Your ride didn’t change anything

June 9, 2016 § 110 Comments

The slaughter of five cyclists by speeding, erratic, and possibly impaired pickup driver Charles Pickett, Jr. in Kalamazoo made international news. For anyone who cycles in Los Angeles, the thought of getting killed by a car is a regular part of the pre-ride routine.

  1. Air the tires.
  2. Fill the water bottle.
  3. Switch on the lights.
  4. Hope you don’t get killed.

Two days after the massacre a ride of silence was held for the victims. It was massive, as this video shows. And for many it was moving. It got posted and re-posted on Facegag, where people saw themselves in place of the victims and got chills. Coulda been you, coulda been me.

I wasn’t moved by the ride of silence. I didn’t feel sadness and I certainly didn’t get goosebumps. What I got was angry. And who was I angry at?

Not at psychopath Pickett. Even if he were drunk or even if he intentionally murdered his victims I wouldn’t be angry at him. He and the psychopaths like him are part of my daily cycling existence and my law practice. They aren’t worth my anger, they aren’t worth ruining my day or especially my ride. I note their existence, give brief thanks that they missed, and continue on. If they’re a defendant, I sue them, and if I can ever get this POS Cycliq Fly12 to work, I’ll report every single case of assault I can record. But they are not worth anger.

Moreover, Pickett has been apprehended, and more incredibly charged with five counts of murder, a trick that the Palos Verdes police can’t manage even with video evidence and at least one hot lead. In the Kalamazoo case, justice will do whatever justice does, and as we know from the the arc of the process here in Los Angeles, it rarely amounts to anything at all. Ask Milt Olin’s family.

You ride, psychopath or inattentive schmo kills you, police shrug, and the moral of the story is that it sucks to be you, dead dude. You should have played golf.

Nope, I was angry at the majority of the people on the ride of silence, and even angrier at the people who named it “Ride of Silence.” The problem isn’t the psychopaths and the drunks, it’s the silence of all the cyclists that enables them. It’s the thousands of people across this country who mournfully get on their bikes and go pedal for a fallen friend and then return to life as usual, never writing an enraged letter to their elected officials, never showing up to demand change at the local level, never even bothering to report the vehicular assaults committed against THEM.

Over the past weeks I’ve tried to encourage people to report the violent crimes committed against them by providing an actual template they can use to file with the police, and several actually have. But many who have been assaulted, either out of fear or apathy or selfishness or all three, have simply gone on about their business, in silence of course. This is not merely silence, it’s killing silence, because until society hears our voices we will continue to be maimed and slaughtered.

At the PV traffic safety committee meeting this month a tiny handful showed up to voice their anger at the murder of John Bacon and the questionable deaths of two other cyclists here in the South Bay. What would that meeting have been like with a hundred raging voices? I’m pretty sure the committee chair wouldn’t have told us to “Back off!” which is how he dealt with one of the speakers.

The same people who are too busy to stop a ride and call the cops, or too busy to leave work early, ditch their family, or drive an extra hour in traffic to raise hell and demand change from the only people who can move the system are the same ones who join sad memorial rides for the dead.

In silence, of course.

I hate to tell you, but your sad silence isn’t bringing anyone back, it isn’t stopping one single psychopath from repeating the crime, and it isn’t changing one damned thing.

The sight of thousands of cyclists who are sad enough to mourn the dead but too fucking lazy to file a police report or attend a city council meeting or write a letter makes me angry.

I hope like hell it makes you angry, too.

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§ 110 Responses to Your ride didn’t change anything

  • Tom Paterson says:

    Thank you, Seth.

  • i want to help and I so appreciate your assistance as a counselor to help. Your 75-page linked template is not working well. I hope to to be a part of the surge, and if you can assist with that template, I will certainly use it!

  • Brian c says:

    Agreed we need to pipe up. When I read the prosecutors’ first quote that required investigation before charges “if any charges” would be filed I was really pissed off. Glad to see that the prosecutor had the integrity to do the right thing.

  • Deb Banks says:

    Best.Post.Ever.

  • Danny says:

    Seth, you and the latest local events has me angry so I purchased a fly 6 rear camera and now getting an extended battery for my GoPro if I’m assaulted or anyone riding with me I will now have some documentation to help with my report to the local PD I’m in. Thanks

  • kathie says:

    Did you see this? There’s no justice anywhere for cyclists. It IS maddening. http://abc7.com/news/chp-says-camarillo-woman-distracted-by-phone-kills-2-people-gets-misdemeanor/1378012/ I’ve shared your “report it post” with every cyclist group I know..

