Local Bicycle Advocate Involved in Hi...

Local Bicycle Advocate Involved in Hit and Run

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Since: Sep 12

Chatsworth, GA

#1 Nov 16, 2012
I am writing you in hopes of getting a story out about a local Bike advocate Justin Tipton that is a founding member of the JC Bike Party and Little City Bike Collective A free community service. He was hit by a vehicle at the corner of Lark Street and Skyline Drive and the vehicle fled the scene. It would help our cause tremendously considering the goal of the JC Bike Party is to try and influence our local government of our need for bicycle lanes and this is a prime example of why. He was on his way to be interviewed for a bike documentary when a vehicle hit him and left the scene. We need a safer and better integrated infrastructure for a growing community of people on bikes that encourages people from all parts of the city to get out of their car and on a bike by making a safer environment for them. Even experienced cyclists have a difficult time commuting due to lack of infrastructure and lack of knowledge that people on bikes have the same rights on the road as any other vehicle.
He also started the Little City Bike Collective which focuses on getting as many people on bicycles as possible to support more sustainable transportation by showing people how to maintain their bikes and also how to build them from scratch.
If there is anything that you can do to get his story out you would be doing both him and your community a huge service. Please share this with everyone that you can.
Dont care

Charlotte, NC

#3 Dec 3, 2012
Was he riding his bike in middle of the damn rd too?
Bud

Knoxville, TN

#5 Dec 4, 2012
I don't condone hitting anyone with a car or anything else for that matter. But bicyclists do not belong on busy roadways. It's just plain common sense. If the method of transportation is unable to maintain the same speed as the flow of traffic, it has no business being among said traffic.
JC Cop

Nashville, TN

#6 Dec 6, 2012
Law says anyone over the age of 16 on a bicycle has to stay off the sidewalk. You are required to give a bicyclist a minimum of three feet when passing. It is not a choice for them to ride on the road it is the law.
whatever

Sevierville, TN

#7 Dec 9, 2012
Kind of hard to stay 3 feet away from them when they are in the middle of the road or worse, weaving back and forth across the road so that you don't know where they're going. What are we supposed to do? Hit someone head on to go around them or follow them going slow as snails which is also a road hazard. I know if you are going way under the speed limit you are supposed to move over so vehicles can pass you safely. A lot of cyclist don't adhere to this rule. If you do ride your bicycle in the road, do us all a favor and invest in a rearview mirror and get the hell over when a car is coming. I also firmly believe that if you are going to ride in the road then you should be required to carry insurance and licensed and tagged just as any other motorist on the road. One can only hope.
whatever

Sevierville, TN

#8 Dec 9, 2012
History
[Acts 1955, ch. 329,§ 74; T.C.A.,§ 59-875; Acts 1985,
ch. 138,§ 4; 1989, ch. 591,§ 113.]
55-8-175. Riding on roadways and bicycle paths - Penalty.
Statute text

(a)(1) Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway
at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time
and place and under the conditions then existing
shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand
curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of
the following situations:

(A) When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding
in the same direction;
(B) When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or
into a private road or driveway; or
(C) When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions including,
but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked or
moving vehicles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards,
or substandard width lanes that make it unsafe to
continue along the right-hand curb or edge. For
purposes of this section, "substandard width lane"
means a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and
another vehicle to travel safely side by side within
the lane.
(a standard width lane is elsewhere defined as 12')

(2) This subsection does not apply to a certified police
cyclist engaged in the lawful performance of duty
relating to traffic control.

(b)(1) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not
ride more than two (2) abreast except on paths or
parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use
of bicycles. Persons riding two (2) abreast shall
not impede the normal and reasonable movement of
traffic and, on a laned roadway, shall ride
within a single lane.

Since: Sep 12

Chatsworth, GA

#9 Dec 11, 2012
Dont care wrote:
Was he riding his bike in middle of the damn rd too?
He was riding by law, that's what our group promotes and follows.

Since: Sep 12

Chatsworth, GA

#10 Dec 11, 2012
Bud wrote:
I don't condone hitting anyone with a car or anything else for that matter. But bicyclists do not belong on busy roadways. It's just plain common sense. If the method of transportation is unable to maintain the same speed as the flow of traffic, it has no business being among said traffic.
A bike is considered a vehicle under federal law and have the same rights on the road as any other vehicle. The intersection that he was hit at wasn't a busy one, it's a back road it's really not going to make that much of a difference to slow down a moment wait until it's safe and then pass. It's important to have ways to get from point A to point B safely throughout the city for cyclists whether that being separate bike paths or just a line painted on the side of a roadway. Bikes are here to stay and they will only be on the increase and that is why it is important to deal the traffic situation now because riding with traffic is the only choice we have as commuters as of now. Common sense is riding the road because it doesn't make sense to ride sidewalk because it's for pedestrians, not to mention the often times disrepair the sidewalk is in. Speed isn't something to be concerned about, your destination will most likely still be there by the time you slow down wait your turn, and safely pass.

Since: Sep 12

Chatsworth, GA

#11 Dec 11, 2012
whatever wrote:
Kind of hard to stay 3 feet away from them when they are in the middle of the road or worse, weaving back and forth across the road so that you don't know where they're going. What are we supposed to do? Hit someone head on to go around them or follow them going slow as snails which is also a road hazard. I know if you are going way under the speed limit you are supposed to move over so vehicles can pass you safely. A lot of cyclist don't adhere to this rule. If you do ride your bicycle in the road, do us all a favor and invest in a rearview mirror and get the hell over when a car is coming. I also firmly believe that if you are going to ride in the road then you should be required to carry insurance and licensed and tagged just as any other motorist on the road. One can only hope.
Those are the types of people on bikes that make others look bad, there is no reason anyone on a bike should be swerving back and forth. Staying predictable is one of the most important things to do when riding road, and just like motorists there are people that don't adhere to and are subject to a ticket as well. If it is a single lane going one way it's not safe to ride all the way to the right because of parked cars opening their doors. As far as multiple lanes going one direction, we have the right to the an entire lane and I excercise that right everytime I ride because there is always that one person that tries to squeeze through when there obviously isn't room. As far as registering a bike and paying insurance, there couldn't be a bigger joke. The only person that would get hurt in an accident involving a bike is the person on the bike, what little damage there would be to the vehicle wouldn't be near equivalence to the damage a car would cause.

Since: Sep 12

Chatsworth, GA

#12 Dec 16, 2012
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