Bicycle Safety

On July 19th around 6 pm, transportation advocate and experienced cyclist, Charlie Hawkins, was fatally struck while walking his bike across a four-lane road in Warwick, Rhode Island.

The handful of local reports that surfaced provided little detail about the incident so Traffic Safety Store contacted Alex Krogh-Grabbe, Programs Director for the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition,

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Bicycle Safety

The city of San Antonio, Texas, made a significant step towards realizing their ambitious Bicycle Master Plan. With the addition of 250 Zebra Lane Blockers (aka Armadillos), transportation officials are making a commitment to safe cycling that goes beyond a strip of white paint.

Like many progressive transportation strategies, the Master Plan, published in 2011, aims to push San Antonio from car-centric metropolis to multi-modal haven by integrating a variety of cycling facilities.Read More

Bicycle Safety

Ask any official what will make roads safer for vulnerable users and “education” invariably tops their list. That’s a funny term because dangerous driving is rarely addressed through a curriculum. More often, officials are actually referring to public awareness campaigns — i.e. billboards, TV ads and web content that battle for public attention.

Thanks to the Nathan Bower Act, signed in October,Read More

Bicycle Safety

We’re sitting in the living room on a bright June day, talking about nothing in particular when Megan, a friend I’ve known since high school, starts wincing and hugging her ribs. “Oh, it’s nothing,” she assures me. “I just got doored Saturday.”

By “doored,” she means smacked off her bicycle by the door of an adjacent parked car.

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Bicycle Safety

They’ve tried paint, signs, and $100 fines. Still, officials at Washington D.C.’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) say they can’t keep motor vehicles out of the median cycle track on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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So they’ve installed Zebra lane barriers (also known as zebra lane delineators). The European invention––an 8-inch-high hump of recycled PVC plastic covered in highly visible reflective “zebra” stripes––is widely used to protect cyclists in Spain,

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Bicycle Safety

A new European bike track is proving bikers, pedestrians and cars can safely share the road, and like it.
“It almost looks as if these people are riding a race, rather than going home after work. They’re trying to outrun other traffic.  It really seems like a chase. There’s a lot of cycling here despite the infrastructure, rather than because of it.” – Cycling in the U.S.Read More

Bicycle Safety

“I’d prefer to have gym class last.”

I wanted my high school counselor to modify my class schedule, so gym class would be later (preferably very last) rather than in the morning.

I was a high school student concerned with appearance.

Can you relate to such human tendencies?

I notice a number of Philadelphia peers biking to work, some trailing a load of perspiration (and odor) with them.Read More

Bicycle Safety

 

Sure, you may think that wearing a helmet looks kinda lame–but don’t!  Helmets save your life, and it’s the only thing  protecting you from a high speed collision with a car or the road.

There are plenty of reasons you should wear a helmet, and if you read this post and still think you’re too cool for one…then maybe you should get your head examined.Read More