It’s time for the Bike News Roundup! Here’s a taste of some of the sweet (and not-so-sweet) bike-related and bike-adjacent news floating around recently.
First up: StreetFilms visits Vancouver, BC, giving an overview of how Seattle’s neighbor to the north made itself into a truly multimodal city.
Pacific Northwest News
- After investing millions to improve traffic flow, Seattle’s ‘Mercer Mess’ improves by 2 seconds – Puget Sound Business Journal – Of course, increasing job demand (in addition to lots of new parking garages and poor bike/transit access) since the start of the project also contributed. But the larger point is valid: Investing primarily in car movement does not scale well. And once the feeble increase in capacity is full, it’s full.
- The Portland Plan: Down with McMansions, Up with Abundant Housing Options | Sightline Institute
- Biking in Downtown Seattle with Kids | Family Ride
- Making Vision Zero Real » The Urbanist
- Electric bicycles raise concerns over trail access | KING5.com – I’m not a mountain biking expert, but the best solution here is somewhere in the gray area. We need to protect non-motorized trails from high-power motor bikes (which could make the trails unsafe for other users and erode support for new trails), but some e-assist bike access could safely open these recreational opportunities to more people. Where do you draw the line?
- A Waterfront Stroad is Regrettable, but Losing Transit Priority Would Be Worse | Seattle Transit Blog
- West Seattle Blog… | WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Bike theft on video
- Car that crashed through Kent apartment had to be lifted off victim | The Seattle Times – Terrible and terrifying. Our condolences to the man killed inside his own home.
- My Ballard » Chamber to transition into “Ballard Improvement Area” next year – This change is a good opportunity for the new BIA to take a new stance on the Missing Link and direct some of its new resources towards welcoming trail users to shop at local businesses.
- What to Do When Discounted Transit Is Still Too Expensive – Next City
- Seattle builds lots of new apartments, but not so many parking spots | The Seattle Times – Woohoo! But we can still do better. Most of the city still requires far too much parking.
- Denmark’s Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars – Slog – The Stranger
- Move Seattle Wins in ST3 | SDOT Blog
- A new campaign aims to make helmets available for Biketown users – BikePortland.org
- Bus riders step in as driver has fatal heart attack on viaduct | The Seattle Times
- Cycling Is Getting a Lot Safer in American Cities Adding a Lot of Bike Lanes | Streetsblog USA
- Portland Debuts BIKETOWN for All – Community Cycling Center
- Flare Pro – Next Gen Light for Cycling, Hiking, and Running by Orfos — Kickstarter – Seattle-based company’s second line of bike lights. Kickstarter includes lots of gratuitous Seattle-area scenes (including inside the Snoqualmie Tunnel).
- Guest Editorial: Now More than Ever, Seattle Must Welcome Upzones – Slog – The Stranger
- Remembering Those Lost To Traffic Violence » The Urbanist
- Best New Restaurants of 2016: Peloton | Restaurant Reviews | Seattle Met – Confirmed: This bike shop has great food. They also have coffee and beer. Basically, you should probably just go live there.
- Sunday Video: Diverging Diamond Interchange Comes To Washington – The Urbanist – The “diverging diamond” works great so long as everybody is inside a car. People walking (and biking on the sidewalk/path)? Well, you’re technically accommodated, but you’ll have to cross double the number of intersections. This is all so people turning don’t have to wait for you. See also this video (includes a solid Star Wars reference). The status quo for nearly all highway interchanges is terrible for people walking and biking. But this is not the solution.
- Architects Are Designing Parking Garages That Can Convert Into Housing | WIRED
- Using Uber, Lyft in Seattle? You’ll wait longer if you’re black, study finds | The Seattle Times
- Amtrak rolls out train-side check-in for bicycles on its L.A.-Seattle route – LA Times
- Pierce County, Wash., Transit Deploys System to Help Buses Avoid Collisions with Pedestrians, Bicyclists | GovTech
- West Seattle Blog… | UPDATE: Bicycle rider taken to hospital after 47th/Genesee incident
- What’s Next for Seattle Subway | Seattle Transit Blog
Halftime show! SDOT Director went on an AARP-sponsored daytime talk show to discuss Vision Zero.
National & Global News
- America Is Building More Three-Car Garages Than One-Bedroom Apartments – Bloomberg
- Episode 12 – Tamika Butler | The Bicycle Story
- Trailnet pitches plan for connected paths along St. Louis streets | Along for the Ride | stltoday.com
- Thousands of ‘Fancy Women on Bikes’ defy intimidation to claim the streets of Turkey – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW
- Nobody injured on Black Friday after car crashes into store | North Jersey – The store literally had high-vis vests for sale in the front window. The irony.
- Truck smashes into Iowa Wal-Mart store killing 3 people | AP – Three people.
- Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives | Environment | The Guardian
- Potential pollution exposure reductions from small-distance bicycle lane separations | Science Direct – A often-forgotten benefit of giving bike lanes more space from general traffic.
- Bike Index’s November 2016 bike recoveries
- At long last! Join Gov Nixon & MO State Parks Dec 10 for grand opening of 47-mile Rock Island Trail/Katy to KC Connector | Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation
- Five things about the cycle track pilot project ahead of council decision on its fate | Calgary Herald
- Flexible Roadway Design Key to Safer Streets | Department of Transportation
- An Unlikely Success Story: The Failure of the North Minneapolis Greenway — Strong Towns
- Minneapolis leads bike-friendly cities in cutting bike crash, injury rates | Star Tribune
- Africa’s First Bike-Share Just Launched in Morocco – CityLab
- No, Trump Won’t Be “Good For Cities”` | The C Is for crank
- Chicago entices cyclists with plan for floating, solar-powered bike path | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
- Trump Picks Road Industry Lobbyist to Lead Transportation Transition | Streetsblog USA
- It’s Time to Steal the Indy Cultural Trail – nextSTL
- Has the ideal low-cost bike lane separator finally been found? | PeopleForBikes
- Angry driver knocks local radio host off his bicycle during charity ride – 10News.com KGTV ABC10 San Diego
- Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps – NYTimes.com – That might be oversimplifying things a bit.
This is an open thread.