Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on April 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am
has spurred bicycle activism.
Here's the news that caught our eyes this week:
- You have to make transit cool, says the organizer of a program in an exurban office park in San Ramon, California where a third of 30,000 workers choose not to drive to work.
- A new study is the latest to raise serious concerns about the health effects of spending time near freeways — in this case, the resulting pollution may cause brain damage.
- An update on the case of the man who allegedly attacked a Critical Mass ride in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and a look at efforts to improve the town's bicycle infrastructure.
- One U.S. airline has announced that passengers with bicycles will pay only their standard $20 baggage fee rather than the hundreds of dollars in bike check fees charged by other airlines.
- Denton, Texas is the latest city in the U.S. to enact a law requiring that people on bikes be passed safely.
- In Maine, a proposed law would tax bicycles to pay for adding shoulders to roads.
- In Copenhagen, a whopping 35% of trips are taken by bike, but city officials won't be content until that number goes up substantially — to half..
- A Norwegian study has found that bicycle helmets offer less protection than experts have long believed.
- A commentator from the U.K. chimes in on the helmet issue — he's "pro-helmet, but anti-compulsion."
- A look at a new bamboo growing and bike building collective in Alabama.
- A look at the design and ecology of New York's famous street grid from the 1800s to today.
- Videos of the week: What happens when you give people in a small town 20,000 bikes? Also, is the real menace to society on two wheels...or one?