The Benefits of TOD

Via Streetfilms:

For the first chapter in our Moving Beyond the Automobile series we’ll take a look at Transit-Oriented Development, more commonly known by its “TOD” acronym in transportation industry circles. TOD is a high-density, mixed-use residential area with access to ample amounts of transportation. There are usually many transportation nodes within its core and contains a walkable and bike-able environment.

Full article here: MBA: Transit-Oriented Development

The Changing Face of the NYC Commute

11 miles is just shy of 18 kms and a fairly long commute. Yet, because of constant development and political support for cycling infrastructure 90% of this journey includes streets featuring some form of cycling infrastructure.

Notice that only a small percentage of the ride is along streets with sharrows and, notice too, that NYC DOT isn’t trying to squeeze one size fits all cycling infrastructure onto a wide variety of streets.

Thinking back on my former commute, 25 kms each way and exactly 0% of my route including any form of cycling infrastructure, it’s no wonder I was often alone on two wheels. Cycling along major arterials with boulevards wide enough to play soccer on I wondered why there wasn’t a bike path there. I would cross over multi-lane bridges that themselves spanned across 400 series highways and wondered why both cyclists and pedestrians were ignored there as well.

Real cycling infrastructure influences real change. How hard is that to understand?

Via StreetFilms.org

A Bike Corral on Spadina!

Bike Corral on Spadina by joshstuart

Photo of a new bike corral just south of 215 Spadina Avenue by joshstuart

Really hope to start seeing more bike corrals like this in Toronto. What’s one less car parking space when you can fit a dozen or more bicycles?

Here’s a short video of how these work in Portland:

These Kids Biked to School in Brooklyn, You Should Bike to Work

Bike to School Brooklyn via Streetfilms.org

This is fantastic. Now, they didn’t just set these kids loose on the streets of Brooklyn. Prior to this event the school ran programs instructing them on how to safely cycle in traffic.

And Matthew Modine was there!

On Monday, May 31, 2010 it’s Bike to Work and the Toronto Group Commute to kick off Bike Month. Take some inspiration from these kids and leave the car at home.

There’s more over on Streetfilms.org.

Cycle Chic as Advocacy?

First Cycle Chic Photo

Is the simple act of riding a bicycle in your everyday clothes a form of advocacy? Capturing these moments and sharing them online may be more than just bicycle voyeurism. See why in the video below:

The Ethical Implications of How You Bike

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Streetfilms consistently put out informative and entertaining videos. Here’s a bike ride through NYC with Randy Cohen, New York Times “Ethicist”:

More with Randy Cohen and Streetfilms here.

Setting an Example: Burrard Street Bike Lane Vancouver

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It doesn’t take much to create excellent cycling infrastructure. Take note Toronto, take note…

Via Bike Lane Diary
Photo via Price Tags

Safety Overkill

As all Toronto cyclists know, crossing over rail tracks can be intimidating at first. Over time, you build up your confidence and begin riding along Queen or King with ease. And, just sometimes, you stop paying attention long enough and the tracks take you down. And this can really hurt.

In Seattle, it seems that one awkward rail crossing has become quite the hazard. Here’s how they are dealing with the problem:

Helping cyclist navigate train track crossing is great. But, is this much paint and that many signs really necessary?

Bicycles Use Caution

And this one is in ALL CAPS, which we all know is YELLING!

BIKES! DISMOUNT!

To be fair, this is only temporary while the city redesigns the area and the crossing.

Via StreetFilms

Behaving Rudely in the City

Is the fear of punishment by the law the only way to curb dangerous behaviour on our streets?
While it may deter many from acting however they want, there is still a problem…
And that problem is rudeness.
As the video above demonstrates, when we get into our vehicles (whether cars, trucks and bicycles) we will put ourselves into countless situations where we could inconvenience others through rudeness. Yet, no one asks themselves when heading out on their commute, “How rude could I be today?”
Maybe we should.