What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

First Look: Mississippi River Regional Trail (MRRT) Central & Pine Bend Bluffs Segments

Last fall, I really enjoyed reading the series of great posts from Chris Chavie at MN Bike Trail Navigator about the progress being made on the construction of the Mississippi River Regional Trail in South Saint Paul. Seeing as how it is now nearly a full year later, I figured construction must be just about . . . → Read More: First Look: Mississippi River Regional Trail (MRRT) Central & Pine Bend Bluffs Segments

All the Best US Cycle Tracks are Street Level

There has been a lot of discussion in the local bicycling scene about cycle tracks lately. “Cycle track” is a bit of a generic term. It may refer to a one-way or two-way facility. It may refer to something at street level or at curb height. It may create separation between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians . . . → Read More: All the Best US Cycle Tracks are Street Level

Bikeway Functional Class

I’ve been reading a lot of bike plans lately, and there seems to be a pretty wide variety of frameworks used by agencies to categorize bikeways. In particular, I’m intrigued by the variety of systems used by cities to create functional classifications for bikeways, and how some plans do or do not attempt to correlate bikeway facility . . . → Read More: Bikeway Functional Class

More on Pedestrian Safety in MN

Pedestrian safety in MN is in the news again with this article from the Star Tribune: Minnesota cities upgrade to address crosswalk danger

The article mentions a number of new technologies that engineers are using to try to improve safety conditions for pedestrians in crosswalks (which includes cyclists).

Alarmed by the rising number of pedestrian . . . → Read More: More on Pedestrian Safety in MN

(Almost) Real-Time Bike Traffic Counts

A couple month’s ago, I posted about Portland’s Bicycle Barometer” a bicycle counting system that posted a real-time count on an LED display for passers-by to see.

Today, Cyclelicio.us brought my attention to the (almost) real-time bike counts the City of Boulder has made available online.

Bike Counts at 13th & Walnut

Apparently there . . . → Read More: (Almost) Real-Time Bike Traffic Counts

Park Avenue Buffered Bike Lane

I happened to ride past the newly repaved and restriped Park Avenue this past weekend and noticed the new bike lanes have been placed. It’s still a work in progress, but here’s what it looked like as of 10:00 AM this past Sunday.

Park Avenue near 42nd Street.

The first thing that struck me . . . → Read More: Park Avenue Buffered Bike Lane

Bikeyface: Urban Replanning

I could appreciate this illustration from the wonderfully entertaining blog Bikeyface about some potential new pavement markings engineers could start using to organize and segregate different types of roadway users.

Urban Replanning, via Bikeyface, on flickr

This is tongue-in-cheek, obviously, but the toolbox of available bicycle pavement markings has been rapidly expanding over the . . . → Read More: Bikeyface: Urban Replanning

Plastic Curbs to Delineate Bike Lanes

Richard Masoner at cyclicio.us has a nice picture of some 4″ tall rubber curbs some cities are using to delineate bike lanes and keep cars from encroaching.

4th St Cycle track by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious, on Flickr

I like this kind of installation, although most communities here in MN would probably shy away . . . → Read More: Plastic Curbs to Delineate Bike Lanes

Portland’s “Bicycle Barometer”

From Bike Portland: Portland makes bikes count on the Hawthorne Bridge:

A new bike counter (a.k.a. the bicycle barometer) — the first of its kind in the United States — went live at midnight last night and at this morning’s press conference the number was already well over 2,000. The counter has been placed on . . . → Read More: Portland’s “Bicycle Barometer”

Economic Impact of Nice Ride Stations

The July issue of Catalyst (the new and improved version of the U of M CTS Report) includes the following article about the economic impact of the local bike sharing system:

Nice Ride spurs spending near stations:

Since a Nice Ride station selectively increases accessibility around it, researcher Jessica Schoner explained, “Our theory was that people are . . . → Read More: Economic Impact of Nice Ride Stations