Bike News Roundup: Cycling Central Asia (RIP Mary and Peter)

It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup.

First up, a filmmaking couple on a bike tour of the world were killed when a pickup struck them in Thailand. Mary Thompson and Peter Root were documenting their travels on their blog Two on Four Wheels. One of their videos was recently accepted by the Filmed By Bike Festival, which is planning a tribute to them. Here is a video or their travels in Central Asia, posted last month:

Cycling Central Asia from on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News:

Halftime show! The Urban Country posted this video of an icy 19-car pileup in China, where the risk of dying in traffic is nearly twice as bad (measured in deaths per car) as in the US.

National & Global News:

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1 Response to Bike News Roundup: Cycling Central Asia (RIP Mary and Peter)

  1. Matthew says:

    Regarding the walking-in-the-street-due-to-construction thing: it straight up sucks. My favorite current example of this is on Ballard Ave, right in the heart of a major commercial corridor with heavy pedestrian traffic during the evening and poor street lighting. There’s a large, ongoing construction project that has closed the eastern sidewalk for months. It’s also a no-parking zone, which makes it at least sort of tolerable to walk in the street past the construction — you can sort of walk in what would otherwise be the parking lane. But the worst part about it is that, after 6pm, it becomes OK to park there. So then, not only do you not have a sidewalk, but on top of that, it’s dark out and you have to walk around a lane of parked cars, even further out into the street, just to continue on your way.

    This could easily be improved with some big orange plastic bollards creating a 24-hour walking lane in the “parking lane.” It would cost almost nothing. I contacted SDOT about this several times and never received a response. Frankly I have thought about just doing it myself on several occasions, especially on a Friday or Saturday night when the sidewalks are packed.

    A little bit of Googling turned up that this exact same issue came up in 2009, and at that time, the city had recently conducted an audit about this issue and found itself lacking. The (seemingly straightforward) plan was to *at least* post information about sidewalk closures on the SDOT website, so at least you could plan your walking route based on sidewalk closures. It’s now over three years later and that has yet to happen.

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