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Seattle City Council sets timeline for connected downtown bike lanes by 2020

https://seattle.curbed.com/2018/7/30...twork-downtown

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- The legislation, first introduced by Seattle City Councilor Mike O’Brien earlier this month, will attempt to hold the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to a tighter timeline, connecting most of downtown’s now-isolated bike lanes by December 2019. --- The city laid out plans for a larger, connected bike network—called the “Basic Bike Network” —but among an upcoming glut of road closures and construction projects, public-private partnership One Center City announced that some connections would be delayed until 2020 or 2021. --- The resolution, which is not legally binding (O’Brien said while introducing the legislation that Council could pass something with more teeth if SDOT doesn’t comply), lays out specific timelines for different segments of a downtown bike network, including design and construction phases.

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Scooter startup Bird plans to fund protected bike lanes

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Bird, the rapidly expanding dockless electric scooter company, announced two new initiatives this morning seeking to position the company as a safety leader among the current crop of urban mobility startups—and help give its users safe places to ride in cities.

The Los Angeles-based firm announced that it will form a new Global Safety Advisory Board led by David Strickland, former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and more recently, spokesperson for the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, that will “create, advise, and implement global programs, campaigns, and products to improve the safety of those riding Birds and other e-scooters.” --- Bird’s statement notes that the board, which will consist of transportation and safety experts as well as government officials and private citizens to be named later, won’t just focus on the safety of those riding scooters, but also pedestrians and bicyclists who share space with these riders. --- In addition, Bird will begin steering revenue into a dedicated fund to expand transit infrastructure in the cities where it operates. The initiative would set aside $1 per day from each scooter in operation to help cities build new protected bike lanes, as well as maintain existing ones by repainting and repairing them. At a time when growing micromobility options are adding numerous new transit options to city streets, this fund could be a godsend to local governments seeking to add much-needed non-automotive safety infrastructure.

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^ Does anyone over the age of 20 actually ride those things? I saw them laying around in San Diego everywhere with almost everyone opting for the bikes with maybe a couple of high school/ college kids using the scooters.
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^ Does anyone over the age of 20 actually ride those things? I saw them laying around in San Diego everywhere with almost everyone opting for the bikes with maybe a couple of high school/ college kids using the scooters.
A lot of people in Washington ride these scooters, including many people older than 20. Some of the people riding them are tourists and others are people who don't want to walk in the hot, humid, weather.
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^ Does anyone over the age of 20 actually ride those things? I saw them laying around in San Diego everywhere with almost everyone opting for the bikes with maybe a couple of high school/ college kids using the scooters.
I'm 30+ and have ridden them. I'm in AZ and like to take walks during lunch during the work week. A couple of times I've decided I didn't want to walk back because it was too damn hot and used a scooter. Very useful (at least in that admittedly niche circumstance). During an AZ summer it's nice as compared to bikes not to have to physically exert yourself.
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The bicycle is obviously a transportation device, and one that was on our streets before cars were even invented.
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Boston is doing a large expansion of their docked bike share system

https://www.bluebikes.com/blog/blueb...ion-deployment
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Frustrated by Philly politicians’ failure to upgrade bike lanes, cyclists turn to the courts

http://planphilly.com/articles/2018/...-to-the-courts

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- If the city signs off on the plan, and a small section of the 13th Street bike lane is protected, it will likely be the first time in Philadelphia that a lawsuit between private entities forced a change, however small, in public policy. If this works, cycling advocates may have discovered a way around their long-blocked efforts to improve Philly’s bike infrastructure: litigation. For years now, bike-safety advocates have pressed Philadelphia’s elected officials to build more bike lanes and protect them with physical barriers such as plastic delineator posts or parked cars. --- Over the course of the last year, on-street protesters have added their weight to the lobbying push for protected bike lanes. Though the city has added 3.5 miles of protected bike lanes since Mayor Jim Kenney took office, that’s still far short of the 30 miles he pledged to build as a candidate. The gulf between the mayor’s promise and the city’s performance has frustrated cyclists, who have also had little luck convincing a skeptical City Council to support bike infrastructure.

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DC's traditional docked-bikeshare system has now added electric-assist bikes to its fleet.

