Bike News Roundup: What a $450,000 cycle track looks like

It’s time for the weekly Bike News Roundup! I’m in St. Louis for the holidays, but I’ll still be posting over the break. But be sure to send me tips, since I will not be as vigilant as I usually am. Either leave them in the comments below or email [email protected].

First up, here’s what a $450,000 downtown two-way cycle track looks like:

Take a ride down the new Dearborn Street cycle track from Steven Vance on Vimeo.

Pacific Northwest News:

Halftime Show! We usually have a second video here, but today, I just want you to contemplate this image posted by Brooklyn Spoke. In LEGO space terms, the dots are space where you can build and be creative. Look at how a road diet creates six extra rows of usable dots. The same happens in Seattle (well, not dots, but you know what I mean):

OK, fine, you can have a video, too! Have you seen this crazy landslide derailment video from Everett?

National & Global News:

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9 Responses to Bike News Roundup: What a $450,000 cycle track looks like

  1. Keef says:

    Dearborn Street. Nice. Coincidentally, we have one in Seattle that I ride when commuting back from Bellevue to Seattle. Idea spot to have one of these :-)

  2. Andres says:

    Wow. I love the left turn signal for cars. *That* is how you do left-side bicycle infrastructure.

    Next steps, Chicago – build more of those things, and retime those lights so that cyclists aren’t hitting reds every block. :)

    • Steven Vance says:

      I created the video of Dearborn Street. I was riding very slowly and paying no attention to the lights. I’ve only ridden it once. I predict that after riding it a few times, any person on a bike will be able to “count the lights” and adjust their speed as necessary to hit only green lights. Except at Harrison Street. That red light is forever.

  3. AiliL says:

    Ref: car on bike/ped bridge…Driver did the same thing just over a year ago on the lower West Seattle Spokane St. bridge. Drove up the bike/ped path (a car can fit on it) heading eastbound and stopped about 1/4 of the way over. Always wished I had a camera for that image.

    • Al Dimond says:

      Just a couple weeks ago there was a car on the BGT near Gas Works. The driver was having a hell of a time getting out of there… she was lost, trying to find a place on Fairview Ave, and while I tried to help, I totally blanked on where Fairview Ave was.

  4. Al Dimond says:

    The electric car article shows that something I’ve always said about hybrids is true about electric cars as well: that at best they’re only a marginal environmental improvement over gas-powered vehicles. Even given fairly green mixes of electricity sources, electric cars are less than a 30% improvement over internal-combustion vehicles.

    Building a walkable, bikeable city with effective transit has a much bigger upside. A potential for a much bigger than 30% reduction in VMT and car ownership. And cheaper, too!

  5. Shirley says:

    I really like the way they integrated the lighting system. I could totally see this on 2nd Ave. Sometimes people are flat out parked in the bike lane. This would prevent parking and people make left turns into a bicyclist.

  6. Trent says:

    How much slower is the cycle track than riding in the general purpose lanes? Though I suppose since the cycle track went in the general purpose lanes are now car only lanes. It seems you had to stop at every single intersection while the cars going in the same direction had a green light.

  7. O says:

    While heading South on the Interurban trail at 145th, I saw 4 cars use the cycle track as a right turn lane. When it was time for me to cross, there was a car in the cycle track trying to turn right that reversed up it when they saw me coming. I think most drivers just don’t know what it is.

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