In the U.S., we work 2 extra hours per day on average just to pay for our cars.
Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– Bike sharing has launched in Toronto, with much fanfare. As Canada’s government switches parties, support for the Bixi system isn’t falling along party lines. A reporter tries out the system and kind of likes it. Finally, a story about how the bikes are maintained by participants in a job training program.
– A look at the U.S.’s crumbling transportation infrastructure and its costs, in sobering comparison with that of Europe.
– Little girls riding little cargo bikes — it just doesn’t get cuter than this, folks.
– A group of veterans pedaled away from the White House after a presidential send-off on a cross-country ride to raise money and awareness for wounded soldiers.
– Delaware is the latest state to enact a three foot passing law.
– In Wisconsin, $5 million in bicycle funding has been cut from the state’s budget.
– In the U.S. we work 2 extra hours per day on average just to pay for our cars.
– A trip down U.S. 40 spurs a meditation on how highways have changed the midwest, for good and ill.
– A Connecticut police chief calls out the state transportation department for building roads that kill people.
– When you have a well-connected street grid, the costs of emergency management are considerably lower than when the fire truck has to go all the way around to get to your cul de sac.
– In Alhambra, California, activists engage residents in the urban planning process by building model communities out of recycled materials.
– A Dutch delegation shows planners in Miami how to build separated cycle tracks. Meanwhile, a Washington Post columnist visits the Netherlands and dreams of a calmer bike commute in DC.
– In San Francisco, commuters are eschewing technical bike garb and simply wearing their work clothes for the ride in.
– In Los Angeles, one man’s ode to his electric bike
– A reporter on a quest to learn to ride a bike as an adult discovers the secret: Relax!
– Some tips from bicycle travelers on how to be a bike-friendly business without spending a cent.
– In Berkeley, ambitious knitters bomb the library’s bike racks.
– Video of the week: An NYC firefighter talks about her bike commute:
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com