Bike News Roundup: ‘There are lots of different ways of transporting people’

It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup! Here are some tips for winter biking in Chicago, which is way colder than Seattle. Here, I would suggest just wearing whatever you would wear to go for a walk in the cold. Investing in good gloves and wearing extra socks could be a good idea, though.

Winter Biking Primer from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News

Halftime show! Video of the recent NACTO conference in New York:

NACTO’s “Designing Cities” 2012 NYC from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

National & Global News

This is an open thread.

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7 Responses to Bike News Roundup: ‘There are lots of different ways of transporting people’

  1. Brian T says:

    Preface: I ask this in all seriousness, and not as a way to start a whole bike helmet discussion.
    Question: what’s the rationale for removing a mandatory motorcycle helmet law? Is it along the lines of “adults can make their own risk decisions?” Or is there a debate in the motorcycling community about whether helmets actually provide meaningful protection, as there is in the bicycling community? I presume that the science is pretty clear about the protective effect of a motorcycle helmet when crashing a motorbike at 30, 40, 50 mph. Protective of the head, at least.

    Again, I’m not soliciting everyone’s opinion about whether bike helmets are good, bad, or ugly; just wondering about motorcycle helmets. Until I saw this link about the proposed WA legislation, I wasn’t aware that there was still a running debate about the subject, but I also don’t follow that stuff.

    • Tom Fucoloro says:

      If you think helmet laws are sticky issue in bicycling communities, you haven’t seen anything yet.

      The issues are very different due to the dramatic difference in speed (12 mph vs 60), which is why you rarely see them tied together.

      The arguments I hear most often from anti-motorcycle helmet folks is the freedom to choose argument. Adults should be able to take a risk if they want to, the argument goes. I highly doubt the bill will get very far, but it’s a sign that it’s still a live topic in Washington.

      • Orv says:

        Some also feel that the restriction of their vision and hearing by a helmet reduces their awareness of traffic.

  2. Matthew says:

    That hit-and-run story is just awful. 364 freaking days. This (likely) intoxicated person almost assuredly would have received a harsher punishment for staying at the scene of the crime than for leaving. In a very real sense, this sentence rewards the decision to leave the scene. This will always seem like the right choice to the wrong person until we get serious about cracking down on hit-and-runs, whether or not someone dies as a result.

    It’s not a matter of having new laws on the books. We already have the laws we need. It’s a matter of (a) convincing prosecutors to bring charges more often, and (b) convincing judges to issue tougher sentences to those convicted. Unfortunately, how we go about doing those things is not obvious to me.

    • Leif Espelund says:

      The punishment for hit and run should be the maximum punishment you could potentially receive for drunk, reckless driving. You left the scene, so we can’t know if you were impaired, therefore we assume you were.

  3. Orv says:

    Couldn’t get the video to play, but I have to say that for me the most unpleasant parts of cycling in cold weather have always been the windchill on my face, and what inhaling cold air through my mouth does to my lungs.

  4. Al Dimond says:

    The article promoting alternative road designs that fail to support pedestrians, cyclists, and transit in even the most basic way as solutions for suburban roads misses a big point and a big opportunity. American suburbs aren’t what they used to be. They’re ports of arrival for immigrants, they’re where the poor move when they’re displaced by gentrification. They’re places that need cycling and transit and well thought-out growth more than ever, not one-sided road expansion.

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