Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 8:14 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It was hotly contested, viewed as a litmus test of New York City's aggressive drive to re-think transportation, incorporating bicycle lanes on a large number of streets in the city's five boroughs. This particular challenge was launched by some well-connected Brooklynites who contended that the statistics used by the city to argue in favor of the bike lanes were flawed. But, today, their appeal was dismissed...
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Posted by Tom Bradford at 3:29 PM
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Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:48 AM
Posted by Tom Bradford at 11:10 AM
(.....on riding a bicycle...)
Posted by Tom Bradford at 10:56 AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Ride For Your Life: In Barcelona, Bike Sharing Saves More Than Gas
Urban bike sharing programs improve city dwellers' lives by offering a convenient way to get around, exercise, and reduce pollution. But could cycling instead of driving could actually save lives? So says science. According to a study published earlier this summer by the British Medical Journal, a successful and widely used bike sharing program in Barcelona prevents 12 deaths a year.
Barcelona started its bike sharing program, Bicing, in 2007. Two years later, more than 180,000 citizens had enrolled: a full 11 percent of the city population. Since many of the people who participated in the program were likely new bikers transitioning from driving, the BMJstudy examined the net impacts on public health resulting from a significant citywide shift to biking from driving. The researchers measured the health outcomes and mortality risk associated with changes in residents' amount of physical activity, chance of accidental injury, and exposure to air pollution.
Crunching data provided by the city of Barcelona and Bicing's management company, the researchers determined that despite increased risk of injuries and exposure to air pollution from biking (yes, even cycling has some negative health effects), the increased physical activity still decreased the death rate.Get the full story on GOOD.is
Posted by Tom Bradford at 10:32 PM
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 9:28 AM
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Could it be widened to 66 feet? Could the current bike lanes be eliminated in favor of a single multi-use path? Would more crosswalks help? How can road plans preserve quality of life in a community?
Charleston Moves, responding to requests for help from the community, undertook a review of Charleston County Roadwise plans for this road and has submitted its suggestions to County Council. We hope these suggestions are taken seriously at a meeting of the Council's Planning/Public Works Committee meeting this afternoon at 4:15 pm. Harbor View Road is likely to be discussed early. (directions link below)
Click here to read the Charleston Moves letter to members of the council.
Here are directions to the County Building.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 1:43 PM
Just as Americans often discuss more equitable forms of taxation, the Dutch are mulling a more equitable way to pay for roads and other transportation-related costs. Why should it be a tax per gallon of gasoline? And if technology now makes it possible to clock everyone's actual miles driven, why not compute taxes on that basis.
It could directly affect the horrors of rush hour, exhaust pollution and many more of the negative byproducts of driving. (And remember: The Dutch already treat bicycles as a serious component of their transportation system. The percentage of commutes by bicycle in Dutch cities is among the highest on the globe. Those bike commuters wouldn't have to worry about this tax.)
Click here to read Today's New York Times account of this system.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 9:55 AM
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Posted by Tom Bradford at 6:52 AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
see a complete report and the video at GOOD.
"I’ve had enough of these drivers parking their luxury cars on bike lanes and pedestrian crossings," said Vilnius, Lithuania Mayor Arturas Zuokas, a former war reporter. "This tank is a good tool to solve the problem of parking in the wrong place." With that, the 43-year-old mayor rolled over a blue Mercedes that was parked in a bike lane.
Posted by Tom Bradford at 2:26 PM