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ELSEWHERE: Checking out Ottawa Bike Infrastructure


I’m in Ottawa for a few days for a conference and have started making small video postcards of the bike infrastructure I’m seeing.  Here’s the first one from the Mackenzie King Bridge over the Rideau Canal.

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ELSEWHERE: North America’s Best Kept (Cycling) Secret

To give credit where it’s due, when it comes to bicycle infrastructure, the City of Montréal has consistently remained 30 years ahead of the curve. While the rest of North America was busy wasting its time (and countless lives) with sharrows, door-zone paint, and Forester-inspired notions of vehicular cycling, Montréal wisely imitated the European cities who […]

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ELSEWHERE: Montreal shifts gears to keep up with rising popularity of cycling


Nothing unusual in Montreal to see hipsters, couriers and two-wheeled commuters of all ages sharing the roads. Here, they laugh dismissively when Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s pro-car administration comes up in conversation. But the rate at which Montrealers are hopping on their bikes to get around the city has created a whole new problem in a place haunted […]

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ELSEWHERE: In SF, a bike lane between transit stop and sidewalk is working beautifully (video)


Why don’t more cities escape the curse of bus-bike leapfrogging by putting bike lanes between transit platforms and sidewalks? Though “floating bus stops” and similar designs are being used in many cities, others have avoided doing so, sometimes out of concern that people will be injured in collisions with bikes while they walk between platform and sidewalk. The concern is […]

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ELSEWHERE: Is New York City’s bike sharing program hurting local bike shops? : TreeHugger


When there are big changes, not everybody always wins. New York City’s bike sharing program has been a success by many standards. Over 105,000 people have signed up for the annual membership ($95), or about 1 in 5 bike riders in the city. More people bike than ever, and bike infrastructure has been improving with bike lanes reaching […]

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ELSEWHERE: France experiments with paying people to cycle to work

People visit the 2nd Croix Rousse tunnel reserved for pedestrians, bicycles and buses during its inauguration ceremony in Lyon

France has started a six-month experiment with paying people to cycle to work, joining other European governments in trying to boost bicycle use to boost people’s health, reduce air pollution and cut fossil fuel consumption. Several countries including the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Britain have bike-to-work schemes, with different kinds of incentives such as […]

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INFRASTRUCTURE: The protected bike lane ridership bump, city by city


The data has been trickling in for years in Powerpoint slides and stray tweets: on one street after another, even in the bike-skeptical United States, adding a physical barrier between bikes and cars leads to a spike in bike traffic. Now, the first multi-city academic study of U.S. protected bike lanes has dropped, and a series of anecdotes have […]

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ELSEWHERE: Kitchener installs 3 new bicycle repair stations

Come on Toronto!  We can’t let Kitchener beat us, can we?  We only have one of these, courtesy of the fine folks at Steamwhistle. Kitchener cyclists in need of an emergency tune-up can get one at three different locations now that the city has installed three bike “fix-it” stations at Kitchener City Hall, the Kitchener […]

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ELSEWHERE: US cities start pushing protected lanes into new territory: downtown

Mile by mile this spring, America’s protected bike lanes are advancing into a new and interesting type of neighborhood: the one right in the middle. Even as protected lane designs have gained momentum around the country, the projects have often danced around the edges of central business districts: a college drag here, a trail connection there. With a few […]

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ELSEWHERE: Why this bicycle path isn’t good enough for the Dutch


Many of us would be thrilled if our neighborhood had the off-road, protected, two-way bicycle path in David Hembrow’s picture above. But the path as a whole is now sub-standard in the Netherlands and doesn’t satisfy local citizens, planners, or engineers, so a new path is planned. Read More: Why this bicycle path isn’t good […]

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