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LAPD Vows to Protect Cyclists

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Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck told a group of bicycle advocates that department-wide training would be implemented to highlight the rights of bicyclists on the road and ensure that officers know how to deal with incidents involving bikes.

Beck’s statements come amid growing complaints from cyclists that their rights are being infringed by drivers. It marks the first time top LAPD brass has publicly addressed the issue.

Beck said bike riders are “our most vulnerable commuters” and that the police department needed to do a better job protecting them.

“We hear you, we know we need to do a better job for you,” Beck said.

Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger said the training would include a document that would be included in official department policy outlining officers’ responsibilities in dealing with cyclists on the road. He said it was still unclear what would be in the document but said he hoped to meet with bicycle groups and have it ready within 30 days.

Paysinger also said that in less than 45 days the department would create a computer-based “e-learning” agenda that would be mandatory for all police officers to help them better recognize problems and issues involving cyclists.

Paysinger also pointed to other actions the LAPD had recently taken involving bicyclists – creating a working group with advocacy groups, appointing an official liaison within the police department and ensuring that all incidents involving bicyclists are handled by each bureau’s traffic division – as evidence the LAPD had begun to take bicycling safety more seriously.

Beck’s statements came during a transportation committee meeting Wednesday afternoon. About 20 cycling advocates, including some from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, came to the meeting to address Beck after they completed a bike ride to call for justice for victims of hit-and-run accidents and to protest what it says is unfair treatment of cyclists.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl, chairman of the transportation committee, said it was a “historic first” to have the chief of police listening directly to the experiences of cyclists and promising reform.

“Today is the beginning of a new day with the LAPD,” Rosendahl said. “My hope is that six months from now an officer will know the rights of cyclists as well as the rights of motorists.… I think the LAPD, like pretty much the citizenry in general, has had the car culture.”

The ride traced the route that local cyclist Ed Magos used to take on his daily commute to City Hall, where he works in the information technology department. Magos was injured Jan. 6 when he was struck from behind while cycling on 2nd Street near Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles, according to the coalition. The motorist stopped but then drove away. The motorist later went to an LAPD station but was not charged with a crime.

–Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photos: L.A. Times file


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February 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Visual Values

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Martha Kang McGill illustrates the commuting habits of eight major U.S. cities based on the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
the fine print…
via For the Love of Bikes
via Out of Habit via Infrastructure

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February 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages Online

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I was browsing through the Adventure Cycling Website after they had listed my digital experiment in cycle lust I call a blog and came across a great resource.  If you’re ever looking to search through just about every cycling resource out there then check out The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages.  Below is an image of a sample search I did right quick for Utah Resources.

There’s info on just about everything including:

Bike Shops, Clubs and Rentals
Maps and Guides
Online Resources
Organizations/Government Agencies      Public Lands Access
Resorts and Ski Areas
Trail Information
Other Bike Related Resources

Damn Good Data!

– Salty Dog

Policing from the Bike

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Some behind the scene on Bicycle Policing from


By Jonathan Kozlowski

     While the majority of the country is hit by flash flooding and snow storms, riding a bicycle might not be the on top of many agencies’ minds. What better place than Florida, then, to explain the benefits of mobilizing a bike patrol rather than locking it up to rust in the weather.

     Behind the wheel officers have access to, if installed, a mobile data terminal, high-caliber firearms possibly mounted or stored in the trunk, console storage for paperwork and (possibly the most specific) a mechanical engine. Even the motorcycle officer has this advantage to chase a suspect at 60 mph. While the bicycle typically doesn’t experience high speeds, these differences can ultimately lead to the bike’s benefits.

     “The challenges between being on a bicycle or in a police car are no different,” says Sgt. Frank Sousa of the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Police Department. “The nature of the work is the same — you’re just on a bike.”

     Fort Lauderdale posts a bicycle patrol part time, sending officers to other jurisdictions when needed, Miami Beach for example.

