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Jim Larsen
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It's unbelievable that anyone would try to blame the 3 foot passing law for this tragedy. The impatient driver who killed Mr. Brumm was clearly negligent in operation of the car and in violation of longstanding safe passing laws. It begs the question of whether the driver would have been found at fault had they hit another car head-on. 
Allen Brumm was participating in an open road time trial Sunday morning when he was hit head-on by the 35 year old driver of a car who had changed lanes to pass on County Road 19, a rural two-lane ...
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Unless we completely ban manually piloted cars (highly unlikely) there is a very slim chance of near-total adoption of self-driving vehicles over the next 20 years. What we need to focus on to achieve #VisionZero  are infrastructure and street design improvements that will have immediate benefits for all road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists. 
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If you check out the response to #VisionZero  from the NYC Bus Operator's union, you'll see exactly why the project is so politically troublesome. There is no doubt that pedestrians deaths need to come to an end, but by allowing blame to fall upon individual drivers (especially professional ones) governments with trigger a reflexive defensiveness that could spell trouble for the goal. That's why, instead of focusing on punitive measures to achieve Zero, we should implement proactive street and vehicle design. Not only will that be the most effective solution, but the most peaceful and politically viable as well. 
The others include Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco.
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Yet another reason to lower vehicles speeds in a busy city. Lower speed limits are going to help, but those wide open lanes are too tempting for the speed-obsessed. It's just lucky no one was hurt this time. 
No sidewalk is safe. Another driver jumped the curb and crashed into a building at Post and Taylor Streets near Union Square on Sunday. Cheryl Brinkman, who sits on the SFMTA Board of Directors, captured this photo of the aftermath and remarked: “I've been keeping a mental list of 'Things we ...
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Good to see the CHP promoting the 3-foot passing law, but did they really have to draw the cyclist hugging the edge of the road? This gives the idea that that's where cyclists belong, along with road debris and gutters. Maybe their next edition can show the cyclist making full use of the lane. 
 
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"Slow down and pass safely" on page 7 of the just published 2015 California drivers manual.
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It's exhausting to constantly have to defend to people the safety of traveling by bike. Obviously cyclists don't have the same collision protection that cars do, but you have to take into account the health benefits and infrastructure benefits that come with the practice. #infographic  
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"Through less restraint comes greater focus." 

The idea behind these shared streets is that by taking a minimalist approach to road signage, people's benevolent and attentive natures will take over. This seems like a Utopian dream, but by the looks of it, there are quite a few places that have gotten it to work (even here in the US!). Maybe more cities should give this idea a shot.
The woonerf, or "shared street," has made its way into U.S. cities.
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When consumer safety is on the line, are we really content to let "good enough" background checks be the norm? While both the taxi lobby and #Uber  are making efforts to trash each other's employee screening practices, too many incidents of improper conduct by both kinds of drivers are ongoing. Instead of comparing the virtues and faults of each type of check, why don't these large, well-funded companies run the full gamut?
Many major cities don't keep comprehensive data about assaults against passengers—and even FBI-led background checks have limitations.
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If a new auto safety technology will save lives, then it is our responsibility to implement it in as many cars as possible. The problems begin when drivers rely on the various dings, beeps and buzzes that warn them of a problem instead of remaining vigilant behind the wheel. Until self driving cars become a reality, we shouldn't let car culture devolve into a passive, distracted mess. 
AAA releases a report that shows car safety devices may not be making the roads safer. Especially for motorcyclists.
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If this pup can figure out bus routes, timing and etiquette, then so can the rest of us. We should follow her example and take the initiative to take public transportation to our destinations, and not rely on our masters (cars) to get around. 
Public transit in Seattle has gone to the dogs.
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Forget Jaguar, take a look at Volvo! Using cameras that can see around corners will be much more instrumental in protecting pedestrians and bicyclists than a see-through pillar. Let's hope all this tech makes it to market soon. 
Earlier this year, Jaguar unveiled its plans to reinvent the windshield. We wondered how that would translate into day to day use as it mostly...
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Some pretty commonsensical laws are already in the books re: nighttime bike riding i.e. red reflector on back, but a WHITE light on back? Has he never been on a road or is this bill just meant to be completely rewritten later?
 
Newly minted Assembly Member Kansen Chu, who represents a big chunk of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, introduced a bill that would mandate rear-facing flashing white lights for bicycles operated at night. Yes, really.…
Newly minted Assembly Member Kansen Chu, who represents a big chunk of Alameda and Santa Clara Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area, introduced a bill that would mandate rear-facing flashing whit...
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