Thank you. Please leave a comment below to let me know how you feel about those lights. I can’t be the only one who’s annoyed by them.
Bicycle and other transportation news
Anybody who rides is aware of the low level warfare between squirrels and cyclists. Elisa in Washington DC sees parallels between this squirrel hunt and the political games in Washington this week.
Actress and accordion player Nora Kirkpatrick rides a bicycle. (And not just for this interview and photoshoot at Refinery 29.
You might have heard about the recent creation California’s $129 million Active Transportation Program. This is a brand new thing for the state of California. The California Transportation Commission has scheduled working groups open to the public to try to figure out how to spend this money. The work group closest to the Bay Area is in Modesto, in the basement of the Stanislaus County Administration Building. The other meetings are in Sacramento (which is an easier trip using public transportation) and Los Angeles. Details here.
San Francisco police officer Matt Friedman, known throughout the Bay Area for his online fight against bike theft, discovers that the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department teaches bike mechanic skills to bike thieves in the county lockup. It’s considered vocational training, but Friedman believes these skills help the criminals become better thieves and wrote a memo to the jail asking them to stop it.
Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Agency — which plans highway construction and runs the transit system for Silicon Valley — selects a longtime transit planner as the new General Manager. The current GM, Michael Burns, took the reigns in 2005 and will retire at the end of this year. The Mercury News notes that the new manager Nuria Fernandez is the first person of color and the first woman to run the agency. Just as noteworthy is Fernandez’s long experience with running transit agencies, not highway departments. She lists hiking and bike riding among her personal interests.
That guy who biked across San Francisco Bay from Oakland to SF did the same thing on the Hudson River.
I wish there was video of this one:
An intoxicated man stole a bicycle from the top story of an apartment building and then rode it down a flight of stairs before crashing at the bottom.
That’s all you really need to know, right? But full story here: Man found under crashed, stolen bicycle.
Start planning for a future with less driving, says transportation researchers.
Another dim-witted criminal: Charles Manzlak of New London, CT allegedly steals a bicycle from the fire department — which is emblazoned with “NEW LONDON FIRE / EMS” — and attempts to pawn it off.
And once again: Please dim your lights on the trails at night. What’s the point of flashing lights on a grade-separated trail, anyway?