Our own Randy is out there fighting the good fight. We’ve been chronicling this story as it develops here on DC.
The AZ Daily Sun had another front page story about this yesterday, on March 18.
A Flagstaff cyclist who is in a dispute with Mountain Line over whether he was given 3 feet of space required by law when a bus passed him appears to have won the battle.
Attorneys at the Flagstaff City Attorney’s office have determined that a bus driver for the Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority was speeding and did not allow for the 3-foot law, according to a March 4 decision. The city attorney’s office is also recommending to Flagstaff police to ticket the driver of the bus.
“I think definitely it’s a good step in the right direction,” said cyclist Randy Mason.
Read the rest: Bicyclist 2, bus driver 0.
Good on ya, Randy. And props to the AZ Daily Sun for their reporting on this issue.
I thought this part was interesting.
After the incident, Mason posted the video on a blog, and when people reading the blog began to contact city officials, police officials initiated a formal complaint on Mason’s behalf. Once the investigation was complete, police submitted the case to the city attorney for review.
I probably shouldn’t bother with this, but it’s chapping my hide. When the AZ Daily Sun says “on a blog,” they mean Druncyclist.com. That vid was here and on facebook. Facebook is friggin harmless – if they meant facebook, they would have typed facebook. So, why not just say Drunkcyclist.com? We’re safe for work these days, aside from a few dozen f-bombs in
most of my all of our posts. C’mon man, throw me a bone here. We’re pushing bicycle advocacy hard around here. All I’m asking is that you keep us in the loop.
Having written that out, I already regret it. The point of bicycle advocacy is not self gratification or website promotion. And, my complaint sounds far too much like both.
Bicycle advocacy is about changing things for the better. And the lesson I take from this is that the emails, phone calls and making your voice heard really does make a difference. We pushed the ball forward on this one, and we should be proud of that.
On a blog, indeed.by