What’s Velo?

Vélo is the French word for bike.

LEGO City Ambulance Bicycle Crash

This is old news, but new to me.

The popular children’s toy LEGO produces one set of blocks that allows children to reenact a bicycle crash. The set is called “Ambulance”, but the person needed medical attention has apparently just crashed a bicycle.

Lego City Ambulance Bike Crash

I would not have expected this . . . → Read More: LEGO City Ambulance Bicycle Crash

Requiring Motorists to Merge into Bike Lanes Prior to Right Turns

Right Hook Crash Type (via floridabicycle.org)

One of the most common crashes that occurs involving bicyclists on urban streets is the “right-hook”, or the crash that occurs when a right-turning motorist fails to yield to a through bicyclist traveling the same direction in a bicycle lane.

Engineers, Cyclists, and Lawmakers alike have long known . . . → Read More: Requiring Motorists to Merge into Bike Lanes Prior to Right Turns

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

MnDOT October Safety Month

MPR News has a great article about a MnDOT safety campaign aimed at improving conditions for pedestrians:

October is the most dangerous month for pedestrians. The days are shorter, the nights longer, and drivers have a harder time seeing pedestrians.

With that in mind, Minnesota Department of Transportation officials will be out waving signs in . . . → Read More: MnDOT October Safety Month

Moritz 1998 Study of Bike Facility Safety

One problem that decision-makers continue to face when deciding what type of bicycle facilities (if any) to invest in is that there just isn’t very good data available about the relative safety of different facility types. It would be great if we could say something like, “cyclists on trails are 50% less likely to be . . . → Read More: Moritz 1998 Study of Bike Facility Safety

Ambiguous Yield-to-Pedestrian Statutes

In an Opinion piece in Woodbury Patch, Angela Johnson comments on the ambiguous nature of Minnesota’s crosswalk laws. In Woodbury, Don’t Cross Me

While it’s unlawful for any driver to not stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk, the . . . → Read More: Ambiguous Yield-to-Pedestrian Statutes

Bike signals cause motorist confusion in Paris?

The Telegraph reports that legislators in Paris have given cyclists to proceed through red lights at intersections under certain conditions.

A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents.

Under the new system, which will be . . . → Read More: Bike signals cause motorist confusion in Paris?

Minneapolis 2011 Bicycling Account

The City of Minneapolis recently released the 2011 Bicycling Account, a colorful pdf full of stats and tidbits about all the programs the City of Minneapolis has done to improve cycling throughout 2011. It’s a nice document that’s worth the 3 minutes it takes to flip through it online.

I think documents like these are . . . → Read More: Minneapolis 2011 Bicycling Account

28th Street Crossing

The City of Minneapolis has recently made some modifications to the striping on 28th St E at the at-grade Midtown Greenway trail crossing. This location was already striped with a zebra crosswalk, and a button-actuated flashing beacon is present (but rarely used) to enhance the visibility of the crossing. I applaud the City for recognizing the . . . → Read More: 28th Street Crossing

Neistat on Mandatory Bike Lane Laws

This video by Casey Neistat is getting a lot of plays across the web lately. Casey was given a ticket by the New York City police for violating New York’s mandatory bike lane law. You’ve probably already seen the video elsewhere, but if not, here it is (start watching at about 1:15 if you’re short . . . → Read More: Neistat on Mandatory Bike Lane Laws