New Amsterdam York, NY - JSK continues to promote bike lanes despite critics "Bike lanes, she explains without prompting, have been shown to reduce injuries to cyclists and drivers alike by 40 percent to 50 percent. In New York, she adds, traffic fatalities per capita have declined to record lows. Yes, bike lanes may be the utopian dream of a starry-eyed environmentalist, but they're also "an investment strategy" for the safety of New Yorkers (only one-third of whom, she notes, regularly commute by car). Sadik-Khan also points out 59 percent of city voters support them." [Or more] And, of course, she'll soon add bike sharing. And Summer streets is back.
Portland, OR - As noted last week, former Washcycle fantasy team starting-QB Joey Harrington was hit from behind by a driver while biking. The driver was cited. So an outraged reader wrote an op-ed calling for cyclists to be licensed and insured. Because that would have prevented the crash.
Kelowna, Canada - A cyclist riding in the bike lanes crashes with a car that turns in front of her. Somehow it is her fault for biking too fast. She should have had a license plate I guess.
Barcelona, Spain - A study of bike sharing in Barcelona backed up the data from an earlier study showing that the health benefits of biking far exceed the risks. It showed a small increase in traffic crash related deaths, an even smaller increase in air pollution related deaths (from breathing in bad air, not from making it) and a very large number of deaths avoided by physical activity. While the study was done on Bicing members, it isn't unique to bikesharing (despite most of the media reporting it that way). For 180,000 members, there are about 12 and a half lives saved per year.