  • Brian in VA says:

    I have a friend who lives in Kalmazoo, not a cyclist. He tells me the entire community was reeling from the mass shooting back in February and are now in the same way with this senseless act. One person in each occurrence were neighbors of his. I’ll send your post to him and perhaps he’ll get something moving.

    I agree that we all need to take a stance. My Virb is now on every ride.

    • fsethd says:

      Bracing for hate mail from Kalamazoo …

      • Richard J Whitfield says:

        <- Kzoo cyclist here. No hate coming from me, just please understand that you do not know Kalamazoo. The 600+ who showed for the silent ride(not me, I was working) did so with the best of intentions. Many work actively in the community for stronger laws and better infrastructure. You might want to look up Complete Streets Coalition of Kalamazoo. Or not. Either way, what happened is obviously horrific. I'll follow your posts from now on. Thanks.

      • fsethd says:

        That’s not so bad!!

  • shano92107 says:

    For the hundredth time – thank you Seth for all of the time and effort you put into making people aware that they can make a difference. Thank you

  • LesB says:

    Have been riding with a VIRB for a couple years, off and on.
    I started getting stuff right away, no felony criminality yet, but memorable stuff.

    All you all getting cameras now, you’ll be getting stuff right away.

    Here, the driver of the white SUV passing me, observing VC Section 21760, California’s Three Inches for Safety Act:

  • Jeff says:

    I respectfully submit that this problem is not limited to “driver on cyclist” disregard and mayhem. There is also widespread “driver on driver” idiocy and mayhem. 30,000+ highway fatalities in 2015. Many more severely injured. This continued public nonchalance about highway fatalities and injuries is bewildering.

    • fsethd says:

      Agreed.

    • TomH says:

      Instead of punishing & deterring the perps of these 30K annual deaths, the gov’ts “we” elect instead mandate air bags, tire pressure sensor systems, and countless other gee-gaws on cars.
      All are attempts to compensate for bad behavior and incompetent driving _after_ the fact, and do nothing for pedestrians or cyclists.
      The consequences for DUI & texting aren’t even remotely harsh enough enough to deter those acts.
      I’ve never understood the obsession with texting — it must be some sort of mental disease. I suspect >90% of all texts are just variations on “yo, wassup, bro”

    • darelldd says:

      Yeah… but… those are *accidents!*

  • Deb says:

    On the sort of plus side, at least three concerned citizens had indeed called to report the highly erratic driving of the truck and officers were trying to find the guy. They just didn’t find him in time. So at least in Michigan, citizens DO get involved.

    A tidbit I read somewhere – the press was “chased off the (driver’s) family’s property by a front-end loader”… not sure exactly what to make of that.

  • Rab says:

    Good points! Maybe we as a general society have become too slacktavistic (? Credit for new word?) and focus too much on “raising awareness” as opposed to going face to face and confronting the issues.
    I have done that. Let some serious bullshit slide after I get past the initial anger. Been looking at things more differently in recent years and don’t want to do that again. This stokes that feeling. Thanks for calling it out.

    • darelldd says:

      #bestnewword. Slacktavist. Awesome.

    • fsethd says:

      Welcome!

    • Andy Decker says:

      Slacktivism is extremely effective in it’s volume. It’s going to get a judge recalled for letting a rapist off. Not that this ride had anything to do with activism, it was a ride to honor a person. The critical mass is on Friday’s if you want to do the ride of anger and outrage.

      • fsethd says:

        I understand and agree with people who want to honor the dead. But each one of those people would honor the dead much more by voicing their demand for change. Critical mass rides have changed little in terms of law, law enforcement, and cyclist deaths. Writing letters, attending council meetings, and filing crime reports are where it’s at. Cyclists love to cycle, but the act of riding has changed little because so few cyclists convert their riding passion into political expression. Also, the bang for the buck of slacktivism is low. Ten thousand riders means much less than five hundred people packing a city council meeting–every month for six months.

      • Tom Paterson says:

        Please. When the “self-driving” cars and trucks become mandated, injuries and fatalities of all kinds will only become more excusable and forgettable. Because the only person available for blame will be the unlucky (yes, ‘luck” will still apply) schmuck who gets run over.

        Get a lobby at the state level, foment change in laws.
        Go to the insurance companies and foment change in their practices.

