Bike News Roundup: NCDOT accidentally made the scariest short horror film of 2016

It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! As always, this is an open thread. Discuss anything localish and bikeish in the comments below.

First up, the most terrifying short horror film of 2016 was released in October by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Watch as this proposed road widening project demolishes old buildings and builds an impenetrable division in the middle of the humble communities of Matthews, Stallings and Indian Trail. Rated R for graphic community violence.

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! Marshawn Lynch biked around Scotland peddling Skittles and playing the bagpipes recently.

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10 Responses to Bike News Roundup: NCDOT accidentally made the scariest short horror film of 2016

  1. Matthew Snyder says:

    It’s a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend. News dump time? What are the odds we see the announcement of the Shilshole North option-that-nobody-wants later today? Listening to Dongho’s comments at the end of Wednesday’s presentation, it was hard to escape the conclusion that they’re leaning towards the path of least organized resistance.

  2. Christopher Burke says:

    Wow. I guess taking out all those trees was just a bonus. What are all those weirdly shaped wide spots in the road supposed to be, anyway?

  3. RossB says:

    So, this is great. A long, long time ago, I used to deliver the Queen Anne and Magnolia News. I had no idea they were still around. Not only are they still ticking, but that editorial nailed it. Everything they said it absolutely correct. The helmets, the spacing, the coverage area — those were the big issues. It had nothing to do with the hills, the rain or the lack of great bike paths. If you do bike share right — even in this city — it will succeed. We should try again, hopefully soon.

  4. Sean R-M says:

    bicycling education needs an update but the article doesn’t really mention what that update is except to ride on roads that don’t have parking and that aren’t busy. my personal experience is that if I ride too far to the right, drivers are more likely to try to pass in the lane giving me very little space, if I put my butt further out in the lane, drivers are mostly forced to move over into the next lane and when they do that, usually they give me plenty of space. I question whether a study done in the UK really applies to US roads

    • Al Dimond says:

      … and if you’re riding pretty far left and the driver passes close you have somewhere to go.

      To me, the idea that you can change the overall rate of rear-end collisions by cyclist education is dubious. Drivers usually don’t hit things they can see, and cars take enough of the lane (and take enough different lane positions themselves) that no lane position can protect cyclists from drivers that don’t see them. We need better driver education and a better driving culture, so that the enforcement conclusion is obvious: a driver that rear-ends a cyclist is almost certainly failing in the basic duties required to drive, and should lose the privilege for a significant amount of time.

      • Gary says:

        And lower speed limits. Down here in San Diego, home of the car, it’s 45 on most roads away from downtown. If you are out in traffic, you are going to get hit before the driver even sees you. The end result is less than 1% commute by bicycle even though most of the year the weather is perfect.

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