About a month ago we heard tell of a glow in the dark bike path in Poland. Intrigued by the innovative infrastructure we contacted the folks behind it to get a bit of insight into the project. It’s the brainchild of TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o – a Vienna based lab that falls under the umbrella corporation of STRABAG SE, one of Europe’s largest construction companies. They specialize in asphalt, concrete, earthworks and geotechnical engineering. Two of their engineers, Kamil Otkallo and Marianne Jaki, were kind enough to fill us in on the details of the project.
Copenhagen doesn’t just have a lot of bikes, or a lot of bike-friendly infrastructure. It also has a lot of accurate records on their use, coming partly from a network of 20 permanent sensors which track the comings and goings of bicycle traffic into the city center. As you can see from theses maps and charts, put together by Mikhail Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize, bike traffic has finally beaten car traffic, partly because of an increase in cycling, and partly in the decline in car use.
Love this event idea so much!
In an effort to draw attention to the functional capacity of bicycles as transportation devices and celebrate urban cycling in a new light, Bike to Shop Days highlight how bicycles can making running errands fun, easy, and convenient. Starting in California’s Silicon Valley a few years ago, the momentum has since spread and Vancouver, BC recently announced their first annual Bike to Shop Day, taking place on August 13th, 2016.
Bike to Shop Day is a simple concept. Participants pick up a passport from HUB, the local bike advocacy station, and visit celebration stations and registered discount providers to get stamps in their passport for a chance to win prizes.
Sixteen pedestrians have been killed on Toronto streets in 2016.
That’s 16 more people than John Tory would like. His aim is to bring those pedestrian fatalities to a halt, with zero by 2021.
But Toronto has some ground to make up when it comes to pedestrian safety measures. Cities across Europe, North America and the Caribbean are already working toward complete pedestrian safety with Vision Zero, a Swedish program to eliminate road deaths.
“Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society,” is the guiding principle of Vision Zero plans, meaning there can be no cost too great for safe streets.
Lessons from NYC, where their comprehensive Vision Zero campaign is seeing big results just a couple of years in… in 2015 New York saw the fewest deaths on their streets since they started keeping stats in 1910:
Such messaging is almost unthinkable in Toronto, where past safety campaigns from the TTC have admonished pedestrians for wearing dark clothing or listening to music while crossing the street.
“Those of us who get behind the wheel – and I’m one of them – have to understand that we’re moving objects that weigh thousands of pounds,” Rodriguez says. “When it comes to safety, we have to put our children and our pedestrians and our cyclists first.”