        Make it actually, really tough on drivers who run over people. Extra fines/punishment for “I didn’t see him”. Because you’re supposed to see them when you’re driving.

      • fsethd says:

        Yes. And combine penalties with higher insurance coverage.

      • Rab says:

        Just to clarify, I was in no way trying to disparage this or any ride of silence whatsoever. My point was that we (myself being exhibit A) tend to get a bit outraged, piss and moan a bit, then after a few rides its water under the bridge. We move on and nothing changes.
        And slacktivism isn’t all bad, but as someone pointed out, we need to do all of these things.
        (I’m personally not a big fan of critical mass rides, believe more in the firm but even keeled approach. A punch in the face will get a lot of attention but more often than not it won’t produce a net positive outcome. Clogging the roads to make a point isn’t going to suddenly enlighten a bunch of already dim drivers, just add fuel to their fire. But then I’ve just grown out of my punk rock smash-the-glass days…)
        My point was that we as a minority group can’t let up. We need to show up in city council meetings, regularly, in numbers. Push the elected, support the candidates who might help. Become more of a constant force, and try to work with those groups that just might help increase cycling safety in various forms.
        It’s not something I relish, I’d rather be riding my bike (or getting kicked in the cojones for that matter) than go to a city council or planning meeting, but then I also like the idea of improving my odds of coming home from every ride car-contact free. And I’m seeing that this actually works as some of my more involved friends have worked with groups in our area to improve situations for cyclists. But it does take involvement, and I suspect there’s a lot more lazy asses like myself that could help push a bit more, maybe help increase/improve results. Keep the pressure on, then turn it up a notch. And it’s damn easy to sit and type this but I’m ready to walk it too.

      • fsethd says:

        Yes.

      • darelldd says:

        >> Please. When the “self-driving” cars and trucks become mandated, injuries and fatalities of all kinds will only become more excusable and forgettable. <<

        Maybe we shouldn't focus so much on excusability and forgettability if we can achieve significantly safer streets. The overwhelmingly likely result of autonomous cars is far fewer injuries and fatalities than we experience today (and let's not pretend that the ones occurring today are NOT being excused and forgotten). If we kill and hurt far fewer people (and animals and other property), I think we can call that a win, no?

      • Tom Paterson says:

        (opinion) Trying to fix bad driving by taking driving away rubs this 50’s kid (b. 1949) the wrong way, and real hard, too.
        Giving up your self-determination and mobility? Bad idea.
        Change the laws, make the insurance companies actually do some public good instead of just taking your money and calling you a fool behind your back.

        “Get a lobby”.

        A parallel: “The Cloud”? There isn’t a “cloud”, it’s just someone else’s computer. You gave them your data, and now they have control of it. And you have to ask to use it. Another real bad idea.

        Resist the Machines. Maybe they will take over, but resist anyhow.

      • fsethd says:

        Fuck yes.

      • darelldd says:

        I’m in agreement that insurance companies should actually do something with our money. And there are many, many other ways we can make human driving better. However… When you reach the age where you can no longer drive yourself (or know somebody who is sight impaired or otherwise prevented from driving him or herself) you may find that this technology that appears to be “taking away” your driving actually allows you to keep your driving. So pretty much the opposite.

        Not all technology is out to get us. And this one has a really good chance of keeping us alive longer while maintaining our freedom of transportation. It isn’t the boogyman that many are afraid of – IMO.

      • fsethd says:

        Who is IMO and why does he keep spamming my blog?

      • darelldd says:

        I’m Mr. Optimistic. Who the hell are you?

  • darelldd says:

    Ok, so seriously. How do we change this movement from riding in submissive silence to The Ride to be Heard?

  • I agree with a lot of this but I’m left with the big question: Why not all of the above? Can’t we have legal action, direct political activism & broad awareness events? I’m for fighting this battle on all fronts.

    • fsethd says:

      Yes! Awareness is great when it puts something on the general public’s radar screen, such as thousands of people mourning a murder victim. But awareness isn’t activism, it’s a component of it and has to be followed with direct verbal action. Letters, attending meetings, showing up to file reports. Memorial rides are also cathartic in a good way …

      • Ann Arbor’s ride next Wednesday will have the Mayor, many council members and the city Police in tow. If /one/ person sees the ride and recognizes cyclists as humans instead of “bikes,” it was worth it and valid (IMHO).

  • …time for some Creative Disruption.
    Orange style.

    • fsethd says:

      Yes.

