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1/13/10 9:11 A

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Local cycling clubs often know of a bicycle specific lawyer. If we let this pass without any comment or fuss it makes it easier. Get a lawyer, sue, and sue the government if need be.

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1/13/10 8:15 A

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This is where I think your local cycling clubs should come into action. I think they should stand in for these cyclist and start raising a stink and see that proper justice is delivered.

I know some of our group members have been hit but luckily not killed yet?

I know I would be willing to assist in taking a turn for court appearences to be sure that a stiffer evaluation and sentence is handed out.

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1/13/10 6:45 A

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What angers me is I pass signs, all the time, that state, ''$1,000 fine throwing trash on highway.'' And yet when I was hit by a motorist who was simply not paying attention, not a single thing was done or said to him.

Even the cyclist who was hit by a delivery truck in Chattanooga, and died from the trauma of being drug under the truck, had no posthumous voice as the motorist who struck him was not indicted for killing him. By definition, Second Degree Manslaughter is the unintentional act of murder through carelessness:
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So, in essence, the state is saying it's okay to hit another person, so long as they're a cyclist, but don't throw your chewing gum wrapper on the side of the road or they'll nail you.

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1/12/10 7:49 P

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Will definately check that out. Anyone read David Byrnes new book? Hopefully we are changing America's cities and we get more people aware of us. Hopefully the new ruling sentancing the guy in CA to 5 years in prison for essentially using his car as a weapon against a cyclist will send a message to those that would rather not see us out there.

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1/12/10 6:52 P

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A good read for those interested in cycling culture and advocacy: "Pedalling Revolution: How cyclists are changing American cities" by Jeff Mapes.

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