We’re Taking a Summer Break

Streetsblog San Francisco is taking a week-long summer break. In the meantime, please check out our national coverage at Streetsblog Capitol Hill, along with Streetsblog New York and Streetsblog Los Angeles. We’ll be back to a normal publishing schedule on August 8th. Have a great week!

  • mikesonn

    Nice take on cycling from WI.

    “So why is it that when a tragic, but very rare crash kills a person riding a bicycle, we all start to bemoan the dangers of the road, the scofflaw cyclists and the crazy drivers?  First and foremost our thoughts and comments should be of sympathy for the family and friends of the victim, then after the final details of the crash have been made public we should look for ways to prevent a similar future tragedy.

    The point here is that it may sell papers, but fear mongering and casting blame are inappropriate responses to relatively rare tragedies when someone dies riding a bicycle, which is a generally safe activity and inherently healthy thing to do.  On rare occasions an athlete has a heart attack while running, swimming, golfing, playing tennis, etc.  We don’t rant about it and advise people to stop exercising, do we?  In fact, if you really want to look at dangerous activities, most of them happen on the couch or sitting at the dinner table.”

  • Statistically speaking, cycling is less dangerous than living.

    http://www.ecovelo.info/2011/08/02/nothing-to-fear/

  • mikesonn

    Very sad.
    “[A 9-year-old boy] was walking with family members when a man driving a 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup truck north on New Montgomery – the wrong direction on the one-way street – turned west onto Mission, hitting him and a 58-year-old woman, police said.”

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