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 …

Cities shifting to better and more walking and biking. Drivers likely to shift roles into more of “ambassadors” that assist commuters and others needing rides.

June 06, 2018 Brian Straight, managing editor of Freightwaves: A sea change is about to transform the way people and goods move through cities The world of transportation is changing and changing fast. After decades of little innovation, the past five years or so have ushered in a sea change and it will profoundly impact the way people and goods move, said Timothy …

Permitting rights on red increases pedestrian crashes by 60 percent and bike crashes by 100 percent, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found in the 1980s

By Angie Schmitt on May 15, 2018 on Streetsblog Legal right turns on red are practically a given at intersections from rural Oklahoma to urban Boston. But it wasn’t always so. It wasn’t until the 1970s that allowing drivers to turn right during the red signal phase became common across the country, says Bill Schultheiss, a civil engineer at Toole Design Group …

Yes, e-bikes really are magic; they have a role to play everywhere

By Sami Grover samigrover, April 3, 2018 © Gerhardt Cycles OK, I’m a convert. Mass adoption really could change urban and suburban transportation. I’ve written before about how e-bikes could transform our cities, and yet, strangely, I had never actually ridden one. That changed this weekend when I had the opportunity to meet up with e-bike expert/retailer Don Gerhardt, and take a ride on a …

AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Bike lanes have obstacles 40% of the time in NYC study

Fast Company, 03.21.18, AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes: Using publicly available camera footage and a machine-learning algorithm, we can now say that the lanes are blocked almost always. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. …

The rebel bank, printing its own notes and buying back people’s debts

‘HSCB’ in Walthamstow is selling printed ‘banknotes’ to raise money to buy local debt By Anna Leach Fri 23 Mar 2018 in The Guardian  The Hoe Street Central Bank has taken over the former Co-op bank in Walthamstow. Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian First there were the banks. Sending credit cards through the post, offering easy loans. They overstretched, teetered. Then …