Trails are good, bikes and phones are bad

By Adam Newman

A couple things that caught my eye this week:

Our hometown of Pittsburgh has an excellent network of bike lanes and trails. One of the local papers ran a piece last week highlighting the number of people that may not exactly use the trail as a criteria for choosing a living space, but once they’re there, they take advantage of it. More proof that "if you build it, they will come." 

Our neighbors in Cleveland opened a new bike parking facitilty recently that gives riders indoor, locking bike parking spaces, lockers and showers to make bike commuting even easier. Rates at The Bike Rack run $5 a day or $25 a month. There is even a full-service repair shop on hand just in case.

Finally, any cyclist would agree that it’s dangerous to share roads with drivers who are texting or talking on their cell phones, but in California, they might lose that privlidge themselves. New legislation would not only stiffen the penalties for motorists, but would extend the ban to cyclists as well. For bicycle violators, the fine would be $20 for a first offense and $50 thereafter. There will be no added fees or driving-record points.

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