According to Boston Globe Opinion Columnist Jeff Jacoby, you have no business being on the road on your bike. His latest opinion piece reuses tired old (and factually inaccurate) arguments to explain why efforts to increase bicycle access and utilization in our cities is, in his words, “irresponsible and dangerous.” But it is an opinion piece – right? I mean, he’s just stating what he thinks, not any actual facts.
Except for the things is cites as facts – that actually aren’t.
All of which might be marginally more tolerable if bikers operated under the same restrictions that drivers do. But cyclists pay no taxes, don’t have to be insured, undergo no safety inspections, and needn’t register their vehicles. They don’t have to carry an operator’s license, and aren’t required to pass a written or a road test in order to pedal in the streets. And have you ever seen a cop ticket a cyclist who ran a red light, weaved recklessly among lanes, or made an illegal turn? Me neither.
— Jeff Jacoby, “Urban roads aren’t meant for Bicycles.” Boston Globe
Now I actually wish it were true that as a cyclist I pay no taxes. That would …read more
Another study attempts to paint bicycling as a dangerous activity, especially for riders over 45. The study from UC San Francisco shows that bicycling injuries have nearly doubled over a 15-year period ending in 2013, which they acknowledge coincides with the boom in bicycling. Looking …read more
Photography by Adam Moran, Art Direction by Adam Moran and Tayler Rae Dubé
NY Based cycling brand Search and State recently released their latest project, Search Statement- A contest and platform for action. Search Statement is a platform to collect the stories, photos, ideas, and adventures of the cyclist who inspire them and to help make their aspirations come true through financial and logistical help. Learn more about the project below and get inspired by Search and State’s latest shoot with photographer Adam Moran and PDF co-founder Tayler Rae Dubé
A Search Statement is a proposal for something you want to do. It can be anything, but should involve cycling in some way. It would be great if your idea has a positive impact on others, but it doesn’t necessarily have to. Perhaps you want to ride farther, longer, or somewhere no one has before. Maybe you want to build a cycling community where one doesn’t exist. Perhaps you want to create a photo exhibition, an art installation, a cycling movement, a safety device, an innovative type of bicycle, or a new way to ride one. What’s most important is why it matters to you.
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From:: Pretty Damned Fast
I’m annoyed. I’m sick of it. I’m pissed. I’m speaking only of San Francisco – and I may be digging my own stick-a-frame-pump-through-my-front-spokes kind of grave, but I do not believe that Critical Mass has any place, relevance, or purpose in the city of San Francisco any longer. (Caution: Strong language to follow)
Yet another unfortunate incident has taken place during a Critical Mass ride, and as per usual these days there is video, and it found its way to You Tube.There was a time when Critical Mass represented a good, relevant, valid message. There was precious little infrastructure in place on the city streets. But the honest truth of the matter is – bike are on the cusp of becoming a mainstream part of transportation in this city. San Francisco is poised to consider legislation to allow bicycles to “semi-legally” roll through stop signs. New bike lanes and new bike infrastructure are being put in place on the streets of the city every day. Improvements are happening.
So why in the hell would you ride the wrong way down a street, intentionally run into a car …read more
It’s official. Bikeshare is coming to Downtown LA. A pilot project consisting of 1090 bikes and 65 docking stations is projected to open next year, in a partnership between Metro and LADOT. Metro is picking up the $5.8 million tab for the bikes and docking stations through …read more
Bad news from North LA County, as a bike commuter lost his life in a collision earlier this week. According to the Antelope Valley Times, 40-year old Palmdale resident Jeff Aubrey McGrath was riding south on Sierra Highway north of Pearblossom Highway around 4:40 am Wednesday when …read more
In news linking technology and bikes in a funny, non-socially offensive way, the Washington Post reported on a humorous encounter between a fixed-gear cyclist and one of the Google Autonomous cars. According to the article, the slight motions created by the cyclist executing a track stand triggered the car to stop.
It apparently detected my presence … and stayed stationary for several seconds. it finally began to proceed, but as it did, I rolled forward an inch while still standing. The car immediately stopped…
— Washington Post, http://goo.gl/LlqH25
Track stands always have been an exciting, thrilling and reckless thing – as this video clearly demonstrates