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  • How One-Day Plazas and Bike Lanes Can Change a City Forever

    The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition installed this pop-up design at an Open Streets event to show neighbors what a protected bike lane could look like. All photos courtesy of Sam Rockwell. This post is part of a series featuring stories and research that will be presented at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place conference September 8-11 in Pittsburgh. Sam Rockwell rides his bike every day from bike-lanes-can-change-a-city-forever/>[...]

  • Contraflow Bike Lanes Finally Get Nod From U.S. Engineering Establishment

    Contraflow bike lanes could soon be included in an influential traffic engineering guide. Photo: NACTO Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. bike-lanes-finally-get-nod-from-u-s-engineering-establishment/>[...]

  • In Portland, Merchants Lead the Charge for New Protected Bike Lanes

    A bike lane protected from traffic by a row of planters, like this one from Vancouver, BC, is one option being considered for 2nd and 3rd avenues in Portland. Photo: Bike Portland Here’s a group of business owners who understand the power of safe, multi-modal city streets. Michael Andersen at Bike Portland is reporting that, rather than bike-lanes/>[...]

  • How to Stop NYPD From Blocking Bike Lanes

    Ninth Avenue, Midtown South Precinct. Photo: Stephen Miller We’re seeing a lot of photos this week of police parked in bike lanes. Fortunately, there is something cyclists can do about it in addition to submitting documentation to Cops in Bike Lanes. Blocking a lane is not merely a sign of disrespect on the the part of NYPD. bike-lanes/>[...]

  • How a Lack of Respect Can Literally Erase Bike Lanes

    We have bike lanes like this where I live, especially after winter: The ones so faded you can barely make them out. This faded bike lane is outside the office of the Minneapolis Bike Coalition. Photo: Streets.mn Scott Shaffer has noticed this problem in Minneapolis, and he makes an interesting point about it at Network blog Streets.mn. That last bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Pittsburgh and Bill Peduto Get Cracking on Downtown Bike Lanes

    Big things are happening in Pittsburgh. Last year, the city elected new mayor Bill Peduto, who came into office with a bold message about remaking the city’s streets. Pittsburgh was then chosen this spring as one of six focus cities where the Green Lane Project will help fast track high-quality bike infrastructure. Peduto wants to make progress before bike-lanes/>[...]

  • San Diego Added 39 Miles of Buffered Bike Lanes in the Last Year

    The city of San Diego built miles of buffered bike lanes in the last fiscal year. Photo: Adrian Granda via BikeSD San Diego has a deserved reputation for being not the friendliest place to ride a bike in the state of California. This map shows the location of new bike lanes. Image: BikeSD But lately the city has bike-lanes-in-the-last-year/>[...]

  • Glen and Trottenberg Predict Growth for Citi Bike, Plazas, and Bike Lanes

    Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said DOT will focus on bringing pedestrian plazas to more outer borough neighborhoods like Corona, Queens. Photo of Corona Plaza: Clarence Eckerson Two key de Blasio administration officials sounded optimistic notes today about the expansion of the bike lane network, public plazas, and bike-share. While bike infrastructure and public space projects haven’t been high-profile bike-plazas-and-bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Protected Bike Lanes Make the “Interested But Concerned” Feel Safer Biking

    Portland State University study, June 2014 If you like painted bike lanes, you’ll probably love protected bike lanes. That’s a key finding from the first academic study of U.S. protected lanes, released this week, which surveyed 1,111 users of eight protected lanes in five cities around the country and 2,301 people who live near them. Among people whose most bike-lanes-make-the-interested-but-concerned-feel-safer-biking/>[...]

  • Protected Bike Lanes Attract Riders Wherever They Appear

    Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. Second in a series. The data has been trickling in for years in Powerpoint slides and stray tweets: On one street after another, even in the bike-skeptical United States, adding a physical barrier bike-lanes-attract-riders-wherever-they-appear/>[...]

  • As Vision Zero Shapes NYC Streets, Don’t Forget the Bike Lanes

    The Kent Avenue bike lane helps people live relatively far from the subway without owning a car. Photo: NYC DOT When New York City began to rapidly accelerate the expansion of its bike network in 2007 — adding 366 miles of bike lanes over seven years — the pent-up demand for cycling became strikingly clear. More New bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Real Talk: Why the Mayor of Memphis Is Building Protected Bike Lanes

    Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. While the Green Lane Project team was interviewing smart people around the country for our new video about the rise of protected bike lanes, we asked Mayor AC Wharton of Memphis why he’s been such bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Anthony Foxx Kicks Off Nationwide Project for Better Bike Lanes

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx praised bike infrastructure as a way to get more value out of existing U.S. streets. Photo: Green Lane Project Staring down a highway trust fund that he described as “teetering toward insolvency” by August or September, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday that better bike infrastructure projects are part of bike-lanes/>[...]

  • East 106th Street Road Diet and Bike Lanes Head to Manhattan CB 11

    DOT is proposing a road diet for East 106th Street. CB 11′s transportation committee could vote on it as soon as next month. Image: DOT Running between Fifth Avenue and FDR Drive, 106th Street in East Harlem should provide a key bike connection between Central Park and Randall’s Island. NYC DOT is proposing a road diet and bike-lanes-proposed-for-east-106th-street-await-cb-11-support/>[...]

