Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on October 18th, 2010 at 8:51 am
Here’s the news that caught our eye last week:
– In response to constituents’ complaints, a Manhattan official has conducted an unscientific study of the city’s bike lanes, and found that they are being equally disrespected by all mode users.
– During a period of heavy construction leading up to the UK Olympics, a plumber has successfully avoided traffic delays by getting to his gigs via xtracycle.
– With the embargo gone, San Francisco continues to install new bike infrastructure. The city’s been embedding permanent bicycle counters into the pavement under some of its new bike lanes.
– Parking guru Donald Shoup gets an excellent write-up in the LA Times, plus a portrait with his bicycle.
– An intrepid group of bicycle activists in Missoula were given citations after police found them painting bicycle symbols on a busy road.
– DC big ups are responding to a recent spate of traffic fatalities of people walking and bicycling with the less than awe inspiring message that “everyone needs to slow down.”
– In Ann Arbor, Michigan, a gubernatorial candidate promises to create walkable, livable communities, yet is against raising the gas tax and cites a bicycle and pedestrian bridge in town as an example of wasteful spending.
– Some people who bicycle along a beachfront path in Kent, UK are offended by the city’s decision to paint a yellow stripe warning them not to fall off the edge.
– Several U.S. cities have been converting their unused coin-op parking meters to bike racks, but apparently the design needs a little more work before it’s entirely theft proof, as a Philadelphian has demonstrated.
– A California town is testing microwave rays for detecting bicycles at intersections for the purpose of giving them longer green lights.
– The story of how one couple traded their cars for bicycles as a strategy to pay off their debt, and never looked back.
– From one of our nation’s most influential news sources, some timely, in-depth reporting gets to the heart of an important issue for bicycling in this era.
– Video of the week: An eleven mile bike commute across New York City that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago, captured to prove the importance of the city’s new bike infrastructure. Watch it below…
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com