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“Safe” Bicycling Is Less Egalitarian Than We Think

Background Reading SON Schmidt’s Original Hub Dynamos – Schmidt Maschinenbau Overview of SON Generator Hubs | Off The Beaten Path Schmidt SON dynamo hub – Peter White Cycles See.Sense ICON the intelligent and connected bike light | See.Sense Review: See.Sense. […]

FHWA’s Dan Goodman pointed to before-and-after images from New York’s First Avenue redesign to show how protected bike lanes can improve safety. Photos: David Shankbone/Wikimedia and NYC DOT

U.S. DOT to Publish Its Own Manual on Protected Bike Lanes

by Tanya Snyder Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog U.S. DOT to Publish Its Own Manual on Protected Bike Lanes | Streetsblog USA (PDF)

Cars parked in the striped buffer zone next to the bikeway give cyclists less room to maneuver.

What Does Hell Look Like?

Background Reading Highway-Funding Bill Clears Congress (BeezodogsPlace) Highway Trust Fund Ticker (BeezodogsPlace) HIGHWAY TRUST FUND Q&A (BeezodogsPlace) Summary The Bicycle Advocacy groups are buzzy carpet-bombing the internet with pleas to have us sign petitions and take surveys. Fine! I will give once again! […]

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Whenever You Hear A ‘Nutjob’ Railing Against ‘Auto Parking’…

Background Reading Progress on Parking Reform Could Make DC More Walkable and Affordable (StreetsBlog) New Grocery’s City-Mandated Car Parking, Not Buses, Will Congest Broadway (StreetsBlog) Summary All you ever hear about from the ‘War on Cars‘ group is that automobiles take […]

Tony Patlan at Wheel of Time Bikes. Photo: John Greenfield

Single-Speeds Are Helping to Broaden the Appeal of Transportation Cycling

by John Greenfield Thursday, September 11, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog [This article also ran in Checkerboard City, John’s column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets on Thursdays.] The amount of biking in the U.S. more than doubled during the aughts, from […]

Dan Goodman of the Federal Highway Administration says the federal Department of Transportation is shifting its strategy from emphasizing biking facilities to emphasizing biking networks.

Protected Lanes Are a Great Start — Next Goal Is Low-Stress Bike Networks

by Michael Andersen Thursday, September 11, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. For decades, protected bike lanes were a “missing tool” […]

Detroit Native Junior Bashi rides on a Michigan Avenue sidewalk near the Art Institute. Photo: John Greenfield

Are Lawbreaking Divvy Riders Really Causing Major Safety Issues?

by John Greenfield Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog [This article also ran in Checkerboard City, John’s column in Newcity magazine, which hits the streets on Wednesday evenings.] Chicago’s master bike-baiter, Tribune columnist John Kass, was one of the first local pundits […]

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Urban Cyclists Have Been Bargaining In ‘Bad Faith’

Background Reading  Losing Your Way Inside A Maze of Arrogance And Disdain (BeezodogsPlace) Summary Urban Cyclists have been doing some really stupid things from Day 1. Like the Marriage Equality Movement they have agitated for the ‘right to be treated like […]

Cover of the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, shot from the 18th Street bridge.

CDOT’s “Safe Cycling in Chicago” Info Booklet Rides Again

by John Greenfield Monday, August 25, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog The Chicago Department of Transportation bike program recently updated a classic: the city’s “Safe Cycling in Chicago” guide. The new version of the booklet, loaded with useful info for newcomers to urban […]

Cyclist Strikes Woman in Central Park — Victim on Life Support

by Ben Fried Friday, September 19, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog A cyclist in Central Park struck a woman yesterday afternoon, inflicting life-threatening injuries. The victim, 59-year-old Jill Tarlov of Fairfield, is on life support, according to the Daily News. The Post reports that she […]

Pedestrian Deaths from Car Crashes in Chicago

Pedestrian Fatality Tracker: More Deaths This Year Than Last

by Steven Vance Friday, August 15, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Pedestrian fatalities from January to July 2014 are up over the same period last year. Data: IDOT, CDOT via Chicago Police Department More people were killed while walking in Chicago in the first […]

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Irving Schachter Killed By Cyclist in Central Park Earlier This Month

by Brad Aaron and Ben Fried Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog A teenage cyclist killed a 75-year-old man jogging in Central Park earlier this month. At around 4:52 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, Irving Schachter was jogging on the […]

Pedestrian fatality rates are highest in low-income neighborhoods. Image: Governing

Study: People in Low-Income Areas More Likely to Be Killed While Walking

by Tanya Snyder Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Who is most at risk of being hit by a car? People on foot make up a growing proportion of people killed in traffic — 15 percent in 2012, up from […]

Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, right, in Copenhagen with Downtown Denver Partnership Director Tami Door.

Why Do African Americans Tend to Bike Less?

by Michael Andersen Monday, July 28, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. It took a week in Copenhagen for Albus Brooks […]

Photo: Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

African American Cyclists — And Others — Weigh in on Race and Biking

by Michael Andersen Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Yesterday I wrote about a complicated subject: the links […]

A buffered bike lane does a better job of encouraging bicyclists to ride outside the door zone than a wide bike lane. Photo: John Greenfield

Study Shows Only Buffered Bike Lanes Keep Bicyclists Outside Door Zone

by Steven Vance Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog A new study has found that buffered bike lanes are better than conventional bike lanes, at least when it comes to encouraging bicyclists to ride outside the door zone. The study […]

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Floating Parking” & Bike Buffer Zone in Separated Bike Lanes

Source: STREETFILMS While we were out videotaping for another Streetfilm, Gary Toth the Director of Transportation Initiatives with Project for Public Spaces (his resume includes 34 years of management experience at NJDOT) took a moment to give a short explanation […]

A map of proposed bike routes in north Evanston, showing the “comfortable bike corridors” along Church and Davis, just west of downtown Evanston.

Davis Street Disagreement Tables Evanston Bike Plan Progress

by Melissa Manak Thursday, July 24, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog Last year, the City of Evanston started work on a 2014 Bicycle Plan Update [PDF], envisioning further improvements in its cycling infrastructure. The previous bicycle plan, adopted in 2003, resulted in 38 miles of bicycle […]

A suburban sidepath. Image: Active Trans

Bikin’ the Suburbs: Active Trans Peddling Next-Gen Bikeways Beyond Chicago

by John Greenfield Thursday, June 12, 2014 Source: StreetsBlog A recent survey conducted for the Illinois Bicycle Transportation Plan found that Illinoisans want bikeways that provide physical separation from motor vehicles, and believe these kind of “8-to-80” facilities are a key way […]