Reverse-chronological list of updates to existing articles. Most of the time, I don’t create a new article, but rather add information to a related existing article.
2/15/2018 Met with Julian Dresange, City Traffic Engineer, City of Tempe in a meeting set up by Joe Struttman, Pecos Action Group. Mostly discussed the impending re-working of McClintock which will add a through travel lane southbound but squeezes the buffered Bike lane; particularly at the bridge over US60. Julian was very generous with his time. Also Joe pointed out that Phoenix has an updated sawcut ordinance.
2/13/2018 The seemingly never-ending saga of buffered bike lane on McClintock Drive in City of Tempe is entering its next phase: a third southbound general purpose thru lane will be added back at great expense the entire distance. That is an attempt to relieve PM motorist congestion. The ‘easy’ portion will be restriped beginning Feb 2018. Other portions will require costly construction. The Bike Lane at US60 bridge deck will likely be ‘shoehorned‘ in, and bicyclists will be, um, encouraged to use a sidewalk bike path southbound at the RR underpass. Oh, and no plan to fix the bad/wrong edge line on McClintock at Elliot; that didn’t make the cut.
2/6/2018 After 11 years, the AZ legislature is finally moving forward on a “texting” ban. SB1261 passed Senate Transpo committee. “Just before casting his vote, committee Chairman Rep. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa apologized to the public for taking so long to move the bill forward. ‘Sometimes it just seems like our political ideology gets in the way of common sense’ “.
2/1/2018 AZ Legislators busy on photo-enforcement again — trying to ban it, of course… 2018 edition
1/29/2018 In the wake of the tragic death of cyclist Xiaoying Wen in a Tempe crosswalk the city of Tempe is considering changing/updating cyclist right-of-way rules. This is potentially very involved and intricate. See letter and replies from Councilman Keating.
1/11/2018 lane-splitting is lane-sharing; motorcyclist lane-splitting could soon be legal in AZ. Motorcyclist splitting and Bicyclist sharing have much in common.
1/10/2018 — Can you get a traffic ticket for rolling through one of those weird little stop signs in the strip mall parking lot? See where-do-traffic-laws-apply
1/6/2018 — Unusual case in CA, it seems to me AZ (and other states where bicycles are not defined as vehicles) probably has the same anomaly with regard to hit-and-run law: bicyclists when operating on paths, appear to not be subject to hit-and-run laws.
1/2/2018 – Sidewalk riding continues to be suggested by the mis-informed as a solution to any bicycling problem, see recent/ongoing McClintock Drive kerfluffle in Tempe.
Updated Where to ride on the Road with some additional stats and info on sidewalk riding. “The rate of major injuries… was greatest on sidewalks”, “Results suggest a need to discourage sidewalk cycling”.
12/26/2018 — Scottsdale explicitly bans any device with a motor (like e.g. ebikes, motorized bikes) from any of the city’s paths. They also, arguably, ban e-bikes from the city’s mountain preserve trails, claiming they are motor vehicles.
12/21/2017 – Added more info about speed/speeding and safety, the 85th percentile speed, and Solomon’s Curve to last year’s article 2-percent-of-rear-end-crashes-involve-a-slowly-moving-lead-vehicle
12/2/2017 – 13-year-old boy struck, killed on sidewalk in south Phoenix by susp impaired driver
11/22/2017 ASU doctoral student killed in Tempe crosswalk crash; In declining to cite the driver, Tempe police have stated that, under city law, bicyclists must always yield right-of-way in a crosswalk.