Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on May 23rd, 2011 at 8:15 am
In Seattle, bicycle politics are getting a little heated, though many aren’t sure why.
Here’s the bike and transportation news that caught my eye last week:
– Bike to Work Week led to a lot of positive press about bicycling last week. Here’s one woman’s story about overcoming her fear of bicycling. And there was plenty of excellent advice floating around the web for first-time bike commuters of all stripes, including drag queens.
– An inside look at how U.S. bike sharing systems are different than their European forebears and what cities will launch bike sharing in the next few years.
– In Seattle, bicycle politics are getting a little heated, though many aren’t sure why.
– In a bike-car crash, who’s at fault more often? This overview of a handful of studies is inconclusive.
– A big shot transportation planner explains why she thinks stop signs should be treated differently when you’re on a bicycle.
– Sharrows continue their unstoppable proliferation over the asphalt surfaces of the nation.
– A visitor to Portland considers how his own town of Santa Monica, California could become the next superstar bicycling city.
– In San Francisco, BART officials are reconsidering the current ban of bicycles from escalators.
– A look inside the growing cycle chic industrial complex.
– Bike shop/coffeeshop hybrids make a list of the top five hottest foodie trends.
– Ciclovia season is underway, bringing with it plenty of smiles and exuberant uses of the road.
– A unique twist on the drive-in allows you to bike right up to a restaurant’s outdoor seating and enjoy your meal without dismounting.
– Video(s) of the week: Streetfilms is doing a phenomenal job with their new series, My NYC Biking Story, featuring very short profiles of a diverse array of people talking about why and how they ride. Here’s the most recent one…