Fall 2019 Bike and Ped Resources from FHWA

FHWA Releases Bicycle and Pedestrian University Course The Federal Highway Administration recently published a Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course. The course is designed to support educators in civil engineering, urban planning, and related fields to help students become familiar with basic policies, practices, tools, and design principles to create bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. The course materials incorporate the latest resources, best …

Ridership jumps 300-400% when bikelanes are protected

Ridership Jumped 400% When Seattle Protected a Bike Lane, By Angie Schmitt, StreetsBlog, Apr 18, 2019. 11 Bike ridership jumped more than 413 percent after Seattle upgraded a key corridor from a mere painted bike lane into a beefier protected version, a city official revealed on Thursday. Department of Transportation lead engineer Dongho Chang tweeted about the surge along Second Avenue as a way …

How Much Can Bicycling Help Fight Climate Change? A Lot, If Cities Try. Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation by 11 percent

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, USA, Nov 18, 2015,  31 A new study from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy attempts to measure the potential of bikes and e-bikes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ITDP’s conclusion, in short: Bicycling could help cut carbon emissions from urban transportation 11 percent. The authors calculated the carbon emissions reduction that could result if cities around the world make a strong, …

30% more local businesses than previously and a significant increase in the numbers of people making journeys on foot or cycling with Barcelona superblocks + lives saved

By Stephen Burgen in The Guardian 10 Sept 2019 Barcelona could save hundreds of lives and cut air pollution by a quarter if it fully implements its radical superblocks scheme to reduce traffic, a new report claims. A study carried out by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 …

Enabling longer, more frequent bike trips

E-bikes mean longer, more frequent bike trips Posted on August 19th, 2019 in NewsTags: bike sharing, e-bikes, health By Robbie Webber On June 18, the Madison, WI, bikesharing system became the first in the U.S. to switch its entire fleet to electric pedal-assist bikes, although other cities have been adding e-bikes to their fleet for several years. Results from a comparison of e-bike vs. standard bike …

Negotiating more workable paths and traffic rules for bicyclists and those walking

Fifty years ago, Amsterdam’s roads were clogged with cars, drivers high on their newfound authority in the motor age. Their dominance has been eroded thanks to the efforts of a tireless cycling lobby, and especially the Fietsersbond (Cyclists’ Union). It won its most recent battle in March, when scooters were banned from bike paths after years of debate. The Fietsersbond argues that …

5280 Trail Would Create a 5-Mile Park and Trail Around Downtown Denver

By Andy Bosselman, StreetsBlog Aug 21, 2019  4 Yesterday city officials presented a vision for The 5280 Trail, a “linear park” that could one day form a five-mile loop around downtown Denver. It would transform streets into tree-lined places for plazas, playgrounds and public art — while creating a low-stress place for people to stroll and ride bikes to, from and …

As scooters go mainstream, infrastructure falls behind

Scooter safety has a new urgency with accidents and deaths on the rise. Cities are now questioning where it’s best to ride them — and who’s going to pay for the infrastructure. By Jason Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, Aug. 27, 2019 More than a year after they were unceremoniously dropped on city sidewalks across the country, it’s clear that …

‘War on Cars’ is a misnomer when the majority of transportation investments and road space are devoted to automobile travel and those walking and bicycling are most at bodily risk

Todd Litman calls the war on cars a bad joke. He gives us a lot of ammunition in the fight to end it. Calling every bike lane or transit improvement “a war on the car” didn’t start in Toronto, but it got a big boost with our late [offensive adjectives deleted] suburban drivist mayor Rob Ford and the current Deputy Mayor, Denzil …

Study finds that e-bike riders get as much exercise as riders of regular bikes

E-bikers use their bikes more, go longer distances, and often substitute it for driving or transit. Fans of electric bikes often say they are riding further than they used to on “analog” bikes, to use a retronym coined by Andrea Learned. I have written about my own Gazelle: “I am using it more often than I used my regular bike, and …