Posted by Michael Andersen (Contributor) on April 4th, 2016 at 9:36 am
Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:
Colorful corral: The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency gets artistic.
Walking myth: The claim that distracted walking accounts for 78 percent of U.S. pedestrian injuries (published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2013 and repeated many times since) is complete baloney.
Billion-dollar fences: In maybe the most anti-freeway speech ever given by a U.S. transportation secretary, Anthony Foxx drew on his own childhood to condemn the ways excessive freeway-building has divided cities. He added a wish that the presidential race might touch on this issue “at some point.”
Perspective swap: A Brazil educational program put bus drivers on stationary bikes as buses blew past to help them understand what it feels like.
Saving bike shops: One entrepreneur says struggling shops need to save themselves.
Gated cities: The “urban revival” hasn’t been about population returning to cities. It’s been about rich people returning to cities.
Suburban bust: In Northern Virginia’s long-thriving Fairfax County, residents are going gray, infrastructure bills are coming due and leaders are nervous.
Quicker changes: The NYC policy director behind Times Square and other fast, cheap projects has written a guide for cities that want to create such programs.
Autonomous cars: If self-driving cars end stoplights, Vox speculates, that could actually be really bad for everything else on streets.
Bike-share investigation: The City of Seattle has hired an outside lawyer to investigate Transportation Director Scott Kubly’s decisions around the Pronto bike share system.
Vision Zero journal: NYC’s main advocacy group released the first issue of an “international journal of traffic safety innovation.”
Slow trains: The United States trails Turkey and Uzbekistan in a new ranking of high-speed rail.
Robots vs. messengers: Cyclist.co.uk raced a profesional courier against a guy with a Garmin.
Advocacy investment: Carlton Reid says the bike industry needs to do more of it to create new customers.
Jane Jacobs: The 20th century urban critic was right about what makes cities great, a study found.
People on bikes: Burundi.
Bike mayor? The frontrunning candidate for mayor of London has big promises on biking and an auspicious name.
And for your video of the week, it was only a matter of time — a matter of the calendar, to be specific — before Google Netherlands introduced the self-driving bicycle:
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