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How To Almost Kill Someone: Right Hook Edition

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 17

If you drive a car, you need to see this video.  I got this from Ian yesterday.

From Ian

I got right hooked in a bike lane this morning on Beacon St in Somerville,
MA, and got the entire thing recorded on my GoPro.  I called the cops, who
did respond, but basically seemed uninterested in the fact that a motorist
right hooked a cyclist, and in fact the officer told me that I needed to be
more careful!

A co-worker recommended contacting you, and said that you might be
interested in the video to help raise awareness of how dangerous a right
hook is to cyclists.

When making right turns it is not enough to simply turn on your signal, you need to also make sure NO ONE IS IN THE LANE NEXT TO YOU!  Including but not limited to the bike lane.  Just treat the bike lane like a lane for cars, check your mirror, yield to traffic already in that lane, etc.  There was very little the cyclist could have or should have been doing in this situation, he was riding legal down the road, and a car dramatically changed lanes with very little warning.  If you look at the video the signal and the turn happen at the same time, basically this driver flicked on his signal (a rare thing in this town), and began turning the wheel for the turn at the same time.  There is no way he could have had time to check behind him to make sure there was no one in the bike lane.

Luckily the gentleman in this video is ok, but it could have been a lot nastier.  I applaud his calm reaction, I have a feeling I would have flipped my shit.

Another even bigger problem here is the blasé reaction from the cops.  Waiting until someone is killed is not an effective strategy for preventing deaths.  This motorist should have been issues a citation (Ian was unclear about if he was or not), and legal action should be taken against the driver and the company he is driving for.  For every horrific death by right hook there are hundreds of these nail biting close calls, only if the police get serious about reducing these incidents will the deaths be prevented.

With the advent of cheap go-pro style cameras we are going to be seeing a lot more of this kind of thing.  I imagine a future several years from now when a simple USB stick style camera can record a days worth of video, and you would simply strap it to your jacket and use it as a daily commute recorder, if nothing happened that day you could erase the memory and go about your day.  If however some asshole right hooks you, you will have it all recorded.  If you have the money, and you ride often perhaps integrating a personal recording device into your safety gear is not such a bad idea.


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We Don’t Need To Build Bicycles For The City, We Need To Build Cities For The Bicycle

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

Lot of good ideas in here, and it mirrors my feelings that we need to be working towards a future in which cycling is boring. Boring in the sense that it is ubiquitous and universal. Not in the sense that it isn’t fun, because it is fun!


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Shut Up Legs! Jens Voigt Breaks World Hour Record

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 02

Amazing, over 31 miles in an hour. Sure he used a new bike, but Jens is one of the few really amazing cyclists out there who has not been in a shit load of trouble for drugs so its good to see him retire on top.


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Interesting Theoretical Intersection Re-Design

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 04

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

An interesting proposal, I am not totally sold, but I like where this is going. The left turns across pedestrian traffic worry me slightly, but honestly it probably wouldn’t be that bad, as the cyclists would have to slow to turn anyway.


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Penny In Yo Pants!

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

A fun and easy solution to the accidental skirt flash when getting on your bike. Easy and cheap!


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Renegades Of Bike Culture

Written by Boston Biker on May 27

Academia!

From Youtube:

 

Today’s hipsters and their fixie bikes are not the first to embody the too-cool-for-school persona of the cyclist. In the 1970’s, counter-culture types in the mountains north of San Francisco took to careening down Mount Tamalpais. They were riding for adventure, for exploration, and as a way to interact with the landscape; they were not riding for exercise. Sarah McCullough, whose PhD dissertation at UC Davis explores the history of mountain biking, explains how this group of renegade cylists invented the sport.

FEATURING: Sarah McCullough, Cultural Studies, UC Davis

For more information:
Mountain Biking and History Archive: http://www.bikinghistory.com
The Grateful Dead Archive: http://www.gdao.org

Special thanks to David Takemoto-Weerts at US Bicycle Hall of Fame and Otis Guy: http://www.usbhof.org


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Fun With Math: Bicycle Edition

Written by Boston Biker on May 22

Bikes are a surprisingly effective way to teach tricky physics.

 

For instance, did you know you wouldn’t be able to steer a bicycle in zero g?

When you were learning to ride a bicycle you thought gravity was your enemy, trying to make you fall over. But without gravity, you wouldn’t be able to steer, say Cornell engineers. To demonstrate the concept, they built a hybrid vehicle they call a “bricycle” – a cross between a bicycle and a tricycle – that demonstrates what it would be like to ride a bike in zero-G. (Assume you have magnetic wheels to keep you on the floor.) (via)

Watch the video for a full demonstration on just how hard it would be to steer a bicycle in zero g.

You might also find this interesting. If you were to pull straight backwards on the lower pedal of a bicycle which way would the bicycle go?

bikepullproblem

Seems simple…right?  Think you know the answer? Click here to see a demonstration. Did you guess correctly?

 

 


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East Boston Getting Bike Repair Stations

Written by Boston Biker on May 16

Pretty awesome bike repair stations in East Boston that doesn’t have any bike shops.


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