New Year's Resolution

How to give up cycling [twitterer]

Have we got a video?

Says @nonavarnado, "Ever wanted to completely lose yourself in bike videos? @bikeblognyc has you covered." See Videos on Bike Blog NYC


Bike lane vs roundabout, dilemma:

How to safely turn right when motorists can go straight ahead from the lane on your right, but by law cyclists are required to stay in the bike lane on a roundabout -- and not cross an unbroken white line because that's also against the law.

Approaching from either of the other two directions the bike lane simply ends, at least then allowing you to safely choose the correct lane before riding through.


Roundabouts: a sure sign that your local road engineers don't care about bike or pedestrian movement. Discuss.

The Hurty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen looks like pure pain and suffering on the bike. (There's more info on the ride on MetaFilter [Thanks tom])

The rise of the child's toy

Here's a Goofy cartoon from 1943 in which alternatives to the car are sought due to the gasoline and rubber shortage:

Then like a bolt from the blue came a solution. The answer to a nation's needs. A simple device once discarded as a child's toy yet now bids fair to completely replace the automobile…


Engineering fail…no wait

Twisted bicycle bridge across the Vlaardingervaart [Thanks tom]

When infrastructure is done right…

Bristol's Railway Path is becoming a victim of its own success and this Danish study found "that bicycle projects are likely to yield a positive economic return for society, because the benefits of the projects exceed the costs".

…but it isn't all about 'facilities'

How San Francisco became a cycling city against the odds

Put down that damn phone!

Mashable reports that:

The latest findings from the NHTSA study indicate that 3,000 people were killed in car accidents in 2010 due to distracted drivers. Although the study classified distractions as talking and changing the radio to using a mobile device, it noted that reading or writing texts increases the chances of an accident by 2,300%.

The NHTSA also said that drivers who use mobile devices in any capacity are four times more likely to have an accident and injure themselves or others. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., and 16% of young drivers involved in fatal accidents were driving distracted.

"Using a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08%, the legal limit in most states," the NHTSA said in a statement. "Using a cell phone can reduce the brain activity associated with driving by 37%."

See also the usually thoughtful commentary on this topic by Dave Moulton

Bikeshare works

The Boston bike-share success story:

Commuters coming into North and South Stations now routinely hop on bikes to get to their offices. Tourists use it as a way to better see the sights without the wear of walking. And I personally have found that it changes things: I now readily go places I didn't. Cars are expensive to park; subways take too long. The bike is quick and easy.


Ah, is this what cycling is about?

Explaining cycling to a non-cyclist [twitterer]


Urban Riding Tips: Tip 142: Ride behind someone with a stupid set-up.: "The kind of people that install experimental portage systems are over-represented in the penal system due to their tendency to commit spur-of-the-moment crimes against the person."

Soon "normal" may be unusual

National action needed to stop obesity becoming the norm:

By 2025, it's predicted that 2/3 of the Australian population aged over 25 will be overweight or obese if current trends continue. To paint the picture more crudely, it means that a person of normal weight will soon be the exception rather than the rule.

It's electric

The Ridekick Electric Bicycle Trailer must be about the simplest, easiest electic bike conversion ever. [via DVICE, [thanks tom]

Gadgets and Gear

Carpark stalkers

I'm still astonished at the sheer bloody laziness of people who 'stalk' others for a parking spot in shopping centre carparks. This article on WSJ.com puts the lie to the myth that shopping centres are always short on parking spaces:

Circling around a parking lot hunting for a space is one of life's most irritating experiences, especially this time of year. Truth is, though, there are usually available spots—most mall lots fill to just 30% to 35% of capacity, research shows. Shoppers in a rush just don't want to walk.

The irony is that in taking so long to find a 'handy' parking spot, their shopping trips probably take longer.



Richard Masoner

IN the USA, roundabouts are often used for traffic calming purposes, so traffic is slowed to about the speed of cyclists. Navigating these 'new style' roundabouts is pretty doable for most adult cyclists.

The bigger, faster, British style roundabouts can be killers.