Bike News Roundup: DIY bike lanes

In an era of overcrowded waiting rooms, one nurse practitioner in Bellingham makes house calls via bicycle.

Sick of waiting for the city to install a bike lane on a neighborhood street? Well, activists in Missoula took road engineering into their own hands … and got caught spray painting bike lanes on a dangerous road. My questions are: Did these activists study impacts to vehicle capacity? Did their markings follow the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices? …

I am fascinated by this map, showing white flight and suburban sprawl in my hometown of St. Louis during the past century.

Seattle Transit Blog looks at Elly Blue’s excellent column for Grist (which we wrote about here), particularly the data behind the bicycle safety in numbers phenomenon.

Bike shops in Bellingham are offering discounts on bike lights until November 30. The cost of bike lights is unfortunate (especially if you want one that won’t break within a few months). Who has the best deal on bike lights in Seattle?

Need more bike links? Elly Blue’s Monday Roundup never fails.

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4 Responses to Bike News Roundup: DIY bike lanes

  1. BootStrap says:

    As far as I know, the best deal on bike light and locks is The Bikery located in the Central District. They sell them at cost so people stay safe.

  2. Gary says:

    If you take the cost of hospitalization and subtract the cost of lights that actually make you visible enough to avoid an accident, then these, are the most cost effective.

    Their 400R tail light is the brightest light I have yet to see on the road.

    (I do not work for Dinotte, nor do I have any financial stake in any bike lighting company.)

  3. Bob Giordano says:

    We actually did not spray paint a bike lane, but small ‘sharrows’ bike symbols. We are well-versed in the proper size, colors and placement of sharrows and other types of bicycle symbols. Our goal now is to make the street safer and a nice wide bike lane- out of the ‘door zone’ and maintained regularly and respected by people biking and people driving- is one good option. Single lane roundabouts replacing the signals is another option we are looking at, as this would allow a 4 lane to 2 lane reduction for cars while creating smooth, safe, slower traffic.

    Cycle tracks are on the table too, as the City of Missoula just did the first installation in Montana.

    The City supports a 3-lane, but does not have the resources to do anything right now. We can all work together to make communities healthy for all modes of traffic.

    -Bob Giordano, Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation

  4. Duh says:

    Hey Boborino, your a vandal.

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