What’s Velo?

VĂ©lo is the French word for bike.

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

Evaluation of sharrows in Miami Beach, FL

A recent study of sharrows yielded unsurprising (but nice to see) results:

Evaluation of Shared Lane Markings in Miami Beach, Florida

The study was a before and after study collected videotape data of bicyclist interacting with motorists before and after the installation of the markings.

After the markings were placed, approximately 20 percent of the . . . → Read More: Evaluation of sharrows in Miami Beach, FL