Here’s the bike news that caught our eye this week:
– We’d be remiss not to start today’s roundup with a feature about people who found love by bicycle.
– A new study out of Montreal shows that cycle tracks—also known as separated bike lanes—reduce bike related crashes by 28%. Meanwhile, attempts to remove a new, successful cycle track in New York City continue to escalate.
– Bicycles now carry nearly as many people across London’s bridges as private cars do, and are expected to surpass them if numbers of riders continues to grow apace.
– Safety in numbers—the theory that bicycling becomes safer when more people ride bikes—has been borne out in the numbers once again, this time in Minneapolis.
– To make the already bikeable, walkable streets of Strasbourg, France even more friendly, the city is lowering its speed limit to 30km or 18 miles per hour.
– A publisher in Capetown, South Africa thought her city should have a bike map…so she put a GPS unit on her handlebars and made one.
– Long Beach has eliminated its now infamous bicycle registration fee.
– In San Francisco, the number of reported injuries resulting from traffic crashes involving a bicycle went up 7% last year.
– In Florida, recent publicity for bicycling traffic deaths has led to questions about appropriate penalties and a call for empathy and education.
– When you’re bicycling or walking, you’re more likely to be in a crash with a hybrid car than a regular old internal combustion machine.
– On the other hand, if you’re attacked by a leopard, your mountain bike might be what saves your life.
– Texas could be the next state to pass complete streets legislation.
– Hold on and get ready for a lengthy, opinionated review of the major cargo bikes currently on the market. The 100+ comments are almost as interesting as the article itself.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com