    • Stuart says:

      I like Al McWilliams comment; “If /one/ person sees the ride and recognizes cyclists as humans instead of “bikes,”. Isn’t that a lot of the problem, that cyclists are seen as machines rather than humans. Most cyclists dress in a uniform of Lycra, bright colours, dark glasses and helmets. Contrast that with the average dutch cyclist who rides in their working clothes; they look like people.

      • fsethd says:

        I’ve heard many anecdotes from lycra-ites that when they wear shorts and ride a cruiser, cagers are nicer.

  • jamesw27 says:

    I have been hit. I purchased a fly 12 and have ridden with a fly 6 for a while. The issue is LEO’s don’t want to see the footage. and dismisses an incident with a school bus as no harm no foul. I have several videos but they speak to blind eyes

  • John Rawlins says:

    Europeans will tell you after returning from a visit to the US that Americans are poor drivers. I believe this is the result of a sense of entitlement to the whole road, a large number of very old drivers, and a national tendency to do other things while driving (drinking coffee, phoning, texting, and eating). The result is an accident and death rate that is way above the most dangerous of European nations.

    • fsethd says:

      Wide straight roads, big vehicles, high speeds, cheap gas, cheap licenses, minimal training = shit drivers, or as I call them “pointers.”

    • darelldd says:

      >> The result is an accident and death rate that is way above <<

      Our accident rate is very, very low. I can't even recall the last time I witnessed or heard about a traffic accident. On the other hand, our fatal collision rate is frighteningly and embarrassingly high. I'll bet that's what you meant?

  • dparkruns says:

    Well said – agree 100% with this. Exactly where my anger is directed as well. I hope it kicks people into action.

  • Andy Decker says:

    Bullshit self-loathing diatribe. I read your other post with the sample form and couldn’t agree more. But a “ride of silence” replaces a “moment of silence” because that’s how we roll. We have critical mass for the ride of outrage and awareness. And there was nothing silent about the whir of a thousand bikes (or however many) showing solidarity. Why diss on people riding bikes in memory of a fallen comrade? Did you mom not hug enough that you need to seek attention that bad?

    • fsethd says:

      “When you don’t like the message, attack the messenger.” Sorry that you are so profoundly ignorant about how change occurs that you think whirring wheels equals attending council meetings, writing letters to elected representatives, and filing police reports. If it were, every Saturday morning group ride would be a political movement.

      Write a dozen letters, attend a dozen council meetings, file a dozen police reports, and then get back to me.

  • Toronto says:

    Angry over this? Goddamn right!. How angry? Howard Beale angry. Peter f*cking Finch angry who hollered 40 years ago: ” I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

    I am that mad and I am not going to take ‘it’ anymore. It is time for me to commit to action. I am willing to allocate time and effort to lobby, educate and advocate for the rights and LIVES of cyclists. Count me IN for the long haul.

  • Angela Bowers says:

    I appreciate your perspective however a lot of us who rode in the Ride of Silence in mourning and memory of our friends/family also got angry and did write to the prosecutor, to our representatives in Lansing and more. We thanked police officers for their help (goes a long way to building good relationships) and I read today that there is a new bill that was introduced this week that would toughen Michigan laws to bring more severe action to those that hit cyclists and runners with a vehicle. So before you rage at those of us who turned out to ride in mourning, unity and memory, because you think that’s all we did, maybe you should realize that the cycling community here in Kalamazoo is seriously strong!

    • fsethd says:

      I’m not raging at you, but at the majority, as I said in my post, who have never raised their voices. It’s the same everywhere; cathartic rides that result in one-off expressions and no long term political activism. Congrats on the bill, maybe it will become a law. And most cycling communities are super strong. They have to be in the face of relentless assault. Translating that into political change is often a different story.

  • Kevin Grishkot says:

    Sorry to say, but you’re wrong on all counts. The problem here isn’t cyclists, like me, who have figured out how to make the Fly6 and the Fly 12 work, and have the skills to make video evidence and report same to police, court commissioners and anyone else who’ll listen. The problem here is the silent indifference, outright rejection, and sometimes, counter charges that one is greeted with when you report the car driver who tries to kill you. The trouble is, also, with an unwilling legislature, complete with their own set of biases and prejudices, who steadfastly refuse to budge on the issue of cyclist or pedestrian safety. Symbolic gestures, like the ride of silence are the ONLY thing we have to get our point across.

