It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! I’m headed to New York City for my first time ever. I am crazy excited. I’ll keep posting while I’m out of town for the next week, but things might be a little slower than usual. And of course, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you see anything I should know about.
First up, Charles Mudede posted this 2003 Saturn commercial I had completely forgotten about. It’s a great visual for how much space cars take up in our cities.
Pacific Northwest News
- Washington state trails opened up to farm vehicle use » Biking Bis – Um…
- Friends remember Microsoft engineer killed in Redmond crash | www.kirotv.com – So sad.
- VIDEO: Seattle residents work to get back longtime city beach | www.kirotv.com – Just off the Burke-Gilman Trail.
- Seattle Frequent Network Maps Preview (Sept 2015) | Seattle Transit Blog – These maps are a great public service.
- Tacoma voters to decide $500 million measure to fix potholes | KOMO News
- Police find truck from Kennewick fatal hit-and-run | KOMO News
- Transportation projects which never happened | King 5
- Op-Ed: NE 130th Street Station will Provide Access to Underserved Communities | Seattle Transit Blog
- Idea to raise speed limits to 75 mph gets over bump in House :: The Capitol Record – Bad idea.
- Access Seattle fixes unpermitted sidewalk blockage! | SDOT Blog – Good work, SDOT! (and Merlin!)
- $1B Washington State Convention Center expansion means big changes across I-5 | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
- Oregonian editorial calls on city to ‘reconsider its bike ban’ in River View – BikePortland.org – Similar (but also very different) issue as Cheasty.
- ORCA LIFT Reduced Fare Program – King County Metro Transit – Is your income below 200 percent of poverty? You may qualify for a $1.50-fare ORCA! Really great program that is even getting attention from the NY Times.
- Seattle Traffic Collision Data – 2011 and 2012 – Kenneth Trease | Tableau Public – That’s a whole lot of red.
- Explore this: Seattle’s new political district map | The Seattle Times – Includes commute mode data
- Is Rainier Ave S Off-Scale Dangerous? Yes. – Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
- The downtown bicycle revival circus | Crosscut – Don’t get the title, but the story is good.
Pole on Mercer at Taylor has ped button located per Fed ADA. Looking to better guide bikes where they mix w peds. pic.twitter.com/XvhsopEHCV
— seattledot (@seattledot) March 4, 2015
- Seattle considers adding ‘pedestrian zones’ | King 5 – We need a lot more!
- Centennial Middle School gets sophisticated crosswalk signal | HeraldNet.com – This HAWK signal is a bit more significant than the RRFB signs Seattle installs
- Cyclist “leaning rails,” because cyclists aren’t lazy enough | The Spokesman-Review
- Walkable Washington & Awards Symposium
- Seattle City Council News Release: Seattle Transit Advisory Board Established, Seattleites Encouraged to Apply
- Meet the Architect Behind “Born Again Bertha” (Who Once Designed a Bike Freeway Using Viaduct Parts) – Slog – The Stranger
- What would bike-friendly auto parking reform look like? Seven ideas – BikePortland.org
- Bike theft booming in Portland: Even in Bike City USA, thieves are rarely caught, data show | OregonLive.com
- Woonerf? It means pedestrians, bikers and SLU developer win | The Seattle Times – Well, sort of. It’s not like this stretch of 8th is an in-demand bike route. More “pedestrianized” (I don’t really like that term, is there a better one?) space is great, but this was a pretty hefty subsidy on the city’s part.
- The Porter: The Lucky One (Surviving Rainier Avenue) | South Seattle Emerald
- Amtrak’s trains keep getting bike-friendlier, but its buses aren’t keeping up – BikePortland.org – Amtrak really needs to get this figured out. If they sell a bike ticket, they have to transport that bike. Otherwise, their service is not dependable.
- Democrats Help Pass Republican Transportation Package | Seattle Politics | Seattle Met
- Are Voters Mad at Council Members Who Voted for the Tunnel? Poll Says Yes. – Slog – The Stranger
- Westside Seattle Transit Tunnel: An Introduction | Seattle Transit Blog
- Senate Transportation Package – A Good Start to Grow Bicycling Statewide | Washington Bikes
- Seattle Weekly | Road Kill: How Bertha Left the Surface-Street Option
- Neighbors sick of speeders push to create Home Zone | www.kirotv.com
Halftime Show! This Redmond crosswalk is not safe enough:
National & Global News
- U.S. Bicycling Participation Benchmarking Report | PeopleForBikes – A lot more people bike in the US than previous studies suggested
- Minneapolis plans big push for protected bike lanes in city core | Star Tribune
- How a Group of Local Shovelers Dug a 40 Foot Snow Tunnel on a Medford Bike Path | BDCwire – This looks fun, though so is a properly cleared path.
- Amsterdam Has Officially Run Out of Spaces to Park Its Bicycles – CityLab
- Copenhagenize.com – Bicycle Culture by Design: Top Ten Ways to Hate on Pedestrians
- Why We Should Worry About London’s Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Design Competition – CityLab – Curving pathways look like fun in concept drawings, but in real life people want a short and direct path.
- St. Louis Gets Rolling on Plans For Bike Sharing | Riverfront Times – Yes!
- Hamburg is burying the Autobahn and putting parks on top – Vox
- Boston, Columbus, Detroit, Indy, Minneapolis, Houston, Denver & Seattle all unveil protected lanes | PeopleForBikes
- Chilling footage of cyclist’s road death sparks passionate debate – 9news.com.au – This is why door zone bike lanes are not good enough.
- The Terrible 60-Year-Old Parking Advice That’s Still Haunting America | Streetsblog.net
- The Dark Side of Cheap Gas | Sightline Daily
- Route 66 by Bicycle: The Complete Guide – CityLab
- Can Protected Bike Lanes Help Close the Gender Gap in Cycling? Lessons from Five Cities (pdf)
- Race, ethnicity, class and protected bike lanes: An idea book for fairer cities | PeopleForBikes
- Eben Weiss: Cycling’s Most Famous Snob | The Bicycle Story
- Phoenix bike share lets you park anywhere, but most people stick to docks | PeopleForBikes
- Outer London is about to activate the ‘secret weapon’ of the suburbs: the bicycle | PeopleForBikes
- Copenhagenize.com – Bicycle Culture by Design: Watching Copenhagen Bike Share Die
- The L.A. Dodgers Are Named After Terrified Brooklyn Pedestrians – CityLab
- Halifax advocates hand their city an entire protected bike lane plan on a platter | PeopleForBikes
- Proposed Helmet Law for Adults Has Some California Cyclists Upset – Next City – Take it from a place that has one: Don’t do it!
- The Complete Guide to the Final Move NY Plan | Streetsblog New York City – “Move NY” sounds a lot like “Move Seattle,” but it is not. It’s a congestion pricing concept, and it could change NYC transportation forever.
- An Urban Cycling Guide for Even the Most Skittish Riders – CityLab
- Barcelona Expands their Public E-Bike System | Momentum Mag
- Driver Who Plowed Into Minneapolis Protesters Won’t Be Charged | Streetsblog USA
- Paris mayor announces plans for ‘car-free’ day – The Local
This is an open thread.