What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

Jefferson Avenue Sharrows

(photo by Dave Orrick for the Pioneer Press)

This article in the Pioneer Press tells about how the City of Saint Paul painted sharrows along Jefferson Avenue last week, but came back yesterday morning to paint over them with black paint.

“It was a mistake,” department spokeswoman Shannon Tyree said Monday, referring to the . . . → Read More: Jefferson Avenue Sharrows

Shweeb

Google recently announced the winners of their 10^100 contest.  One of the winners is a company called Shweeb Monorail Technology:

Idea: Drive innovation in public transport Project funded: Shweeb is a concept for short to medium distance, urban personal transport, using human-powered vehicles on a monorail. We are providing $1 million to fund research and . . . → Read More: Shweeb

Stone Arch Bridge

The Stone Arch Bridge is the shining star of the Minneapolis bikeway network.

When are Bicycle Crashes Most Likely?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! In the previous post, I talked about . . . → Read More: When are Bicycle Crashes Most Likely?

Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

From the Mailbag:

Are there any laws regarding riding a bike at night? i.e.- are lights or reflectors mandatory? Is there any data that supports the idea accidents are more likely to occur at night verses other times of day (early morning or peak traffic times)?

Good question! I’m going to answer this in two . . . → Read More: Are Lights or Reflectors Required?

Car Crashes into Midtown Greenway

There are some hazards that you can simply never quite be ready for.

I received the following explanation from the friend who sent me the photos:

Apparently, 2 people were practicing parallel parking in the parking lot on Colfax (across from Midtown Lofts). Obviously, the lesson did not go so well.

The . . . → Read More: Car Crashes into Midtown Greenway

Nice Ride 3 Month Update

(Nice Rider by VeloTraffic, on Flickr)

A few months ago, I wrote about my first experiences with the Minneapolis Bike Sharing system, Nice Ride MN.  I had a pretty good experience with the system overall, and I have high hopes that the program will be a success.  A few days . . . → Read More: Nice Ride 3 Month Update

Best Commute

Sometimes I think I must have the best commute in the city.

Poor Bike Rack Installation

This is a photo of my bicycle parked at a set of bike racks at a shopping center in St. Louis Park, MN.

This is a great example of incorrectly installed bike racks.  The two racks were installed end-to-end, rather than side-to side.  The result is that the capacity of these racks . . . → Read More: Poor Bike Rack Installation

MN News Roundup – 15 September 2010

Walking, biking gaining traction in auto-centric Apple Valley (StarTribune)

Consultants have mapped out so-called “core routes,” Cornejo said, linking important destinations such as schools, parks and the library.

We’re saying you need to make them really attractive. Signage, bike racks, kiosks with local news, water fountains — make it special. Coordinate it all with bus . . . → Read More: MN News Roundup – 15 September 2010