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M II A II R II K Aug 20, 2021 8:32 PM

Study suggests bike lanes do not lead to displacement, gentrification



- The installation of new bike infrastructure in neighborhoods does not lead to displacement of people of color, and low-income areas received more “hard” facilities like buffered or protected bike lanes than high income areas, according to a new study published in July by Elsevier.


jmecklenborg Aug 20, 2021 8:45 PM

^People find what they look for.

mrnyc Aug 31, 2021 1:30 AM

ohio now has the most bike route miles in the usa:

jmecklenborg Aug 31, 2021 4:59 AM


Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9382014)
ohio now has the most bike route miles in the usa:

I don't think that the Ohio-Erie trail is very well-known, nationally, despite how long and well-developed it is. It's pavement, not gravel - something that can't be said for the statewide trails in Missouri, Pennsylvania, etc.

People assume that OHIO IS BORING which means any paved bike trails in Ohio MUST BE BORING. It is a tree tunnel near Cincinnati that passes through various small towns that are now suburbs of Cincinnati. Drinking fountains and restrooms are spaced every 10 miles or so, along with bicycle-friendly restaurants and motorcyle bars.

M II A II R II K Sep 15, 2021 6:23 PM

Forget Bike Lanes: Elevated Cycleways Were a Great Idea That Left Us Too Soon



- The year was 1899 when the U.S. dreamt up its first elevated cycleway; a sharp-witted idea to connect Pasadena, California to downtown Los Angeles via a raised wooden toll road constructed solely for bicycles. It was genius, and Pasadena's mayor at the time, Horace Dobbins, was hailed as an innovator for conceptualizing it all. Publications claimed the California Cycleway's effects on industrial activity would single-handedly increase the country's prosperity. --- Cyclists would travel along the Arroyo Seco and reach their intended destination quickly, free from horses and Los Angeles' newly built trolley system that began operation just a few years prior. The development of the cycleway happened during the golden age of bicycling, and Pasadena's entire infrastructure was built around the two-wheeled contraptions. Then came the introduction of the automobile in the early 1900s. By 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T and Pasadena's rich pedal-centric culture began to shift. Bicycle shops soon became motorcycle shops, and subsequently turned into four-wheeled automobile dealers.

- Should elevated cycleways make a comeback? Some of the world thinks yes. China, for example, sandwiched bike lanes underneath its overhead Bus Rapid Transit lanes in the city of Xiamen. This led to a 4.7-mile (7.6 km) stretch of bicycle-only pathway that citizens can use for the exact same safety reasons the California Cycleway was conceived, albeit a bit more modernized since it stretches across a six-lane highway and two smaller (yet busy) roads. --- BMW got into the action next with its E³ Way concept in 2017. The automaker envisioned a modular toll road for two-wheelers set up in busy city centers. The concept put cyclists together with e-bike and e-scooter riders, giving a raised platform for easy travel. The path would ride alongside busy highways and bridges, yet remain covered to keep the riders free from noxious emissions while still providing a safe and direct route to busy hubs around the city. And, as an added benefit, the roof could be equipped with solar panels to provide electricity for charging stations at designated platforms. The biggest hurdle has to be the massive cost to construct these elevated structures.


M II A II R II K Sep 24, 2021 7:22 PM

City looks to add 100 miles of bike lanes by end of 2022



- On Wednesday, the two cyclists stood with Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) and Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi and others to announce the “biggest bike lane expansion in Chicago history.” By the end of 2022, CDOT plans to spend $17 million to add 100 miles of new bike lanes around the city with a concerted effort on the South and West sides. The additions will bring the city’s total bike lane miles to nearly 400.


kingkirbythe.... Oct 13, 2021 10:50 PM

Austin’s Red Line Parkway Initiative Kicks Off 32-Mile Urban Trail Campaign

A longtime effort to construct an approximately 32-mile urban trail following the path of the Capital MetroRail Red Line from downtown Austin to Leander finally hopes to hit its stride this year, as the nonprofit Red Line Parkway Initiative launches its “Project Parkway” capital campaign seeking $250,000 in initial funds to develop new segments of the trail — several small stretches of the corridor are already built, but the project hopes to fully connect the path by the end of the decade.

