Posted by Will Vanlue (Contributor) on July 2nd, 2012 at 8:01 am
"...biking and walking save money, promote better health than sitting in a car, and ease traffic congestion, which makes the city more livable for everyone. Opponents of bike and walking paths are going to have come up with a better reason than an ominously named UN document."
— The Economist
Here's the news and other cool stuff that caught our eyes this past week...
- A study from Canada, presented at the Velo-City conference, clearly shows traffic diversion is essential for safety on residential streets and looks at the relative safety of other infrastructure.
- Officials have yet to issue any citations after a man driving a pickup and a woman riding a bicycle collided in a crosswalk in Hillsboro.
- A wild conspiracy theory regarding urban design and a decades-old, non-binding UN resolution has gained enough attention among the right-wing fringe to warrant a smackdown by the venerable news magazine The Economist.
- The benefits of bike share systems extend beyond the people who use the system, and the justification for subsidizing bike shares' operation can be summed up with a simple equation.
- Speaking of the benefits of bike share, shop owners in Washington DC are seeing a boom in business from customers who rediscovered bicycling for transportation after using the city's bike share system.
- This past Sunday AAA expanded the coverage area of its bicycle service, currently available in Oregon and southern Idaho, to include Washington state.
- It's great to see a light-hearted take on the serious issue of helmet use, especially when it comes along with a series of darkly humorous photographs mocking media coverage of traffic collisions.
- Sydney, Australia has seen ridership jump by an incredible 82% after installing and improving bikeways around the city.
- For many people, summer means longer bike rides so there's no better time to take special care of your derrière (or to read an excellent review of chamois creams).
- Police officers in Portland are supportive of bike rides, including the annual World Naked Bike Ride, but police officers in other cities don't seem to know what to think of naked people on bicycles.
- One juvenile court judge in Lake County, OH includes a bike ride in an "intensive outpatient drug and rehabilitation program" for teen offenders with drug and alcohol issues.
- The owner of a pawn shop bought back a stolen bicycle, worth over $10,000, at his own expense and helped reunite the bicycle with its rightful owner.
- Prisoners in Brazil can have their sentence reduced by riding bicycles hooked up to battery chargers, getting a reduction of a day for every 16 hours on the bikes.
- Beijing and Copenhagen are officially sister cities, marking the start of a relationship that could help the dense Chinese city learn how to smartly address urban transportation issues from the world-renown Danish capital.
- "The new standard for bicycle safety" is apparently a rear-view camera which mounts to the seat post and handlebars, giving people on bicycles a way to look out for anyone about to run them down from behind.
- A young woman out for a bike ride was arrested after she noticed police officers were issuing citations for speeding and began warning people driving cars about the "speed trap".
- Construction of a fanciful bicycle shop and cafe with a rooftop velodrome could soon begin in southern China.
- The sometimes-sardonic math, science, and tech comic xkcd has its own witty take on traffic safety.
- You might enjoy taking a look at this series of photographs depicting people on invisible bicycles.
- Ernest Gagnon has become an inspiration to many after he lost 200 lbs and overcame crippling anxiety by going on rides with local racers.
- Another example of how bicycling can change a life, Randee Sue has been paralyzed from the waist down since she was young but goes for a bike ride almost every day:
- And finally, check out this incredible video of artwork drawn with bicycle tire skid marks: