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 …

Dutch bikeway design manual just updated, see MassDOT, NACTO and FHWA versions

A bike-friendly roundabout in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland, used with permission. By Michael Andersen Feb 1, 2017 Streetsblog If street design guides were musical acts, the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic would be an underground indie rap group. Deeply (almost obnoxiously) beloved by its followers, it’s nearly unknown to the American mainstream. But word of mouth has made the …

Tampa will be home to FDOT’s first-ever protected bike lane

Originally published by West Palm Beach TV, by Adam Winer, 7 Feb 2017, Jackson Street in downtown Tampa to get makeover Autoplay: For the first time ever, Florida’s Department of Transportation (FDOT) will build a a protected lane for bicyclists on a state road, and it’s coming to downtown Tampa. The “cycle track” will run along the north side of Jackson Street …

Coastal cities could flood three times a week by 2045

By John Updike, 9 Feb 2017, Originally published on Climate Central The lawns of homes purchased this year in vast swaths of coastal America could regularly be underwater before the mortgage has even been paid off, with new research showing high tide flooding could become nearly incessant in places within 30 years. Such floods could occur several times a week …

Germany’s Decarbonization Plan for Transportation: Agora Verkehrswende

Agora Verkehrswende A successful clean energy transition requires an environmentally friendly transport  system.  By 2050 Germany has committed to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by between 80% and 95% compared to 1990.  In 2015, the international community set itself ambitious climate protection targets for the first time in the form of the Paris Agreement on Climate Protection. Ambitious climate protection …

Rethinking traffic laws for bicyclists

Initially published on NextCity.org as Should Chicago Rethink Traffic Laws for Bicyclists? BY JEN KINNEY | DECEMBER 16, 2016 (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) Let’s be honest: Bicyclists don’t always stop at four-way intersections when there’s no traffic coming on the cross street. I know it, you know it. But by the general law of the land in U.S. cities, stops …

What’s a state DOT doing with carsharing?

LA to get electric car-sharing program in low-income neighborhoods by Meghan McCarty December 20 2016 cross-posted from SCPR.org The city of Los Angeles is moving forward with a program to bring electric car-sharing to some low-income neighborhoods as part of an effort to lower greenhouse gases and increase mobility in polluted areas of the city. The L.A. City Council has approved …