NYC to ban e-bikes. '“E-bikes are a danger to New Yorkers because they’re faster and heavier than regular bikes. They also have very quiet motors. So, you don’t always hear them coming,” Quinn said Thursday.' Y'know what else is faster and heavier than regular bikes?
Sarah Goodyear of the Atlantic has an article for Bike to Work Week entitled "Cyclists Aren't 'Special', and They Shouldn't Play by Their Own Rules." The thesis seems to be that now that cycling is mainstream, cyclists need to behave better. I would argue that whether or not cycling is mainstream you need to ride safely and courteously. In fact, an increase or decrease in cycling mode share shouldn't change the way you ride one iota.
Goodyear is asking cyclists to become footdroppers and thinks that more enforcement of cycling laws is what is needed for cycling to "get to the next level." I disagree which is easy to do since Goodyear offers no evidence, no data and no defence of her position. It appears to be 100% emotion-based opinion.
When I look at great cycling cities in Europe it doesn't appear to me that there is some point where increased enforcement is needed to keep growth going. Growth is fueled by better designed streets, laws that protect cyclists and increasing the costs of driving. If anything, what I've read about Amsterdam and Copenhagen is that they don't tolerate the kinds of bad driving that are considered normal here. I don't read about ticketing blitzes.
She makes the point that many cyclists are rude or ride dangerously and that she'd like to see such behavior ticketed. I have no problem with ticketing dangerous behavior - though if we're really going to focus on the MOST dangerous behavior, that will rarely mean ticketing cyclists. And if law enforcement were to blitz cyclsits, it would likely not be for their most dangerous behavior (riding at night without lights or too fast on the sidewalk or against traffic) but rather not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign during a charity ride or at some out-of-the way intersection.
Writing about wrong-way cycling she adds
It makes all of us look terrible and it’s a real hazard. Same goes for blowing through a stop sign or red light, or blocking the crosswalk when you’re impatiently waiting for the light to change. Not to mention shouting at pedestrians to get out of the way when they are crossing legally. I saw someone yell at an old lady the other day.
I again assert that few cyclists actually "blow through" stop signs and lights. Yes, cyclists run them - even Goodyear - but not blowing through them.
She sees herself as an ambassador. But does anyone see themselves as a pedestrian ambassador when walking or as a driving ambassador when driving? No. Biking is not foreign, and maybe to "get to the next level" we need to stop presenting it as though it is. It is funny that she sees it this way, that she has to behave hyper-legally and as a role model only to follow it up with.
you’re going to have to give up your identity as a special person who does some special activity known as cycling.
You’re not so special any longer
Ok, if I'm not so special any longer, then how come I have to behave differently - squeaky clean - than everyone else?
I agree that cyclists should be safe and courteous (because I think EVERYONE should be), but not that they need to be hyper-legal in the hope that it will soothe everyone else. Because it won't. And it won't take cycling to the next level.
What will help is changing the law where it currently doesn't make sense, such as with the Idaho Stop - exactly the kind of "Special Treatment" and "own rules" that Goodyear seems to be arguing against. What will help is treating cycling as special by creating special facilities to help them get around - like bi-directional cycletracks on one-way streets or cycle-tracks. What will help is bike sharing, on street bike parking, unique zoning regulations related to bike parking, special commuter benefits for bike commuters, etc...
We're going to have to treat cyclists better and let them play by their own rules if we want to "get ot the next level."
Is it fair if bikers get benefits when motorists don’t? Nope. You know what else isn’t fair? Everything. Deal with it.
FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez and Lauren Marchetti of the National Center for Safe Routes to School attended a Bike to School Day event at Lincoln Park, part of the 2nd Annual Bike to School Day. Next on the Agenda: Bike to Work Day and then National Bike to Church Day.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposes raising fines for bicycle violations - while also raising fines for drivers for things like dooring. But this probably isn't the beginning of bicyle tolling and registration. The new ordinance would also "allow cyclists to ride on sidewalks to get to roads and paths or new bicycle sharing stations; leave the curbside edge of the right line when passing another bicycle or preparing to turn; and ride side-by-side, provided they stay in one lane and do not impede traffic." And "The proposal also would eliminate the requirement for cyclists to hug the right shoulder if they are keeping up with other traffic, while also allowing cyclists to ride in the road even when there's an adjacent bike path. Buses in shared bus-and-bike lines, like those on Clark Street, would be permitted to leave the designated lane to get around a bike."
