Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on July 25th, 2011 at 8:57 am
Here’s the bike news that caught my eye in the past week:
– In Toronto, a thousand people turned out on bikes to protest the planned removal of a bike lane on a major street.
– Los Angeles has passed a law that makes it illegal to physically or verbally harass anyone who is riding a bike.
– Also in LA, they’re still reeling from the non-catastrophic, even pleasant, street conditions during “Carmageddon.” Meanwhile, the city’s bike lanes are often blocked by trash cans. And there have been an unusually large number of fatal crashes involving bikes.
– It looks like federal funding for bike programs may stay in the transportation bill after all.
– Copenhagen’s bike industry is worth the equivalent of about 200 million US dollars.
– A survey of what’s going on for bicycle transportation in Miami, from city-led initiatives to grassroots bike fun.
– In Norfolk, Virginia, they’re getting ready to add a bunch of bike lanes, and the mayor is stoked.
– San Francisco’s transit agency’s new head is a guy who actually uses transit — and rides a bike, too.
– The observation that people riding bicycles in a wobbly and erratic manner have a traffic calming effect, making roads safer.
– It’s like the punchline of a joke — a road rage altercation ended with the person on the bike calling an ambulance so the person driving the car could get to the hospital to give birth.
– Thinking about traveling with a folding bike? Here are some solid tips, from taking it on the plane to avoiding bruises.