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
Copenhagenize posted this video about a system called Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake by automaker Volvo.
I don’t know any details about where or when the system will appear on vehicles in the wild, but it is certainly a welcome development that can’t come soon enough. The more we can do to . . . → Read More: Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection with Full Auto Brake
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
This post is cross-posted at Streets.mn.
A recent report by researchers Greg Lindsey, Kristopher Hoff, Steve Hankey, and Xize Wang from the University of Minnesota is available for download from the Center for Transportation Studies website here. The report is titled Understanding the Use of Non-Motorized Transportation Facilities, and it is a fantastic read for anyone interested . . . → Read More: Understanding the Use of Non-Motorized Transportation Facilities
The Prudent Cyclist alerted me to this video about Oregon’s “Scenic Bikeways”.
I love the idea of developing a statewide network of scenic bikeways. In some ways, we’ve already been doing this for years, since planners and engineers tend to assume that cyclists always prefer scenic (rather than direct) routes. It’s not immediately clear . . . → Read More: Oregon Scenic Bikeways
Cyclelicio.us brought my attention to this contraption:
It doesn’t look fun or convenient. It looks awkward and uncomfortable, a bit difficult, and I want to know what happens when this guy accidentally runs over his own foot with the rear wheel.
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
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
A MinnPost article with the same name as this post has a pretty cool animation of the daily routes taken by Nice Ride MN users, the local bike-share company.
…we’ve animated a day in the life of Nice Ride bikes in the Twin Cities. Click play and zoom into the map to see how bikes . . . → Read More: A day in the life of Nice Ride bikes