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Undercover operation 'Close Pass' reduced cyclist injuries by 20% in a year

An initiative to protect cyclists from dangerous overtaking has been praised, after reducing the amount of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the roads by 20% over the last year.
Operation 'Close Pass' was devised by West Midlands Police as a low cost way of preventing accidents caused by motorists who are driving too close for comfort.


(Via Tony Finch)
cycling  via:fanf  safety  overtaking  roads  bikes 
2 days ago by jm
Matt Haughey ❤️❤️💛 on Twitter: "high quality LED light tape for bikes and wheels is ridiculously cheap these days"
good thread on fitting out a bike with crazy LED light tape; see also EL string. Apparently it'll run off a 4.5V (3xAAA) battery pack nowadays which makes it pretty viable!
bikes  cycling  safety  led-lights  el-tape  led-tape  hacks  via:mathowie 
5 weeks ago by jm
Bike thief reveals tricks of the trade in this shockingly candid interview
This is an eye-opener:
A former bicycle thief has revealed the tricks of the trade in an interview, which clearly and shockingly shows the extent that thieves will go to in order to steal a bike. He talks about the motivations behind the theft, the tools used to crack locks and how the bikes were moved around and sold for a significant sum. He also gives tips on how to prevent your bike from being stolen.
[...]

'Don’t be fooled by Kryptonite locks, they’re not as tough as made out to be. Also D-bars with tubular locks, never use them, they’re the most easy to pick with a little tool. It’s small and discreet, no noise and it looks like you are just unlocking your bike. With the bolt cutters we would go out on high performance motorbikes, two men on a bike.'
bikes  locks  bike-locks  security  london  theft  lockpicking  d-locks 
may 2016 by jm
Gardai find 70 stolen bikes in one house being readied for export
The Limerick Leader quoted other unnamed gardai who said they believed those who had stolen the bikes were selling them to a third party for shipment abroad, most likely to another country in Europe. “It would seem that he has his own network on the Continent and has a lucrative market for the bikes he sends on,” said one of the sources quoted in the report. “Some of the racing bikes would fetch large sums of money on the Continent.”

Trucks were seen arriving and departing the house in Castletroy where the find was made. And while it was unclear exactly how gardai were informed of the suspicious activity, when a team of officers went to search the property they found the bikes in the back garden.
bikes  theft  limerick  crime  bike-theft  ireland  castletroy 
december 2015 by jm
Dublin Bike Theft Survey Results
Dublin Cycling Campaign's survey results: estimated 20,000 bikes stolen per year in Dublin; only 1% of thefts results in a conviction
dublin  bikes  cycling  theft  crime  statistics  infographics  dcc 
may 2015 by jm
California Says Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Is Hella Safe
A recent yearlong study by the California Office of Traffic Safety has found motorcycle lane-splitting to be a safe practice on public roads. The study looked at collisions involving 7836 motorcyclists reported by 80 police departments between August 2012 and August 2013.

“What we learned is, if you lane-split in a safe or prudent manner, it is no more dangerous than motorcycling in any other circumstance,” state spokesman Chris Cochran told the Sacramento Bee. “If you are speeding or have a wide speed differential (with other traffic), that is where the fatalities came about.”
lane-splitting  cycling  motorcycling  bikes  road-safety  driving  safety  california 
march 2015 by jm
Call for co-ordinated plan to combat soaring bike theft | Dublin Cycling Campaign
Bicycle theft in Ireland has doubled in Ireland since the introduction of the Bike to Work scheme in 2009. Almost 4,500 bicycle thefts[1] were reported in Dublin in 2013, but the actual number of bike thefts is likely to be in the region of 20,000 in 2013 according to Irish household surveys[2] and international experience[3,4]. The chances of a bike thief being caught is low, with a conviction rate of only 2%[5] or reported thefts. Approximately 230,000 bicycles are imported into Ireland each year[6]. “Bike theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. If cars were being stolen at this rate there would be uproar.” Says Keith Byrne, Chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign.

