It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup. This is an open thread.
First up, the folks from America ByCycle are touring down the coast making videos of their adventures. I met with them while they were in Seattle a few weeks ago, and they are great people. Unbeknownst to me, just days earlier they were up in Bellingham partying with some former housemates of mine (Hi, Bootstrap!):
Pacific Northwest News:
- Gape, gawk, guzzle: a ride on board the ‘Cycle Saloon’ | KOMO News – Good press for Ballard’s almost-bier-bike
- Why This Budget Matters – Seattle Transit Blog
- Driver arrested for DUI while officers were investigating Aurora collision scene | SPD Blotter – Person walking across Aurora critically injured in collision. While investigating, a DUI driver crashed into a police cruiser and drove down the median.
- Since these are my stomping grounds, I’m very excited about this:
- S.P.O.K.E.S. get spooky « Cascade Bike Blog – Eastside ride Saturday.
- SDOT Blog » Come On – Ride the Train! – The city on how to start a bike train to school
- Don’t you worry that it’s not safe to ride a bike with your kids? | Hum of the city – Recommend!
- Getting There: Five Mile Prairie Pathways plan OK’d – Spokesman.com – Near Spokane
- The first crop of Advocacy Leadership Institute graduates heads out to connect our communities « Cascade Bike Blog
- Vehicle/Pedestrian Collision on Denny Way | SPD Blotter – Something must be done to make Denny Way safer, especially west of Aurora.
- Dawgs Ride in the Rain « Cascade Bike Blog
- SR-520 Design will discourage walking and biking to the UW and University Link | Central Seattle Greenways
- SPD sergeant charged with hit-and-run, reckless driving | www.kirotv.com
Halftime show! This video is mostly about the simulator, but one interesting fact stood out to me: Children delay in initiating a crossing more than adults. So both adults and children identify the same size gaps in cross-traffic, but kids take longer to decide to actually start crossing (making the crossing more dangerous).
National & Global News:
- As gas prices soar, city cycling more attractive | Deseret News – Seattle needs to get serious about cycling infrastructure or San Francisco is going to pass us. Do we really want to be a measly #3 in bike commuting among large US cities?
- Are “public” streets actually public? | the get around blog
- BikePortland.org » NACTO Conference kicks off with bold words from Sadik-Khan, LaHood
- Strategies in the Pedestrian Plan: Remove all channelized right turns in 3 years | Grid Chicago – Very interesting. Can you think of any dangerous channelized right turn lanes in Seattle? (I’ve got one: 12th and Boren!)
- Briney Deep Designs: Free Pattern: Bike Helmet Earmuffs
- CycleHatred (CycleHatred) on Twitter – A depressing/interesting Twitter account that highlights ignorant things people say about bikes.
- Enough with Bikes vs Cars – It’s about Better Cities! | Planetizen – Word.
- Study: Protected Bike Lanes Reduce Injury Risk Up to 90 Percent | Streetsblog Capitol Hill – More on this coming soon…
- Beware the Dread “Parking Lot for Bikes” | Streetsblog New York City – Wow, these are some seriously weak arguments against on-street bike parking.
- Chicago Department of Transportation Bike Program – Chicago website lets residents suggest locations for bike share stations. This would be a fun exercise for Puget Sound Bike Share!
- St. Louis City passes bicyclist/pedestrian anti-harassment ordinance | Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation
- Website makes the case for a car-free Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago
- Cycling tones up the golden years : Stltoday
- Baltimore Bike-Sharing: Not Coming Anytime Soon | Baltimore magazine – Lack of sponsors sank B-Cycle plans.