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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Silent Sports Sounds Off: North Suburb of Chicago Adopts New Bike Ordinances

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Silent Sports Sounds Off: North suburb of Chicago adopts new bike ordinances

The north Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills has adopted new ordinances aimed at the increasing number of cyclists enjoying its roads and picturesque rural surroundings. The new rules, which the village police intend to enforce this spring and summer, mandate single-file riding only and prohibit negligent use of a bicycle.

I passed the news of the new biking ordinances on to Bob Mionske, an attorney specializing in bicycling law who wrote the book Bicycling and the Law and writes a column on the subject.

I received Mionske’s response last night:

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske moves to Bicycling Magazine

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske moves to Bicycling Magazine

By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Feb. 9, 2009

Wisconsin native Bob Mionske has changed cycling teams, in a journalistic sense.

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Streetsblog: Midtown Police Refuse to Help Hit-and Run Pedicab Victim

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Streetsblog: Midtown Police Refuse to Help Hit-and-Run Pedicab Victim
by Ben Fried on January 21, 2009

NYPD "Broken Windows" Strategy Does Not Apply to Traffic Crime

Last month a grand jury indicted officer Patrick Pogan for leveling cyclist Christopher Long during a Critical Mass ride and lying about it afterward. For all the satisfaction one may derive from seeing justice grind forward in that case, the Pogan assault is something of a rarity -- police aggression caught on tape, making the cover-up utterly transparent and leaving a media storm in its wake. The more common -- and pressing -- problem for pedestrians and cyclists is the routine NYPD response to traffic violations that cause them injury and harm.

Ethan Haymes is still waiting for a response to his report of a hit-and-run collision.

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Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske returns to Madison and road rage

Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Mionske returns to Madison and road rage

By Tom Held of the Journal Sentinel
Dec. 11, 2008

News of a bicyclist vs. bicyclist road rage encounter drew Bob Mionske's attention back to his college days at the University of Wisconsin Madison and his first meeting with Colin O'Brien, the victim in this troubling tale.

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