Danbury, NH - New Hampshire's longest rail trail (at 46 miles, with 14 more coming) has opened.
Iowa - I never thought I'd live to see the day when Longhorn colors were used to support an Aggie for president. I feel so dirty.
Las Vegas - A cyclist was killed by the wife of a LVPD officer. The driver was drunk, but because of who she was, the police covered it up. "Although there were two witnesses to the incident, the officers did not take a statement from either and failed to record one witness’s name or address. The officers soon realized it was a conflict for them to investigate and called the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) to the scene for a “parallel” investigation. By that time, however, the Metro police had already prepared a report faulting Erin for the collision, saying she had crossed in front of Wagner’s SUV and listing Wagner’s sobriety as “apparently normal.”" Her family spent the next 14 years seeking justice on her behalf. After settling with the driver and the police, the police department's insurance company has refused to cover the costs.
Seattle, WA - Despite a recent rash of bicycle crashes and fatalities "In just over two weeks, bicyclists have been struck by vehicles in four accidents, three of them fatal." injuries and fatalities are down county and state wide.
United States - Bikeleague argues that making bike funding eligible for transportation funds instead of a set aside for bike programs isn't good enough. "Before ISTEA, states had the option of spending up to $4.5 million of their highway funds each year on independent bicycling and walking projects (up to a national cap of $45 million), and the funds required NO state matching funds. In the 18 years before 1991, a total of $40 million was spent by all 50 states combined – approximately $2 million a year." On the one hand, the idea that states should be free to make their own decisions makes sense. But on the other, not setting aside money for biking means less money will be spent on biking. But it's disingenuous to say that setting aside money for transportation is good, but for bike transportation is bad. If you REALLY think states should make their own decisions, just send them money and let them spend it on whatever they want - even a giant ice cream party. But I see the paternalism line as binary. Either you cross it or you don't.
Amsterdam - The Dutch culture of cycling has some advantages not yet considered. "Cyclists can’t carry six bags of groceries; bulk buying is almost nonexistent. Instead of shopping for a week, people stop at the market daily. So the need for processed loaves that will last for days is gone. A result: good bread." Though, cyclists can carry six bags of groceries.
Vilnius, Lithuania - Surely you've seen this video of a tank driving over a Mercedes parked in the bike lane. It's the biggest thing since Dan Maes.
Sasebo Naval Base, Japan - An Australian woman was killed after a crash with a military vehicle during an exercise. If the Constance Holden incident is any indication, the investigation will get nowhere.
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.
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.
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.
New York City - Adult bicycle classes: “You made my day,” he said. “You made my 50 years.” Meanwhile, the Bikelash is over. "Bikes are New York fringe? Email your friends. Ask how many of them own bikes. Then ask how many of them own cars. If more of them say they own cars, look out the window. You live in Connecticut."
Toronto - Toronto's new mayor thinks cyclists are a pain in the ass, so he's having bike lanes removed. Even though traffic volume on the street in question remains unchanged. Meanwhile, city planners incorrectly measured the width of a street, deeming it too narrow for bike lanes, and incorectly counted the number of cyclists using it. They city said they were only 2%, but his count showed them to be 32%.
Colorado Springs, CO - A city worker parked in the bike lane. A cyclist hit the parked car, suffering a concussion, skull fracture and many small cuts. He then sued the city and won $50,000.
Winter Park, FL - Many communities in Rep. John Mica's district have passed resolutions condemning his plan to eliminate dedicated funding for pedestrian and cycling projects. If left to the state government, there probably won't be anything spent on these: 'Ananth Presad, who recently became Florida’s transportation secretary, has already indicated that his state, under the new Republican Governor Rick Scott, regards non-highway projects as a lower priority. “We must give serious consideration to whether — when resources and dollars are at a premium — spending money on sidewalks, bike trails, beautification and other projects like this is the most prudent use of taxpayer money,”'
Bellingham, WA - A man is attempting to bike to every major league baseball park in one season. In DC -where he'll arrive Aug 3rd - he can valet park. "I wasn't completely set on going to grad school," he said. "I thought, 'Well this seems better than grad school right now, so I'm going to do this.' "
United States - Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects create more jobs per dollar spent than other road construction projects, according to America Bikes‘ press release and the new study, Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts, conducted and released this month by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Another remake of "The Bicycle Thief", but with a car - next a remake of "Smokey and the Bandit", but with bikes.
Budapest - "Participants of the first underground bicycle race compete during the "Mole Race" in a mine under Budapest, Hungary, on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. Hundreds participated at the race, pedaling on the 1200 meter (0.75 miles) long track. The more than 30 km (18.6 miles) long mine system were used during centuries to extract stone to build the Hungarian capital."
The man accused of shooting Neil Michael Godleski as he biked home from work has been indicted on nine counts including murder. "Police believe that Foreman fired multiple shots at Godleski as he rode his bicycle through the circle, then coldly approached the 31-year-old Catholic University student, firing two more shots at close range"
Maryland Governor O'Mally rode a bike on the Cross Island Trail to promote bicycling for fitness and tourism. "Bike Maryland Executive Director Carol Silldorff says the best places to bike are the best places to live."
