Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The city commission will ask judges to set fines at $150.
The Decatur City Commission voted Monday night to make it illegal for automobiles to travel in marked bike lanes. The city commission will recommend municipal judges set fines at $150--the same as for improper lane usage. Since it's a city ordinance and not a sate law, violations would not result in the assessment of points. A memo from Asstistant City Manager David Junger explained how the ordinance came about: After installation of the new marked bike lanes on West Ponce de Leon Avenue in the spring of 2012, the Decatur Police Depmiment began receiving complaints that motor vehicles were using the bicycle lanes to pass other vehicles resulting in an unsafe condition, particularly with westbound vehicles use the bicycle lanes and parking …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Do bicyclists routinely break traffic laws and anger motorists?
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- Ralph Ellis
Thursday, April 12, 2012
NPR posted a story recently with the headline, "Cyclists at Center of Bitter Debate Over Bike Lanes." The article said bike lanes are running into opposition in places like New York because some motorists just don't like bicyclists. The reason? The drivers say bicyclists don't obey the traffic laws. That got me thinking about my own bike-riding habits. I'll be honest: I cut corners sometimes. If I come to a stop sign with no cars in sight, I'll roll through it. If I see cars coming, I'll stop. The busier the traffic, more more law-abiding I become. If I'm in a car, I won't roll through a stop sign unless it's on a deserted country road. As a car driver, I've been stuck behind bicylists on a busy two-way street, unable to pass and forced to…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Meeting starts at 6 p.m. in city hall.
A community workshop to discuss alternative plans for pedestrian safety improvements at Clairemont, Church Street and Commerce intersections and bike lanes on Church Street will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in city hall. About 40 people attended a similar workshop in September, at which the city unveiled the possibiltiy of building a roundabout at Church and Lucerne streets. The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded Decatur a $2.1 million grant through its Livable Cities Initiative (LCI) for bike and pedestrian improvements along Clairemont, Commerce and Church streets. The bike/pedestrian improvement plans can be found on the City of Decatur website.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Decatur Commissioner Fred Boykin shares a video that shows how the Dutch integrated biking into their transportation system.
Decatur City Commissioner Fred Boykin, owner of a bike shop, passed along this great video from the Dutch Cycling Embassy. The group describes itself as a network of private companies, universities and research institutions and national and local governments. The 7-minute, 22-second video, "Cycling for Everyone," tells how that European nation made major changes in its transportation system decades ago to accommodate bicyclists. It starts with historical footage accompanied by omnious background music, then switches to the modern day with a repetitive pop riff that sticks in your brain. In the modern-day part of the video, a young woman purchases a bike, cruises through clean city streets, parks at a train station, boards the train, rents …