Links roundup: Traffic school, community bikes, and a new Secretary of the Interior

By Montana Miller

Bike Traffic School deflates fines on ticketed cyclists

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition in San Fransisco has partnered with the Alemeda Police Department to program to start a Bike Traffic School. Cyclists with moving offences can reduce their fines by going to traffic school. The fines are used to cover the cost of the class, making the program self-sustaining. And a partnership with a local ice cream shop allows police to reward safe riders, by giving them tickets for free ice cream cones.

From the Alliance for Biking and Walking.

One bike gets a scholarship program rolling in Cambodia

Bill and Nancy Bamberger of San Diego visited Cambodia in 2002. They were impressed by the friendliness of the people they met. Nancy’s hairdresser, who’s Cambodian, recently went home to her old village and bought a $40 bike for the community. For their 40th anniversary, the Bambergers decided to buy the village another bike. Friends found out about the bikes and wanted to help. Donations started piling up, and eventually, that one bike led to the construction of a new school and the Reach for the Sky scholarship program.

From Fast Company.

Aspen may legalize yielding at stop signs

Officials in Aspen, Colo. are considering changing their traffic law, and allowing bikes to yield at stop signs instead of coming to a hard stop. Cyclists would still be required to stop for vehicle that had the right of way, but if no cars were coming, they could roll right through. Which most cyclists do anyway, as Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn acknowledged. The law is modeled on a similar law in Idaho.

From the Aspen Times.

Transportation Sectretary Ray LaHood discusses bike share programs

On NPR’s Dianne Rehm Show, Secretary LaHood said that he’s proud of the bike share programs that have been developed in Washington D. C. and Denver. In the transcript of the show, the conversation turns to bikes at 10:20. LaHood has just announced that he’ll be stepping down from his possition. He was the only Republican member of President Obama’s cabinet.

From The Dianne Rehm Show.

Former REI chief picked to head the Interior Department

Sally Jewell has been nominated to be the new Secretary of the Interior. Because of her experience as CEO of the outdoor retailer, major bike advocacy organizations approve of her nomination. “She understands mountain biking, the importance of easy bike routes for people of all ages, and the value of the recreation tourism economy,” said Tim Blumenthal, president of Bikes Belong. The Department of the Interior oversees one fifth of all the land in the US.

From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.


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