     There, according to Sgt. Jeff Cohen of the Miami Beach PD motorcycle unit and bicycle unit trainer, events like major holidays and football championships bring in a massive amount of tourists. To combat this influx, Miami Beach trains each officer in a 30-hour bicycle course whether he or she is headed to the bicycle unit or not. “We call them ‘Rapid Response Units’ because when traffic is bad they can much more rapidly respond than anybody else,’ says Cohen.

     This training opens a lot of officer’s eyes to the bicycle. Sousa recollects that when he began his bicycle training instructors told him he had to go up some stairs on bikes. “I was like, ‘That’s impossible,’ but it’s not — a lot of it is mental, learning how you can and what you cannot do with [the bike].” He says officers should look at a bicycle as another law enforcement tool, comparing it to learning the firearm.

     “[After training] I had a whole new respect for the bicycle … you can do so much on a bicycle that you would think is not possible,” he adds.

Tactics     An obvious difference between patrol car and bicycle, even motorcycle and bicycle, is how much the officer is exposed. Overcoming this involves less special-effect dare-devil moves but rather a new way of thinking.

     “We train all the time, regardless of being on a bike or on patrol,” says Sousa. “We train for a multitude of things … every time something happens you learn from it.”

     Staying in line with this thinking, Cohen had to translate some methods learned from his motorcycle unit to the bicycle. With a motorbike, an officer has an opportunity to use it has a barricade, since motorcycles are typically large enough to offer some cover. “With a bicycle [riders] really can’t do that,” he says. “We have to teach [officers] to be very aware of their surroundings and what their cover opportunities are, being that the bicycle provides zero cover.” – Full Article Here…

Written by yellow fork

January 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Bicycle Advocacy Links & Info

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Bicycle Advocacy Links via BTA (

Adventure Cycling
Since 1973, our mission has been to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. Founded in 1973 as Bikecentennial, Adventure Cycling Association is America’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to bicycle travel, with over 42,000 members nationwide.

Adventure Cycling
150 East Pine Street
PO Box 8308
Missoula, MT 59802

America Bikes
America Bikes is a collaborative effort of leaders of the bicycle community to advocate for positive outcomes for bicycling in the next federal transportation funding bill. America Bikes is a non-profit corporation.

America Bikes Campaign
1612 K Street, NW  Suite 800
Washington DC, 20006

Bicycle Alliance of Washington
The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is a non-profit bicycle advocacy and education organization in Washington State working to develop local advocacy groups and provide information and support to those groups. It also lobbies for cyclists’ interests at the Washington State legislature.

PO Box 2904
Seattle, WA 98111

b.i.k.e. (Bicycles and Ideas for Kids Empowerment)
b.i.k.e. is a non-profit organization that facilitates the development of values and life skills essential for productive citizenship in inner-city youth through bicycling, tutoring, year-round mentoring, and leadership training.

1532 SE Pine Street
Portland, OR 97214

Bikes Belong
Bikes Belong is a national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers working together – through national leadership, grassroots support, and promotion – to put more people on bicycles more often.

Bikes Belong Coalition, Ltd.
P.O. Box 2359
Boulder, CO 80306

Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, is active locally in advocacy and education and produces several major event rides during the year. The Cascade Bicycle Club aims to promote a more bicycle friendly environment and a more livable community.

PO Box 15165
Seattle, WA 98115

Center for Appropriate Transport
The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) is a non-profit organization committed to community involvement in manufacturing, using, and advocating sustainable modes of transportation.  CAT provides education and youth programs, community resources, various product lines, and publishes Oregon Cycling magazine.

455 W 1st Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

City of Beaverton Bicycle Advisory Committee
This committee’s duties include promoting bicycle use in and around the City of Beaverton; providing City staff with public review of proposed projects as they affect bicycles, evaluating the existing bikeway system and recommending development priorities for the Bikeway Capital Improvement Program.

PO Box 4755
Beaverton, OR 97076-4755

Clark County Bicycle Advisory Committee
The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) provides direction on bicycle policy, bike related issues, development reviews and comments on road project impacts in Clark, County, Washington.

Staff: Ejaz Khan, Public Works
Phone: 360.397.6118 ext. 4914

Meeting times: Third Tuesday each month, 6 p.m., 1300 Franklin Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver, WA.

