- Comparing CaBi to Velib. For one thing, Velib smokes a lot more.
- And, remember when people complained about CaBi stations coming to their neighborhood, instead of complaining that they weren't. "In TriBeCa, a 25-bike kiosk was moved from Duane Park to the northeast corner of Duane and Greenwich streets after residents said it was a blight on the park. Now it’s drawing the ire of residents of Independence Plaza, who say Duane Street is too narrow for a hulking station." And “This area has a lot of congestion,” said Adam Malitz, a community-board member and plaza resident. “It’s not a good corner to put a lot of bikes."
- Fairfax finalizes its bike crash data. "Twelve crashes were a hit and run where a bicyclist was struck and the motorist fled the scene. None of these crashes involved the death of the bicyclist. In 43% of the crashes, the bicyclist was held at fault. [In 53% of the crashes, the motorist was held at fault." [Note: there actually was one fatality in the county in 2012]
- Shout it from the rooftops: Why it's OK for the government to favor bicycles/cyclists over cars/drivers - "Standing side by side with many state DOT heads, US DOT Secretary Ray La Hood and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new public safety campaign to encourage less driving, lower speeds, and encourage more cycling and walking to meet the nation’s transportation needs." Update: Sadly, this was an April Fool's Day post.
- This article on dropping gasoline use in America is only tangentially related, but I found this surprising (emphasis mine) "the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requires blending increasing volumes of ethanol into the U.S. gasoline supply, regardless of how much gasoline is needed...The 2013 requirement for 13.8 billion gallons is likely to go beyond the 10% threshold of what can be blended into gasoline and still be used in older vehicles without risking engine damage and voiding warranties." Could the ethanol requirement kill so many cars that it pushes more people to biking? Why does Congress keep using hard numbers instead of percentages or goals or inflation-adjusted values? Sigh...