Alt-Wheels Notes #6

New York State/City

And yet another day with the Alt-Wheels bills in limbo:

It might look like I’m reusing that graphic, but no. I check the status every weekday and take a new screensnap.

New York Was Supposedly Getting Better for Cyclists. What Happened?

Of the city’s 1,240 miles of bike lanes, 337 have been added during the de Blasio administration, which is significant, in theory if not always in practice. The lanes are often obstructed by parked cars and the police, who have long maintained a skeptical if not hostile disposition toward cyclists, blame them in many cases for crashes that are ultimately the fault of motorists.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

It’s Shocking How Badly New York City Is Failing Cyclists

Cyclist fatalities are not accidents. They are preventable. They are as much a product of negligent or reckless driving as they are failures of street design and political will. Cyclist and pedestrian deaths in New York City (and America more generally) are a political choice—a choice to prioritize the value of letting cars move as they wish throughout the densest part of America over the lives that will inevitably be lost as a result.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Someone at The New York Post sees it all differently:

NYC’s privileged bicyclists won’t even discuss best way to stop bike deaths

If bicyclists can ride fast enough to kill, they ride too fast to enjoy exemption from the training, certification, insurance and identifiable licensing ­required for the use of every other vehicle on our streets.

That opinion has been put forth over and over. Here’s the best argument refuting it:

I could embed the trailer here, but it’s better with the article: Short Film Shows NYC War On E-Bikes Through The Eyes Of Chinese Deliverymen

New Jersey

Things are no better across the Hudson river. See the video at the link: Cyclist films his confrontations with drivers to raise awareness for bike safety

The New Jersey Department of Transportation cycling handbook advises cyclists not to hug the curb and to ride 4 feet away from parked cars to avoid getting hit by a door opening. It also tells cyclists to “take the lane” on narrow streets.

But Oliver says that following these rules often drives motorists crazy.

Experienced Alt-Wheels rider won’t go riding anywhere without a sports cam running. And not just a front-facing one, a second one documenting the rear. Want to ride outside? Get two sports cams. They can save your life. And they establish who is liable in a collision.

The “Micromobility” Grift

I detest the term “micromobility.” It sounds like tiny wheelchairs.

And I think it’s a grift.

How else to explain that everyone cashing-in on “micromobility” ignores the fact that people own eScooters? And newsflash: People also own electric skateboards, electric unicycles, and the Onewheel. Expect such blindness to continue. Because there’s no money to extract from non-renters.

Here’s an example of there being no money from owner-riders:

Twitter:

And yet on Twitter I witnessed “micromobility” people swooning over the prospect of those damned things. Because there’s money for them in it. Talking about real people using real Alt-Wheels to do real life? Where’s the money for them in that?

eScooters

Forget robo-taxis: it’s e-bikes that are reshaping urban transport

Riding bikes and scooters with an electric boost feels like gaining a superpower. One friend was left giggling with happiness after her first Jump ride, saying it gave her the same sense of new-found speed and freedom that she felt learning to ride a bike as a kid.

The headline is misleading, giving the impression eScooters don’t exist while the text itself is mostly about eScooters.

Don’t be a dick when riding an eScooter. Click for tweet to see the video:

Here’s a screensnap summary.

Scooterdick on a Ninebot KickScooter ES model:

Scooterdick collides with CitiBike renter:

Just look at Scooterdick’s posture, it says it all:

Scooterdick callously rides away but looks behind him because he’s a coward too:

Don’t be a dick when riding any Alt-Wheels!

eSkateboards

A peek into what makes up the Unlimited Drive:

Bluetooth Low Energy modular powertrain makes any skateboard electric and remote-controlled

The Unlimited Electric Skateboard powertrain and the remote controller integrate Raytac’s ‘MDBT42Q’ Bluetooth LE module—employing Nordic’s nRF52832 SoC—with on-chip antenna to provide robust wireless connectivity between remote controller, powertrain, and the user’s paired Bluetooth 4.0 (and later) smartphone. In addition to supervising the remote controller’s wireless connectivity, the Nordic SoC’s 64MHz, 32-bit Arm Cortex M4F processor powers the rest of the device’s functionality.

And:

Nordic’s nRF52832 multiprotocol SoC combines the Arm processor with a 2.4GHz multiprotocol radio (supporting Bluetooth 5, ANT, and proprietary 2.4GHz RF protocol software) featuring -96-dB RX sensitivity. The nRF52832 is supplied with Nordic’s S132 SoftDevice, a Bluetooth 5-certifed RF software protocol stack for building advanced Bluetooth LE applications.

Onewheel

The highly-anticipated and much-delayed Onewheel Pint — a more compact and less-costly version of the Onewheel — started shipping today.

Here’s a brief video of how to ride it:

How To Ride Onewheel Pint

Previously here:

Alt-Wheels Notes #5
Alt-Wheels Notes #4
Alt-Wheels Notes #3
Alt-Wheels Notes #2
Alt-Wheels Notes #1
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