I get it.... You are bent and yes, we are bent. But there are those times when the trails demand something else... So... for those times and for the fun of it we added these toys to our stable:
Monday, March 9, 2015
SHARE THE ROAD?
“Share-the- Road” Signs, bumper stickers and license plate messages have been promoting the idea that enhanced bicycle safety could be achieved through education and public awareness, public support for bike lanes, etc., for as long as I can remember. As an example, we know that the push for a “Share-The-Road”Florida State Specialty license plate goes back to 1992 when the idea was born and the pressure to get the state approval grew steadily for the next eight years till, finallty, in the spring of 2000, a Florida State “Share the road” specialty license plate was available for purchase. Other states of the nation have also adopted pro cycling, pro sharing the road license plates in one form or another. In addition, Pro cycling organizations have also embraced this philosophy through campaings of their own and it is probably safe to say that, by now, after more than a decade of “Share The Road” promotions, most cyclists support it.
Unquestionably, the “intentions” behind these efforts are honorable. We ALL want more safety for motorists and cyclists. We all want to see a reduction of injuries and death. Yet, after all these years, perhaps it is time to think about the effectiveness of the “Share The Road” movement. Has it resulted in more considerate drivers? Have the availability of more bike lanes and a plethora educational programs this movement has inspired succeeded in significantly reducing the number of cyclists that are killed on the road? The available statistics suggest that the Share The Road philosophy has not succeeded. The chart below shows the number of cyclists killed each year on US roads since the year 2000. It does not take long to see that in spite of all the Share The Road “propaganda”, when bicycles and cars meet on the road, the cyclists get killed at the same rate as they did long ago. It is as if bike lanes, education and well meaning “Share The Road” thoughts have not made any difference.
CYCLISTS KILLED ON US ROADS
Saturday, March 7, 2015
I recently realized that I had been ignoring my personal web site (www.GetBent.org) for almost a decade so I decided to take a quick look. To my horror, most links were broken and some of the Java scripts used to create the original were no longer working. A more fancy web site was not possible as I don't have the time and I'm not interested in researching the new web tools available but I thought I could certainly maintain a simple site, one that had the information I wanted to share and was easy to maintain. So I compiled the "messed up" html pages into a number of Word Documents and turned these documents into my "revived" personal web site. It only took me a couple of days to reorganize everything so I'm pleased with the results. I also thought it might be fun to add a blog space to record miscellaneous thoughts or whatever came to my head at whatever time I felt like writing something so here is my first post. It might be interesting to see how this evolves or fails to evolve.