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!):
Coast Protocol Episode 3: Starting Off With a Sh’Bang! from America ByCycle on Vimeo.
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.
“Can you think of any dangerous channelized right turn lanes in Seattle?”
Well, they’re getting rid of a (low traffic?) one at Fairview Ave just off Eastlake by increasing the turn angle for cars. North end of the University Bridge is still a mess (maybe a curb bulb to cut the car attack speed on the first turn off Northbound, cut away the curb for easier bicycle sidewalk to bridge bicycle lane access Southbound?).
Also: southbound Montlake to westbound Pacific
The Cyclehatred twitter feed is making me sad.
I’m sure that it can be hard for you Tom, to be a journalist and sometimes have to dig deep into painful or discouraging news in order to bring it to us. Thanks for doing that. Imagine if Cyclehatred was your project? Ugg, secondary trauma through tweets!
If anyone knows Cyclehatred in real life, don’t forget to hug them and see if they need any support after seeking out andexposing all this toxic waste.
Read at your own risk.
I know! I took a cursory look, got the idea, then added it to the roundup because it’s an interesting project. Maybe the person behind the account gets satisfaction from exposing people’s ignorance (instead of simply letting it fester). But yeah, also a bummer task.
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