Wednesday Bicycle News Roundup Number #02
San Jose California.
San Jose Police Crackdown on Bicycle Riders
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) — San Jose police will be out in force this week ready to ticket kids riding their bikes without a bicycle helmet.
Police Chief Rob Davis says they want parents and children to keep bicycle safety in mind as kids head back to school after Labor Day.
In addition to tickets, the police department will also hand out free bike helmets as part of its Street Smarts program, said San Jose Transportation Director James Helmer.
This increased emphasis on bicycle safety comes in the wake of a tragic accident at the end of last school year. 12-year-old Breanna Slaughter-Eck was struck and killed by an SUV as she rode her bike home from Hoover Middle School. The driver turned out to be an illegal immigrant.
Time to make it safer for bicycle commuters
Article Launched: 09/03/2008 01:30:17 AM PDT
The recent death of avid bicycle commuter Gregory Jennings should spur local government officials into taking additional action to make highways safer for area bicyclists.
Jennings died last week after his bicycle was hit by a car when it drifted onto the shoulder off State Route 299. Authorities said Jennings, a respected biologist, was doing everything right — wearing colorful clothing and a helmet and he was riding on the side of the shoulder farthest from vehicle lanes.
This was the fourth bicycle-related death in the past seven years, and comes at a time when more and more people are considering taking their bikes to work to save on the high cost of gasoline. Since March, there have been nine collisions involving cars and bicycles on the highway.
Read article here.
The Big 5 of Bicycle Advocacy, working on bicycle related issues on the National Level.
Article comes from Pittsburgh’s own urbanvelo
The â€œBig 5â€³ of Advocacy
Chances are that youâ€™ve got a local, regional, or state bicycle advocacy organization working to improve conditions in your area. But do you know who is working at the national level to change bicycling in this country? And why should you care? These groups are working to fundamentally change all aspects of bicycling in this country. Everything from how projects are funded, how laws are written and enforced, building and strengthening local groups, to on and off-road access, etc. In no particular orderâ€¦
The League of American Bicyclists – Originally formed in 1880 as the â€œLeague of American Wheelmanâ€, this is the worldâ€™s oldest transportation organization. Best known these days for their popular â€œBicycle Friendly Communityâ€ initiative and â€œNational Bike Monthâ€œ, the League works on advocacy, outreach, and education issues that affect all bicyclists. More information on their Mission, History, and Key Programs here.
Bikes Belong Coalition – promotes that they â€œput people on bicycles more oftenâ€. Formed by the bicycling industry to strengthen and increase Federal Policy and Funding, build National Partnerships, provide Community Grants, and promote bicycling. Best known for their grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that will improve local bicycling conditions.
Find out the other groups Here.
Bike Sales increase due to success of Olympic cycling team.
Two wheels good
The Hitwise data suggested that bicycle retailers received a boost in particular, after the success of the British cycling team.
Phil Beer, manager at Tibbs Cycle Store in Canterbury, says that the heroics of athletes such as Chris Hoy has sparked more interest.
“We have certainly had more people talking about cycling, but how long that continues we will wait to see,” he says.
There has also been striking interest from dads keen to get back into BMX cycling after watching the, ultimately unsuccessful, exploits of Shanaze Reade, he says.
Fathers are buying their children a BMX and then deciding to return to racing themselves.
read more here.
Hubs and Spokes
Has a story on Extreme commuting from Mike Caslor in Winnipeg Canada.
And in the exotic New Jersey…
Morristown’s Mayor shows up for Critical Mass Ride.
Read all about it Here
How bout it Mayor Bloomberg? Wanna Ride?