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Awesome Paris Bike Lane

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 15

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There is so much to love here, the short curbs make it highly unlikely people will park there but allow emergency vehicles the ability to hop over them, the parked cars protect from run away vehicles, and the road markings make it clear who the lane is for (if being too narrow for cars didn’t already make them aware of that).  They even lowered the curbs on the bike side a little to allow you to run up onto them to prevent crashing if you were to come into contact with that side.

Thanks John for sending in this picture.

 

Dear City,

Can we have these!

Love

Boston Cyclists.

 


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Paris Adopts “Idaho Stop” Law

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 09

Seems we will finally get some data on a major metropolitan area trying out the Idaho Stop law. I have long been waiting for an area with a lot of traffic to try out something like this.

A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents.

It follows a fierce three-year campaign by cyclists’ associations.

Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red.

They must, however, make way for pedestrians and incoming traffic on the left and will be held responsible in the event of an accident.

Red and yellow signposts posted on traffic light poles will inform cyclists that they can ignore the lights in designated 30km per hour zones. If judged feasible, the scheme will then be rolled out to 1,700 crossroads in Paris.(via)

This would be applicable to places like New York and Boston, if they find that this doesn’t cause serious problems it could be implemented in other major cities…then again many Boston road users already follow their own “Boston stop” guidelines, so perhaps we do have years of data to draw upon. What do you think? Would Boston streets run red with the blood of a million dead cyclists if we adopted this law here?


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The Word On The Street

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    • Targeted Enforcement, And Why It’s Time To Have More Of It For Pedestrians April 30, 2015
      TweetFor the last couple of days I have been seeing cyclists in packs standing in front of a Cambridge cop getting a lecture about why they shouldn’t run red lights, some even being issued warnings/tickets. They usually hide out at … Continue reading →
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    • Targeted Enforcement, And Why It’s Time To Have More Of It For Pedestrians April 30, 2015
      TweetFor the last couple of days I have been seeing cyclists in packs standing in front of a Cambridge cops getting a lecture about why they shouldn’t run red lights, some even being issued warnings/tickets. They usually hide out at … Continue reading →
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    • The End Of The Car Age April 28, 2015
      TweetAnyone paying attention knows that the mode-share (as those in the transportation biz call it) has been shifting.  Less people are using cars, and more people are using other things to get around. In my mind roads are a public … Continue reading →
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    • Livable Streets Update April 27, 2015
      TweetFrom Livable Streets: Spring Open House recap Despite the dreary weather, our April 9th Spring Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see more than 100 new and familiar faces! To view photos from the event click … Continue reading →
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    • Upcoming Events April 27, 2015
      TweetFrom Boston Bikes: Upcoming Events Boston Bike Events listed in orange Other bike events in Boston listed in blue   Flat Fixing Clinic April 30th, 8-9pm 18 Bartlett Sq, JP Learn how to remove a tire, patch a tube, and … Continue reading →
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    • Boston Bikes Update April 27, 2015
      Tweet Monthly Learn-to-Ride Clinics for Women Know any women who never learned to ride a bike, or haven’t been on a bike in years?Registration for our free learn-to-ride clinics is now open. Taught by women for women (anyone who identifies … Continue reading →
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    • Cops Not Caring, Not Just For Boston Cops April 27, 2015
      Tweet This should be everyone’s new favorite pasttime, filming cops not caring at all. Sigh. Could it be that this officer was reading instead of watching where he was going…could be. Luckily for all involved this was a relatively harmless … Continue reading →
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    • Cops Not Caring, Not Just For Boston Cops April 27, 2015
      Tweet This should be everyone’s new favorite past time, filming cops not caring at all. Sigh. Could it be that this officer was reading instead of watching where he was going…could be. Luckily for all involved this was a relatively … Continue reading →
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