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August 22, 2016, 2:58 pm
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Oh, well, accidents happen
November 12, 2013, 1:04 pm
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Here is the incredibly passive Daniel Duane who describes how drivers are literally getting away with murder and then concludes that we must all abide by the law and recommends staying safe by riding on stationary bikes in our basements. What crap. When are we going to take on the dangerous drivers and abetting police for taking away our roads?

From the New York Times opinion pages:

But studies performed in Arizona, Minnesota and Hawaii suggest that drivers are at fault in more than half of cycling fatalities. And there is something undeniably screwy about a justice system that makes it de facto legal to kill people, even when it is clearly your fault, as long you’re driving a car and the victim is on a bike and you’re not obviously drunk and don’t flee the scene. When two cars crash, everybody agrees that one of the two drivers may well be to blame; cops consider it their job to gather evidence toward that determination. But when a car hits a bike, it’s like there’s a collective cultural impulse to say, “Oh, well, accidents happen.”

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“We do not know of a single case of a cyclist fatality in which the driver was prosecuted, except for D.U.I. or hit-and-run,” Leah Shahum, the executive director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, told me.

Duane’s pathetic solution:

So here’s my proposal: Every time you get on a bike, from this moment forward, obey the letter of the law … I’m sticking to the basement and maybe the occasional country road.

Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? Daniel Duane, The New York Times



transportation choices can keep money local
September 26, 2011, 5:30 pm
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According to this infographic from Denver bikes, four of five dollars you spend on your car leave your local economy.  To keep 130k transportation dollars in your local economy your city would need to reduce car ownership by 15k cars.  Which could mean 15k more bike owners, and bike money stays 100 percent local which makes good business sense.

By this logic, imagine if everyone stopped shopping at big boxes, eating at chain restaurants, bought at local druggists instead of at Duane Reade and RiteAid, stopped buying iPhones and iPads.  We would have a much better economy, with much more vibrancy and choice and local control.