Local cycling charitable organization HUB Cycling is calling on the BC Provincial Government to commit to modernizing the BC Motor Vehicle Act in order to improve road safety for vulnerable road users.
Sometimes when I mention I am a cyclist, somebody will go off on a rant about how “entitled” cyclists think they are, and how they don’t respect the rules of the road. To hear them speak, you’d think almost all cyclists completely ignore the rules of the road. That has not been my experience at all. And I’ve just found an infographic that shows some actual research to prove it!
A London lorry driver who carelessly killed 29-year-old cyclist Louise Wright in London has been convicted of causing her death by careless driving – but has walked away with a suspended sentence and assorted wrist slaps. Should he have gone to prison? The family doesn’t think so …
We have grown to accept human motorists killing thousands of people every single day. After all, cars are so convenient, right? But are we going to let self driving cars kill even ONE human being? Absolutely not! We must have a code of ethics to force them to behave the way we wish WE would behave. But before we get around to making laws about ethics for robotic cars, we might want to think about passing a few laws reflecting the fundamental ethic that cyclists are human beings too, and therefore motorists are not allowed to run them down?
If you are ever hit by a motorist while cycling, you may be in too much shock to know what to do. This guest post explains the 3 crucial things you should do in this situation. Includes infographic about common cycling collisions, and advice to avoid collisions for drivers and cyclists.
The sentence for Tineke Kraal – who tried to harm North Shore Mountain Cyclists – is ludicrously light. A tap on the wrist for a woman who spent two hours a night for two years trying her best to injure and kill mountain bikers by sabotaging mountain trails on Vancouver’s North Shore!
In Victoria on Vancouver Island, design of its first protected two-way bike lane is taking shape. The design calls for the loss of 32 parking spots. In reaction, local merchants have submitted a petition opposing any protected bike lanes that compromise parking. I am sick of selfish interests compromising cyclist safety – BOYCOTT these businesses!
This is a review of an important and memorable book by a remarkable photographer – Don’t Forget Me: Ghost Bikes – A Photographic Memorial by Genea Barnes. Moved by the sight of ghost bikes all over North America, Genea Barnes went on a photographic odyssey to record and document ghost bikes.
I am voting YES in the BC Transit Referendum because I want a better future for my descendants – but ALSO because I simply want to be able to commute by bike without being killed!
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!
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.
The CEO of Microsoft has come out in strong support of building safe cycling infrastructure – specifically, the proposed new East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways in London. (Essentially, a pair of segregated bike lanes running through the center of London.) Microsoft employs 2,200 people in London alone. Microsoft CEO Michel Van Der Bel notes that […]
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.
Here is an excellent post by Michael Bluejay about bike safety, with 10 excellent tips on how NOT to get hit with a car by a motorist.
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 […]
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.
In the last five days, five cyclists have been killed on New Zealand roads. 13 November: Patricia Anne Veronica Fraser, 34, died during a training run for the Lake Taupo cycle race, when a motorist ran her down. She was cycling single file when she was hit from behind. Her friend, Tania Malaquin, who was […]
I’ve commented before that no matter what happens, as far as some motorists are concerned, cyclists are always in the wrong – even when they are children. I’ve just read a case that really takes the cake in this regard. Matthew Kenney was a popular seventh grader who loved sports. He was killed before he […]
In the news over the last couple of days are contrasting stories of justice spurned in Denver Colorado, while justice prevails in Vancouver, BC.