GHSA 2017 “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety”

Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has released their “A Right to the Road: Understanding & Addressing Bicyclist Safety” report which was funded by State Farm. It analyzes national data to understand fatal bicyclist-motor vehicle crash characteristics, offering 30 actions steps to help State Highway Safety Offices and local communities assess and improve their current bicyclist safety programs.

The report specifically covers safe passing and the C3FT on pages 38 and 39. Officer Simmons of the Chattanooga Police Department who heads up their Chattanooga Safe Bicycling Initiative is quoted as saying “It [C3FT] has worked flawlessly”!

The report page is available here: http://www.ghsa.org/resources/bicyclist-safety2017

The report document (PDF) is here: http://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2017-08/2017BicyclistSafetyReport-FINAL.pdf

After the report was released a webinar was conducted covering the data presented in the report.

The webinar recording is here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5969205031339182595

The associated webinar slides is here: http://www.ghsa.org/sites/default/files/2017-08/082917bicyclists_FINAL.pdf

KXAN (May 19th, 2017)

Austin offers incentives to get people to Bike to Work today

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Last year, Austin police launched a new initiative called “Safe Passing.” The operation uses two bicycles that are outfitted with a tool that measures the distance between a vehicle and a bicyclist. The bikes also have a mounted readout display that shows the measured distance so officers who are conducting the sting can immediately determine if a violation is occurring.

In Austin, drivers who are passing a cyclist must leave at least 3 feet between their vehicles and the cyclist. For large/commercial vehicles, 6 feet is the legal minimum.

 

Read the full article here: http://kxan.com/2017/05/19/austin-offers-incentives-to-get-people-to-bike-to-work-today/

Houston Press (May 17th, 2017)

Houston Police Set Up Stings To Catch Drivers Who Endanger Cyclists

“In March, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced he’d start going after drivers who pass bikes without the minimum three feet of space, using plainclothes bike cops equipped with a high-tech “C3FT” device. It’s part of a push by a number of local politicians, including Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, to make Houston safer for cyclists.

Although Houston’s “safe-passing” ordinance has been in effect since 2013, Houston police never had a good way to measure the space between a passing car and bicycle. With these new gadgets, groups like BikeHouston hope that will change.

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Read the full article here: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/houston-police-enforce-bike-passing-ordinance-9426696

Cycling Weekly (May 9th, 2017)

Texas police department implements distance measuring radar device to catch close passers

The device will make sure drivers are keeping at least three feet away when passing cyclists

“The Houston, Texas Police Department has launched a new enforcement campaign using a C3FT device on their police bicycles to help protect local cyclists.

Developed and engineered by the Austin, Texas based Codaxus LLC, the new device will allow cycling officers the ability to make sure vehicles are keeping the minimum three-feet distance when passing a cyclist.

>>> Every police force should have one of these cycling ‘close pass’ mats to educate drivers

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo announced the use of the device as part of the city’s campaign to increase protection of cyclists on the road.

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Read the full article here: http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/texas-police-department-implements-distance-measuring-radar-device-catch-close-passers-329673

ABC2 WBAY (April 17th, 2017)

Device detects motorists buzzing cyclists

“An avid cyclist from Ashwaubenon is spearheading an effort to educate motorists on the laws about passing bicycles on the road.

He showed us the new technology he hopes local police will use to help drivers and bikers share the road safely.

Peter Flucke has pedaled tens of thousands of miles across the U.S., in cities big and small and knows the drill — wear bright colors, follow the same laws as motorists and always be alert.

But the concern comes not knowing what drivers will do.

“One of the things bicyclists are most afraid of when they’re riding on the road is getting hit from behind,” says Flucke, president of WE BIKE Etc.

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Read the full article here: http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Ultrasonic-device-detects-motorists-too-close-to-cyclists-419654903.html

Cleveland.Com (March 20th, 2017)

Ohio’s new bike passing law goes into effect March 21

“Starting Tuesday, a new statewide law will require motorists to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance while passing.