Fear of bicycle theft may discourage bicycle use and many bicycle theft victims do not buy a replacement [7,8]. “Many people give up on cycling after their bicycle is stolen and it discourages others from taking up cycling as the word about the high risk of theft spreads. We need a co-ordinated multi-agency plan to tackle bicycle theft if we are to reach the Government target of 10% of journeys by bicycle by 2020” says Keith Byrne.


Amen to that.
cycling  theft  stealing  bikes  dublin  crime  dcc  bike-to-work 
november 2014 by jm
Bike Wheel Spoke ABS Safety Reflective Tube Reflector
Available in blue, orange, and grey for $2.84 from the insanely-cheap China-based DealExtreme.com. Also available: rim-based reflective stickers
bikes  cycling  reflective  safety  dealextreme  tat 
june 2014 by jm
What Happens to Stolen Bicycles?
'Bike thievery is essentially a risk-free crime. If you were a criminal, that might just strike your fancy. If Goldman Sachs didn’t have more profitable market inefficencies to exploit, they might be out there arbitraging stolen bikes.'

Good summary, and I suspect a lot applies in Dublin too -- flea markets and vanloads of stolen bikes being sent to other cities for reselling.
via:hn  economics  crime  bikes  theft  goldman-sachs 
august 2012 by jm
The urban SUVs of bicycles
Great (Dublin-focused) writeup on cargo bikes
cargo-bikes  cycling  commute  kids  dutch-bikes  bikes 
august 2012 by jm
Pretty Penny
Importing the good old Dutch Omafiets lady's bike to Dublin, EUR269 each. that's a great price for a solid bike!
bikes  cycling  dublin  fashion  omafiets  dutch 
july 2012 by jm
Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres
back in stock at ChainReactionCycles, EUR48 each. bookmarking to buy in case the weather forecast turns shitty again this year...
weather  ice  cycling  commute  snow  bikes 
november 2011 by jm
BikeDroid
Warren's Android app to track DublinBike availability: 'Use BikeDroid to locate the nearest free bike or stand to you. Get real-time status of all bike stands displayed on a map of your city.'
bikes  dublinbikes  apps  android  mobile  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Dublin Bikes 2 Go!
'an [unofficial] mobile web application that the public can use to find 'Dublin Bikes' stations and information about bike availability'
bikes  dublin  dublinbikes  cycling  mobile  apps  iphone  android  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Dublin bikes revisited
Fantastic comparative number crunching on the JC Decaux Dublin Bikes scheme, compared to their other European cities (Brussels, Lyons, Paris, Seville), times of day, busiest stations, rainfall, etc.
bikes  dublin-bikes  cycling  dublin  ireland  jc-decaux  number-crunching  analysis  statistics  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Bicycle Safety: How to Not Get Hit by Cars
really quite good advice -- all except for "take the whole lane", which in my experience aggravates drivers and causes road rage and risky behaviour. avoid
safety  bike  cycling  bikes  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
A More Professional Solution
a paean to Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires.  sniff, if Wiggle.co.uk had their act together I'd have mine by now :(
bikes  cycling  ice  tires  sneachta  snow  schwalbe  winter  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Seattle Snowpocalypse
via Tony: a DIY snow/ice tire for bikes, using zipties.  Unfortunately incompatible with rim brakes, otherwise I'd be doing this!  (my damn ice tires are back-ordered at wiggle.co.uk until Jan 2011.)
zipties  bikes  cycling  snow  sneachta  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Build A Bike
new bike shop in Dublin, comes strongly recommended by waider
bikes  dublin  ireland  cycling  shops  from delicious
march 2010 by jm
Dubs On Wheels
'Where can I find an available DublinBike?' -- another DublinBikes mashup. hopefully JC Decaux won't C&D this one
mashups  useful  web  dublin  dublinbikes  jc-decaux  bikes  cycling  commute  from delicious
september 2009 by jm
Dublin Bikes
the new rental-bike system for Dublin from JC Decaux and Dublin City Council. woeful coverage, and eye-wateringly expensive; don't keep a bike out overnight or it'll cost you EUR30!!
dublin  bikes  dbs  rental  cycling  ireland  jc-decaux  rip-off 
august 2009 by jm

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