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:
Pacific Northwest News:
- 6 pedestrians hit in Metro Vancouver crashes | CTV British Columbia News – In just a few hours one night
- Seattle police: 2 off-duty officers arrested after DUI collision | Seattle Times – A chance to show how serious the city/county is about DUI.
- Drunken DEA agent not charged in Kitsap County | Seattle Times – What shouldn’t happen in the above case.
- Just Read It: The 18th Amendment – Seattle Transit Blog – “Highway purposes” is clearly defined as including city streets. Let’s change the way the state uses gas taxes.
- Announcing BizCycle’s first certified business: Washington Bike Law « Cascade Bike Blog – 100 percent of Seattle Bike Blog employees bike, walk and telecommute. But SBB gives terrible commute benefits, and the showers are not always clean…
- Shareable: Young Reno Activists Demand Bikeable Streets – And Get Them
- Disaster! Bicycling through the apocalypse by Elly Blue — Kickstarter – Funded! You have until Friday to preorder a copy. Plus, five more people need to pledge $25 each in order to make Elly deliver all the Portland copies by bike. And for $200, Elly will deliver an in-person singing telegram to a Portland resident of your choosing. Elly really knows how to use Kickstarter.
- Kate Martin Is Running for Mayor | Slog – Central to her campaign: Sidewalks in north and south Seattle.
- McGinn’s 2009 backers not so united as re-election race nears | The Seattle Times – We’ll have more on the burgeoning mayoral race soon. Stay tuned!
- BikePortland.org » More from the bikes/disaster front – Speaking of bikes and disaster…
- Broadway streetcar+bikeway extension: How far north, first, improvement district levy, later | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- Transit’s Long Road to Olympia – Seattle Transit Blog
- Ride recap: Critical Lass and Friends Ride to Candy Cane Lane « Seattle Critical Lass
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:
- North West Evening Mail | Barrow bike thieves exploit smartphone app Strava to locate targets
- LeBron James Bikes Home From Games: ‘I Got Lights On My Bike’ – If he wants to, LeBron could turn the nation’s image of cycling on its head.
- Author Jeff Speck on Walkability and the One Mistake That Can Wreck a City | Streetsblog Capitol Hill
- BBC News – Electric cars ‘pose environmental threat’ – If you are still holding out hope that electric cars will somehow save the world, please read this.
- Bike Safe Boston – A bike with reflective paint? This could be big.
- The cycle path to happiness – The Independent – Bicycling can battle depression, says clinical study.
- How Britian Is Helping Its Citizens Buy Bikes – The Atlantic Cities – Maybe the US could do this for American-made bikes as a public health/stimulus plan.
- Traffic Jams, Solved – The Atlantic Cities – Congestion charging works. It’s very unpopular at first, but people love it once it is in place.
- Chicago likes bikes — and it’s about to prove it in a big way | Grist
- Drivers’ moral progress, and why they hate cyclists | Andrew Brown | guardian.co.uk – An interesting musing on the psychology behind why people driving get mad at people on bikes (in short: people on bikes are cheating!)
- A Sober, Data-Based Approach to Bicycle Advocacy – The Atlantic Cities