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Old 01-31-24, 12:41 PM
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Bicycle accidents increase drastically in Michigan, study says

In the past three years, Michigan has seen a 64% increase in bicycle accidents that resulted in fatalities. There were 1,340 traffic crashes involving bicyclists in 2022 and from 2020 to 2022, 103 bicyclists were killed in Michigan, according to the State Police.Long-time cyclist and former Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Carek expressed his concerns regarding bicyclists’ safety.

“I’ve been cycling for about 50 years now, and I consider myself to be a confident rider,” said Carek, the director of education for the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

“ I often bike in the Metro Detroit area where I see a lot of drivers disregard bikers or don’t take them seriously,” he said. “I see drivers who are intentional about their dislike for cyclists, and this creates very dangerous conditions on the road.”

Full article: https://greatlakesecho.org/2024/01/2...an-study-says/
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jeff carek puts it lightly. the hatred goes much deeper. People deliberately break bottles, toss screws, drag tree limbs on to the paved pathways & when its called it, it rarely draws attention to it.
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Originally Posted by detroitjim
In the past three years, Michigan has seen a 64% increase in bicycle accidents that resulted in fatalities. There were 1,340 traffic crashes involving bicyclists in 2022 and from 2020 to 2022, 103 bicyclists were killed in Michigan, according to the State Police.Long-time cyclist and former Washtenaw County Deputy Sheriff Jeff Carek expressed his concerns regarding bicyclists’ safety.

“I’ve been cycling for about 50 years now, and I consider myself to be a confident rider,” said Carek, the director of education for the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

“ I often bike in the Metro Detroit area where I see a lot of drivers disregard bikers or don’t take them seriously,” he said. “I see drivers who are intentional about their dislike for cyclists, and this creates very dangerous conditions on the road.”

Full article: https://greatlakesecho.org/2024/01/2...an-study-says/
I'd like to add;

With how things evolve, I hope I am wrong, but I can see the state/local areas slapping down hard like some under inflated gatorskin tires on cyclists with regulations/ordinances that hinders a riders ability to continue enjoying a public ride. Lets hope I am wrong & we all see favorable infrastructure improvements & changes.
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Old 02-01-24, 06:37 PM
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why doesnt michigan plant in place more electronic warning notification speed limit signs in areas that are no faster than 35 mph? they're mostly in 50 MPH zones, which is pointless.
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Old 02-05-24, 12:19 PM
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"The Office of Highway Safety Planning awarded grants to eight law enforcement agencies to address bicyclist injuries and fatalities and focus on enforcing the state’s bicycle safety laws."

State: Hey, wanna discourage more cyclists from riding while increasing revenue!
Police: hmmm... will you create more vague laws & policies to support it?
State: Sure!!!
Police: Awesome, I'm in!
State: Fannnnntastic!
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So much for that worthless 3ft law.
Do most motorist even know about this? I believed that when this first came out, no one would know, or even care about it.
We need larger shoulders. Minimum 3f on ever non-residential road. And they must be maintained. And then laws passed the cyclists must use these if they exist unless blocked by things, such as a dead deer. And motorists must not go into the shoulders unless it is an emergency.
But this costs money to implement. And Michigan would rather spend money on welfare programs.
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Some of the problems are caused by vehicle drivers some by bike riders...it's a bad mix...it won't change any time soon.
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Old 02-18-24, 06:43 PM
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Pretty much the sole reason I stopped my road bike. Not to mention the only paved roads in my area are higher traffic county roads with the good ol boys in their diesel pickups with wheels that obnoxiously stick out thinking they own the road. gravel back roads and no pathways yet up here in the Thumb for knuckleheads to boobytrap.
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The root cause is that millennials are having kids now and are too lazy to parent them. So we have this generation of completely selfish people and worse, people who think its funny to hurt others.
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The root cause is that millennials are having kids now and are too lazy to parent them. So we have this generation of completely selfish people and worse, people who think its funny to hurt others.
bad parenting is becoming more prevalent than ever before imo.
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An "accident' implies something that was caused out of carelessness, or a momentary distraction. Methinks we are not discussing "accidents".
BTW I drive a cage and I will tell you, things are getting worse in cars where I live.
It's an effing gladiator school out there on a bike I am sure.
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The worst driving I've ever seen was through Detroit on the way to Toronto last summer.
The only thing that can explain it is lack of law enforcement. It was BAD. Lots of cars (mostly domestic muscle) weaving through traffic at 90+ mph. (in a 60 mph zone)
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Originally Posted by Henry III
good ol boys in their diesel pickups
They seem to love "coal rolling" cyclists until.... they end up stopping at a light or for another car just a few dozen meters after "coal rolling" me. I'm up to two driver side mirrors I've damaged in the last 6 months.
Always funny how they freak out and speed off once they've pissed off a cyclist who has now caught up with them. They're so tough...until caught.
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Originally Posted by friday1970
They seem to love "coal rolling" cyclists until.... they end up stopping at a light or for another car just a few dozen meters after "coal rolling" me. I'm up to two driver side mirrors I've damaged in the last 6 months.
Always funny how they freak out and speed off once they've pissed off a cyclist who has now caught up with them. They're so tough...until caught.
If you smash their mirror and then they shoot you, witnesses would say you attacked him. He could say he was afraid for his life and be justified in shooting you.
It's not a good situation to put yourself in.
Here's a similar situation:


...and a follow-up, where the shooter (in the red van) was acquitted, probably based on that video evidence:
https://www.21alivenews.com/2023/12/...ng-caught-cam/
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