We can stop arguing, NYC has proven that separated bike facilities are safer than vehicular cycling. Glad that's over. "bike infrastructure did more than make cycling safer: The study found a 35% decrease in traffic crash related injuries to all street users on the 8th Ave path, and a whopping 58% on its 9th Ave counterpart."
Going back to this article about Southwest they write "At the turn of the century, the original proposed location of the National Arboretum was in Southwest..." But they're talking about the turn from the 1800's to the 1900's. When does "the turn of the century" mean 2000?
Officials said the state will pay 80 percent of the $1.1 million start-up costs, including purchasing cycles and station equipment, and Baltimore must come up with the rest. City leaders haven't decided whether to use tax dollars or find a private-sector partner.
A vendor to run it has not been selected, but Alta is under consideration
A profile of Ben Freed, new editor of DCist includes this "He gets around by bike—when he can. (It was in the shop when we talked.)"
Drive till you increase unemployment, or how sprawl is killing America: "The authors find that higher levels of homeownership in a state appear to be associated with lower levels of labor mobility, higher commute times, and fewer new businesses created. Taken together, those three factors tend to increase the unemployment rate."
New York bike share synopsis. And more focus on the NIMBYs "It is a sign of how much more sensitive the city has become – only 60 years ago, Robert Moses could tear down entire communities to make way for the motor car, with relative impunity."
Bike kiosks have been defaced with posters deriding the $41m sponsorship of the scheme, by Citibank. In Fort Greene, leaflets saying "residential landmark blocks are not for advertising or commercial activity" were slapped over the kiosks. Street vendors have protested that their regular parking spaces are being obliterated. The owner of a Tribeca bistro was almost arrested when he waged a sit-down occupation outside his restaurant, to prevent the installation of the racks.
The residents of the 100-year-old building fear the value of their property will decline thanks to marauding cyclists riding on the sidewalk, knocking down older people and children.
"Bike lanes, I put that now in the category of things you shouldn't discuss at dinner parties," one of the front-runner candidates to succeed Michael Bloomberg, Christine Quinn, said recently.
an underlying truth is in danger of being lost: that the scheme is overwhelmingly supported by New Yorkers. Polls suggest more than 70% approval across the city.
On why the M Street and L Street projects were decoupled: "These projects have lots of pieces. We have limited staff working on them. That's really all we can handle -- one at a time," said Mike Goodno, who oversees bike lanes for the D.C. Department of Transportation.
And then check out this refreshingly reasonable response from AAA's John Townsend, maybe he truly is giving up the "war" rhetoric of the past. "'We think the [cycling] trend is here to stay. ... Motorists have to become more sensitized to the presence of cyclists," Townsend said, adding that he would like to see D.C. invest more in roads. "We're not adding any more capacity for automobiles, and that is a great concern for many motorists."'
A problem unique to L.A.: It has a bright green bike lane is on a street film crews like to film on. "the bright green of the bike lane is costly to erase if you're filming, say, a scene that takes place in the 1940s and you don't want a bright green bike lane running down the middle of your shot. It can't be lifted out of film by the usual post-production technique known as chroma keying, and it is more expensive to remove than other greens. And it's not just the street that needs to be color-corrected. Under the bright lights used for filming, the green bounces off the street and tints everything it touches, including actors' faces" But filming companies are being pretty reasonable, they want it painted another color. "There may not be 50 shades of green that will work for both bicyclists and moviemakers. But surely there is one."
A natural combination? The Portland Art Museum is teaming up with the World Naked Bike Ride. "For the museum, its new exhibit "Cyclepedia" is opening -- a collection of 36 weird and wonderful bikes highlighting innovative design through the decades....And so it is on June 8, cyclists in various stages of undress will meet at the museum. They'll get a special deal to see "Cyclepedia" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., when the ride begins: The price of admission to the show is $1 per item of clothing. That means no clothes -- no charge." The Portland Art Museum is featured in this not-particularly-funny sketch from Portlandia.
Evil Washcycle wonders if the reduction in VMT over the last decade is thanks to the growth of GPS devices that help people take the most efficient route and get lost less often. Being evil, he'll start to say it's true regardless of the answer.
Ribbon cut at Columbia Circle Plaza. Project built bike lanes on Mass Ave and a small section of the Met Branch Trail.
Delaware celebrates their 5th most bike friendly state ranking. “Other states are going to be beating down the door to get in front of us and it’s going to be very hard to maintain,” she added. “Right now we have good leadership but the pressure needs to stay on.”