CVE founder is featured in the January issue of BRAIN

Craig Davis is featured in a January issue of BRAIN article titled “The traffic-safety opportunity.”

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  1. Tim Potter on January 9, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulations Craig! This is a definite leap forward for your efforts!

  2. Darrel Stickler on January 9, 2024 at 3:17 pm

    The video evidence portion of this article was not supported by all the policy/safety verbiage, which constituted the majority of the article. Banning right turn on red, for example, will only aggravate drivers, including me (an avid cyclist). Pedestrians can and should be looking back before stepping out into the street because people make mistakes (or are idiots). There is no reasonable risk mitigation when riding legally along the right-hand side of the road and being clipped (or slaughtered) by a motorist that can’t or doesn’t care to judge the width of their vehicle. Let’s focus on the big problems.

    • Tim Hurley on January 10, 2024 at 5:51 pm

      If waiting for a green before turning right aggravates you, there are three things you can do to alleviate your frustration. 1) Leave earlier so you’re not in such a rush. 2) Do a quick calculation to determine just how valuable the couple of seconds you may have saved are to you, versus the risk you present to other street users. 3) Broaden your perspective to better understand you’re not the only user of our roadways, and that as the operator of a multi-ton vehicle with probable significant sight-line deficiencies, it is your moral, if not legal, responsibility to do all you can to ensure the safety of anyone not so encased in protective steel. Doing these three things will immediately address the #1 big problem: the assumption of roadway primacy by motorists. Pedestrians do need to be aware. So do cyclists. But blaming them, or sloughing off dangerous motorist behavior due to mistakes or idiocy, suggests that the responsibility for safety lies solely with those most vulnerable. Perhaps the comment should be “Motorists can and should be looking all around them, driving at a speed appropriate for safe conditions, and legally restricted from dangerous maneuvers, because people make mistakes.” Speed limits aggravate drivers; stop signs aggravate drivers; Slow Streets aggravate drivers; just about everything that impedes a driver’s ability to behave in a fully self-centered manner aggravates drivers. Is this a good reason to avoid policies that are protective of other roadway users?

      • Bruce Dughi on January 24, 2024 at 8:48 pm

        Very well said, Tim. I agree that the assumption of primacy by motorists is probably the biggest problem. Even among cars, there is a hierarchy–bigger cars trump smaller ones.

  3. Joshua on January 9, 2024 at 4:57 pm

    Honestly I just wish they would enforce the 3 feet pass rule in California. I’d guess someone buzzes me at least once a month. (not just the normal violations. I mean something that leaves me shaking afterward) I wish we could instantly report our camera evidence so these drivers can be ticketed, or at least reminded not to be an asshole and put others lives in danger. Thanks for all the work you’re doing! It feels like an uphill battle for just the basic level of respect.

  4. Ron H on January 9, 2024 at 6:13 pm

    Great article! Thanks for this. I am behind banning Right on Red in my city, San Francisco, at least from about 7am – 9pm. There are so many pedestrians and bicyclists that it presents a danger. I don’t find it relevant that any particular person will be “aggravated”. I also believe in fighting for safety in numerous ways at once. Great work!

  5. Karl Hodges on January 12, 2024 at 9:23 am

    Gaining enough respect from police to get them to enforce laws on the book, even if they do benefit cyclists, should be a major concern. When we’re casting about for issues that could benefit all society, the one that comes to mind is evenhandedness from law enforcement agencies. I’ve lost a great deal of respect for such people over the years. Some actually came into my bicycle shop to complain about bicyclists on the road (who thinks that way?). In other situations- like the time a gunman held Greg LeMond and two of my college roommates at gunpoint for what must have felt like an eternity, the Sheriff of El Dorado County wasn’t about to issue an arrest warrant- until his own son pointed out that this “bikie” was World Champion and his poster hung in the kid’s bed room. Showing how serious they were about citizens threatening bike riders with guns, the Sheriff finally made an arrest- but let the perp go the next day, and returned his gun to him
    Our gunman took his gun straight to the local hospital and shot his brother in law through the head. So, sometimes enforcing the law can save lives, even if you have to go so low as to enforce it for people you can’t respect

    • Bruce Dughi on January 24, 2024 at 8:56 pm

      Wow Karl, that is quite a story. Was the brother-in-law one of your roommates or a cyclist? Why did the gunman kill his brother-in-law? I agree that getting law enforcement to enforce the law is critical to changing behavior to make cycling safer. I do not know why they are so reluctant–frustrating.

      • Karl Hodges on January 25, 2024 at 9:16 am

        Yes, it was shocking, but I’d seen police resistance to bicycling many times before through my association with the Davis Double Century- worst of all while I was president of the DBC. No, the victim in this case wasn’t related to the ride in anyway, most likely someone who was under his skin. I’m afraid that the old saw “power corrupts” is at play and I’ll stand by saying police have too much power- particularly when they don’t have to face the same criminal justice system the rest of us live by. I’ve seen some remarkable research on power that shows just how easily people can fall under it’s spell. A rigged game of Monopoly, driving really big cars (guess who has those) appear to erode, if not erase typical human morality. I also fear that cyclists are too often dehumanized because their vehicles don’t convey much prestige.
        In the final analysis, we need more sophisticated testing for those who will be given a badge- before we hand them a gun and too much leeway

  6. Elaine Salinger on January 13, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    Well done Craig! Congratulations! Any coverage of improving cyclists’ safety is a great article. We need more like this and over and over.