    • fsethd says:

      Who picks the commissioners, council members, and legislators? Every law enforcement agency has a procedure for reporting crimes. I can’t believe yours does not. We face the same resistance here but have learned how to get crime reports filed. And the harnessed political actions of those 10,000 silent riders would result in vastly more change than simply bicycling.

  • Anamika says:

    I have a POS Cycliq Fly 6 too. An expensive piece of frustration.

  • Shameless_Document_handler says:

    Seth, your document as a PDF and “blankified” is here:

    http://rapapet.users.sonic.net/sample_crime_report_pdf2.pdf

    I reorganized it a little, but it should be recognizable.

    Also worth noting: you should share the file as a text file (.txt) for maximum portability. No matter what kind of document editing software, the user has, they can open and use the example. I’ve done this for you.

    http://rapapet.users.sonic.net//sample_crime_report_pc245.txt

    You probably heard about the two cyclists that died in Camarillo a couple of days ago. https://www.reddit.com/r/bicycling/comments/4nevgr/camarillo_woman_distracted_by_phone_kills_2_gets/

    Misdemeanor…

    • fsethd says:

      Thanks so much. Yes, I heard about the killer and her “sentence.” I mean, we have to take pity on people who kill others because they were careless. The survivors will get over it, I’m sure.

    • darelldd says:

      Thanks for the effort, Shameless. And because no good deed should go unpunished, I’m going to ask for more: Is it possible to make the example text erasable in the PDF? This thing would be great to use for filling, but the example stuff under the lines would just confuse things

      Cheers.

  • Evan says:

    I got tired of waiting for LA to change, tired of feeling rage, fear, and futility. As often happens when you take a step back and reevaluate, the answer became startlingly obvious: move to somewhere the people don’t hate you and, well, there are fewer people.

    There is no sprawling megalopolis in the world that is friendly to bikes. (Silicon valley has slightly better infrastructure but its population density is about a quarter that of the denser parts of LA.) It’s not unique to LA, it’s just human nature, the behavior of groups. People drive observably differently at rush hour as compared to off hours. People drive differently in LA than they do in some tiny old world town center.

    There is only one solution I can foresee actually taking hold and making a difference in our lifetime, which is self driving car technology.

    • fsethd says:

      For those of us who can’t move, we have to demand change. Riding in Tokyo is not nearly as nerve racking as riding in LA; same for Berlin, two big cities I’ve ridden in. When cyclists begin speaking through political channels change will happen. In many small ways it already is.

    • channel_zero says:

      Drivers must adapt to multiuse streets.

      The automated car will be trained to be the dominate vehicle. Yes, yes, I know “do no harm” and all that but, they’ll just come up with another word like accident.

      • darelldd says:

        >> The automated car will be trained to be the dominate vehicle <<

        So inappropriate dominance like we have today…. but minus the deadly drunken/sleepy/texting/unskilled/pissed-off road-ragers behind the wheel?

      • Tom Paterson says:

        darelldd: I can’t reply in sequence.
        I don’t share your (apparent) dream.
        I know automobiles will probably become auto-driving transportation devices.
        At that point, a great deal of self-determination will be lost forever.
        This, frankly, is fear driven.
        I’m afraid too, whether in my upholstered tin can or on two wheels, protected by lycra only.
        But I don’t want to give up my freedom.

        Try changing laws and insurance company practices first.
        Make driving a privilege that can easily be lost forever.
        Jail terms for multiple “accidents”, at the very least.
        Extremely expensive insurance rates for careless drivers, and jail for driving without insurance– violators taken right from the point of the offense, booked and held. Right there.

        The problem, basically, is one of attitude– “I can do anything I want out here and get away with it”. When that changes, and it will take force to change that grand tradition, then behavior will change.

      • darelldd says:

        HI Tom –
        I will also lament the loss of driving my own car if and when that time comes. EXCEPT for those times when I want the freedom of not having to drive my own car. Or when my dad wishes to safely get somewhere without having to wait for somebody to drive him. If I have a “dream” it is one where far fewer people are needlessly killed on the roads. I’m quite agnostic about how we achieve that.

        As I age, I’ve begun to consider all motorized transportation as…. transportation. If I wish to be somewhere, I’d like to be somewhere. Getting there is almost never half the fun. It turns out that when I get on a commercial plane, it is effectively fully autonomous. That wasn’t done to take away the Pilot’s freedom or self-determination.

