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@Suzanne With 40 feet of spacing, cyclists should be able to move left like before.
4 months ago on Tucson’s first protected bike lane set for May 1 opening
@StrawHousePig Didn't think you were trying to be a bossy a-hole either! Thanks for reading and I'll spend some time getting it sorted.
4 months, 1 week ago on Five bikes stolen from home
@StrawHousePig I think it's related to LiveFyre, actually. I don't actually manually approve the comments they should just appear. I may have to switch back to something else as annoying as that is.
@zz Then there will be no way the streetcar can try to pass me. I don't think we are going to electrify it.
4 months, 1 week ago on Saying goodbye is hard to do
@zz Ann said it was taken out for the streetfar and will be returned soon.
Apparently they city isn't happy with the way it's going into the asphalt though and wants to put concrete attachments in.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: April 3
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Photos: The desert is a tough place to ride
@Bike Geography Guh. Sorry. It's firstname.lastname@example.org and is fixed in the story.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on BAC looking commuter & advocate award nominations
@Red Star I'm not entirely clear on the target start or completion date. Cole did say there was a team of four who were already starting to prepare the process to accept construction bids. The impression I got was that getting the work rolling and showing that the city is making progress is important. I'll follow up and see if I can get a more solid date.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Portions of Third Street and Treat Avenue to be repaved
@slugghIt's here. I think a wordpress update may have had something to do with it.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Mountain biking at night
@EdBeighe I'm waiting on a response from the county attorney's office.
7 months, 1 week ago on Driver who hit pro cyclists gets 7 days in jail
@Red Star @EdBeighe @MikeMcKisson I've been chasing down this story and will have it online tomorrow. Lots of developments. Mike
7 months, 1 week ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver
@friend Would you email me at email@example.com I'm working on a story and want to ask you a question. Mike
7 months, 1 week ago on Driver accused of hitting pro cyclists defends himself in online forum
@Graeme Yes! Thanks. I've fixed it.
9 months ago on Clerical error halts Third Street improvement
@Red Star You are correct. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you got pointing it out.
@David F Thank you for the clarification, David. I'm sorry your Linus went through this ordeal, but am glad it wasn't more serious. Is there any information on the pickup truck? Maybe we could try to track it down. Of course the police will only do anything if Linus can identify the driver.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Photo: Streetcar crashes reminder of track danger
Before I get any comments. I include whether or not the cyclist was wearing a helmet because it is an extra piece of information some readers care about. By law cyclists do not have to wear a helmet if they are over 16 years of age. It is impossible to know if a helmet would have helped in this or any crash and not wearing a helmet is not an assignment of blame on this website.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on 71-year-old bicyclist killed in crash
@Red Star Rose Canyon Campground says they are still open, but that they may close at any point.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Government shutdown may affect popular bike rides
@Red Star @EdBeighe It appears that even Mr. Kinkade is unsure of his situation. He's back on Twitter and says he is "waiting for resolution."
I'll try to follow up soon.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Update: Jamis-Hagens Berman cycling team assaulted by Tucson driver
My most serious crash was on a road ride with a group where people in front of me went down and I ran over a rider and then crashed myself.
I have fallen a lot mountain biking but nothing too serious. The worst crash was totally dumb and I ended up falling into a prickly pear. I have known people who have broken bones both on the road and mountain biking.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 reasons to love mountain biking and 2 reasons it’s an abusive relationship
@StefanWalz Did you vote yesterday? If so you might just see the results. You have to wait 24 hours before you can vote again.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Photo contest: Get your vote on
@3wheeler I'm not arguing with you. I'm trying to clarify where the path goes since I know you ride it a lot.
I was told the path cuts north just west of the train tracks. Clearly that isn't the case.
The map has a section that is in planning that utilizes the diversion wash and goes north of the VA. Thanks.
