U.S. DOT envisions trails can be part of core transportation networks

By Ethan Goffman – October 5, 2017 on Mobility Lab Blog, Highlights from 2017 1 Historically, the mission of the U.S. Department of Transportation has been about moving cars. But that mission has expanded.In 2010, the DOT signed into law a policy statement noting that “every transportation agency has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling.” In 2015, former Transportation Secretary Anthony …

Tech may be the cure for collisions between buses and people biking and walking

By Kelley Coyner – October 3, 2017 – A Mobility Lab top article from 2017 Uri Tamir of Intel’s Mobileye and Mobility Momma last discussed how vehicle cameras can now eliminate blind spots, warn drivers about bikers and walkers, and map bike and pedestrian hot spots.While the brains of automated vehicles may not be able to predict cyclist behavior, Tamir said that Mobileye’s Shield+ technology can still help …

How far is too far to bike to work?

How far is too far to bike to work? By Mike McLeish – February 27, 2017 on Mobility Lab 10 A version of this post originally appeared on the blog Pinch-Flat.com. Taking the car is expensive, public transit can be cramped, and you’re feeling unhealthy. No worries, all of those issues are solved by the bicycle commute. But, how far is too far to bike to …

The World’s First Solar Bike Path Keeps Bikers Safe, Powers Surrounding Neighborhoods, generates enough power to ultimately be worth it.

  One of the next places cities put solar panels could be roads—or bike paths. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company, 2014 When cities run out of space for solar panels on rooftops, one of the next places to turn could be roads–or bike paths. In the Netherlands, one of the country’s newest bike paths doubles as a solar energy generator that could …

Dockless accelerates bikeshare into a higher gear

Politico, 16 Nov 2017 It was the nation’s first bikeshare program when it started in 2010, a mere seven years ago. Since then, the Washington, D.C. area’s Capital Bikeshare has become one of the country’s largest and most successful, spanning five jurisdictions that reach across the Potomac River into Virginia, with more geographic expansion set for 2018. Membership has climbed …

Better Bikeshare: Q&A: Seattle’s private bike shares are affordable. Does that make them equitable?

Post by Stefani Cox, BetterBikeShare.org, and Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes. Welcome back to our series investigating Seattle’s new dockless bike share systems through interviews with on-the-ground practitioners. We talked with Tom Fucoloro to understand how he views the newest form of bike share in the city. Fucoloro is the founder and editor of Seattle Bike Blog, an independent news source that seeks to get more Seattle …

Bike and Ped Safety Planning

From FHWA, August 2017 The following reports, tools, and guides can serve as useful references as you develop and implement your pedestrian and bicycle safety action plans. Planning and Performance Measurement Resources Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_ pedestrian/publications/performance_measures_guidebook/page02.cfm) Achieving Multimodal Networks: Apply Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/ bicycle_pedestrian/publications/multimodal_networks/fhwahep16055.pdf) Bike Network Mapping Idea Book (FHWA) (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ environment/bicycle_pedestrian/publications/bikemap_book/) …

$33/year for electric bike use in Stockholm

Derek Markham (@derekmarkham), Clean Technica and Treehugger, 17 Oct 2017 CC BY 2.0 Eurist EV (from 2009) The new City Bike program will also feature a ‘bring your own battery’ scheme, leaving the charging to the rider. Stockholm’s bike sharing program, which currently offers some 1200 bicycles, will be upgraded next year to a fleet of 5000 electric bikes due to increased …

10 questions on how bicyclists and pedestrians will interact with autonomous vehicles

By Paul Mackie – October 4, 2017 Mobility Lab recently participated in a Twitter chat hosted by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center of the University of North Carolina.  It was a fun way to synthesize the latest thinking from other key players who took part, including America Walks, SAE International, Walk Friendly Communities, the Vision Zero Network, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the National Safety Council’s Road to Zero, …