Yeah, no kidding.
High driver fatalities and bad road conditions. 2 factors that are ideal to make drivers more careful of riders.Chalo wrote: ↑Apr 13, 2018 12:49 pmYeah, no kidding.
http://www.ticotimes.net/2016/12/16/cos ... es-drivers
That's true.MadRhino wrote: ↑Apr 13, 2018 1:15 pmHigh driver fatalities and bad road conditions. 2 factors that are ideal to make drivers more careful of riders.Chalo wrote: ↑Apr 13, 2018 12:49 pmhttp://www.ticotimes.net/2016/12/16/cos ... es-drivers
It is when drivers are feeling isolated and safe, that they are the most dangerous to riders and pedestrians.
Nice try again Chalo. The stats creating the rankings are skewed here in large part due to dangerous conditions on a number of mountain roads during rainy times where a mudslide without warning washes vehicles off the other side down hundreds or thousands of feet. My wife's doctor was stuck on the road for 6 hours one night when that happened to a truck in front of her and another slide took out cars 3 cars behind her, and a similar incident happened stranded one of my employees for hours several years ago. It could also be that old stats were used back when the fine for DUI was about $25 and drunk driving was far higher. None of that has anything to do with aggressive behavior of unhappy people toward those on 2 wheels. Probably my biggest risk on the road comes from motorcyclists who are a far higher percentage than stateside, and who all too often ride more aggressively than common sense allows in many conditions. Combine the silence of my ride with a vehicle that looks like it would have scooter type low performance and I really watch out around those "Honderos". I do love embarrassing them on a daily basis with a dose of why electrics are so much better than their smoke belchers...plus it allows me to put hundreds of meters of safe distance in front of them. You should see the front+rear videos that I have of every ride to appreciate how safe I am mixing with traffic while I use acceleration to create wide open space to stay as close to 100% safe and sound as possible, while getting from A to B in the shortest time possible without exceeding speed limits any more than the normal flow of traffic.Chalo wrote: ↑Apr 13, 2018 12:49 pmYeah, no kidding.
http://www.ticotimes.net/2016/12/16/cos ... es-drivers
It is easy today, to build ebikes that are able to accelerate cars in the city. We have big motors and powerful batteries readily available, and so many build logs on ES to build fast ebikes that are reliable and safe to ride.John and Cecil wrote: ↑Apr 14, 2018 10:00 amBefore we got our bike I always told the bike riders they were a lot braver than me, having to ride slower than the flow of traffic is akin to becoming a speed bump here in CA. It is difficult to make the switch from motorcycle to bike. Our Fz-09 would go from a stop to 60mph in under 3 seconds. Every red light takeoff was an instant 200' buffer zone.
I think we may have a problem with something like that in Europe. I figure I can get away with 750w because the dog's weight and mid fat tires will make it act more like 350w. Otherwise I would have bought the BBSHD. But I am going to look into an electric powered motorcycle when we get there, or maybe a gas or diesel powered bike that gets 80+ mpg. I am done with cars. i was looking into the 84mpg elio but that will probably never exist. I like the lightweight 3 wheeler (2 wheels in front) concept with a hardtop option for rain protection, and seats 2 front to rear. Perhaps an electric version with an extra tow able battery pack for trips
I like that! The sad thing is maybe he killed someone else, perhaps even the person mentioned above. I reported him to try to save someone's life. Had I been a new motorcycle rider I would probably be dead. He was very troubled (I suspect he was here and was rejected for a job as he had out of state plates) and when a happy man and his dog on a mc crossed his path he wanted us to be dead. I think we reminded him of how sad he was...
Yes, even heavy duty (and heavy) cargo bikes/trikes that can do it--SB Cruiser is just over 3 seconds from zero to max speed allowed (20MPH) now, even though it plus me is very heavy. Its a little slower to accelerate with a load, though.
Bicyclist killed in crash after getting doored in Burbank
April 17, 2018
https://bikinginla.com/2018/04/17/bicyc ... n-burbank/
Sadly, last night’s breaking news has been confirmed.
As we noted earlier, KNBC-4 reported last night that a bike rider had been killed after getting doored at Alameda Avenue and Mariposa Street in Burbank.
Unfortunately, however, they failed to post the story online.
Now the Burbank Leader has confirmed that 53-year old Burbank resident Lenny Trinh died after the driver of a parked car opened door as Trinh rode in a bike lane on Alameda, knocking him off his bike and into the path of an oncoming pickup.
Trinh was taken to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.
The paper places the time of the crash at around 5 pm Monday, between Mariposa Street and Griffith Park Drive.
For a change, both drivers remained at the scene.
According to California law, the driver is always at fault in a dooring, as long as the victim is riding legally in the direction of traffic.
CVC 22517 clearly requires drivers to check for traffic before opening a car door and ensure that it does not interfere with traffic.
And yes, bike riders are considered traffic, in or out of a bike lane.
While dooring is one of the most common types of bicycle crashes, deaths are rare, averaging less than one per year in the entire SoCal region.
And they can be eliminated entirely if drivers are trained to use the Dutch Reach, opening the car door with their right hand so it forces them to look left over their shoulder.
This is at least the 18th bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 10th in LA County; it’s also the fifth bicycling fatality in the LA area in just the past two weeks.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Lenny Trinh and all his family and loved ones.