Fast tracking people friendly streets in Nashville and Denver

By Stephen Miller, Streetsblog, 25 May 2017 Nashville’s busiest bus routes are in line for more frequent service and transit-only lanes under the city’s new action plan. Photo: Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Nashville is known as the home of the country music industry — and a fast-growing region of car-centric sprawl. But local leaders realize they can’t accommodate …

Analyzing Bike Collisions Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story – you need near misses too

By Kelsey Thomas, Next City, 9 May 2017 City planners often decide which intersections and roads get safety improvements based on analysis of crash data, but according to a new study, that method may be missing something. A look at “near-miss incidents” by Houston-based Kinder Institute for Urban Research reveals that some streets in critical need of improvement could be …

MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Solar roads for bikes expanding in the Netherlands, improving pavement

By Rogier van Rooji on Clean Technica, 12 March 2017  Bike paths: The Netherlands is covered with them, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport. In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called …

Light EVs – the wave of the future? A look at 4 types

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport. Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their …

London seeks to make cycling the “safe and obvious transport” for the area, with extension of protected bikeways and two new cycle superhighways

Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives – Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark.  By Peter Walker in The Guardian, Dec 2016 and Feb 2017 – update Among the plans are two new cycle superhighways, where riders would be largely separated from motor traffic. Photograph: Dave Hill for the …

Steps toward bikes not cars

By Nick Van Mead 11 August 2016, originally posted at The Guardian Rush-hour bike jams, speeding scooters, ignorant tourists … Amsterdam may be the world’s busiest cycling capital but it is no two-wheeled paradise. ‘Bicycle mayor’ Anna Luten is working to smooth conflict and export the lessons learned. Anna Luten – the world’s first ‘bicycle mayor’. Photograph: Nick Van Mead …

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free.  Business Insider. Oslo and Madrid will implement major car free areas by 2019. Madrid plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city center by 2020, with urban planners redesigning 24 of the city’s busiest streets for walking rather than driving.  In smaller areas, “in neighborhoods, you …