M II A II R II K Feb 7, 2022 5:55 PM

How Can Cities Rapidly Expand Access to Cycling Infrastructure?



- To see whether US cities can get more people onto bikes, we examined a recent philanthropically funded program designed to jump-start municipal bike infrastructure improvements. Initiated in 2018, the Final Mile program supported a combination of advocacy, communications, and engineering support in Austin, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Providence. The program did not directly fund infrastructure, which was largely constructed using local capital funds. --- Our analysis shows the Final Mile approach successfully encouraged a rapid expansion of local cycling networks. This expansion was enabled through a combination of locally set, ambitious goals for infrastructure expansion; continuous pressure on political officials to achieve those goals; and external funding for communications and engineering support.


202_Cyclist Mar 20, 2022 12:53 AM

This is amazing. Trucker fuckers!

M II A II R II K Apr 2, 2022 2:07 PM

Hardware store owner blames bike lanes, not his own lack of business savvy, for falling sales



- In the fall of 2020 Streetsblog Chicago reported on the then newly installed plastic post-“protected” bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue between California and Western Avenues, in Logan Square. At the presser for the unveiling of the completed bike lanes, some business owners in the area came over to yell complaints about losing parking in front of their storefronts. One of those business owners was the owner of Gillman‘s Ace hardware, Alan Gillman, who was extensively interviewed in a recent Block Club Chicago article claiming that the bike lanes are responsible for the closing of his business.

- Gillman claims that the repurposing of car storage into a curbside bike lane has “ruined” his 75 year old hardware store, Gillman Ace hardware at 2118-2120 N. Milwaukee Ave. He claims that business is down “at least a third” since the lanes were installed in fall 2020, and that he has had to lay off an employee, and may close the business. Unfortunately, there was not much investigative journalism in the article to actually back up the claims that bike lanes are responsible for the decline in business.

- Local alderman Daniel LaSpata is quoted in the article stating “I think there are a lot of factors in the last couple of years that may have impacted the economy in Chicago.” One of the more obvious factors in the past two years is a global pandemic which has forced many businesses to adapt. Some social media comments in response to the story have noted that Gillman’s public political beliefs, the poor organization within the store, and business hours that don’t work for some customers are also factors to consider.

- Gillman claims that due to a lack of convenient car storage, he lost customers. Gillman states that he reached out to the local alderman to help him buy a nearby parking lot but it didn’t work out. La Spata stated that he is trying to figure out a solution. “We’d never want to put anyone in a position to be less than successful.” I would argue that the only one who needs to do any labor to ensure that the business is successful is Gillman. I agreed with one online commentator that Gillman could have had customers pick up their goods in the alley or started a delivery service if customers were truly inconvenienced by the lack of car storage.

- In my opinion, one measure of a business’s ability to profit and survive is adaptiveness. There was no exploration as to whether Gilman tried other methods to attract more business or if he had even received direct complaints mentioning a lack of car storage from customers or potential customers. My issue with the Block Club Chicago article is that there was no investigation as to whether the bike lanes are responsible for the drop in business. Business owners were taken at their word. An owner of a jewelry store claimed that the lack of car storage in front of his business deterred would-be customers. The owner of the jewelry store might be seeing a drop in business because in a global pandemic which negatively and disproportionately impacted black and brown people economically.


kingkirbythe.... Apr 2, 2022 3:11 PM

Fuck that guy.

M II A II R II K Apr 10, 2022 3:12 PM

Cycle lane will be "clear getaway" for shoplifters and drug dealers, business owners claim



- Middlesbrough business owners have spoken out against plans to build a segregated cycle lane outside their shops, claiming it will be a "clear getaway" for drug dealers and shoplifters, as well as stopping customers park their cars. Plans for a new two-way cycle lane and reduced 20mph speed limits along Linthorpe Road, expected to cost between £1.3m and £2.4m, were approved by the council this week to the dismay of some shop owners. It will be the second phase of the scheme, with works on a cycle lane between Borough Road and Ayresome Street already underway. Now, the works will be continued between Ayresome Street and Devonshire/Cumberland Road, in a project funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

- Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston urged shopkeepers to consider the ways the infrastructure "could change the environment and way we operate and create a more pleasant experience" for everyone. However, speaking to regional news outlet TeesideLive (link is external), plenty of business owners and workers came forward to criticise the now-approved proposals. One worker from The Sleep Centre, a bed and mattress shop, said the cycle lane would be a nightmare for their business, and even went as far to say it would give a "clear getaway" to criminals. "You see drug peddlers along here all of the time. They [council] are just giving people a getaway. All of the shoplifters that go into Iceland and Tesco and park their bikes outside for a second, run in, take whatever it is, and then they disappear.