        I cannot stop the feverish pursuit of autonomous automobiles. And clearly they will not lead us to Nirvana. But there are some significant benefits that can come of this that cannot be ignored. And you’ll get no argument from me about trying to change personal behavior. Your examples are outstanding, and should be our current state of affairs. But just like taxing gasoline up to $5-10 so it can begin to come close to paying for itself and the infrastructure that it requires – there is no political will in this country to ever make owning and operating a car even mildly more difficult or financially out of reach. Sadly, there is only so much time in the day for me to beat my head against the wall.

        Oh! I’ll add several more to your list: A driver’s license that actually means you know how to drive. A driver’s license that old people don’t get to keep right up until they’re completely blind, deaf and incapable. 16-year-olds do not get to drive. (will anybody be able to explain why we can drive at 16, but not vote until 18, and not drink until 21?

        We currently consider driving a right of the American public. THAT has to change.

      • fsethd says:

        I hate agreeing with two people who are basically in agreement.

      • darelldd says:

        Probably what’s best here is a group hug.

      • fsethd says:

        I agree.

  • Linda DuPriest says:

    I feel the same as you about Rides of Silence, and I’m grateful you said it. I’ve seen hundreds of bicyclists show up at these things that never go to a City Council meeting or spend one second in political activities that might actually make a difference.I’ve been a professional bike advocate and policy/planning expert for over 20 years, and I feel the Kalamazoo murders are a watershed moment for bicycling in the U.S., if everyone can get off their ass and do something.

  • William Robison says:

    #VisionZero #YouOwnaCarNotTheRoad

  • Rodney Carter says:

    Thanks for the blog. The raid rage and distracted drivers are getting out of hand. It seems all an offender has to say is “I didn’t see them” and it’s over . Justice is a joke for cyclists.

  • Unfiled report by anonymous says:

    How do I locate the crime code for a state other than California Is assault with a deadly weapon always 245pc in all states. Yes I’m guilty of not turning in a report. I started it but couldn’t find the code in my state.(lame excuse) . I am a coward and scared of receiving a second ticket before my trial for my first ticket. I purposely left out any identifying information in this post. and request you don’t identify me.Is it really worth reporting if you have no witnesses and no cameras.

    Police Department Supplementary Report

    Date 6/1/2016 File NO: To be added by law enforcement

    (Crime)
    C: Assault with Deadly weapon Action Active/

    V:(Victim) Me

    Date6/1/2016
    Location
    roadname and nearest intersection name.

    Suspect
    S White male possibly late teens early 20s
    Licesense plate HXA 1004

    On 6/1/2016 at approximately 1900 hours I was riding alone on (roadname) road in accordance with chapter ## section # on a narrow road with only one lane of travel in my direction and no shoulder or possibility for turnout and oncoming traffic in a narrow lane of traffic. Driver behind me could not wait for a safe turnout or shoulder to appear. Honked horn incessantly and started to accelerate. I was forced to move laterally to my right hugging the curb as the driver passed very closely narrowly escaping injury.

    • fsethd says:

      Best move is to take your report and tell the police you are there to report a violent crime. But you have to know which crime and include all its elements. Reporting provides evidence to convict and sentence the next time he does it.

  • Paul Sotherland says:

    Hello again, Seth – Though this http://www.wsj.com/articles/five-bicycles-in-kalamazoo-1465945453?tesla=y and this http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/lance-armstrong-rallies-kalamazoo-cycling-community-after-tragedy/ are probably not the only action for which you (and I and MANY others) are striving, perhaps the attention they bring to the situation will help get us there.  Again…time will tell…

    By the way…the “Finish the Ride” ride yesterday evening was pretty amazing.  Hundreds of bicyclists riding a 28 mile route with the entire road all to ourselves (thanks to folks in law enforcement leading the ride and blocking intersections), at a pretty decent clip (16 mph average…not fast, but not poking along), through hundreds of folks lining the route, some cheering us along others silent and weeping.  Now, as you have already noted in your blog post, I hope all of this emotion leads to effective change.

    And…for what it’s worth…the three guys interviewed in the Cycling News story – Bobby Hopewell (Kalamazoo Mayor), Zolton Cohen (past president of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club), and Paul Seldon (organizer of Bike Friendly Kalamazoo http://bikefriendlykalamazoo.org/) – are all doing the kind of work at meeting after endless meeting to accomplish the goals you noted in your admonition.
     
    Thanks for doing your part to “pull” us through to reaching those goals in the face of frequent headwinds.
     
    Cheers – Paul

  • Mark Hagar says:

    Have you ever attended a funeral service?

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