Republican leadership continues their head-in-the-sand approach to lawmaking. On the heels of Phoenix’s texting ban, the house’s transportation chairman insists there is no role for legislation here: Continue reading “We don’t need any more laws”
All of the 2006 state-by-state figures are now available, as I predicted — see Arizona leads the nation — fatality rates in Arizona which were already high, have climbed again. Both the per capita traffic fatality rate and per mile rate are now 46% higher than the US as a whole. The per capita rate is over 3 times worse than the “best state”.
And for bicyclists, there is hopeful news, the 2006 number of Arizona cyclist fatalities at 29 (out of 1288 total) seems to be in line with historical trends. The 2005 number was atypically high at 35. Continue reading More Shocking Arizona Fatality Stats
If it’s legislative season, it must be time to fiddle with the DUI laws. Again. Continue reading Senate bills propose stiffer DUI penalties
The overall number killed on ATV’s are similar to the number killed on bicycles. It begs the question, is it more dangerous to ride an ATV than it is a bicycle? Continue reading ATV Safety
First, to understand the legal position you must first understand what the State of Arizona says about Sidewalk Cycling in Arizona.
I was taken aback by this newspaper story Bicyclists, motorists go by same rules, The Daily Courier (Prescott, AZ), Jan 31, 2008. Continue reading Sidewalk Cycling in Prescott Valley, Arizona
Here’s another “external” cost of motoring “Storm water that drains off highways can be a toxic brew of trash, oil, rubber, brake dust and microscopic bits of metal… In an average year, more than 6 million gallons of oil run into Continue reading Toxic runoff
Stories in the media tend to exaggerate the dangerousness of cycling. There is also a general undertone that motorists who hurt/kill cyclists tend to “get away with it”. Both these concepts have a certain element of truth, of course, but ignore the context of traffic generally. Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States — regardless of cyclist fatalities. By far the largest number of fatalities are motor-vehicle drivers and occupants. There is far more motor-vehicle traffic so this is to be expected. With regard to “getting away with it”: most negligent motorists (excepting DUI) get away with it, without regard to what it is they killed; be it a another driver, another occupant, motorcyclist, pedestrian or cyclist. Continue reading Media Bias