Special Tuesday double edition! Here’s the bike news from around the word that caught my eye in the last two weeks and one day:
– A new study finds that cities with a high rate of bicycling enjoy safer streets — and not just for people on bicycles.
– Some parts of London now have more bicycle traffic than car traffic.
– In Toronto, a new bike lane on a major street is slated to be removed.
– In Mozambique, bicycles are praised for being integral to the nation’s economy.
– A report on European cities’ efforts to make driving the least convenient way to get around.
– A Netherlands study finds it’s cheaper to build cycling infrastructure than it is to not build it.
– The mayor of Los Angeles has declared that a 1,680 mile connected bicycle network be built to improve the city.
– Two towns in North Texas are making plans to build more bike lanes, with varying responses.
– Several people who were injured while bicycling through a tricky stretch of infrastructure in Seattle have offered to pay to fix it themselves out of the legal settlements they’ve won from suing the city over the crashes.
– The New York Times looks at why that city’s cycling population counts so few women in its ranks, and concludes that safety is a more important issue than fashion. (I also recently tackled this topic elsewhere, with somewhat different conclusions.)
– Shenzhen, China has banned electric bicycles because of safety concerns about their speed and lack of noise.
– The legal battle over the hit and run in Eagle Creek, Colorado has concluded, with a controversial plea bargain being upheld by the judge in the case. The high profile Denver wealth manager who left the scene after striking a prominent anesthesiologist had been offered the reduced charges due to his social standing, resulting in widespread outcry.
– In Vermillion, South Dakota, a beloved community leader with advanced Parkinson’s rode his recumbent tricycle across the state to raise awareness about the disease and the benefits of bicycling for those who live with it.
– A Tour de France competitor plans to complete the race on a (mostly) vegan diet.
– Travelers on one of Minneapolis’ bike paths now can make use of a bicycle self-service kiosk complete with vending machine and repair stand.
– A man’s tiny house, destined to be his residence during the week-long Burning Man fest, is pulled by a bicycle and powered by solar and wind energy.
– A long article about the growing popularity of bicycling for transportation from a marketing and industry perspective.
– An interview with the artists behind the Yehuda Moon comic.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com