“Floating Parking” & Bike Buffer Zone in Separated Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.
I’m going to need to do more of these news roundups at this rate. Or maybe more single posts highlighting the best of the best. But here you go, another long roundup full of good stuff.
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- Ray LaHood gets bike advocates fired up to kick off the National Bike Summit in Washington DC
- Portland Bike Polo is selling ad space on their courtside boards
- A one-way Green Lake Way or preventing through traffic in the Arboretum? I’m intrigued.
- A police lieutenant in New Mexico thinks bicyclists shouldn’t ride in the “open road.”
- A graph of the percentage of New York’s roads space that has been reallocated to bicycle use (hint: it’s not much)
- MapQuest releases bike directions as part of their open maps integration. They suck pretty bad compared to Google’s bike directions (but I guess you could help make them better if you’re into open map stuff)
- An elderly man died from a bicycle fall on Whidbey Island February 16. Condolences to his family and friends
- A UW cop car struck several pedestrians after a traffic wreck near NE 45th and University
- Alcohol use is a factor in 40 percent of fatal bike collisions
- Aurora is a dangerous road. Something drastic needs to happen to make it safer
- Eric Shalit’s endorsements for the Cascade Bicycle Club Board
- Take the Walk Bike Ride Challenge for March/April and win stuff
- Anne-Marije Rook at the Ballard News Tribune takes a ride with Mayor McGinn
- This video by REI has great tips on how to teach a child to ride a bike:
3 responses to “Bike News Roundup: Advertising on a Bike Polo court”
“MapQuest releases bike directions as part of their open maps integration. They suck pretty bad compared to Google’s bike directions (but I guess you could help make them better if you’re into open map stuff)”
I was going to leave a snarky comment about how what people should *really* be doing is contributing to OpenCycleMap, as that data is under a Creative Commons license and available to the public.. but according to the press release, MapQuest is already using OpenCycleMap/OpenStreetMap! Hooray!
That’s interesting, because it doesn’t seem to use all the OpenCycleMap routes. For example, OCM has the Lake Washington Loop routing through Montlake, but the MapQuest cycling directions say to use 23rd/Montlake Blvd (terrible advice).
I’ve never played around with OCM … I might have to nerd out on this for a couple hours now. Thanks.
I asked a friend who works on Open*Map stuff, “so.. mapquest uses openstreetmap/opencyclemap for its maps (at least its transit/cycle maps) now? is this a new thing?”, and he responded with:
“At least some of them; they started doing it about 3-6 months ago? They’re also funding development of OpenAerialMap, and hosting some open aerial mapping tiles (based on NAIP, in the US). MapQuest is making a pretty serious open mapping effort.”