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Sweet. Now when I am in DC I wont have to ride around on a burnt orange bike!
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We’re designing bike lanes wrong

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- City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted in small sidewalk pits, where, if constrained and with little water, they live only three to 10 years on average. Until recently, U.S. streets have also lacked cycle tracks–paths exclusively for bicycles between the road and the sidewalk, protected from cars by some type of barrier.

- To assess views about cycle tracks and trees, we showed 836 pedestrians and bicyclists on five existing cycle tracks photomontages of the area they were using and asked them to rank whether they liked the images or not. The images included configurations such as a row of trees separating the cycle track from the street or trees in planters extending into the street between parked cars.

- We also asked how effectively they thought the trees a) blocked perceptions of traffic; b) lessened perceptions of pollution exposure; and c) made pedestrians and bicyclists feel cooler. Respondents strongly preferred photomontages that included trees. The most popular options were to have trees and bushes, or just trees, between the cycle track and the street. This is different from current U.S. cycle tracks, which typically are separated from moving cars by white plastic delineator posts, low concrete islands, or a row of parallel parked cars.

- The central argument against adding cycle tracks with trees to urban streets asserts that cities need this space for parallel-parked cars. But cars do not have to be stored on the side of the road. They also can be stored vertically–for example, in garages, or stacked in mechanical racks on urban lots. Parking garages could increase occupancy by selling deeded parking spaces to residents who live nearby. Those spaces could provide car owners with a benefit the street lacks: outlets for charging electric vehicles that are rarely available to people who rent apartments.

- Bus rapid transit proponents might suggest that the best use of street width is dedicated bus lanes, not cycle tracks or street trees. But all of these options can coexist. For example, a design could feature a sidewalk, then a cycle track, then street trees planted between the cycle track and the bus lane and in island bus stops. The trees would reduce heat island effects from the expansive hardscape of the bus lane, and bus riders would have a better view. More urban trees could lead to more tree limbs knocking down power lines during storms.

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An underground cycling route may soon connect Helsinki’s downtown districts of Kamppi and Kaisaniemi.

https://yle.fi/uutiset/osasto/news/h...unnel/10496999

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Check out the dramatic before and afters of the Sunnyside protected bike lanes installed by NYC DOT at the end of Summer 2018.


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Forbes: Cyclists Spend 40% More In London's Shops Than Motorists


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New research from Transport for London (TfL) claims that people walking, cycling and using public transport spend more than motorists in local shops. Conducted by Matthew Carmona from University College London's Bartlett School of Planning, the research reveals that those not in cars spend 40% more each month in neighborhood shops than motorists.

The research was conducted in areas of London which have benefitted from Dutch-style streetscape improvements, such as the addition of cycleways.

Transport for London's “Healthy Streets Approach” designs streets for people that are easy to access by foot or bike.

TfL's Director of Transport Strategy Lilli Matson said: “This research from our new online hub shows the link between creating enjoyable spaces, where people want to spend time, and the results for better business.”

In those areas improved – such as Bromley – the number of people walking in the streets increased by 93%.

People also spent more time in the street, with a 216% increase in activity such as going into shops and cafés.

Thanks to the increased – and improved – footfall, retail rental values increased by 7.5% and there was a 17% decline in retail vacancies.

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The bike tunnel in Helsinki reminds me of the first Pokemon games. You could ride your bike through a pedestrian tunnel to bypass a certain city.
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one third of traffic in London is now cyclists (and is the peak form of transport in the financial district and in rush hours)

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...t-shows-369879

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Utah Moving Forward on ‘Idaho Stop’ for Cyclists

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/02/...ng-idaho-stop/

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- Utah cyclists will be able to treat stop signs and stop lights like yield signs if a bill making its way through the Statehouse is successful. The House Transportation Committee recently passed House Bill 161, which would legalize the so-called “Idaho Stop” in the state, by a 10-1 margin. The sponsor, Democrat Rep. Carol Moss, told the Salt Lake Tribune that the state should trust cyclists’ judgment. “They know they will be the losers if they take risks with cars,” she said.

- Research has shown bicycle injuries dropped 14 percent after Idaho passed its famous stop law in 1982. It allows cyclists proceed through stop signs and red lights if the intersection is clear, and yield to vehicles if it is not. Despite the success of Idaho’s law, no other states have fully followed suit. South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin allow cyclists to move through a red light, but only after waiting a specific amount of time (two minutes in South Carolina’s case!).

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