Coalition For a Livable Future
The Coalition for a Livable Future is a network of non-profit and community-based organizations working together to create a more equitable and sustainable Portland metropolitan region. The Coalition includes working groups on a number of topics, among them transportation reform, urban design, natural resources and economic vitality.

107 SE Washington, Ste. 239
Portland, OR 97214
Voice: 503-294-2889
Fax: 503-345-0973

Community Cycling Center
The Community Cycling Center runs riding and repair programs for kids 8 to 80. They repair bikes, sell used bikes, and hold several bike events throughout the year.

1700 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211
CCC bike safety calendar

Commute Options for Central Oregon
Commute Options promotes transportation choices that encourage healthy individuals, a clean environment, and a strong economy by educating citizens, businesses, and government about the value of carpooling, vanpooling, walking, bicycling, teleworking, and riding the bus. This organization hosts an annual Commute Options Week to recognize businesses and individuals using alternatives to driving alone.

856 NW Bond Street PO Box 2
Bend, OR 97701

Critical Mass
Critical Mass is a monthly bike ride held in over 100 cities worldwide. In Portland, cyclists meet on the last Friday of every month at 5:30 at NW Park and Couch, by the bronze elephant. From there, riders cycle through the evening traffic to various destinations around town. Sometimes there are just a handful of bikers – other times there are as many as 300.

Cycle Oregon
Cycle Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to bicycling enjoyment, safety and education, hosts nationally renowned cycling tours through rural Oregon. All proceeds from the ride go to the Cycle Oregon Fund at the Oregon Community Foundation, which helps preserve and protect the special places of Oregon and supports community development projects in the regions through which we ride.

Cycle Oregon, 2125 N. Flint Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Toll Free: 800.292.5367 (800-CycleOR)

Easy Riders Recumbent Club (ERRC) Oregon
Recumbent merchandise and magazine.

PO Box 1688
North Plains, OR 97133

Eugene Bicycle Coalition
The Eugene Bicycle Coalition provides input on how new construction may impact cyclists, works with the city to fight bicycle theft, works for the extension of the East Bank section of the riverbank trail system; and promotes the use of bicycles for transportation as an alternative to motorized vehicles.


League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists’ mission is to promote bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. With a current membership of 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individuals and 600 affiliated organizations, the League works to bring better bicycling to communities around the United States.

1612 K Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006-2850

Lloyd District Transportation Management Association
The Lloyd District Transportation Management Association (TMA) is a non-profit business association representing large and small employers in Portland’s Lloyd District.

825 NE Multnomah Street, Box 108
Portland, OR 97232

National Center for Bicycling and Walking
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, a national, nonprofit corporation established in 1977. Their mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.

8120 Woodmont Ave, Suite 650
Bethesda, MD 20814

NW Bicycle Safety Council
The NW Bicycle Safety Council (NWBSC) was founded to educate and promote safety and harmony between cyclists and all others who use the roads.

Mailing address:
4888 NW Bethany Blvd., Ste. K5, PMB 250
Portland, OR 97229

Physical location:
Beaverton Resource Center
12500 SW Allen Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
This comprehensive web site provides information and registration for bike rides and races in the Portland metro area.

P.O. Box 13511
Portland, OR 97213

Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA)
Promoting better racing in Oregon and the Northwest.

P.O. Box 16355
Portland, OR 97292

Oregon Cycling Magazine
Oregon Cycling Magazine is a project of the Center for Appropriate Transport, and is published 10 times per year. Find articles about racing, rules of the road, bike culture, bike path narratives, and an extensive cycling calendar for the state.

455 W 1st Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Oregon Human Powered Vehicle Association (OHPV)
OHPV is a group of recumbent bike and trike riders. They offer several escorted rides per month throughout the year, and hold monthly meetings at local bike shops.

3450 SE Alder
Portland, OR 97214

City of Portland Transportation Options Division
This city program creates opportunities for Portland area residents to get biking, walking, taking transit, carpooling, and car sharing.

