Tag Archives: traffic law

Playing the Numbers Game, Part 2

So, yeah, dangerous infrastructure gets built in places that have good reputations for bicycle friendliness. On my recent trip to Portland, Oregon — a platinum level bicycle friendly community, according to the League of American Bicyclists — I saw infrastructure that violates the rules of safe movement or otherwise creates hazards worse than the street […]

Going Down Hard

It’s tough to be a pedestrian. But three cities are getting grants to make walking safer. From the USA Today article: Every two hours, on average, a pedestrian is killed. One is injured every seven minutes. “This is not something that just happens in some other place,” David Friedman, acting administrator of the National Highway […]

On Paying Attention

So there I am this morning stopped at the light at Elm and Kimbrough heading east toward MSU. I’m first in line. The switch at this intersection often doesn’t trip for bicycles. There was very little traffic. A guy in a minivan pulls behind me — and we wait. After a bit, I decide to […]

The Rules and What That Means

I have used the term “rules of safe movement” many times in discussing bicycle infrastructure. My usual link for it is this excellent essay by Chip Seal: The Steps of the Dance. I will continue to refer to this essay. I have secured permission to reproduce it for Carbon Trace readers — something I plan […]

Where Can (Should) You Ride?

Here’s what Missouri law states (307.190): Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one […]

Perhaps Helmets Would Help

It seems pedestrians — especially older people and racial minorities — get regularly plowed by motor vehicles. Pedestrian trips make of 10 percent of total U.S. mode share, yet pedestrians suffer 13 percent of traffic deaths. The reasons for all of this are complex and complicated. But one thing I’ve experienced in my daily crossings of National […]

Of Motorist Rage and the Free-Rider Bicyclist

The BBC published an interesting column yesterday about the psychology of motorist rage toward bicyclists. The upshot is that, apparently, motorists are upset most because bicyclists are free-riders in traffic: they do not pay for the system, and many do not follow the rules. Here’s the money quote: So now we can see why there is […]

Things May Get Worse

I believe it is entirely possible that as more people begin driving bicycles we’ll begin to see a backlash in some parts of the country. For example, we have a state representative planning to introduce a bill to ban bicycles from certain state highways in Missouri. Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy, cycling, traffic law

How To Drive Your Bicycle

Here’s how it works for bicycle drivers. You don’t need bicycle lanes to drive your bicycle safely in traffic. Check out these videos by CyclingSavvy. Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy, bicycle safety, bicycle video, cycling, traffic, traffic law

Is It Rude Or Worse?

It’s been recently suggested in the Bicycle Friendly Springfield group on Facebook that a vehicle driver (e.g. a bicyclist) controlling the lane and traveling about 10 mph on a 2-lane road with a 35-mph limit and non-sharable width (<14 feet) is being “rude, arguably unethical, and possibly sociopathic.” Let’s examine this assertion. The system of traffic works […]

A Moment of Cultural Clarity

It is as though Roxana were collateral damage, a human fender bender in the movement of huge trucks and vans and cars through the streets of New York. “As though”? Technorati Tags: traffic law, walking

On Why Randy Cohen Is Wrong

Randy Cohen, the former ethics columnist for The New York Times, is just as susceptible to ethical rationalization as the rest of us. Ethical rationalization occurs when you attempt to justify your questionable behavior with ethically fallacious (and often sanctimonious) argument. As a transportation bicyclist and a professor who teaches media ethics (meaning I know at least a little […]

Driving Requires Your Full Attention

I would say that the following infographic is sobering except that Americans don’t care about automobile crashes and traffic deaths. These are the costs of convenience — as long as others pay the price.  If we did care, we’d do something more about it than apply more “engineering” or pass finger-wagging laws. Technorati Tags: traffic, traffic […]

Harassment: First Time In Eight Years

There’s been a lot of chatter recently on the Bicycle Friendly Springfield Facebook group about proposing an anti-harassment law similar to those in Columbia and St. Louis. Basically, such a law would make it illegal to purposely harass a bicyclist. I’ve been ambivalent about it for two reasons: 1) Isn’t it already illegal to harass people […]

Behavior Given The System

As promised in the comments of this post, Steve, at DFW Point-to-Point, ruminates on role that street design plays in “bad” behavior on the streets. Interesting and well worth your time. A taste: The roads really ARE optimized to accommodate a uniquely dangerous major use – four-wheeled motor vehicle operation. Because these motorists mostly kill and delay […]