What makes a bike-friendly town? Let’s get serious

Katherine Martinko May 27, 2019, Treehugger.com © K Martinko – Me and my friends on our annual Bike Around The World / ‘take back the streets’ tour of town In which I argue that bike-friendliness should be measured by how well a town caters to its most practical, regular, and vulnerable of users, not tourists. My small rural town recently received …

Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of cars traveling in them. Any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards

The Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of the cars traveling in them. If there’s any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards. No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture A chat with the authors of a new book on …

The unlikely way e-bikes could transform how we age

05.09.19, Fast Company WORLD CHANGING IDEAS The unlikely way e-bikes could transform how we age: E-bikes are helping keep seniors young and, in some instances, even alleviating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. [Photo: Getty Images] BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI9 MINUTE READ Last year, Miryam Liberman retired from her internal medicine practice in Westlake Village, California, where she had worked for more than 30 …

Houston Powers Ahead on Bike Lanes

EMILY NONKO  MAY 1, 2019, Next City Revitalizing and Reconnecting Western New York’s Regional Biking Network Pop-Up Bike Network Leads to Permanent Change Portland Lawsuit Faults City for Careless Bike-Lane Design Last April the nonprofit BikeHouston issued its city a challenge: Build fifty miles of high-comfort, on-street bikeways and off-street trails over the next 12 months. Not long ago that …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

How you get people out of cars: A bike parking facility in Tilburg is even more beautiful than their bus station

Lloyd Alter lloydalter, see May 6, 2019 in Treehugger.com It even has moving sidewalks for bikes. This is how you get people out of cars. After writing about a beautiful bus station in Tilburg, the Netherlands, designed by Cepezed, I noticed that they had designed an amazing bike storage facility as part of the public transportation hub. I asked for permission to publish …

Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows: Drivers left bikes less room in the presence of parked cars and painted bike lanes

“We know that vehicles driving closely to cyclists increases how unsafe people feel when riding bikes and acts as a strong barrier to increasing cycling participation. Our results demonstrate that a single stripe of white paint does not provide a safe space for people who ride bikes,” said Dr. Ben Beck, lead author of the study.  Accident Analysis and Prevention, …

Complete Streets Strategy and Networks for St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, FL approves complete streets plan, by Katie Pyzyk, May 6, 2019, Smart Cities Dive The St. Petersburg, FL City Council approved its Complete Streets Implementation Plan, a guide for how the city’s streets will be designed and function over the next 20 years. The plan aims to help make streets safer and more accessible for users for all modes of …

Hamburg’s Green Roads, bike paths and green space linkages

Joe Bauer, Streetfilms.org, In EUROPE/ TRAVEL  A Look at Cycling Culture in Hamburg, Germany Recently I was in Hamburg, Germany to cover their cycling scene and the car-free story that swept across the internet. Check out more at Streetfilms.org. My interest in traveling to Hamburg, Germany piqued following news early last year that the city would become car-free over the next 15 to 20 years. The distaste …