You can’t design bike-friendly cities without considering race and class

Study shows that city officials should create networks of wide, stenciled, red-painted, surface-lighted, barrier-protected, bicycle-exclusive cycle tracks in lower-income ethnic-minority neighborhoods along main streets. This would help residents get to work affordably, quickly and safely, and improve public health and quality of life in communities where these benefits are most needed. You can’t design bike-friendly cities without considering race and …

Infill, more walkability, protected bikeways and more frequent transit service helped Minneapolis and Seattle reduce driving

How Two Cities Actually Reduced Driving, by Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Feb 8, 2019  27 Photo: The Urbanist Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 …

A coast-to-coast bike trail is coming to the U.S.: 4,000 miles, 12 different states, and no cars

By Megan Barber, Curbed,  Feb 6, 2019 The Iowa Cedar Valley Nature Trail will become part of the Great American Rail-Trail network. Photo by Liz Zabel, courtesy of GO Cedar Rapids There’s much to love about biking, whether it’s part of your daily commute or how you unwind on a mountain trail. Here at Curbed, we’ve catalogued everything from awesome bike rides to city bike share …

The Great Divide in How Americans Commute to Work: We are cleaving into two nations—one where daily life revolves around the car, and the other where the car is receding in favor of walking, biking, and transit

The Great Divide in How Americans Commute to Work: We are cleaving into two nations—one where daily life revolves around the car, and the other where the car is receding in favor of walking, biking, and transit. RICHARD FLORIDA, CityLab.com, JAN 22, 2019 In a previous post, I pointed to the car as a key feature in the nation’s deepening economic and political fissures. …

Dangerous by Design ranks states & metros on danger to pedestrians, offers solutions

Too many Americans are being struck and killed by the drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs while walking. Dangerous by Design 2019, released today, chronicles the preventable epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, which have been steadily increasing in recent years, even as traffic fatalities overall have been decreasing. Over the last decade drivers struck and killed 49,340 people walking in communities …

London’s new official plan for cycling has no new infrastructure or funding.  How to genuinely democratise cycling in a big city?

Peter Walker Mon 17 Dec 2018 in The Guardian  Cyclists using the cycle superhighway on Blackfriars Bridge. Londoners have told Transport for London that the distinction between superhighways, quietways and ‘mini-Holland’ areas is confusing. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo London has a new official plan for cycling. It’s full of bold statements of intent and has some interesting ideas. That’s the good …

We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please.

09.11.18 We’re designing bike lanes wrong  More trees, please. By Anne Lusk for Fast Company 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 …

first the disruptive technology arrives, then the suitable environment follows. Early roads, early cell networks have adapted. Bike lanes are already growing worldwide

 GeorgeMonbiot@GeorgeMonbiot  It takes less time to cross a city on a vehicle you can lift with one hand than in a vehicle that weighs a tonne. Why isn’t cycling the top priority for urban transport planners? 4:45 AM – Mar 5, 2018  2,719  1,145 people are talking about this Excerpt from Lloyd Atler, Sept 2018 Bikes are climate action George Monbiot gets it. …

No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture: A chat with the authors of a new book on cycling in the Netherlands

By David Roberts david@vox.com Aug 28, 2018 The Dutch have two kinds of cyclists: wielrenner, which means sporty cyclist, and fietser, which just means “someone on a bike.” Modacity In 2010, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett sold their cars and began transporting their family of four around Vancouver, BC, by bike. They noticed that bicyclists’ stories were not being told, so they started blogging about …

Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Lyft is buying the parent company of CitiBike and other bike-sharing programs.CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times By Michael J. de la Merced July 3, 2018 Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities. Lyft …