What would the perfect cycling city look like?

If you were building a city for bicycles from scratch, what would you include and leave out? In an edited excerpt from his new book Velotopia, Steven Fleming imagines a pedallers’ paradise  Housing and cyclists in the green suburb of Vauban, Freiburg, Germany. Photograph: Alamy By Steven Fleming, The Guardian, 9 August 2017  Velotopia is as circular as the topography has …

Planning for separated bike lanes

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/separated_bikelane_pdg/ Separated bike lanes have existed in the United States since at least the 1970s, but only in the past several years has interest spread outside of a handful of early-adopting cities: an inventory of such facilities found that they have doubled in number since 2011 and may double again by 2016.(1) Separated bike lanes have been a fixture of bicycle …

Egypt adds bikelanes and launches bike-sharing

Egypt Independent,  25 July 2017 In an attempt to encourage cycling culture in Egypt, Cairo’s Governor Atef Abdel Hamid signed this week a protocol with the UN Human Settlement Programme to dedicate bicycle lanes and routes all over Cairo’s heavily packed streets, in order to introduce the very first bike-sharing service in Egypt. As part of Egypt’s plan to develop …

Here’s a new street-level analysis of the biking networks in 299 U.S. cities

By Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes, Streetsblog, 7 June 2017 Bike Network Analysis score by Census block in Washington, DC. Bluer areas are better-connected. It takes many things to build a good city for biking, but one of them is indisputably a nice mellow network. Just as the car boom of the 1920s was made possible by new continuous networks of paved …

Results of a study on attitudes of car drivers toward bicyclists

It appears that cars are like guns: Instruments of control and vehicles of intimidation. It is a regular topic of discussion on TreeHugger and other sites like Streetsblog: Why do drivers hate people on bikes so much? Why, when there is a crash, do drivers (and the police) always blame the cyclist? Tara Goddard asked these questions and a whole …

In Some Places, Germany’s Bike Autobahn Is Faster Than The Car Version

By Soraya Nelson, NPR, 3 July 2017 Germany is building Europe’s biggest bicycle autobahn to connect 10 cities — and hopefully remove thousands of cars from German roads. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: German highways, or autobahns, as they’re known, are legendary for having no speed limit. But you can’t go fast when you are stuck in traffic. One state in Germany is …

Growing cycling and walking adds to Vancouver’s downtown and business income

By Roy L Hales, on the ECOreport. 26 June 2017 Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends …