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Bike News Roundup: Kelli has joined the chat! + Creating ‘virtual traffic jams’ with a red wagon full of phones

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I am very excited to try out an all-new feature for the Bike News Roundup: Video commentary! I will still be posting links to news and other interesting stuff from around the region and around the world like I have for the better part of the past decade. So if you’re just here for the links, they aren’t going anywhere. But now the roundup will also come with a video where we’ll walk through some highlights and talk about them. It could be a good opportunity to bring in guests, too. We’ll see where it goes. Post your feedback on the format in the comments below or on YouTube.


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Kelli Refer joined me for this week’s chat. Kelli was Legislative Aide to Councilmember Mike O’Brien until his term ended at the end of 2019. She also happens to be my amazing spouse. Thanks, Kelli!

First up in the roundup, performance artist Simon Weckert put 99 smart phones in a little red wagon, loaded Google Maps directions on all of them and then walked around central Berlin creating “virtual traffic jams.”

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Halftime Show! The city of Ghent in Belgium instituted a new “traffic circulation plan” that has dramatically reduced driving in the city center and prioritized walking, biking and transit. So, how’s that working out? See for yourself in this StreetFilm:

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One response to “Bike News Roundup: Kelli has joined the chat! + Creating ‘virtual traffic jams’ with a red wagon full of phones”

  1. RossB

    So a new study about bike shares simply confirmed the old studies (https://nacto.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NACTO_Walkable-Station-Spacing-Is-Key-For-Bike-Share_Sc.pdf). Seattle ignored it then, and will likely ignore it now, and blame their bike share failings on the weather, or something.

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