Thousand Oaks recently striped some of its existing bike lanes green to aid in visibility to motorists.
As long as the material used for the paint is not slippery when wet and doesn’t peel or fade away prematurely, this is a good thing. While normally I would rather drivers just be accustomed to other road users without special effort (mimicking normal conditions without special signage or amenities), cycling infrastructure like this will encourage other cyclists to ride. More cyclists, in turn, makes us all safer as motorists then come to expect us on the roadways.
Well done, Thousand Oaks.
Report on the relatively recent trend of cyclists using small video recorders to document bad run-ins with motorists. A couple of recent, higher profile examples of how video helped draw attention to cyclists’ vulnerability.
Good idea: I think I’ll start saving my money to get one. Continue reading
Here’s an excellent article by Steven Elbow, a cyclist in Madison, imploring motorists in that city to open their eyes a bit. Apparently, things in Wisconsin are a bit out of control. I should be thankful for the climate we have here in Los Angeles. Here’s one, very good quote, from Dave Schlabowske, Milwaukee’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the article:
“…[Motorists] see this bicyclist roll up to a red light and then just roll through it, to them it seems so obvious and so egregious,” he says. “But they never think, ‘Well, I was just breaking the law for the last eight miles.’ They’re not thinking about their own behavior.”
And here’s another:
I also think that the motorists’ anger toward cyclists is way out of proportion with bicyclists’ anger toward drivers, not because bicyclists are better people, but because almost all of them also drive cars. Maybe things would get better if more motorists got on a bike.
Hey, Oregon, is that an Idaho stop or a California stop?
The familiar refrain is: “Cyclists shouldn’t be allowed on the road until they obey the traffic laws.” Well, two can play that game. A study published in April of this year did what I have been thinking of doing for a bit now: investigators in Portland, Oregon measured the rate of motor vehicles actually & completely stopping for stop signs.
Turns out, that, yes, only 7% of cyclists actually came to a complete stop. Guilty. But also, of motorists, only 22% actually came to a complete stop.