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View Diary: A U.S. success story in bicycling: Davis, CA (43 comments)

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  •  A cyclist got killed here in DC last Friday (2+ / 0-)

    during Ride Your Bike to Work week.  It was no fault of his:  a car being driven by a 30-year-old man went out of control, jumped over a lane, and ran smack into the poor lad (17 years old) on the bicycle.

    Davis sounds wonderful, an inspiration to other cities.  I remember how impressed I was in Antwerp and Munich to see the bike lanes AND people using them!  In Belgium, some people even brought their bicycles aboard the train, and I saw bikes that folded up.

    If only we had satellite offices in this country and safe places to ride, I bet a lot of people would ride their bikes.  And we'd have a lot better health and less obesity too.

    Yes, I'm het, but I'm NOT a Mad Hetter!

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed May 26, 2010 at 01:42:13 PM PDT

    •  Davis is cool (5+ / 0-)

      Probably more bike stores per capita than anywhere else in the US (not an actual statistic, just a guess based upon observation).

      San Francisco doesn't do too badly when it comes to bikes. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been a very effective lobbier for bike lanes and safety.

      Of course that doesn't protect everyone.

      This morning while I was on my way to work (by bike) I saw a driver completely ignore a cyclist in a bike lane, cut across his path to get to a parking spot and nearly take him down. The cyclist managed to stay upright by hanging onto the car (on the PASSENGER side, which means of course that the driver left him no option to pass on the left). Oh and, by the way, said driver had whipped around the corner on a red light just before, without stopping. Had I been the cyclist I'd have called the police. As it was, I really ought to have taken down the license number in case the cyclist needed it later on.

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