Paul Andrews

Today’s Roundup: Bike haters, bike friends

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on April 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Cycling cam records crash. More cyclists are going to a helmet cam system for recording close calls and driver irresponsibility on the road. Here’s a video from Philly…

3-Feet-Please rule gets boost in Texas: “Ham says he supports a proposed bill, which would require vehicles to allow a safe distance of at least 3 feet when passing vulnerable people on the road…”

Davis CA to be home of Bicycle Hall of Fame: In my callow youth I rode the Davis Double, the leading 200-mile road ride at the time, several times in the 1980s. It was great fun and put Davis, a pioneering community in support of cycling, on the map, regionally and nationally. I’ll be eager to visit the Hall once it’s up and running, since Davis is right on my West Coast travel route for mountain biking. The Mountain Biking Hall of Fame is in Crested Butte, CO, of course, and worthy of a stop if you’re in that area.

Bicycle Hater of the Week: The award goes to the New Jersey Star-Ledger with an uninformed, needlessly antagonistic editorial against the 3-Feet-Please rule. Check out the comments…anyone on the Ledger staff care to speculate about why newspapers are losing readers? Who is served by such misinformed, arrogant baiting?

Bicycle Friends of the Week: On the flip side, Seattle’s newspapers feature some enlightened commentaries on cycling issues. In The Times, a King County manager discusses advances and challenges (his one boosterish miscue comes on the subject of bike sharing, which unfortunately hasn’t worked as well as we’d all like, with theft a huge problem). Over at the online-only PI, has columnist Joel Connelly, in the past not very sympathetic to cyclists, found religion? Connelly offers a thumbs-up review of Jeff Mapes’ new book, Pedaling Revolution.

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