1 year ago on Pima County adds green pavement to crosswalk on Loop
@3wheeler @MikeMcKisson @StrawHousePig This is based on you riding it? I didn't get to ride is and was visualizing based on a phone conversation. I was told it headed north just past the train tracks, but looking closer the proposed part does go north of the VA hospital. That is moot anyway...
@StrawHousePig It's in the planning phase. I should have used a different color. Here's the Loop map: http://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/The%20Loop/130607%20Loop%20Map%201.pdf
@keneddies If you read the site for long, you'll see typos. I try to eliminate as many as possible, but grammar is not my gift. It's gotten worse as I've had more and more of my time demanded elsewhere. I always appreciate when mistakes are pointed out so that I can correct them. Sometimes the comments are more gentle than others.
1 year ago on Photo contest: Deadline is tonight!
@keneddies You are right, Ken, I didn't get a chance to look over the post because I was rushing to get to my real job.
My sincere apologies.
@pedalpics @MikeMcKisson Certainly seems plausible, if not likely. Whatever other solution they come up with may have the same issues.
I suppose the library just didn't want it happening where the kids were seeing it. The real answer should be strict enforcement.
1 year ago on Drug dealing & defecation prompt bike rack removal at main library
@pedalpics The connection seemed a little thin to me too, but I didn't do a good job relating their argument. Apparently the racks became a gathering spot. When bikes were parked there including some of the homeless' bikes it basically shielded what was happening behind them from the view of the plaza and the security guards at the library. They did say since they removed the parking, they have had less problems at that spot.
@Erik Ryberg It's a story I am working on and will have a post soon.
1 year ago on Link roundup: August 2
@Mike H That is interesting. I hadn't heard of that one!
1 year ago on First ‘contraflow’ bike lane partially installed
@CodyM48 You are right. Thanks for the catch. It was right in my head, but not my fingers apparently. I have fixed it.
@jeff About 100 feet on both ends. It'll be about when the tracks move back in after the turns.
1 year ago on Updated: Fourth Avenue sharrows violate national guidelines, streetcar plans
@Harrison Smith The streetcar planners said drivers will have to wait behind bikes if they can't be safely passed. In actuality, bikes will probably be moving faster than the streetcar.
@JamesDonohue My measurement is taken from the center of the sharrow, which is what the MUTCD says to do. That is where most people will try to ride.
@silverpedals I'm hopeful the city's education plan for the streetcar bicycle markings will help. It's one of the first times they are actually spending money on educating both motorists AND cyclists about the markings. This isn't in the city, but hopefully it will reach more people.
1 year ago on County tries out cheaper alternative to green lane
@Randy Garmon I agree, but is this different than not protecting, but rather encouraging dangerous riding?
I think that might be an important decision.
What seems to be clear is that there just really isn't enough space on the road for everything we want included.
1 year ago on Photos: New sharrows place riders in door zone
@Randy Garmon Don't give up ;) This particular project is frustrating to many, especially people who participated in the early planning meetings. I covered some of them and the particular topic was raised a lot. Ultimately people feel like the concerns fell on deaf ears. There are examples of people told one thing and then something else being done.
@Randy Garmon I appreciate the feedback, Randy. I agree that most people who read this site will ride father to the left knowing they need to stay out of the door zone. Sharrows are used BOTH to illustrate to motorist that bikes will be in the road AND to illustrate where cyclists should ride (http://bikepedantic.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/sharrowsr5.pdf)
It's the newer riders that the city wants to attract. 4th Avenue is exactly the destination a newer cyclist would want to ride to. They are also less likely to know about the door zone and the position of the sharrows, which to a new cyclist would appear to show them where they should ride, puts them in the door zone.
A lot of people also give cyclist who fall on the tracks a hard time saying they should have known better. New cyclists without mentors have no idea and learn the lesson the hard way. Also the weaving in and out of the travel lane is just a mistake.
@sluggh @PlanckLength I'm planning on getting the police report when it is completed. We'll see if there is anything that might assign blame.
1 year, 1 month ago on Updated: 19-year-old bicyclist killed at Broadway and Campbell
@sluggh Yesterday when I originally reported on the crash, TPD didn't have much information and the public information officer was leaving for the night. TPD said it was a pedestrian who was struck and that is all they had, but I had received several emails, texts and messages on twitter indicating it was actually a cyclist.
I try to cover both cycling and pedestrian issues so I would have reported on it either way, but the details were scarce and we were hearing two different stories.
@Dan N. I appreciate your feedback, Dan. As a cyclist, these types of stories are awful to write and I hate doing them. Judging by the numerous messages I've received on the subject, it seems that many people are concerned about it and want to know more. I agree we don't know very much, but that is more the function of the police department knowing little and sharing little. We have however, learned more from comments here than from the police. As for competing with local media, I'd argue their stories are all about the inconvenience of a closed street. Here at least it's cyclist or pedestrian who matters. I've learned you can't and rarely please everyone. If we ignored it or waited until the press release from the police, I'd be getting complaints from other people. It's a terrible situation that had no good answers. Thanks for reading and for the feedback.
@TJ You are right. And no one asked. Unless you are asking. I meant to include it, but didn't. He was indeed wearing his helmet.I think the assumption is someone coming down the mountain would be wearing one, but I should have put it in the post.
1 year, 1 month ago on Victim of Saturday crash on Mount Lemmon identified
@Erik Ryberg This video and story I shot in 2010 has many answers to your questions: http://tucsonvelo.com/news/bac-concerned-about-streetcars-impact-on-popular-bike-routes/4436
Parking should be striped at 7 feet As for a hummer, the Wikipedia entry a hummer is 86.5 inches or 7.2 inches. So no it would not be legally be able to park.
I believe the car is approximately 8 feet and I seem to recall the car would basically be so wide that it comes out to the spot where the asphalt and concrete meet. Not sure what the stopping distance is compared to a car, but I believe you will be able to take the lane. The problem with taking the lane is that you would be riding between the tracks to really assert your right to the lane.
1 year, 1 month ago on Photos: What happened to stricter parking on Fourth Avenue
@zz Did you remove your other comment? I see 10 here, but the last one you posted seems to have disappeared.
1 year, 2 months ago on Walgreens did not eliminate bike lane on 1st Ave; it never existed
@EdBeighe Many avid riders in the transportation community know the difference between the two, but it's common to call what is technically a striped shoulder a bike lane for the sake of understanding. I know it drives some of the people who are really knowledgeable in the area nuts. Thanks for the link. The striped should ends about two-three blocks before the intersection. There has never been one that has extended beyond that. Confident riders will know that the safest thing to do in that situation is to take the lane, but most people are not confident riders. Most people the shoulder and get up on the sidewalk or hug the curb.
@Hurri47 Yep. Being comfortable asserting your right to be there and taking the lane is the best way to get through places like that. I do it all the time off on Limberlost heading east from First. It's too narrow for a bike and car, but motorists will try to squeeze through anyway.
Ironically, she decided she wanted to ride the CETMA today because she was tired. Our plan is to go to splash pad that is near her school and then ride home in our bathing suits.
1 year, 2 months ago on Parental dilema: When is it too hot to ride with kids
Surprised Lemmon isn't mentioned!
1 year, 2 months ago on Community Question: What is your favorite bike ride?
If I hadn't included it, do you think there would have been other people asking whether or not her was wearing one? Of course there would have been. It's relevant in that many in the community I serve is interested in whether he were wearing a helment. You are correct that it should not be relavant in the courts and you make a good argument about it not being a law to wear a helmet like a seatbelt so therefore it shouldn't be included, but ultimately it is my job to provide people with as much information as possible. I'd be more than happy to publish a guest opinion on the subject if you care to write one.
Thanks for reading.
1 year, 2 months ago on UPDATED II: Cyclist killed in hit-and-run crash; suspect in custody
@Red Star Thanks. Was going to post about him being a Sun Tran driver, but wanted to get his name first.