Posts Tagged ‘cycling’

Ara Canal Ride

April 16, 2017

I had a great ride today that was about as long I could currently handle. It wasn’t very long!

I took my bike on the subway to Ara Canal, north of us, that runs alongside the Han River. It is the start for the 4-rivers paths which apparently would take me from the mouth of the Han River to the mouth of the Nakdong River. It is a little neat that I have lived at both places.

Anyway, i got off the subway at Gyeyang. There are many bike rental places on the route including this one right at Gyeyang Station.

Get ready for a lot of photos of signs. They seem to be the easiest way for me to include distance information and maps.

On the way west, I passed this structure on the other side of the river.

I returned east on the other side so stopped at it to rest.

A friend is planning a bike hike on the 4-rivers path and plans to camp. This looks like an ‘official’ camping area.

At the west end, I could have gone a little further but stopped at this open area.  There were a few rowers out.

Props to the local subways with bike racks in the first cars!

I had trouble connecting on Map My Walk so this map starts after I had gone around halfway west. It, uh, also includes some of my subway trip at the end -if you can see I managed 54km/h, it wasn’t by pedalling.

What precisely is an accident?

March 25, 2013

@bellevillebikes (their website)  tweeted today a link to an article about pedestrian-car crashes, who was at fault and if the word ‘accident’ should be used.  The first paragraph:

In 2010, the last year the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) published such figures, a startling 4,280 pedestrians were hit and killed in traffic and 70,000 were injured. For many states, this past year was one of the most deadly in a decade, ending a general decline in pedestrian fatalities. Even still, there is a disturbing cultural willingness to accept these deaths as a necessary evil. The public increasingly blames the victims. The police rarely prosecute, and if they do, the courts are often lenient. In 2012, 136 pedestrians were killed and another 11,621 were injured in New York City alone—and in all that time, only one sober, unacquainted driver was charged.

As a fan of alternative forms of transportation, I try to follow news on the subject.  From Korea, and even more appropriate for a cycling advocate, comes news of this ‘accident’:

Seoul – A truck driver who killed three South Korean professional cyclists in a road accident has admitted he was watching a television mounted on his dashboard at the time, police said Thursday.

Tom Vandebilt, author of one of my favorite books, Traffic, has an entire blog category for misuse of the word ‘accident‘.  One excellent example is of a ‘bicycle accident’ caused by a  taxi.

The LAPD issued a directive instructing officers that a motorist can be held responsible for causing a bicycle accident even if he or she did not make direct contact with the rider — and can be arrested for fleeing the scene, Box said.

In other words, striking a bike with your car is “causing a bicycle accident.”

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Updated:

Salon.com Asks “is it time for the NYPD to investigate bicycle accidents?

Advocates for pedestrians and cyclists have long argued the NYPD should dedicate more resources to collision investigations. For Stephan, the issue hits close to home. A year and a half ago, two good friends were struck and killed by motorists in the same week, and Stephan was struck by a vehicle earlier this year while biking along Kent Ave in Brooklyn. He said the NYPD’s reluctance to carry out full investigations of these incidents points to a larger cultural bias that tends to favor drivers and views cyclists as menaces to city streets.

“I think there’s a culture of windshield perspective in the NYPD,” he said. “A lot of the officers are from Staten Island or other places where they grew up driving. Drivers don’t want to see other drivers prosecuted.”

There’s some encouraging news for cyclists, however. Earlier this month, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly sent a letter to the City Council outlining a new policy in which the department has increased the size of its collision investigation squad and loosened the conditions for dispatching investigators. According to the letter, posted in full on StreetsBlog.org, the squad had previously responded only to accidents where a victim was either dead or likely to die. Under the new guidelines, the squad will respond if there is serious injury or if a police department duty captain believes circumstances warrant action.

cycling as a contraceptive

December 15, 2010

The benefits from cycling grow and grow.  If you are male and worried about getting your significant other pregnant, cycle more.

…researchers noticed “about a two-fold increased risk of ‘low sperm concentration’ and ‘low total motile sperm'” among men who biked for at least five hours per week compared to men who did not exercise regularly.

It’s not known why the counts were lower among serious cyclists. But Wise said the harmful effects could be the result of “mechanical trauma or a prolonged increase in core scrotal temperature.”

Talking head describes cycling in various cities.

December 1, 2010

I mean, The Talking Head, David Byrne and a Boingboing description of his audio book,  Bicycle Diaries.  The audio book can be purchased or sampled here No Korean cities are mentioned but several cities with what I imagine seriously scary traffic are. This’d be a good Christmas present for me – should any readers care about that.

cyclist killed by motorist – motorist sues family of cyclist

November 16, 2010

Two stories about the legal dangers of cycling. Both from an article in Grist.

First, a motorist, passing another car at 80 mph in a 45 mph zone struck and killed a teenage cyclist.  From prison, he is suing the boy’s parents.

It’s about a man serving a 10-year sentence for killing a 14-year-old boy with his car in Prospect, Conn. The boy, Matthew Kenney, was riding his bike in the road when, according to prosecutors, David Weaving tried to overtake another vehicle at 83 miles per hour in a 45-hour zone. He was convicted of manslaughter in the case.

Now Weaving is suing the boy’s family for not making their son wear a helmet…

 

Second, a banker in Colorado struck a cyclist and fled the scene. The DA has chosen to show lenience to the driver, as to do otherwise could hurt the man’s business.

This comes just days after a story out of Colorado landed in my inbox numerous times. That one, which was written up in multiple venues, involves a high-end financial manager named Martin Joel Erzinger, who allegedly hit a man on a bicycle with his car and then fled the scene. Erzinger was allowed by the Eagle County District Attorney to avoid a felony charge in the case:

[the original article is quoting someone here and I cannot nest the indents] “Felony convictions have some pretty serious job implications for someone in Mr. Erzinger’s profession, and that entered into it,” Hurlbert said. “When you’re talking about restitution, you don’t want to take away his ability to pay.”

The second one does sound like what happens in Korea when the families of Chaebol owners face justice.

Cycling around the country

June 18, 2010

This is something I want to do, and soon.  I have some time off in July but my wife doesn’t and I am not sure about arrangements to care for the little guy so I may not be able to do it this year.

Trevor Anderson managed it last year and was mostly satisfied – after the fact, at least.  This quote reminds me of how I felt when I rode across part of Canada:

“I wasn’t really even happy with my trip when I got back. I returned to Gwangju and I thought it was kind of stupid. But now I when I look back and think about it I’m glad I did it and I’m thankful for all the things I saw along the way,” Anderson said.

Cycling in the city

March 19, 2010

A coworker told me that Busan reminded him of San Fransisco.  He was referring to the steep slopes through the city.  Busan surrounds several mountains and most point-to-point drives in the city are not straight lines.  For cyclists, it seems a tough city.  I can probably get to the in-laws and home without any major climbs (I’m not sure because I take a toll-highway) but my university and the elementary school I work at are both far up crazy steep mountain slopes.  It is challenging enough just stopping and starting in my manual-transmission car on these roads.  I have had not problems in the month or so that I’ve been here but I consistently tense when rushing from brake pedal to accelerator.

Still, I will soon be cycling in Busan.  I live near the Nakdong River, which has a good bike path beside it and I will be able to really learn about my neighborhood.

I am mentioning all this because of an article at streetsblog, via Boingboing, about Urban cycling.