i had volunteered a few months ago to work on this issue (safe
bicycling clinics) but haven't had time yet to do it. i don't know if we
could get paid (meal ticket) to do it, but anyone interested in
volunteering their time can contact me.
> I'm definitely in favor of more rigorous enforcement of traffic laws,
>particularly as they apply to unsafe driving around pedestrians and
>cyclists. It's been a long-standing dream of mine to see traffic cops in
>mini-vans and station wagons, giving tickets for all the stupid things
>drivers do when they think no one is watching. I had mostly thought of that
>in terms of the highway but I wonder if it wouldn't be easier for a city
>police force to try it.
>Of course, I'm also behind education--also known as "Captain Kickstand's
>Meal Ticket"--how about a series of safe biking clinics--maybe in
>schoolyards--to teach kids how to ride safely, since it seems that children
>are among the biggest active cycling demographics. Driving in New Haven
>this afternoon I saw two kids riding wheelies between two lanes of
>cars--neat trick, but definitely not one calculated to ensure long-term
>survival. I suppose liability might be problem, but if there was some way
>for insurance and liability protection to be offered, I doubt there would be
>a shortage of volunteers to show kids safe biking techniques.
>From: David L Streever
>Sent: 8/18/04 9:51 PM
>Subject: [Elm City Cycling] pimples and proms
>I was a bit too swayed by the e-mailer describing the dangers of bike
>cast a vote for more bike lanes.
>I have been bicycling all over the state lately, and what I find worst
>are attitudes! People do not drive safely, and they want to blame you.
>doesn't matter if you are in a car driving the speed limit and turning
>appropriately or a bicyclist following traffic laws--people don't
>that conducting the safe passage of several tons of steel is something
>requires their attention!
>I have to say though... casual cyclists bicylce very dangerously as
>included at times--there are so many times that something comes up & I
>wondering. I've never read it in a booklet or been told it by
>obviously common sense is failing in these instances, because I feel
>With this in mind, I think the best ways to make New Haven more bike
>This should be being taught in drivers ed and when you go for your
>Proper safety regarding bicyclists should be a part of the test!!! Of
>this is a state issue, but perhaps the city can implement it's own form?
>Furthermore, I think that some cyclists need to learn safe biking. What
>an ongoing (indefinite) series of safe classes taught by local
>the green? It can be advertised/funded by the city. Of course you have
>liability issues, but if you can learn how to drive safely from someone,
>should be able to learn how to bike safely.
>People who are driving in a manner that is inconsiderate/dangerous
>bicycles should be penalized. While I am sure there are "umbrella"
>(Reckless driving) I'm going to guess they are not very well enforced. I
>a good show of support would be to enact one or two new laws
>protecting cyclists and then to really enforce it. People drive like
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