Monday, November 30, 2009

No Helmet bike fines

Here we go, fines coming for bikers for no helmets... here

In many countries such as the Netherlands, bikers still think that helmets should be optional. But in Taiwan, no one has a say, the government dedides. End of story. Ok, So now bikers will not hurt their head or die, the death rate may go down but we will just shift the number to arm and leg injuries an mor people in the intensve care increasing the need for tax payers money and likely insurance costs. Does that fix the root cause?

But, the motos and cars speeding and cutting bikers on every corners and bus stop still go w/o mentioning. I was cut twice very hard by a bus and a txies in 15 minutes on the road yesterday, not mentioning the very irritating barking taxis behind me. Why not require car/bike speed limiters mandatory? Yes?

USA regulations here
Wikipedia here
Same facts about mandatory legilation here Note, the country with the most bicycle trips (The Netherlands) is stil UNDECIDED on mandatory legislation and most people object.

Taiwan... what are you thinking? Is the government doing their homework? Where is the supporting data bofore making a proposal? That would be helpful than just a one line posting on the news and press the community to buys helmets (a social cost) which likely will not help at all.

Right the statisic above are a bit old, but they could mean the more bikers on the road , the more awareness (critical mass), the less fatalities, but that is just an assumption There could be much more factors, such like the level of bike lane integration, road behavior , laws for mandatory lights on bikes etc.. (Yes, in the Netherlands bike lights are mandatory! The chance to get a fine is not low).

The Tun Hua Bike Lane (Again)

A discussion on the new bike lane. good or bad, here after the negative news about the lane that was posted hereby Taipei Times (yes, the Pro-DPP newspaper)

We're a few months now using these lanes. It's time for enforcement.

My personal view is that it took too long to build up the lane. I have seen painters paiting those yellow/black concrete blocks that seperate the bike lanes from the car lanes centimeter by centimeter like they had all the time in the world. Often there was no one working on some area's for days. The efficiency is really in doubt.

If I were the mayor, I would challenge the MOT to come out a process to build 500 meter of bike lane per day. For example, prefab some parts, cut the road, put in the blocks and add a fine layer of tar. It does not have to be car/bus proof.

Think out of the box, read the book "Blue Ocean Strategy" Change you mind! Citizens are the government customer's right? Not just tax suppliers.

If the Fu-Xing road can have a new pavement in a few weeks, then why a bike lane costs months? That said, no bike lanes on the new Fu-Xing road, and we don't need tfancy bike lanes with all kind of arrows, colors whichare too narrow, no one understands and everyone violates therefor. Make it simple. There are some parts on Fu-Xing S-road with just a line, Just color it different, add a bike sign every 100 meter and we're done!

To prevent card/bike on the bike lanes, why not elevate the lanes a bit? Once moto's and cars feel the bump, they may know, there are outside their area. Anyhow, just wild ideas.

And oh, yeah, I LOVE THE LANE! (and even better if no cars and motorcycles use it). I ride Tun-hua road every week and long before the lane was there and it's such a difference!, So how many of you paryy members ride the bike in the City Hung Chien-yi ? (洪健益, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor )