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INFRASTRUCTURE: First major academic study of protected bike lanes in the U.S. is released

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Today, Portland State University’s National Institute of Transportation and Communitiesreleased its voluminous findings from a wide-ranging study of protected bike lane intersections in five U.S. cities. It’s based on 204 hours of video footage that captured the movement patterns of 16,000 people on bicycles and 20,000 turning cars; on 2,301 surveys with people who live near the projects; and on 1,111 surveys of people using the protected lanes.

“This has never been done on this scale — having five cities and a number of different sites being done at the same time,” NITC spokesman Justin Carinci said in an interview Monday. “The number of hours of video review is unprecedented. But the perceptions piece is really the most definitive of it: This is a big enough sample that we could say for each of the (projects), people feel safe riding them. People say we should have more of them.”

The new study was co-funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Summit Foundation and PeopleForBikes. The team was led by PSU’s Christopher Monsere, Jennifer Dill, Kelly Clifton and Nathan McNeil. You can download the whole report immediately, but if you want the Cliff’s Notes, we’ll be digging into this huge study here on the Green Lane Project blog one angle at a time, all this week

Read More: The first major academic study of protected bike lanes in the U.S. is out | PeopleForBikes.

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PHOTOS: 25th Toronto Bike to Work Day Group Commute

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Over on their facebook page, Cycle Toronto has just posted a great photo album of tons of photos from Monday’s Bike to Work Day (and Pancake Breakfast)!  Check it out (and if you participated, look for yourself)!

Via: 25th Anniversary: Toronto Bike to Work Day Group Commute.

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OH YEAH: Teaching your kids to bike commute – one mile at a time

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If there’s one thing bike fans occasionally forget, it’s that there was a time when they didn’t ride a bike. None of us come out of the womb ready to strap on a helmet and pedal away. Yet those of us who love riding bikes often cannot recall a time when bikes weren’t part of our routine. But we know if we’re going to build a movement and expand the numbers of bike riders in the country, we need to reach back to our pre-pedal days and recall the learning curve of bike riding. Then we need to apply that knowledge to interested potential cyclists. If we can demystify our entrée into the sport, we’ll more successfully recruit others.

Read More: Teaching your kids to bike commute – one mile at a time | PeopleForBikes

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OH YEAH: Driver who made Facebook videos about aggressive behavior towards bicyclists arrested : TreeHugger

Apparently, making a video saying you might one day run a bicyclist into a ditch can get you arrested in Alabama. Or perhaps it was scaring bicyclists by speeding past them… and the evil laughter that followed. In any case, it’s good to know that the law enforcement department in Calhoun County, Alabama, takes bicyclist safety seriously enough to look into the matter and even make an arrest.

Read More: Driver who made Facebook videos about aggressive behavior towards bicyclists arrested : TreeHugger

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EVENTS: Bike Month T-Shirts Sneak Peek!

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A sneak preview of this year’s BikeMonth shirts, modelled by the insanely attractive CycleToronto staff.

Get yours by joining the group commute on Monday, May 26, and remember to sign up (its free!) to do other fun BikeMonth stuff!

via Cycle Toronto Facebook Page.

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