1120 SW Fifth, Rm 800
Portland, OR 97204
503-823-7083 or

Ride Oregon
Ride Oregon is a group effort to document all the great bicycle riding in Oregon.

SHIFT – Bike Fun in Portland
SHIFT works to express Portland’s creative bike culture and highlight bicycling’s positive contributions to the community. SHIFT is a communications network open to everyone interested in all aspects of bicycling. SHIFT folks plan, execute, publicize, and otherwise have a hand in an ever-widening variety of bike-related events.

PO Box 786
Portland, OR 97207

Thunderhead Alliance
The Thunderhead Alliance is the national coalition of state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations working in unison to break down barriers to safe bicycling and walking in North American communities.

P.O. Box 3309
Prescott, AZ 86302
Community bicycle forum and reviews for all types of bikes. Road, mountain, BMX, recumbent and more.
(512) 507-8299

United Bicycle Institute
One of the nation’s leading bicycle mechanic schools is right here in Ashland, Oregon.

Vancouver Bicycle Club
The VBC sponsors group rides throughout Vancouver and Clark County, and actively supports safe bicycling. Club rides are held throughout the week, as well as Time Trials and event rides.

7205 NW Dale Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98665

Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition
WashCo BTC’s mission is to promote bicycle transportation, protect bicyclists’ rights, and to improve bicycling conditions throughout Washington County, Oregon.

PO Box 1144
Beaverton, OR 97075-1144

Washington State Bicycle Association
Promoting better racing in Washington State and the Northwest.

1535 11th Ave, #300
Seattle, WA 98122

Written by yellow fork

January 21, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Seattle Sees Increase in Cycling

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Seattle has released results from its 2009 bicycle count and the numbers are good!  Read on into the report you’ll also see percentages are up for helmet use as well.  This speaks well to the success of the city’s bicycle master plan.  

“The 2009 Downtown Bicycle Counts took place on Wednesday, September 16. Volunteers were out on the streets counting cyclists from 6:30 to 9:00 AM at the 29 locations surrounding downtown. Click here to see a map of the count locations.

Click here to see the results, which show the total number of bicyclists passing each location in 2009 as well as in 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2007. The results show a 15% increase since the 2007 counts, with a total of 2,609 bicyclists being counted in 2009.”  – via

I think that a 15% increase is remarkable gain in 2 years.  That’s a bunch of Green House gases reduced and a great many happier and healthier citizens.  Seems like the pacific northwest is going to be a great example of city cycling policies that work.   

For more information about the Seattle Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, call (206) 684-7583.

Written by yellow fork

December 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Urban Bicycle Design Resources

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NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officals) has posted a fine list of resources pertaining to urban bicycle planning and design.  I’ve included the links below and more information can be found on their website at 

Chicago Bike Lane Design Guide (pdf)

Minneapolis Bicycle Facility Manual (pdf – large file size)

New City York Street Design Manual

New York City’s Ninth Avenue Bicycle Path and Complete Street, for ITE (pdf)

Portland Bikeway Design Best Practices, Appendix D

San Francisco Bicycle Plan Update: Supplemental Design Guidelines (pdf)

San Francisco Shared Markings Study (pdf)

Cycle Tracks: Lessons Learned, from Alta Planning & Design

Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning & Design, from the Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation

Bike Sharing/Public Bikes: An Overview of Programs, Vendors and Technologies, from Alta Planning & Design

International Scan Summary Report on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility, Federal Highway Administration

Infrastructure, Programs, and Policies to Increase Bicycling: An International Review, Pucher, J., Dill, J., and Handy, S. (pdf)

At the Frontiers of Cycling: Policy Innovations from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, World Transport Policy and Practice, Volume 13, Number 3 (pdf)

Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic, CROW (The Netherlands) (for purchase)

Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design, Vélo Québec (Canada) (for purchase)

London Cycling Design Standards, Transport for London (UK)

Cycling Guidelines and Practical Details Issue 2, Sustrans (UK)

Collection of Cycle Concepts, Danish Road Directorate (Denmark)

Get your read on!

– The Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

December 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm