Sad. Half the people I see on my morning commute are ninja. Fortunately it is getting light earlier. Shouldn't be a substitute for a $20 Cat Eye though.
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Following assumes the cyclist was not crossing the highway, which does not seem too likely if the mapped location is correct.
It is a four lane highway with full break down lanes added to each side (some call them shoulders). I doubt that a ninja would have been taking the lane, so how the hell did this woman hit the cyclist regardless of ninja or not. Did she have her headlights off while speeding down the shoulder?
Article mentions no helmet, lights, reflectors on the cyclist but fails to even remotely note how the lady did her stupid driver trick.
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We are all at risk on roadways, lights or not.
I would have assumed that most cyclists are saddened when they hear of another cyclist's death.
Calling this poor guy a 'ninja' seems more like mockery to me.
I am not harping about riding on a road with that speed limit. Just pointing out how it added to the first two 'illegal maneuvers' he was doing.
I wonder if his parents' knew what he was doing, like if he had been riding this way in the past.
The unfortunate young cyclist may have been a good guy riding home from work or a bad guy riding a bicycle as a lookout for drug dealers.
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I don't ride against traffic, without lights, and on certain roads. They still worry. But I tell them to drop it. Because, I can't focus on their worries, while I am on the road. But at the same time, I don't ride in violation of the traffic code.
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Terrible loss. Planet Bike lights should be 100% free for those who need them. Why not have something where $.25 of every tube go towards a fund that pays for PB lights for people in need?
What if every major online retailer had an option to donate towards a light fund? I'd donate $ every time I made a purchase.What if every LBS had an option to donate towards a light fund? I'd donate $ every time I made a purchase.
What about you?
Last edited by agent pombero; 03-01-13 at 07:34 PM.
I would like to know some details of tis tragic event. Looking at google maps, there is a very nice shoulder on the road, so where was the auto and the cyclist when he was struck? WHile it would seem to be poor judgement to be riding "ninja" on any road, there should have been rood on the shoulder to avoid being hit. The story has not yet been told on this one I fear. Since the driver is reported to not have been ticketed nor charged, it seems to me that the cyclist was out in the traffic lanes, but that doesn't feel right either.
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Invariably, they involve giving away a bunch of lights to cyclists who may or may not need them, and the lights they do give are the cheapest they can find (and certainly, not anything by Planet Bike.)
In general, that means that they take 2016, 2032 or 357 button cell batteries and 1) put out very little light and 2) are kind of expensive to replace the batteries on (unless you order replacement batteries from China.)
At the very least, any such project needs to give lights that take AAA or AA (better) batteries. (Or be rechargeable, but that drives the cost up.) And of course a set of batteries needs to be included.
And unfortunately, even if you do give somebody a light with batteries, once the batteries die, they may not care enough to replace them. (Especially if they're something weird like a button cell.) Or care enough to even turn them on, especially if they're also salmon, riding against traffic ("why do I need a light? it doesn't help me see, and I can see any car coming at me and get out of the way ...")
I don't know what the answer is, beyond dynamo lights, which drives the price way up and are attractive to thieves ...
Maybe instead of giving away light offer to add large reflective strips to their bikes? White up front and on the sides, red in back? Not as good as lights, but zero maintenance and cheap.
One thing that would be cool is if the police give a ticket for no lights ($147 here I think) and the cyclist pays that ... the court kicks back $40 of that into some decent lights for the offender (which are handed out when the fine is paid, or the cyclist is mailed a coupon if he pays by mail.) I don't see it happening, but it would be nice.
Last edited by dougmc; 03-01-13 at 10:51 PM.
"Ninja" makes a safety point I happen to agree with but dehumanizes the cyclist. In my opinion, the habit demeaning our fellow humans is even more pernicious than riding without lights.
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Ongoing education of the more casual cyclists is needed. On this issue as well as obeying traffic laws and riding safely.
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It would be nice, but as the people who ride bikes routinely after dark without lights seem to have an invincibility atti-turd (<-started as a funny typo), all the free lights in the world wouldn't convince them to add one to their ride.
All over the US, we have dollar stores that sell LED flashlights for a buck. Even these lights are brighter and longer lasting than the old flashlights that we had when I was a kid. I doubt that many would be completely unable to afford that.
The idea to add a coupon or a "complementary" bike light set to fines for cyclists riding without lights seems like a good one. I'd add that once convicted of riding without lights (unless you can demonstrate that they were on the bike, but inoperable) fines should double. The excess could be used to be put into a fund to educate riders (Middle School Rider's Ed? Taking offenders to the morgue for an autopsy?) as to their rights and responsibilities as users of the roadway.
Last edited by K'Tesh; 03-02-13 at 09:42 AM.
I don't know any more than what the news has said about the exact circumstances of the crash. I will say that I've seen a rider on a BMX bike riding down the middle left turn or "suicide" lane of a similar road just a few miles from there. He wasn't just clowning around in the road during a break in traffic. He was headed somewhere in a straight line and using the turn lane as a through lane, as if it were the bike lane.
At least one of the stories stated that this cyclist was in the "left lane" when he was hit. Whether that means the left turn or suicide lane, or the left through lane, it's not a good choice.
If young cyclists are making this kind of mistake, one way to reduce the number of crashes might be an education push. I mean, I don't understand why anyone would think it makes sense to ride that way, but it seems that some people do, for some damned reason. So maybe we need to put some money and time and work into telling people something we believe to be obvious.
At the same time, I have become convinced that too many drivers are gunnng it down the road while assuming the way is clear, and anything in their way, such as a vehicle that is slowing to make a turn, is an aberration and not supposed to be there. It's as if they're conditioned to think of surface roads and even parking lots as freeways. Just aim the nose at Point B and hit the gas, like going into hyperspace. That's not driving! There must be a way to communicate this to drivers.
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