It’s here! Our (mostly) weekly roundup of
corporate office time theft bike news from around the region, nation and world.
Is this the worst traffic sign you’ve ever seen? (from MoveArkansas):
Lake Michigan attacks people on bikes.
West Seattle needs safer streets.
95 percent of drivers in America recognize that texting behind the wheel is a serious threat to others. Yet 35 percent do it anyway. (Likewise, 88 percent recognize talking on the phone while driving is a threat, yet a whopping 67 percent do it anyway).
Ken Burns, Gene at Biking Bis has a fantastic idea for your next great American documentary: Bicycles.
Elly Blue on the role of the bicycle in the nation’s protests. Has anyone noticed bicycles playing a role at Occupy Seattle? Well, other than this.
Artist chosen for Burke-Gilman art display.
King county Councilmember Jane Hague was in a bike wreck during a group ride. Sounds like it was her fault (which is only relevant because her office sorta tried to say it wasn’t)
Douglas Lefever, the man struck and killed near the Magnolia Bridge October 2, did not allow his cerebral palsy prevent him from helping men at an area shelter. Police allege that Daniel Mozzochi struck and killed Lefever, who was crossing at a marked crosswalk in his wheelchair. Mozzochi allegedly stopped his car, but when passers-by started pointing in his direction, he reversed around Lefever and his wheelchair and drove off. Police found him a few hours later and noted he appeared intoxicated. He has been charged with vehicular homicide and hit and run.
In good(?) news, drunk driving nationwide may be a little bit down due to, you guessed it, the economy.
City Council race uh oh: “In addition to opposing paid parking on Sundays, Forch said he’d want to prioritize freight mobility when deciding whether to add bike lanes or sharrows to existing roads.”
Why DC is pursuing the Assault of Bicyclists Prevention Act.
Do we need more light on our city’s bike trails?
In a recent crosswalk sting, SPD found that one third of drivers failed to yield to people trying to walk across the street.
Great City has a good, long post about bicycle safety (a good read with a zoomed-out point of view).
How does your bike lock fare in this test?
Seattle beats Portland in transit commuting.
The Vancouver Sun op-ed calls BS on report that their downtown cycle tracks have hurt business.
Everybody bikes! Though the poorest quarter of the population bikes the most, we need to work hard to ensure that safe streets reach low-income neighborhoods.
Dutch Bike Co Chicago is no more (and all their bikes are now in the Seattle shop)
The Battle of the Bikes Washington is October 8.
What do you think of Heather’s route from the Fremont Bridge to 6th/Columbia?
Have we reached Peak Truck?
If you have the viaduct all to yourself for 30 minutes, what would you do? Seriously, WSDOT wants to know. It could happen. I would hold a bike parade…
Is Prop 1 not ambitious enough?
Kent on kids, bikes and books (and books for kids about bikes)
The Mini Monkey Light looks pretty rad (and more practical than previous versions). If you donate $50 to the Kickstarter project, you get one. Pretty cool. (h/t Stephanie)
The Dutch Cycling Embassy says: Cycling is for everyone!
This is an open thread. What’s on your mind?