  7. Bruce Dughi on January 24, 2024 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks Craig–a really nice article. Sounds like you had a thorough conversation with Paul Tolme, the author, as he seemed to relay your points correctly. Sometimes reporters don’t quite understand what they report. Vicky Clarke’s comment caught my eye, “the fear of being hit by a car is the biggest factors holding back bicycling in this country”. You have been saying this for years! I know of many families that would love for their children to ride to school but fear prevents them. I know of plenty of people who would love to try cycling but are afraid. We need to remove that fear so that we can get more people out of their cars. In addition to improving infrastructure, we need to improve attitudes toward cyclists and dangerous behaviors associated with driving. Cameras capture that dangerous behavior so that we can feed that back to the driver with the help of law enforcement.

    • Karl Hodges on January 25, 2024 at 9:29 am

      I agree that fear stands in the way for many, but I have a hard time calling bicycling dangerous. Before the people who claim we are 20 times safer on a bicycle than sitting here typing away, I got hold of the longevity numbers and came out with 80 times safer (modern safety numbers usually include a “conservative factor” where results are divided by 4). But that’s hardly the biggest change in the way we need to view the numbers. You see, if you ride in accordance to LAB or Effective Cycling guidelines- according to the late John Forester, you eliminate 99% of the likelihood of a car/bike accident. So we ride with the same risk for 100 miles as the ‘average cyclist’ (that this longevity static began with) has in one mile. Now multiply the potential for benefit by 100 and we’re talking about 2,000 to 8,000 times safer because of the longevity benefits from exercise.

      • Bruce Dughi on January 25, 2024 at 10:47 am

        Karl, the problem with following John Forester’s Effective Cycling guidelines (taking the lane) is that it angers some motorists. I have been threatened by numerous angry drivers for getting in their way. I have been hunted down so that they can extract their revenge! Forester’s methods work for most drivers but I experienced plenty of bad actors. I even had an Alameda County Deputy threaten me with his car because I had the audacity to take the lane (video My father rode his bike regularly until about 90yrs old. He was not fast enough to take the lane. He really would have pissed off some drivers as would many children and middle aged Moms following Forester’s methods. We need separated facilities like Europe.

        • Justin Carr on February 15, 2024 at 8:14 pm

          Hi Bruce. Love the vids.

          Check this with my daughter in the bakfiet. We get hit by a dumb blacked out Cadillac in Tampa. She still won’t get on a bike all this time later. It hurts my heart to know this and her fear is worse than the pain of me getting hit by this driver.

          • Craig Davis on February 16, 2024 at 5:41 am

            Hi Justin,

            That is horrible! Did you file a police report? Did the driver get out and apologize?

      • Craig Davis on January 25, 2024 at 11:08 am

        Hi Karl,

        We don’t know what statistics you are referencing but we expect it’s California’s official traffic incident data, SWITRS, which is horribly underreported, does not include video evidence and is therefore highly subjective.

        We reported in our previous articles that in August 2022 CVE hosted and facilitated meetings with the CDC and NHTSA that documented over 70% of cyclists injured in motor-vehicle collisions that land them in the emergency room, do not report their incidents to law enforcement. The CDC reported 157,759 traffic related pedal cyclist injuries in 2018. Therefore, those incidents are not in SWITRS data.

        Orders of magnitude more cyclists injured in motor-vehicle collisions do not go to the ER. They are either treated in outpatient, by their doctor, or not at all, and they do not report to law enforcement, so those incidents are also not in SWITRS data.

        Near miss incidents, and their experienced and perceived risk, are the top reason cyclists stop cycling and potential cyclists choose not to ride, not collisions.

        Near miss incidents are additional orders of magnitude more frequent than the total of all reported and unreported collisions, combined, and are therefore a much higher resolution metric than the unreliable and subjective collisions, yet local, city, state and federal government agencies all rely solely on collisions.

        This is why we advocate that cyclists ride with a camera and report all of their near miss incident reports to our free Incident Management System. Cyclists’ incident reports and video evidence generate objective, first-hand and high resolution near miss incident data that accurately reflects their experienced and perceived threats and risks on the roads.

        • Justin Carr on February 15, 2024 at 8:17 pm

          Same for me Craig. I got hit with my daughter in the bike. Never filed it nor went to ER.

          Bent the bike but got it fixed. But my daughter still won’t ride a bike. She’s now 6 yo. I keep talking about it to her though.

  8. Tony Stieber on April 16, 2024 at 11:28 am

    I live in an area where most drivers are respectful of bicyclists, and I have (fortunately) very few incidents that cause me concern.. Of course, it only takes one distracted or hostile driver to change one’s life, and that’s why I so applaud the work Craig is doing. Some of the technologies mentioned in the article will help – automatic braking and bicycle warning systems, but most of the safety improvements come from better driver behavior. I believe that in areas where there are few cyclists, (non-hostile) driver’s brains don’t respond as rapidly to the unfamiliar visual pattern of a cyclist, and therefore we are often overlooked.

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