New York City - Men continue to make up the majority of cyclists in New York City - more so than in other cities. “Within the United States, New York is far behind in terms of the percentage of women cyclists compared to cities like Washington, D.C., and San Francisco,” said John Pucher, a professor of planning and transportation at Rutgers University who is working on a book about global cycling trends. “I’m convinced that one of the reasons New York City has such a low percentage of women cyclists is that it’s dangerous.” I also think there are just more women in DC. On the Times blog, one writer postulates that it has more to do with how friendly the transit is to cyclists. JSK replies to the Times "female bike ridership is actually increasing at a faster rate than male ridership" and criticizes them for looking only at bike commuting, which represents only 18% of bike trips in NYC. Author Sue Macy adds a story from the 1890's that shows just how far women have come. “We regret to see that cycling has at least one woman who so far forgets her own self-respect as to make a public exhibition of herself for the jeers of street gamins and the jibes of corner loafers.”
Also Ray Deter, owner of the beer bar d.b.a died after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle.
Also, cyclists have gained access to a previously off-limits shortcut across Central Park on an experimental basis, but the speed limit will be 5mph.
Pittsburgh - A bike collector has created a museum/bike shop.
Rhode Island - Republican Senate hopeful Barry Hinckley is biking to every city and town in Rhode Island to kick off his campaign. "He will ride a Heron bicycle — American-made, he is quick to point out. His 11-year-old daughter, Sasha, is planning to ride the full 35-mile loop with him through eight cities and towns. Hinckley hopes [Democratic Sen. Whitehouse] will come along on one of the rides.
Also, the state is opening a new on-road route that connects the Blackstone River Bikeway with the East Bay Bike Path
Jacksonville, NC - A child fell off his bike and broke his leg after hitting a pothole. Now the family is suing the DOT.
Chicago - A youth program tries to keep young men and women off the streets by teaching them bike repair.
Milwaukee - Bike polo continues to grow in popularity. But it won't arrive until it's in the X Games. "Other cities — such as Lexington, Ky., Milwaukee and Washington, D.C. — have been granted space to play from their cities, ranging from worn down tennis or basketball courts to a large enough area for three courts and lights that keep the pickup games going late into the evening."
United States - Nancy Folbre makes an argument for bike infrastructure at the NYT. I would have liked to see more numbers. If you're going to make an economic argument, tell me what the dividend is. Of course, I agree, but it wouldn't convince me if I'd never read anything about it before.
DOT has announced a third round of TIGER funding, perhaps it's another chance for CaBi super-expansion. It could be an easier sell with the success Capital Bikeshare has had so far. This one is only $527M.
Children who live in low-income homes, with single-parents and in cities are more likely than other children to walk or cycle to school, according to a new study. Also, having friends nearby, having friends who walk or bike and having pedestrian crossings increases the likelihood that one walks or bikes to school. Finally there is a connection between a child's weight and whether or not they bike or walk to school.
Paris - A bike tour to the palace of Versailles is very nice.
Como, Italy - Australian professional cyclist Carly Hibberd died after being hit by a car while training in Italy.