Posts tagged bicycling.
Regional planning. Very sexy intro to how your living situation could be improved.
Back to School: Peter Calthorpe at PennDesign - “Reflections on Urbanisms - New, Traditional, and Global”
Invisible Bike Helmet kinda just blew my mind. (via VHX)
Whoa. Mind blown. Also, great quote: “Cars are so yesterday, bikes are the future.”
Heroic bus driver traps a driver attempting a hit-and-run. At first I was confused about what I was watching. I thought it was just a video of a bicyclist hogging a lane. Then, in the next few frames, he’s flat out on the pavement and the car that hit him tries to take off. The bus driver, having witnessed the driver trying to speed away, swerves over and blocks the lane.
Bus to the rescue! attempted hit-and-run in Bethlehem, PA. 02.04.12.
On 02 April 2012 at approx. 3:06 p.m., expert cyclist Frank Pavlick was struck from behind while riding across the Fahy Bridge by a seventeen year old juvenile who was attempting to pass a LANTA bus. Immediately following the impact, the juvenile attempted to flee the scene to avoid identification and apprehension.
The driver of the LANTA bus, identified as Richard Gubish, Jr., saw the crash in his rear view mirror and also saw the driver attempting to get away. Mr. Gubish took immediate and decisive action and positioned his bus across the lanes of the bridge, effectively blocking the path of the getaway driver.
Another witness to the crash, Judson Smull, stopped to render aid to the injured Pavlick, who implored Smull to go after the offending driver to get the license plate. Smull also took immediate action, and following the lead of Mr. Gubish, positioned his car directly behind the offending vehicle, further blocking any attempt to escape.
Sweet sweet bike lanes in Chicago. Go Rahm go!
In his campaign for mayor, Rahm Emanuel pledged to make Chicago a more bike-friendly city. And in office, he set his sights high, aiming to construct 100 miles of protected bike lanes in his first term.
His team wasted no time. Chicago DOT installed the city’s first protected bike lane on Kinzie Street before Emanuel’s first 30 days in office were over. Leading Emanuel’s DOT is former Washington, DC DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein, who clearly understands the connection between safe streets and the health of a city.
What an interesting invention. Works like a ski lift, but for bicyclists.
Some lovely white whine from elizabethanne:
Great. More assholes on bikes not obeying the traffic laws.
I say, flood her tumblr/ask with peppy kindness and love.
If any American traffic engineers, city mayors, or MPO board members would like to visit Copenhagen to see its cycling infrastructure and effects firsthand, I will personally see to it that they are housed, fed, and given a first-rate tour through the city.
Please, let me do this for you.
A great article that addresses the gender imbalance in urban cycling without being judgmental or dismissive. Here’s my favorite quote:
After surveying a number of ladies who don’t ride, the top reasons…
Bike Lane Video of the Day! Mayor Arturos Zuokas is very upset with cars parking and blocking bike lanes. Here’s his promo video, which is awesome.
The mayor of Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, was sick of cars parking in no parking zones and bike lanes. Ticketing the cars—often luxury vehicles, no less—seemed to have little effect. So Mayor Arturos Zuorokas has taken matters into his own hands. According to this video, you now park illegally in Vilnius at your own risk.
(Dearest Kateoplis, I swear we posted simultaneously!)
Some picture I took of postal carrier’s bike in Copenhagen earlier this year. The postal worker’s uniforms are fancy, and a nice burnt orange color. But, check out their sweet bike set up!
Huge win in LA. Really need these regs out here in Massachusetts.
Bicyclist harassment outlawed by Los Angeles City Council: A new law makes it a crime for drivers to threaten cyclists verbally or physically.
Photo: A bicyclist pedals through downtown Los Angeles after the City Council passed a pioneering law to protect cyclists from harassment by motorists that backers described as the toughest of its kind in the nation. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times
The S-Trains already are the envy of transportation planners around the world. I’ve ridden them dozens of times, and some cars were already dedicated to bike commuters. These new cars are put other subways in check. Brilliant idea to have them enter in one door, and exit via one way the other. So efficient.
Copenhagen is doubling the space for bikes on a number of its suburban trains to meet growth stimulated by the switch to free bike travel.
The Copenhagen S-train has also introduced one-way traffic in the new bike compartments to make it easier and faster to get on and off.
Ten S-Trains are being remodelled with the new compartments, which are in the middle of the train so that there is more space for bikes on the platform.
The train system in the Danish capital is being gradually improved for travellers with bikes as increasing numbers of passengers are combining bike and train for their commute.
Full Story: Bicycle Victoria
Via (and follow!) Emergent Futures
Did you know that there’s an official interstate bicycle highway system? Sure, there are only two routes officially designated (out of that whole brilliant network in the map above), and nothing has happened since back in 1982, but, according to DOT secretary Ray LaHood, there’s new life for the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Read more about it.