The Vancouver Park Board has unanimously approved a plan to widen the sidewalks along both sides of the Stanley Park Causeway to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. This ambitious plan was partly in response to the death of a 61-year-old woman cyclist in 2013. It was also in response to all of the activism that followed. It is a long overdue move – but on the plus side, it is a giant step forward in providing safe cycling infrastructure to Vancouver residents.
Here is another violent incident caught on a cyclist’s helmet cam. A motorist cuts off a cyclist, then attacks him verbally and kicks his bike. The cyclist posts the video online, and is then attacked again – this time by trolls on YouTube!
Remarkable video shows the value of helmet cams. This video taken by Leveret Day with a helmet cam shows James Nash accosting and abusing her for no reason except that he hates all cyclists and thinks they all deserve to die. Oh, and because he was bigger than her.
Cars caused millions of traffic fatalities. In fact, cars have killed more people than anything else – terrorists and wars kill far less people. Yet when a little boy on a bike gets run down by a cab on a sidewalk outside his own home, the knee jerk response of many people is to blame the boy! Why are we so addicted to cars that we would blame an injured child, rather than a cab driver who was driving half on the sidewalk, knocked down a small boy, and then fled the scene?
A while ago I wrote about the proposed new East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in London. The need for the cycle superhighways was highlighted again when a woman cyclist was “crushed” under a lorry at the busy Elephant and Castle circle. I hope that those new East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in London get built very soon, so we can stop reading about these awful accidents. We need to have safe cycling in London, just as we need to have safe cycling in all cities.
Here’s a video of an appalling incident in Essex, England, all caught on the cyclist’s helmet cam. The white van driver was ON HIS CELL PHONE. The van driver almost clipped the cyclist, and the cyclist shouted at the van driver to get off his mobile phone. The van driver then cut off the cyclist by driving closer to the curb and knocked him off his bike. The driver then got out of the van, hurled abuse at the cyclist who was still on the ground, and then punched him.
Here’s a review of the Serfas TSL-350 Bike Headlight. This compact bike light is extremely bright with 350 lumens, yet has a wide beam. This Serfas bike headlight attaches securely to your handlebars and makes it much safer to cycle at night.
Here is a list of where to report all kinds of cycling dangers and safety hazards on bike routes in British Columbia.
MonkeyLectric Monkey Lights are innovative, FUN, energy-thrifty lights for cycling safety. Your bike will be seen from miles away! You simply attach a panel of LED lights to the spokes of your bike wheels. You can install them in minutes, and run them on AA batteries.
Businesses in Vancouver oppose separate bike lanes because they are worried about parking for their customers – but in fact, there is plenty of parking in Vancouver!
This video is a fascinating portrayal of a cyclist getting doored in New York. A common cause of injury to cyclists is getting doored – someone in a car in the path of an oncoming cyclist suddenly opens a door, and the cyclist hits the door.
Obstacles on cycle routes lead to cyclist injury and death. Cycle routes are routinely blocked by police cars, roadworks, snow and even ducks! Cyclists are expected to fly or die. Why can’t people understand that bikes don’t fly?
Protected bike lanes offer safety benefits to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists; health benefits to everyone; and promote business.
History shows us that cyclists trying to get a safe share of the roads from cars in nothing new or extraordinary – this is a fight that has been going of for a hundred years. Previously, the roads belonged to people, horses and bikes. They were furious when motor cars started to threaten their safety and their businesses. Now that some cyclists and pedestrians are trying to take back parts of the streets, motorists are threatened and angry! #ReplaceBikewithCar
Electron Terra 2 Bike Lights are great bike lights – Electron Terra 2 Bike Lights work well, look great and take up very little real estate on your handle bars.
On May 25th a 61-year-old cyclist was killed on the Stanley Park Causeway. Apparently she was trying to get by a pedestrian, fell off the sidewalk, and was hit by a bus. Someone at work asked me: “Whose fault was it – the cyclist’s or the pedestrian’s?” That question really made me think. It was […]
On a trip to Peru, I discovered how truly blessed I am to live in Vancouver, with our separated bike lanes and (usually) polite motorists. I could not even cross the streets in Lima, which directly resulted in having to eat dead things with rubbery exploding colons.
I highly recommend that you invest in a set of Bike Wrappers – they just might save your life. Bike Wrappers make your bike much more visible in the dark, and also protect the bike frame from scratches.
My cycling commute has taken me over 700 kilometers and thanks to my bike helmet I have many more miles ahead of me. After a recent bike accident, I have become a strong advocate of bike helmets and bike lights.
“Did you hear about that cyclist who was killed on the highway the other night?” Somebody said that at work today. I flared right up: “That wasn’t a cyclist. That was a person who happened to be on a bike.” Everybody looked at me the way people look at a crazy person. But here’s my […]