HB 154, which passed in December, makes Ohio one of more than half of the states to put in place a three-foot passing law and brings together municipal efforts to legislate the safety of bicyclists. It updates a previous state law requiring drivers to pass bicyclists at a safe distance.

Across Ohio, Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, as well as Bay Village, already have enacted three-foot bike passing laws.

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Read the full article here: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/03/ohios_new_bike_passing_law_goe.html

Bike Cleveland (March 20th, 2017)

THREE FEET OF CELEBRATION

“It has taken years of hard work, and collaboration statewide to bring those sentences from dream to reality as Ohio’s 3 Foot Passing Law for Bicycles.  The last 2 days have seen the Bike Cleveland headquarters abuzz with activity.  In-person interviews with multiple news organizations, phone interviews, quote requests, and email inquiries piled up.  We were happy to indulge as many of the requests as we could, because raising the awareness of such a safety stride for Ohio cyclists is the next step in accomplishing our mission.

Our first interview began midday with Fox8 News.  We had all 3 staffers on hand to discuss the law, the C3FT device, and to capture riding footage while the weather was clear here in Cleveland.

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Read the full article here: http://www.bikecleveland.org/bike-cle/news/three-feet-of-celebration/2017/03/

ABC 19 Cleveland (March 20th, 2017)

New law enforces 3-foot cushion for bikers on Ohio roads

“CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Sharing the road with cyclists is a concept many people continue to get used to.

“A lot of times cyclists get pushed up against the curb or passed well within 3-feet,” said Jacob VanSickle, Bike Cleveland executive director.

A new law, which takes effect Tuesday, aims to enforce a 3-foot barrier by creating the penalty of a minor misdemeanor for drivers caught too close to bikers. Ohio will become one of 27 states to enforce this type of law.

“You can feel the wind of the car going by you, almost hitting your handlebars. It can be a harrowing experience,” said VanSickle.

About 50 people gathered in Public Square for a ride Monday evening, celebrating the new law they advocated for. Starting Tuesday, drivers spotted within 3-feet of a cyclist face a $150 fine.

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Read the full article here: http://www.cleveland19.com/story/34958024/new-law-enforces-3-foot-cushion-for-bikers-on-ohio-roads

Fox8 Cleveland (March 20th, 2017)

New Ohio law requires 3-foot buffer for cyclists on roads

“A new Ohio law, set to take effect Tuesday, will require motorists passing bicyclists to leave a three-foot buffer.

Ohio joins 27 other states that already have three-foot buffer laws. Previously, Ohio law simply required a safe passing distance. The new law defines that safe distance as at least three feet. Violators could face a minor misdemeanor, punishable by up to a $150 fine.

Bike Cleveland has advocated for the law, which passed in 2016 on the fourth attempt, according to the group’s Executive Director, Jacob Van Sickle. It planned a celebration ride Monday at 7 p.m. starting at Public Square.

“For us, it’s really about ensuring the safety of bicyclists on the roadway but also defining what a safe passing distance is for the general public, at least three feet,” Van Sickle said. ”A big piece of the law is public awareness and communicating to people.”

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Read the full article here: http://fox8.com/2017/03/20/new-ohio-law-requires-3-foot-buffer-for-cyclists-on-roads/

Houston Public Media (March 10th, 2017)

Houston Police Launch Enforcement & Information Campaign To Protect Bicyclists

Officers will use a device to make sure vehicles keep a minimum safe distance when they pass a cyclist.

“Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Friday afternoon a campaign to protect bicyclists from vehicles on the city’s streets.

It’s based on a law the City Council passed back in 2013 called the Safe Passing/Vulnerable Road User Ordinance. It requires that vehicles must be at least three feet away from bicyclists at all times. Also, passing trucks be at a minimum distance of six feet.

“We will be writing tickets,” Acevedo said. “And hopefully, get people to voluntarily comply with the law.”

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the law by displaying electronic public safety messages and distributing brochures.

Additionally, HPD officers will now enforce the ordinance with a new C3FT device that measures the distance at which a vehicle a passes a bicyclist.

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Read the full article here: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2017/03/10/191333/houston-police-launch-enforcement-information-campaign-to-protect-bicyclists/