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 …

Paris to offer subsidies to those who buy bikes, give up cars

By Chris Teale@chris_teale, March 8, 2018, Smart Cities Dive Paris will offer its residents tax incentives to give up their cars or buy electric bikes, according to a press release. Anyone who purchases an e-bike or upgrades a conventional bike with an electrical assist will receive up to €400 ($495) and those who purchase both electric and conventional cargo bikes will receive …

Lightning Fast, Dirt Cheap: Five Tips From SF’s Protected Bike Lane Projects

By Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes, Streetsblog USA Feb 27, 2018  Before/after cross-sections of 7th Street, San Francisco. Photos: Jeremy Menzies, SFMTA.  PlacesForBikes is a PeopleForBikes program to help U.S. communities build better biking, faster. You can follow them on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook or sign up for their weekly news digest about building all-ages biking networks. If you’d like to cut the project time of a new protected bike lane by …

“Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort and safety is a large factor in people’s willingness to try bike share.”

Excerpt from Motherboard, Feb 2018 It takes some planning to get a bike-share system right. The city of Rochester, New York put together an extensive report in 2015 studying the feasibility of a bike-share system, which made recommendations about how to make the city more bike friendly. “Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort …

List of Streetfilms

By Category up to Feb 1 2018 Category Video Title Date Published Plays Bicycles The Netherlands Megamix Bike Montage 2018-01-06 17480 Bicycles London Cycling Works: How Savvy Campaigning Got 180 Employers to Support Bike Lanes 2017-12-06 5489 Bicycles Gawk at the Great New Bike Access to the Williamsburg Bridge From Brooklyn 2017-11-22 3839 Bicycles 300+ People Create Human Protected Bike …

Why medical centers are ‘prescribing’ bike share for mental health, and bike share is being combined with digital skill-building

By Stefani Cox on BetterBikeShare.com Image courtesy of Gretchen Snethen. It’s no secret that access to bike share can help improve physical health and mobility options, but now it is also being used as a component of mental health care. Take for example the story of Scott Walters, who lives in Minneapolis with a psychiatric disability. Walters, whose name has been changed …