The War On Cars Is Real

James Liu, a cyclist who was handcuffed and arrested for disorderly conduct after he hit an SUV swerving into the bike lane with his hand, was found guilty of the charge in a hearing Thursday. The SUV's driver was an off-duty cop. DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay

In Search of a Consistent Message…

Background Reading There Have Been Three Serious Bike Crashes and Four Deaths in Last 12 Days (StreetsBlog) Cyclist Loses Foot After Being Hit by Turning Truck Driver at Roosevelt/Wood (ABC) Reported “Dooring” Bike Crashes Dropped Significantly from 2011 to 2014 (StreetsBlog) Sliding-Scale Fines Could Make Chicago […]

Night Sky As Seen From Seven Gables Park

They Teach Sex Education for the Same Reasons…

There was an exchange today that was very telling. Usually on bicycle-related forums you have the predictable responses from attendees: Someone writes to notify the rest of the group that another death has occurred. Then the ‘crocodile tear squad‘ arrives […]

The aftermath of today’s injury crash at Roosevelt and Wood. Photo: Drew DeMott

The Pointed Finger

Background Reading Keith Lamont Scott Shooting Shows Black Cops Can Be Biased Too (thedailybeast) Bill Maher on Tulsa Cop Who Shot Terence Crutcher: ‘She Is Also a Victim’ (thedailybeast) How a White Trash Girl Stumbled on Grace (thedailybeast) This Was an Awful Week […]

Effective Cycling by John Forester - (c) John Forester

Snake Oil Is Still Being Sold To Members of the ‘Urban Cycling Movement’

Background Reading EXCLUSIVE: More NYC cyclists killed by cars in 2016 than previous year; victims’ families angry at city over slow response to improve safety (nydailynews) Summary Giovanni Nin was pedaling down E. Tremont Ave. in the Bronx to see […]

A cyclist is in critical condition with head and torso injuries, police said. (SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES)

#BlackLivesMatter and U.S. Chiefs of Police Agree To Work Together…

Background Reading Reckless Drivers Kill Four Cyclists, Trib Warns Bike Riders to Be More Careful (streetsblog) Cycling Advocates Condemn Tribune’s ‘Victim-Blaming’ Editorial (chicagoist) Clear the Way of dangerous obstructions (activetrans) Cyclists : Do As We Say, Not As We Do! […]

Autonomous Cars

Divvy Will Be At Least Half ‘The Wave Of The Future’

Background Reading Ford to invest $75M in autonomous vehicle sensor company (dailyherald) Ford says it will have a fully autonomous car by 2021 (dailyherald) Tesla isn’t alone with cars that can nearly drive themselves (dailyherald) Delphi, Mobileye join forces on […]

Cyclists must yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

It’s Like Watching Donald Trump In Action…

Background Reading Cyclist Arrested After Spitting On Driver in Wicker Park, Police Say (dnainfo) Summary WICKER PARK — A 59-year-old cyclist allegedly spit on a driver who he claimed had cut him off, while the driver and her passenger also were arrested […]

Curb height two-way cycle track at an intersection via Steve Vance on flickr

If The Urban Cycling Movement Were A Restaurant…

Background Reading How protected bike lanes improve safety, community (desmoinesregister) Report: As cities add bike lanes, more people bike and biking gets safer (brokensidewalk) Dodge Avenue Bike Lane Called ‘Horrendous’ (evanstonroundtable) Summary Dodge Avenue Bike Lane Called ‘Horrendous’ The protected bike lane on […]

A man rides his bike in a bicycle shed near Central Station Amsterdam. (REUTERS/Koen van Weel)

There Is A Need For Better Cycling-Friendliness

Background Reading Could the Dutch Be Even More Bike-Friendly? Summary In Amsterdam, the bicycle rules. Free of fear and helmets, hordes of cyclists fill the streets at rush hour, using their numbers to dominate drivers and pedestrians. More trips in the […]

Beer is the Answer!

The Limits of Bicycle Infrastructure Effectiveness

Background Reading Wrong way death on Route 53 (chicagotribune) Teenager Hit By Car After Crossing Highway While Playing Pokémon Go (designtaxi) Pokemon Go Is The New Texting & Driving (thedailybeast) Cyclist hospitalized after being struck by Metra train in Morton […]

Ironically the last cyclist to die in Central Park last summer was killed by an African-American cyclist. Whose idea was it to offer this meme as a method of shaming motorists?

Never Miss An Opportunity To Scold Motorists

Background Reading Off yer bikes! Cyclists are a menace to society — and self-righteous to boot (spectator) Pokemon Go is a boon for biking (bikeportland) Summary Off yer bikes! Cyclists are a menace to society — and self-righteous to boot […]

Head Up Ass The 'Church of Urban Cycling Prayer Position'

Driving Is A Sin…Understanding ‘The War On Cars’

I came across a set of stickers being distributed by a member of the Church of Urban Cycling. The stickers are printed on a dark background and show the logo of the law firm owned by the church member positioned […]

Cars parked in the striped buffer zone next to the bikeway give cyclists less room to maneuver.

Honda Commercial on ‘The Power of Dreams’

Honda Commercial on ‘The Power of Dreams’ Kudos to the automobile industry for having the courage to include bicycles in their design history. What is even more powerful is their willingness to admit that automobiles have played a similar part […]