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Car Safety Onus is on Cyclists

Car Safety Onus is on Cyclists

There was a report in the San Francisco Streetsblog, about a “nasty collision between a bicyclist and an SUV driver in Golden Gate Park Wednesday.”

According to the article, the driver of the SUVwas attempting to make a U-turn (illegal, in the place he was trying to do it), and since it was an SUV, didn’t have the turning radius to pull it off, so he had to back up a bit. Which he did without bothering to look if anyone was behind him.

The result, a bicyclist – fortunately wearing a helmet – collided with the SUV and actually went through the rear window. An ambulance was called and he was taken away in a neckbrace.

The driver of the SUV apparently did not receive a ticket, and will not be punished for causing an accident with a bicyclist.

Most car drivers are not ticketed, or held accountable, when they cause an accident with bicyclists, and the frequency of accidents is increasing.

Read this article entitled Blaming Cyclists for Dangerous Roads: It Goes Way Back.

All this goes to show that as bicyclists, we must ride defensively at all times, and always yield to cars regardless of whether or not they have the right of way. Suing a driver who caused an accident, and receiving a multi-million dollar payout in a lawsuit is scant consolation if involved in an accident which renders one quadrapalegic!

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Brammo Enertia Taken For Test Ride

Brammo Enertia Taken For Test Ride

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

Brammo Enertia Electric Motorcycle

New York, New York — The Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle recently made its debut in New York City. Much fanfare was given – it was showcased in The New York Times’s Automobiles section on Sunday. There was also a segment on “Good Morning America,” and on Fox Business News.

Daniel McDermon/The New York Times The Brammo Enertia at a media event on Tuesday in Manhattan.

The bike, has carbon fiber extruded aluminum monocoque chassis, and thus feels very light. It weights 280 pounds, and test-riders have commented that it feels more like a midsize dirt bike than a street motorcycle. To compare, Honda’s dual-purpose CRF230L, weighs 267 pounds with a full tank, while the 234-cc Honda Rebel, one of the lightest street-only bikes available, is 331 pounds.

Never fear, the riding position on the Enertia is standard. Controls are arranged in the basic layout, with right-hand throttle and front brake lever. There is no clutch or transmission, so are no controls on the left side.

Test riders reported that the turning radius is wider than expected, “which could make parking and maneuvering in close quarters a bit tricky.”

Test riders also felt that the initial performance was less explosive than some electric-powered vehicles. They felt the bike lacked the “showy, emphatic thrust” of a high-powered street bike. A Brammo spokesman compared the bike’s power output (18 horsepower and 28 pound-feet of torque) to that of a 250-cc gasoline-powered bike.

The retail price of the bike is $11,995.

The top speed is estimated at 55 miles an hour, so the Enertia “straddles the line” between scooter and motorcycle performance.

The current company plan is to sell the bikes through Best Buy.

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