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Okay, so the guy wasn't in a crosswalk. What a naughty pedestrian he was.People, crosswalks don't have magical force fields that prevent people from being killed by cars. No place on the street does.
And what will it take to stop these senseless deaths? Well, more respect for people who are walking or biking. And how do we get that respect? We DEMAND it!
1 month, 1 week ago on Pedestrian dies 9 days after being hit by car; 6th fatality this year
If I was driving that car, I'd be making a damn nuisance of myself with all my cheering at the bicyclists. As in, come on! You can make that hill! It's an easy hill! You can do it! GO!!!
I've also been known to wave and grin at a bicycle tourists. Happened the last time a friend and I went to Bisbee. We spotted a couple south of Benson. Which sent Martha into a frenzy. If my friend hadn't needed to keep going for a business appointment, we would have stopped and chatted them up.
1 month, 1 week ago on Photos: Tuesday Morning Ride frustrates motorists
Come on, people. Log those trips and win stuff!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Are you logging your bike trips?
@theahlilea Helmets don't prevent traumatic brain injuries. One of my friends was in a car-bike collision and he's now TBI. Will be for the rest of his life.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Woman files $3 million claim for bike crash on streetcar tracks
We can't say that we didn't try to warn the city. We did.
And here goes Martha, thumping the agitation tub again. I was at Tuesday evening's Tucson Bus Riders Union gathering at the Rialto Theatre.
It was about having a Downtown for everyone and keeping the Ronstadt Transit Center as it is. A place where people can get on and off buses. There also was talk of making it into much more. Like a beautiful park. A garden. A community gathering spot.
Around 300 people attended. The message was clear: The transit users of Tucson are a force to be reckoned with.
Which leads me to ask: Where is the Tucson Bicycle Riders Union?
@Gabrielle Thank you for making these points. The bike snob perception is a lot more widespread than we think.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Two new ‘Bike HAWKs’ going in on Tucson streets
Be VERY careful when using these crossings. As in, make sure that every motor vehicle is stopped before putting a toe into the crosswalk. I've seen too many instances of drivers blowing through these crossings, even when the signal says "stop."
I live just east of the 4th Avenue Bike Boulevard. I would like to bring the following concern to everyone's attention. A couple of weeks ago, I came upon a neighbor who was riding north on the Bike Boulevard. She was sobbing. Why? Because she was almost struck by a car at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Helen Street. This wasn't her first close call on the Boulevard. I've had them too. The problem relates to the signage on the side streets. Right now, the side streets that cross 4th at the roundabouts have yield signs. That isn't working. Too many drivers just blow right through the intersections. This is especially true at 4th Avenue and Drachman Street. Thus, I would like to request that all roundabout intersections be re-signed with stop signs on the side streets.
2 months ago on Bike boulevards to get a new name and update
While I was visiting Bisbee last November, I went by this place. It was a Tuesday afternoon, and it was locked up tight. Although it looked like an interesting store, I wondered how it stayed in business.
2 months ago on Bisbee Bicycle Brothel closing its doors; moving online
@Steve Wilson That's why I'm telling people to avoid the streetcar route. Especially if they value their lives and health.
2 months ago on Photos: University and Park reopened following streetcar construction
@theahlilea I can't thinking that similar casualties will happen at the intersection of 4th and University. That one has long been a real hazard for bicyclists.
@MikeMcKisson Thanks for pointing out the shoulders. What remains to be seen is how the auto traffic will use them. I'm afraid that they'll turn into the quick route around the streetcar, and who cares about those bicyclists who are in the way.
Okay, so you can ride north on Park. However, no longer appears to be possible to bicycle south on Park Avenue. Another good route destroyed by the streetcar.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ting.
2 months, 1 week ago on 5th Tucson pedestrian killed crossing 22nd Street on Sunday
It is about frickin' time that someone brought this up. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Kenneth. And before everybody gets all high and mighty about those fat folks driving in the big pickups down on Mission, ponder this: It's what they've got. And, in very poor parts of this community, having a stylish rig is a way of saying that your life may suck like 1,000 Hoovers, but you still have a nice ride. Even if it's a vintage rig that you have restored and maintain yourself.
I also agree with Kenneth on the use of quotes around the word "outreach." It's time to remove them and do real outreach. Not the kind that will burnish your college application or look good on the community service section of your resume. But the real kind. Ride your bikes over to a school in a poor part of town and help the kids learn how to read. Or pedal over to Habitat for Humanity and work with people who are pounding the nails to build a better community for themselves and their kids. Or just pick up the trash in your own neighborhood.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Driver accused of hitting pro cyclists defends himself in online forum
Nasty mix? Tell me about it! Yesterday afternoon, I was headed over to the UA for a show. Who should I see on the much-vaunted 4th Avenue Bike Boulevard, but a cycling neighbor. And she was in tears. Why? Because she came within an inch of being struck by an inattentive driver. That was down at the corner of 4th and Helen. Of course, the driver sped off instead of stopping to apologize. So, there's my neighbor, in tears because she's having flashbacks to last December. When she was hit by a car Downtown. And that triggered my own set of flashbacks. From my near-miss last June. So, to conclude this tale, I have this to say: Fellow cyclists, be careful out there. There are drivers who couldn't care less if we lived or died out there.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Traffic and the Tucson Festival of Books
I can remember when campgrounds were geared for tents. And campers were an oddity.
Trailers? Even more so. RVs? Not invented yet. That's when my family really enjoyed camping. Once it became synonymous with RV-ing, we found other things to do.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Photos: Family bike camping
@geraldo1 I'll bet that there's a local defense lawyer who's tearing his/her hair out. Because you're not supposed to be discussing your case hither and yon. After all, prosecutors and plaintiff's attorneys know how to use the Internet too.
He is very anxious? Well, what a pity. Imagine what the cyclists must have felt like as his vehicle was bearing down on them.
And, one more thing, you have legal problems? Well, too bad. You struck cyclists riding lawfully and there were a bunch of witnesses.
Actions have consequences, sir. And, no, you are NOT the victim in this case.
To be fair, I don't see "No Parking" sign. Or red paint on the curb. So, without those warning cues in place, how is the driver to know that he/she shouldn't park there?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Photo: Blocking the bike path on University and 4th Ave.