M II A II R II K Apr 11, 2022 3:41 PM

'Demonstrably false' info contributing to Indianola bike lane backlash



- In a comprehensive and rigorous study of 14 corridors in six U.S. cities, researchers at Portland State University found that bike infrastructure improvements have either positive or non-significant impacts on sales and employment. Food service business benefit the most from bike infrastructure, while other businesses are not harmed. This was true even for businesses that were directly affected by the removal of on-street parking. --- Businesses can easily accommodate the slight inconvenience caused by on-street parking removal through signage, marketing and information on their websites. Any inconvenience is often made up by the added bicycle and pedestrian traffic generated by the improved vitality of the neighborhood, making it more attractive to those who want to linger and stroll in a safe streetscape. This is why business owners who are initially against bike lanes typically change their attitudes after the bike lanes are built.


M II A II R II K Apr 26, 2022 9:42 PM

League of American Bicyclists Releases Ranking of States Based on Policies and Practices to Protect Bicyclists and Promote Bicycling:

mhays Apr 27, 2022 3:31 PM

The Seattle Bike Blog believes Washington will return to its normal #1 ranking next year. The state's only downgrade was funding, and we just passed an extra $1.29b billion in funding for "active transportation projects" over the next 16 years. This includes $313 million for bike/pedestrian projects that aren't connected to larger work.

mrnyc May 11, 2022 9:46 PM

$48M to connect brooklyn and queens bike/ped greenway trail gaps:

mrnyc May 20, 2022 8:22 PM

you see these bike pens in other cities, but not so much in nyc:

Bike parking pods coming to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Hudson Square this summer

By Kevin Duggan
Posted on May 17, 2022


Oonee’s original pod outside Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Oonee opened a so-called “Mini” pod at Grand Central Terminal in February with the MTA, capable of storing six bikes.

kingkirbythe.... May 25, 2022 6:05 PM

More cyclists are being killed by cars. Advocates say U.S. streets are the problem

One good thing that happened during the pandemic is that people got out their old bikes or bought new ones and started riding them.

And across the country, cities are trying to accommodate this boom in cycling by developing more bike lanes and trails.

But amid a sharp increase in fatalities and serious injuries among cyclists hit by cars and trucks, some cycling advocates say there's often a disconnect between efforts to encourage more biking and ensuring the safety of bicyclists who are using streets that are primarily designed to move cars and trucks through city neighborhoods and urban centers quickly.

Our roads have not always been built to prioritize cars, because the first vehicles to use the nation's streets weren't automobiles; they were carriages and bikes. In fact, the League of American Bicyclists has been around since 1880, long before cars.

"We lobbied Congress at the end of that century to get the first paved roads in the United States," says Bill Nesper, the League's executive director, who adds that it wasn't until after World War II that our streets became so car centric.

"And it continues to this day, a prioritization of moving vehicles as quickly as possible through places," Nesper says. "And it's absolutely true that people moving and getting around by foot and by bike is an afterthought, you know, if thought about at all."

But many cities, including Chicago, are now trying to change that.

jmecklenborg May 26, 2022 4:47 PM


Originally Posted by kingkirbythe.... (Post 9633486)
More cyclists are being killed by cars. Advocates say U.S. streets are the problem

Tons of bicyclists are now riding with bluetooth headphones in their ears.

The wearing of headphones has been reported, without controversy, to have markedly increased pedestrian deaths. Bicycles were spared the danger-exaggerating effect of headphones until bluetooth came along. But to suggest that the same device that makes walking more dangerous also makes bicycling more dangerous is to invite the wrath of the internet know-it-all, who talks much more about bicycling than actually doing it.

Klippenstein May 26, 2022 5:14 PM

Not sure if this is going to offend you... but the point of the article still stands. If there was better infrastructure for cyclists they would die less often, with or without bluetooth headphones.

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