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OH YEAH: Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City

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Since 2007, New York City has added 31 miles of protected bike lanes — that is, lanes protected by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or a curb. The main point of building protected lanes was to make biking in the city safer. But when the NYC Department of Transportation recently studied the […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: Every faded bike lane is asking to be a protected bike lane

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This makes all kinds of sense: …the bike lane paint would still be there if cars weren’t regularly encroaching on the bike lane. For whatever reason, these streets have been designed in such a way that people are regularly driving into the bike lane with their cars. To be clear, that doesn’t mean people are […]


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OH YEAH! General Motors starts a bikesharing program for employees!

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Unexpected, but awesome! Faced with a serious transportation problem on its sprawling technical center campus in a Detroit suburb, General Motors Co. has turned to a solution that predates cars – bicycles. GM has launched a bike share program for 19,000 employees at its Warren Technical Center. It will help them navigate the 61 buildings […]


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OH YEAH: Business leaders cheer protected bike lanes into busy downtown Pittsburgh

  In Pittsburgh, business gets it.  Bikes mean money.  Toronto businesses, for the large part, are still stuck in a driver-first mentality. Jeremy Waldrup, CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, said the protected lane, which will return Penn Avenue to a one-way street by removing an eastbound traffic lane, will make it comfortable for most […]


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ELSEWHERE: Cycling Numbers On the Rise in Vancouver

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Awesome. Build great bike infrastructure (that connects to other great bike infrastructure) and watch your city get transformed for the better! According to the City of Vancouver, cycling routes and separated bike lanes saw record usage numbers during July. A record 195,000 bike trips were taken on the Burrard Bridge bike lane throughout the month, […]


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ELSEWHERE: New Bike Lane Designs Finally Get Nod From U.S. Engineering Establishment

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Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. engineering establishment. Bike lane markings through intersections may soon be part of important engineering […]


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ELSEWHERE: Los Angeles bike trains – beating the traffic in a car-centric city

This is pretty awesome.  I wonder if we can get Cycle Toronto Ward groups to start Bike Trains for commutes downtown? Los Angeles is one of the world’s most car-centric cities, and when self-professed fearless cyclist Nona Varnado moved there from New York, she faced very real anxiety when trying to share the road with […]


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ELSEWHERE: bike lane protection style from China: the low fence

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Here in the United States, designers of bike-friendly streets probably don’t spend enough time talking about the biggest of the world’s great bike countries: China. “I’m a big fan of the low fences used in Beijing and other Chinese cities,” reader Charlie writes, pointing us to the photo above. “They are modular and easy to […]


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ELSEWHERE: Persuasive Evidence that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

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Past work has found that bike-share members decrease their car use considerably: According to one survey, 52 percent did so in Minneapolis, and 41 percent in Washington, D.C. The new, more fine-grained analysis of bike-share use in these cities reveals that its role in the transit system varies based on the character of the host […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: 7 Big Ways Cities Have Transformed Themselves for Bikes

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The number of bikes in our cities is increasing, and with that increase we’re also seeing some major changes in the way cities are designed. Engineers are giving bikes their own bridges, tunnels, overpasses, even escalators!, making biking feel like it’s an essential, permanent part of the city. Last week, Copenhagen announced an elevated cycleway […]


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