Houston Bike Share is replacing cars with free bikes after Harvey: already secured 400 bike donations from two major manufacturers

Houston’s bike-share program, BCycle. Adam Baker/Flickr As Houston rebuilds after Hurricane Harvey, which claimed 82 lives and damaged or destroyed over 100,000 homes, one organization has risen to address another devastation: the up to a million cars wrecked during the storm. Although driving is the default mode of transportation around town, Houston Bike Share—the non-profit that runs the city’s BCycle bike share program—believes bikes can …

When it is easy to drive, people jump in cars. When biking is better and faster, they’ll bike

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Transportation / Bikes September 21, 2017 © Carlton Reid/ empty bike lane under roundabout in Stevenage, UK  Chris Drew @chrisjamesdrew First time using the new Woodbine #biketo lanes. Thanks for supporting them @mary_margaret32! So much safer. cc @EMcMahonBurl #TOpoli 5:38 PM – Sep 18, 2017 · Toronto, Ontario But when it is slow and inconvenient to drive, even cranky right wing columnists turn to bikes. Where I live in Toronto, …

Greenlighting new mobility approaches goes much faster with permitting over RFP approach says SDOT

Faster than RFP process, permitting allows SDOT to be more nimble and adaptive to changing technologies. That’s one of the goals of SDOT’s New Mobility Playbook, an outline of the agency’s plans to incorporate innovative technology into Seattle’s transportation network.  The Playbook details how SDOT will respond to new technologies, like autonomous vehicles, sensors on traffic lights, transportation networks and ridesharing, …

Evolution in folding bikes could help parking issues

www.youtube.com World’s Lightest Folding Bike Weighs Only 15 Pounds  The world’s lightest folding bike is here. The Hummingbird Bike Company has put its ultra-light, carbon fiber bike into production following a successful 2015 Kickstarter campaign. The two-wheeler weighs only 15 pounds. According to the London startup, the bike features a unique folding mechanism where “the rear triangle pivots around the bottom bracket, so the chain tension …

Let’s stop even talking about e-bikes being “cheating”

Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter) Transportation / Bikes August 30, 2017 © Riide It’s been going on for years. April wrote in 2014 that many people think an e-bike is cheating. Sami wrote “I remember many cycling enthusiasts scoffing: “It’s cheating.” But so much has happened in the last few years that this idea should really be relegated to the dustbin of history. I have written about this before: ..there are places where …

Arlington makes it easier for teachers to stop driving to school

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, 22 Aug 2017 Driving to school can be a major source of traffic congestion. But while Safe Routes to School programs aim to make walking and biking to school a safer, easier option for students, getting teachers and school staff to leave their cars at home is still new terrain. Leading the way is Arlington, Virginia, which …

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 …