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Bike News Roundup: Good and bad tweets about Seattle public servants & bicycles

It’s time for the Tuesday Bike News Roundup. Here are some links from around the region and the globe for your reading pleasure. As always, this is an open thread.

First up, Kona thinks Portland is cool (spoiler alert: It’s because of all the biking):


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How Bikes Make Cities Cool – Portland from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News:

Halftime show: How can America translate bikeway design from the Netherlands?

From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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4 responses to “Bike News Roundup: Good and bad tweets about Seattle public servants & bicycles”

  1. Gary

    I looked at San Diego when visiting and tried to figure out why people don’t commute on bicycles there. The weather is perfect. Yes there are hills, but Seattle has them too. But what I observed is that San Diego has this topography with plateau with a canyon with a road in it going from top to bottom. Now that wouldn’t be a problem except that the speed limit is 45, which means folks drive 50. So even though there is a curb “lane” marked for bicycling, riding in it means being passed going up hill by cars going 40+ mph faster than I’d be riding.

    It’s not safe. And that’s the conclusion of nearly everybody who rides there as well. The way they get around it is group rides on the weekend, where there is a mass of people to attract attention and get the cars to shift one lane over as they pass.

    Until that infrastructure is fixed, ie either slow the cars down, or give the bicycles a whole lane instead of just the shoulder you’d have to be insane to ride there.

    1. anthony

      Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. I rode SD back in 1990, and then revisited it three years ago, its even worse now.

    2. Gary

      Also check out this collision, the roadway has all these unregulated freeway ramps, so crossing the entrance to the freeway is dangerous because cars don’t yield.

      http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/22/pedestrian-killed-balboa-avenue/

  2. merlin

    Interesting to read that in India, a deterrent to bike sharing is the perception that bikes are for poor people. Here, we come across the opposite perception. Life is interesting.

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