bicycles

NYPD language change signals increased emphasis on traffic safety

By Robbie Webber Although many law enforcement agencies and media outlets have moved away from using the word “accident” for vehicle collisions, the New York Police Department has only recently made the change, instead substituting the word “collision.” “In the past, the term

Call for U.S. DOT to issue own standards causes a stir

By Robbie Webber At an AASHTO meeting February 27th and on the U.S DOT website, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that U.S. DOT will be issuing its own standards for roadway design to meet the needs of all users, but especially bicyclists and pedestrians. I know that most of you want

One-way or two-way streets more efficient? It depends on what you measure

By Chris Spahr The debate over one-way versus two-way streets has been ongoing for more than half a century in American cities. Counter to prevailing engineering wisdom, a new study finds two-way streets may be more efficient, if one is measuring getting people to their destinations. Many cities

Car use down, bicycle and bus use up dramatically since 2001 in London congestion-pricing area

By Mary Ebeling Since London’s congestion pricing plan went into place, traffic patterns have changed significantly. New maps show bicycle and bus/coach use is up and private car and large truck traffic is down. In the graphic below, blue dots represent decreases in car usage, and red dots

Bike sharing takes off in America

Cities across the country, from large (Chicago) to small (Spartanburg, SC) have implemented bike sharing programs over the last few years, but 2011 seems to be the year that these programs really took off. Most urban bike-sharing programs have similar characteristics. They are intended to

Pedestrians losing last refuge in the public right of way to bicycles

The entire public street – building face to building face – used to be the realm of pedestrians. As transportation modes changed, the pedestrian got pushed farther and farther towards the edges, first by streetcars, and then by cars. Now the pedestrian may be losing the last refuge, the

Transportation and health: Policy interventions for safer, healthier people and communities

A newly published report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Partnership for Prevention, in conjunction with Booz Allen Hamilton and the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) at UC Berkeley examines the impact of transportation policies in three critical

States’ work to make biking safer.

The good news on bicycling is that states are moving to make bicycling safer, according to a report in USA Today (available here) that describes measures that states are taking and links to a “ranking on bicycle friendliness” done by the League of American Bicyclists. (Top Five: Washington,

What can bikes do during an emergency?

In Your Bike – the coolest part of your disaster kit, a San Francisco bicyclist reports on bicycle usefulness after natural disasters, including recently in Japan: “Having a bike available as a secondary or even main form of transport will get you more places. Weeks later, more bikes are

Getting from Point A to Point B

Using insiders as well, cities and states are creating communication tools to make sure that their citizens know what transportation options are available to them.  A video for Idaho, is available at the I-way web site. The Raspberry Express is a ridesharing service on the Hibiscus Coast