Sustainable Bicycle Infrastructure

The Philadelphia Bike Story

Background Reading Streetfilms | The Philadelphia Bike Story (PDF) Summary The Philadelphia Bike Story from STREETFILMS on Vimeo. Of U.S. cities with more than a million residents, the one where people bike the most is Philadelphia. In 2012, the U.S. Census estimated Philadelphia’s […]

A nasty pinch-point on the rat run that is Hercules Road

With Bicycle Infrastructure You Get What You ‘Pay’ For

Background Reading Pretend infrastructure | The Alternative Department for Transport (PDF) Summary Bicycle streets! Don’t you just love them? Put up a few signs, a bit of paint, and voilà – instant Groningen. Except it doesn’t work like that at all, though not […]

A rendering of the Bloomingdale Trail

Suppose We Invested Our Retirement Funds Like This?

Summary Let’s do a bit of a ‘thought experiment‘. Ask yourself if there are any streets where bike lanes have been installed that you still think are ‘too dangerous‘? In fact is there more than one that came to mind? […]

A rendering of a new segment of the North Branch Trail, as it rises above the Chicago River. Photo credit: undefined

North Branch Trail Extension?

Background Reading New North Branch Trail Segment Will Soar Over the Chicago River – Roscoe Village – Chicago (PDF) Summary TakeAways Like the plans for London this sort of infrastructure serves two purposes: If you plan it properly (towards destinations that […]


Bike Infrastructure Design Verification

Questions We Need Answers To When you create a design for your infrastructure, how do you know whether it will actually work BEFORE going to the expense? When your infrastructure has been installed, how do you test whether it is […]

Biking in L.A. Cyclists, cars and pedestrians at a busy intersection in West Los Angeles. October 10, 2013, 2:03 p.m. © LOS ANGELES TIMES

Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Streams 101

Background Reading Do Roads Pay for Themselves? (PDF) Don’t Raise the Gas Tax, Just Let States Handle Transportation Funding – US News  (PDF) Get the Facts – Faster Better Safer  (PDF) Infrastructure requires funding; Where will it come from?  (PDF) The Financing of Transportation […]

It used to be a bike lane. (Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Stop Treating Cyclists Like Black Inmates In A Carolina Prison

Background Reading City removes portion of N Rosa Parks bike lane to allow right turns – (PDF) Summary The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is trying out a new bike lane treatment on North Rosa Parks Way that they […]

Bike use in Seville soared from 6,000 riders a day to 60,000 after it rapidly built an 80-mile network of protected bike lanes in the late 2000s. (Photo: Bike Texas)

Great Britain ‘On The Move’

Background Reading Six reasons London is going big for biking, and how Portland could follow (OnLine) Summary Despite the bad raps leveled at projects in London from the Pope of Urban Cycling folks in Portland see a model worth emulating. Among […]

The protected bike lane on Church Street

Bankruptcy? Maybe, but we need Bike Lanes we cannot afford, right?

Background Reading Chicago on road to bankruptcy, Gov. Rauner warns | (PDF) Summary TakeAways It is time for the Active Transportation Alliance and the rest of the Chicago Urban Cycling Movement to take ownership of their part in pushing the […]

Cloudburst in Copenhagen. July 4, 2011. Photo via DJ Ladze on Flickr. With permission.

A Better Way To Drain Gutters

Background Reading Copenhagenize Current Manages Stormwater With Retrofitted Cycle Tracks | Momentum Mag (PDF) – Bicycle Culture by Design: The Copenhagenize Current – Stormwater Management and Cycle Tracks (PDF) Summary Despite an extensive dike system designed to protect Copenhagen from rising […]


Building A ‘Sustainable Future’ For Cycling

Background Reading This letter came across my desk regarding the South Chicago Velodrome Project: Hi All The links below will lead you to the effort to save the velodrome in South Chicago. The track has been there for 3 years, […]

Karla Kingsley and Matt Chwierut chose a single-family house in a neighborhood in Portland, Ore., based on its proximity to the city center. PHOTO: AMANDA LUCIER FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

New Survey Shows 66% of Millennials Want to Live in the Suburbs

Background Reading Millennials Prefer Single-Family Homes in the Suburbs – WSJ (PDF) Summary TakeAways I find this survey encouraging because it signals the inevitable ‘growing up‘ of this particular generation. What might be in order however is the shift from an […]

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Pope of Church of Urban Cycling Administers ‘Last Rites’ to BikeShare

Background Reading – Bicycle Culture by Design: Watching Copenhagen Bike Share Die (PDF) Summary The Pope of Cycling Offers A Eulogy The news today out of Copenhagen is about the imminent failure of the city’s new bike share system. Copenhageners […]

Wisconsin Bike Federation Targets


Background Reading Big Idea: Start Local Then Leverage Up | League of American Bicyclists (PDF) Summary TakeAways The Bike Federation of Wisconsin has a plan. They understand that like roadways that are crumbling you need to concentrate on ‘rebuilding‘ them. I […]

Revolution Brewing The Chicago brewery, known for its now-ubiquitous Anti-Hero IPA, is tripling capacity.

Why Are Brewers Thriving And Bike Shops Not So Much?

Background Reading Look out, Lagunitas: Revolution Brewing to triple capacity – Consumer News – Crain’s Chicago Business (PDF) We Have To Be The ‘Sustainability’ We Want To See (BeezodogsPlace) Summary TakeAways An article caught my eye the other day. It was a […]