Rapid recruitment of Middle Eastern members in the late 1990s was splitting the gang and members of the gang, led by Mick Hawi, beat the older leader, taking his club colours and motorbike and stripping of his leadership. … [Read more...] about Comanchero outlaw bikie gang founder makes miraculous recovery after collision with car ‘driven by brain surgeon Charlie Teo’s daughter’ left him at death’s door
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I ask about a white ghost bike I spotted on the way to the Bicitekas HQ. One of the group explains how a young female cyclist was hit by a car and knocked unconscious. When she got up and her boyfriend started remonstrating with the driver, he drove off with the woman clinging to the bonnet, accelerating and swerving until she fell off. She died of her injuries in hospital. The driver was tracked down by police but, says the activist, was freed after a few well-placed bribes: “When he was caught he said, ‘I have money, I have power, nothing will happen’ – he was right.” … [Read more...] about Viva la revolución: Mexico City cyclists fight for the right to ride in safety
The changes in Paris are part an attempt to triple the amount of journeys by bike by 2020, which has seen the city introduce its free Vélib’ hire scheme, install more than 400 miles of segregated bike lanes and ban articulated HGVs from the centre during rush hour. A three-year pilot scheme established that allowing cyclists to run red lights improved the flow of traffic and cut the number of collisions, especially those involving a vehicle’s blind spot. So, this summer, signs were fixed to 1,800 traffic lights telling cyclists that when the signal is red, they can – if the way is clear – jump the lights. The change only affects right turns or going straight on at a T-junction – where the rider can stay close to the pavement. … [Read more...] about Should cyclists be allowed to run red lights?