidence of tragic accidents.

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The Los Angeles Times: Bicyclists should stay on the defensive to stay safe

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The Los Angeles Times: Bicyclists should stay on the defensive to stay safe

Bicyclists must obey all the traffic laws that motorists do, but safety tactics may also help riders avoid accidents.

A bike commuter rides amongst cars in L.A. traffic. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

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By Christie Aschwanden
November 2, 2009

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that the following were five of the most frequently reported fatal bike-vehicle accidents from 2004 through 2008. Here, our urban cycling experts outline the best ways to avoid them -- and offer some other safety tips besides.

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The Toronto Star: Bryant and bike courier a class issue

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The Toronto Star: Bryant and bike courier a class issue

Sep 18, 2009 04:30 AM
ANTONIA ZERBISIAS

"A journalist's job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."

Attributed to American critic H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

On Sept. 1, after former Ontario attorney-general Michael Bryant was charged with "criminal negligence causing death" and "dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death," there wasn't much comforting the afflicted.

Anyway, bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard was more than afflicted.

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Streetsblog: Blaming Cyclists for Dangerous Roads: It Goes Way Back

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Streetsblog: Blaming Cyclists for Dangerous Roads: It Goes Way Back

by Sarah Goodyear on September 17, 2009

On Bicyclelaw.com yesterday, there was a terrible story out of Canada about a crash involving a reckless motorist and law-abiding cyclists.

What was the response to the shocking case of careless driving, which left five bikers gravely injured? The local police initiated a ticket blitz aimed at…cyclists breaking the law (one of the offenses often cited was a failure to have a bell on the bicycle). It's reminiscent of the recent crackdown on jaywalking in Savannah in response to a pedestrian death.

Rick Bernardi writes on the blog that people on bikes should certainly obey the rules of the road. But:

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Bicycling and the Law

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Red Kite Prayer: Bicycling and the Law

August 27, 2009 by Padraig

When I was a newbie, Eddie B.’s book, “Bicycle Road Racing,” was considered a must-read for anyone who was serious about bike racing. It’s the one and only book I can think of that experienced riders uniformly told me I should read. Of course, “Bicycle Road Racing” was only a necessity to those riders who wished to race. Today, there are as many books on how to be fast as there are flavors of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.

I never believed there was a single book that each and every cyclist should read, at least, not until now.

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Streetsblog: Road Rage Victim's Reputation Smeared Until Proven Innocent

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Streetsblog: Road Rage Victim’s Reputation Smeared Until Proven Innocent

by Ben Fried on August 17, 2009

 

Ray Bengen, pictured on the sidewalk below his assailant, is paying a steep price for defending himself while riding in the Ninth Avenue bike lane. 

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L.A. Streetsblog: Cycling and the Law: Where Does Education Begin?

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L.A. Streetsblog: Cycling and the Law: Where Does Education Begin?

by Sarah Goodyear on May 6, 2009

What's the law where you are? Photo by tandemracer via Flickr.

Today, in honor of bike month on the Streetsblog Network, we hear from a cyclist in Long Beach, California, who was forced into the position of (unsuccessfully) educating a police officer about the right of a bike to ride safely out of the door zone. This via the Long Beach Cyclists blog:

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