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, …

EV carsharing companies to watch, also research on Uber/Lyft affect on transit and auto use

Recent research on the risks of TNCs to transit, congestion, and GHG increase cited on NYTimes.com Researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed 2,000 people about their travel behavior in seven major metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and including people who live in their suburbs and those who don’t use these services. Results suggest that ride-hailing …

With dockless bikeshares expanding rapidly, it’s a make-or-break moment for U.S. bikeshares

Gant News/CNN Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017 by CNN in Business News The bikeshare market is being turned on its head, and the implications could be huge for cities. Governments, which have long struggled to afford bikeshare systems, are suddenly seeing startups offer free bikes to cities. Previously, cities needed millions of dollars to acquire bikes and stations for parking. But now, money isn’t a …

Low cost bicycle comfort action may require some driver education and enforcement: Dearborn City Council passes ordinance designed to protect cyclists

By Andrea Blum ablum@pressandguide.com, 3 Oct 2017 Dearborn has an active, growing community of bicyclists and an ordinance recently passed by the City Council takes another step in ensuring they are protected on the roads. The ordinance change requires drivers to give bicycles at least five feet of space when passing on the street. According to the new ordinance, when …

Over 50% of peak hour taxi trips would be faster as Citi Bike rides, and taxis are only getting slower

By Todd Schneider  Every day in New York City, millions of commuters take part in a giant race to determine transportation supremacy. Cars, bikes, subways, buses, ferries, and more all compete against one another, but we never get much explicit feedback as to who “wins.” I’ve previously written about NYC’s public taxi data and Citi Bike share data, and it occurred to me …

Numbered highways come to bicycle superhighways in some cities

Bicycle superhighways, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allow for higher spends and smoother rides than regular bikeways. Grand opening of northern bicycle superhighway 28 September 2017 in Helsinki 20 Sep 2017  A northern bicycle superhighway ­running along the main railway racks is now open to cyclists. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes …