News article in Mobile, Alabama, polls readers on their feelings about ghost bikes
Over the last two weeks, three men on bicycles have been killed within a one-mile stretch of Springhill Avenue, between Broad and Catherine streets. Most recently, on Tuesday, an unidentified man was struck and killed while trying to cross Springhill near Ann Street.
from the reader responses:
“Maybe when the streets of Mobile are lined with white memorial bicycles the MPO will start to consider the bicycle and pedestrians in the design and rehabilitation of Mobile’s streets. Take for example the busy intersection on the Hank Aaron loop at Beauregard Street and Water Street. There is not a single pedestrian cross walk. This is 2013. Transportation Planners know better.”
And there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene.
This op-ed is good but it would be better if it acknowledged that pedestrians receive indistinguishable treatment from America’s oil drenched institutions of government. The death toll of walking is even more horrific than that of cycling, and our justice system is just as silent.
Also the article’s unfortunate closing plea for the victim class to obey all shitty traffic laws at all times in order to be respected by others breaking different laws and killing them with impunity – that rhetorical garbage is rarely allowed to pollute an argument against killing pedestrians.
How the Dutch got their cycle paths
You Saw This Coming of the Day: NY State Launches “Text Stops” to Discourage Texting & Driving
In an effort to dissuade drivers from using the cellphones while driving, a total of 91 “text stops” have been installed across major highways in New York State where motorists can stop the car to send their text messages. The new accommodations come off the heels of a recent crackdown on texting drivers by the law enforcement, which has resulted in over 365% increase in the number of summons and tickets issued since last summer. During a press conference announcing the rest areas, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo added that the state would do everything in its power to combat the threat of distracted drivers, citing heightened penalties and new detection techniques.
Werner Herzog’s film on texting and driving, titled “It Can Wait”
produced in association with AT&T and distributed on itcanwait.com
"It always depends on the project itself," said the German-born filmmaker. "What AT&T proposed immediately clicked and connected inside of me. There’s a completely new culture out there. I’m not a participant of texting and driving — or texting at all — but I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us."
If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why…
The Norwegian Road Administration, Statens Vegvesen, just released this Share the Road PSA featuring pro cyclist Thor Hushovd, former world road race champion. Full of all the kinds of close calls between cyclists and drivers that make us wish we could have nine lives. If only!
(via REI Venns)
“By stripping bare, the cyclists aimed to highlight the fragility of riders, and the risks they face, on busy roads.” (via Naked cyclists in Mexico pedal power protest - Americas - Al Jazeera English)