This officer’s actions are one problem, but a symptom of an even bigger one
On July 11th Ken Adams and another person were cycling Glendora Mountain Road/Glendora Ridge Road, a paved one-laner that loops around from Glendora toward Mt. San Antonio (AKA Mt. Baldy), when the CHP officer you see in the video passed by them. The SUV was about two feet away when it passed them, and later the same CHP SUV passed them again, coming even closer to hitting the cycling pair. Shortly after that, the patrol vehicle turned and came at the cyclists from the front. You can hear for yourself just what the officer had to say about his performance in the video taken after the officer U-turned to have a chat. Finished watching? Good. Here’s where he’s wrong.
Why bother getting potholes fixed? Because they can damage your car, but even worse, they can take a life
In an earlier piece about pothole damages and liability (yes, they can take a life) in which I hopefully gave you some good reasons why you need your city to fix those messy potholes, I skimmed over methods of actually how to report the annoying road hazards.
The fact is, the civic minded citizen is spoiled by an abundant choices of reporting tools. Cities and municipalities have phone lines, fax numbers, online services, and a small handful are creating apps or partnering with third parties to make apps. Not all these tools are easy to use or remember, though, and it’s not likely you have your city’s service request hotline in your address book.
Unfortunately, because reporting the existence of a pothole can be a pain, or just tedious, and since there’s no immediate benefit, we don’t do it. We should though because last year potholes caused over $6.4 billion in damages from causes large and small, and that doesn’t take into account bodily harm.
You may think potholes are insignificant. But a small hole can put a deep cut into your pocketbook – and even take a life!
Who would’ve thought that a little hole in the ground could cause so much harm. Safety researchers are estimating that potholes will cause roughly $6.4 billion in damages to cars this year. That’s a lot of cash!
Most pothole damage goes to tires and shock absorbers, but everything from brakes to steering and even your engine can be damaged. Repairs start at $50 but go way up if your engine is involved, and can be a nasty surprise if they go unnoticed until a routine service check.
Consequently, it might be time for you to take a fresh look at potholes. They are not just the little bump in the road you thought they were.
This National Bike Month, let’s commit to keeping cyclists safe. The risks are too great not to – for cyclists and for drivers!
In honor of the National Bike Month I’d like to write again about bicycle safety, from a different perspective. I know people who use bicycles to get to work and who use them for exercise and recreation, and they all take their safety very seriously. But their precautions cannot account for the actions of others with whom they share the road.
“Bike Traffic Signals”, courtesy of DDOT DC from Flickr.
The most common kinds of bicycle accidents involve another person, usually in an automobile. While fault for the accident can lie with cyclists just as easily as with drivers, drivers are often at fault. In that spirit, here are safety tips for drivers that can help keep prevent accidents and injury.
And if you’re the driver who is annoyed by cyclists in your way and slowing your commute to wherever you happen to be going, you may want to read this because keeping those cyclists on the road is important for your wellbeing as well. Read on to find out why.
It may be a good idea but comes with consequences
If you’re a cyclist in San Diego, chances are good you’ve already heard about state senator Carol Liu’s February bill. In case you haven’t, SB 192 is a universal helmet law: if you ride a bike you have to wear a helmet, whether you’re thirteen or thirty-one. The bill also requires wearing reflective clothing at night, but it’s the helmets making people hot under the hood.
Being aware of your surroundings is the best way to stay bike safe when you’re cycling in San Diego.
Some bicycle safety tips are repeated enough that you know them by heart: wear a helmet. Have a bike light and a mirror. Wear bright or reflective clothing. Don’t use headphones. Follow the law. But the basics are just a start. Here are five advanced bicycle tips from and for lifetime cyclists when riding on our busy San Diego streets.
MS TRAM | 2010.07.29 | Day 4 | Wadena to Fergus Falls
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