Edmonston is preparing to repair some of the levees that protect the town from flooding. Many of these levees have sections of the Anacostia Tributary Trails on them (I bike on them for my commute) and so I hope there won't be any lengthy trail closures associated with this. Maybe some of the problem spots can even be fixed. In 2007 the Army Corps on Engineers forced them to remove some trees along the levees.
Did some math on Capital Bikeshare. Using the number of bikes in service each month, number of trips per month and days per month, here's how ridership has increased on a trips per bike per day basis.
New York City - Streetsblog takes the NYTimes to task for its reporting on bike sharing in NYC. On the financial side, Haughney dwells on the absence of bids for the NYC bike-share contract from Cemusa, Clear Channel and J.C. Decaux. What she never mentions is that all three companies are in the business of outdoor advertising — their bike-share systems are basically means to generate more ad revenue. The two finalists — Alta Bicycle Share and B-Cycle — are actually in the bike-sharing business. And the video below shows many road users doing it wrong.
Mt. Washington, NH - Records set by Tyler Hamilton and Genevieve Jeanson on the annual Mt. Washington bike race have been voided due to doping admissions by both.
Chicago - Gabe Klein is already installing bike boxes and protected bike lanes in Chicago. [Mayor Rahm] Emanuel had originally promised to install two separated bike lanes by the end of his first 100 days in office, but he appears to be on pace to meet that goal and then some.
Springfield, OR - A man is arguing that his electric-assist bike is more like a bike than a motorcycle, so he doesn't need a driver's license. The authorities argue otherwise.
World - Bike sharing continues to expand. In Europe there are now more than 400, up from only a few a decade ago. Kailua, Hawaii, is one of the latest American cities to join the trend. Launched in early May and funded by tobacco settlement money through the state health department, the municipality’s $100,000 pilot program has only a dozen bikes at two stations, although there are plans to expand if the pilot proves successful.
Finally, yes I've seen this video as I assume everyone has by now. Here's an interview with the filmmaker who made the video. None of it is set up.
Molino, FL - The driver who struck cross-country cyclist Roger W. Grooters from behind and killing him had his license suspended for 6 months and paid a $1160 fine. Grooters was biking cross country to raise awareness about the plight of oil spill victims. He was riding on the shoulder when hit.
Portland, OR - Demand for bike corrals in Portland has exceeded the city's ability to install them. Meanwhile the excellently-named Elly Blue has an article on bike parking and how much cheaper and better it is than car parking.
United States -
The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) thinks requirements to consider bicycle and pedestrian amenities in new facilities are too high, and they asked DOT to weaken their guidance. Bike League wants cyclists to push back.
Since near-completion of the GAP trail from Pittsburgh to DC, businesses along the trail have seen business steadily grow.
"My first year I did three tours, this year I probably had 50," said Gail Shofer Hall. Hall owns Mountainside Bike Tours, Mountain Getaway Tours and the Inn on Decatur. Hall started the tours about eight years ago and has had the inn for five years.
"In the six months we had counts for this year, we are already over the 12-month total for last year"
"It's endless," she said of the trail's possibilities. Ninety percent of her guests, she said, are trail-related.
And the trail isn't quite finished. It's scheduled to be completed next year on 11/11/11
Trail planners took a big step forward with the recent purchase of the final section of land needed to complete the trail in Pennsylvania near Sandcastle Water Park, Atkinson said
The Montreal Gazette's headline is "Bixi goes to Washington, but mostly Arlington" and they get the numbers backwards "Most of the bikes -about 1,000 - will be on the streets of Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, where 100 bikes will be in service." Whoops.
Rob Mandle writes about his experience
I know that people have been wondering about the usefulness of the Crystal City connection so here are some key findings from my ride!
• I made it from Crystal City to Petworth in 42 minutes as a casual ride. • I crossed Rhode Island Avenue on 11th Street just under my 30 minute free ride window. • My trip to Petworth only cost $1.50. With newly adjusted fares, my Metro trip would have been $3.25. • On a good day without any delays, the Metro trip would have taken me about 30 minutes. Add in wait time at the metro and my walk to the metro and you have about a 40 minute trip – Virtually a wash.
Mike Madden at CityPaper likes them too, but worries about helmets and locks. [A lock becomes less of an issue with each additional station]
The press release notes that Bixi is now in the Capitals of Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. What's cool is that I think you'll be able to use your key and account in any of those places. As Bixi and B-Cycle grow it will be interesting to see how much they compete and overlap. Will they be mortal enemies like Duff and Fudd, or will the merge like flexcar/zipcar and XM/Sirius? Will people from Bixi towns shy away from vacations to B-cycle towns?
Also, I heard that the Lincoln Park station - which was to be on the sidewalk along the park - is being reevaluated after neighbors complained about the impact on traffic. They're looking at putting it into the park, but that involves NPS. It no longer shows up on the proposed map. Nice job NIMBYs.
14th and U writes briefly about it and about the 14th Street Streetscape project. "DDOT will be holding a public meeting to discuss the project on that date from 6:30 pm - 8:00 PM [on Wednesday, 9/29/10] in the second floor community room at the Reeves Center, located at 14th and U."