Category Archives: triangle of death

driver pleads guilty to killing cyclist, gets $500 fine and 6month license suspension

$500 fine/6month license suspension for driver pleading GUILTY to careless driving and KILLING a cyclist. THE MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT HATE CYCLISTS! what is Michael Jackson’s doctor charged with? how much prison time did Micheal Vick serve for animal cruelty? martha stewart for insider trading? how many people do time for having a freakin’ joint on them? Shit like this is why Key West and every city needs a strong, vocal, real, cycling advocacy group that will challenge the status quo, and truly rock the boat, squeak, scream, protest and do what ever is necessary to TRULY create a safer environment for cyclists.

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The cyclist was an advocate, much loved in his community. This could be any one of us next week on the Southard Street “bike lane” or Olivia Street or Truman Avenue.

We need to make sure this doesn’t happen here. again. and again.

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cars kill more people than guns

The automobile, a tool invented to safely transport people with all its crumple zones, airbags, seat belts, safety glass, computers and various safety systems; kills more people every year in the United States than the gun; a tool invented to kill.

Huh? WTF? Yep…..the automobile is more deadly than the gun. Wake up! Scary huh?

It is true. Over the last few decades, roughly speaking…..

every year fire arm deaths are in the 30,000’s and motor vehicle deaths in the 40,000’s, check it….

.                      fire arm deaths                motor vehicle deaths

1999                    28,874                                       41,717
2000                   28,663                                       41,945
2004                   29,569                                       42,836
2007                   31,224                                        41,059

You might be saying this can’t be true. I got my facts from Wikipedia and the CDC. I first read this in BikeSnobNYC’s book (a great, great great read by the way!)

Automobile Deaths in the United States


This is a screen shot from the CDC website. There is no way to link the actual page due to the way the information is collected, but if you click here you can access all kinds of statistics.

Soooo. How is this possible? Its a symptom of how the whole paradigm is whacked! The police and politricks are full of “safety first” and “protecting people” with their rhetoric, while the real problem goes unchecked. There is a rarely enforced 3-foot passing rule in this state as well many others. The Triangle of Death isn’t safe. Riding down Olivia Street along the cemetary is next to impossible without being harassed by a revving motor or illegally and dangerously passed by a car or worse a truck. There is no room. There is no patience. There is no true regard for life and health. Where are the police? Where are the elected officials “concerned” for our safety?

Anyone can get a freakin’ driver’s license and go out and terrorize and maim and kill. Hmmm…lets get all crazy and Patriot Act about this. Lets compare to how many Americans die yearly from terrorist acts versus from automobiles. Think about it.

No, really, think about how whack the system really is. Safety is a mostly a bullshit buzzword. The reality is laws, attitudes and behavior put many, many things above safety. How many drivers swerve or drive or park in the “bikelane”? How much do politicians speak about gun-control and gun danger and guns and the young? How often do they speak of driving safer? Driving with more respect? It makes NO SENSE. None.

Ride safe. Remember that beeping revving car has absolutely no more right to the road than you. The fact that a car is more deadly, heavier, faster or more powerful than a bicycle does NOT give it more rights. The fact it costs more than your bike or may be in a hurry does not give it the right to bully you off the road. Call the police. Report bullying. Report unsafe driving. You have the right to be safe and pedal in peace. Ride Safe. Ride Smart.

Come and visit us? key west?

This evening i finally got around to reading my June issue of Adventure Cyclist. Yes, such a magazine exists, its pretty cool. Anyways, a letter from a reader got me thinking about Key West. He wrote about two signs at his city’s main entrances that said, “Welcome to Snohomish, Thank You for Sharing the Road.” The thought was to welcome people entering the city, increase awareness of bicycle activities, increase safety and enhance a mutual respect between motorists and cyclists, and encourage cycling for commuting, recreation and fitness. Nice! Well done.

The reader also mentioned how his city was the terminus of a 27mile rail-trail and added, “Come visit us.”

Here in Key west we are the terminus of the Overseas Heritage Trail, a 106 mile corridor from Key Largo featuring more than 70 completed miles. We are a destination for worldwide travelers and have thousands of cyclists.

And our sign?

I remember last year the electronic trailer sign thingee on Rt.1 at the Triangle of Death as you enter the island said something like, “Cyclists must obey traffic laws, $5million fine for running a red light.” This was of course right next to the sign that says “right lane keep moving don’t stop” 30 yards before a freaking crosswalk. A crosswalk with no walk signal and no reminder to cars they must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. That isn’t mutually respectful, encouraging, positive or even remotely safe.

We have a long way to go here to really have cyclists and pedestrians thought about and cared for by the city, and truly supported by the city. Hopefully that will happen as Key West and the Keys can continue to be a world destination for cycling, touring or just taking a holiday from work and cars and enjoying the island by bicycle.