  • Bike Lanes Don’t Lead to Congestion, But Some of Them Should

    After bike lanes were installed in Minneapolis, there were more cars per unit of road space, but still not enough to meet the threshold for congestion. Gretchen Johnson and Aaron Johnson have posted a nice debunking of typical “war on cars” rhetoric over at fivethirtyeight. Johnson and Johnson gathered before-and-after traffic data from 45 miles of streets where Minneapolis installed bike bike-lanes-dont-lead-to-congestion-but-some-of-them-should/>[...]

  • The Next Breakthrough for American Bike Lanes: Protected Intersections

    As protected bike lanes become more widespread in the United States, creating physical separation from motor vehicle traffic that makes more people comfortable cycling on city streets, advocates are starting to push for even safer bikeway designs. One area where the current generation of American protected bike lanes leaves something to be desired is intersections. How bike-lanes-protected-intersections/>[...]

  • Send Us Your Pics of Snowy Neckdowns and (Un)Plowed Bike Lanes

    How is the first snowstorm of the de Blasio era treating you? Clarence has been out on the streets, perhaps working on a sequel to his “Snowy Neckdowns” blockbuster from 2011 (which was itself a sequel to this 2007 video). After the streets have been plowed and drivers carve out their routes, all that snow piling bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Why Cyclists Love Green Bike Lanes

    At the end of the day, it’s just paint. But green bike lanes and intersection treatments have a powerful appeal to cyclists, writes Dan Malouff at Beyond DC, because of what they say about streets: Green paint on bike lanes and at intersections sends a strong message about what streets are for, says Dan Malouff. Image: bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Glenn Beck’s Advice to de Blasio: “Lose the Stupid Bike Lanes

    America’s favorite right-wing conspiracy theorist has some advice for Mayor-elect de Blasio. The Observer asked people they deemed to be “influential” New Yorkers for a short piece of advice for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Of the 57 members of what the Observer calls “the peanut gallery,” 14 had something to say about transportation. If nothing else, it’s [...]

  • Denver Tech Companies’ Number 1 Demand: Bike Lanes

    First Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel famously threatened to steal Seattle’s tech workers with protected bike lanes. Then Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn fired back saying the city would use protected bike lanes to keep them there. The leader of a Denver business association said that bike lanes are a top recruiting priority. Image: whiteXbread/Flickr Today, Michael Andersen at bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Ignoring Dozens of CB Votes, Lhota Says Bike Lanes Drop From the Sky

    When it comes to bicycling, Joe Lhota has a penchant for ignoring facts in favor of opinions. As Hurricane Sandy approached landfall, the then-MTA chief tweeted a photo of a man riding in a shared lane on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, implying that bike lanes are to blame for bike-bus crashes. This May, he bike-lanes-from-the-sky/>[...]

  • TA Poll: Majority of Citi Bike Users Want Protected Car-Free Bike Lanes

    Image: Transportation Alternatives In the latest issue of “StreetBeat,” Transportation Alternatives shares the results of the first in a series of online “flash polls” of Citi Bike riders. The polls are intended to gauge how members use the system, and how they’d like to see Citi Bike, and city streets, made better. Over 2,200 people responded bike-users-want-protected-car-free-bike-lanes/>[...]

  • NYPD: Still Blocking Bike Lanes

    East Village: Given the angle of this parking job, it looks like someone's been watching "Kojak." What strikes me about the Cops in Bike Lanes Tumblr, which we first wrote about last week, is the variety. Cruisers, vans, motorcycles, scooters — regardless of vehicle type, NYPD will leave it in the path of cyclists. Unfortunately, given NYPD’s bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Chicago Business Owner: No Protected Bike Lanes Is a Dealbreaker

    As our Chicago readers are well aware, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made bike infrastructure a key part of his economic strategy. Since Emanuel took office, Chicago has been adding protected bike lanes perhaps faster than any city in the United States. The famously sharp-tongued Emanuel has even pledged to attract businesses from other cities, notably Seattle, bike-lanes-is-a-dealbreaker/>[...]

  • This Week: Protected Bike Lanes, Crash Maps, Bike-Friendly Biz

    The week kicks off with community board meetings about protected bike lanes in Brooklyn and Manhattan today, followed on Tuesday by a panel on bike-friendly business districts. On Thursday, the City Council’s transportation committee considers a bill that would create a traffic crash map, while the State Senate’s transportation committee talks MTA budgets. Thursday afternoon, bike-lanes-crash-maps-bike-friendly-biz/>[...]

  • Finally, Someone Made a Tumblr of NYPD Blocking Bike Lanes

    Photo: Cops in Bike Lanes In the grand tradition of the now-defunct MyBikeLane and UncivilServants, one upstanding citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, has created the Tumblr every New York City cyclist has dreamed of: Cops in Bike Lanes. The name really says it all. If you want to add to the collection, which seems to be bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Informed of Safety Benefits, Most NYC Voters Want Protected Bike Lanes

    Image: TransAlt/Penn Schoen Berland A poll released by Transportation Alternatives today [PDF] sheds some new light on how NYC voters feel about street redesigns and automated enforcement when the policies are framed in terms of safety benefits. Opinion polls by Marist, Quinnipiac, and the New York Times have consistently shown that New Yorkers support bike lanes by a bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Harlem CBs Dither on Pedestrian Safety While SI Board Begs for Bike Lanes

    Four-lane roads in need of traffic calming: Staten Island Community Board 1 voted to support a community request for bike lanes and traffic calming on Clove Road, left, while Manhattan Community Boards 9 and 10 delayed a community-driven road diet plan for pedestrian islands on Morningside Avenue, right. Photos: Google Maps (left, right) Last week, Staten bike-lanes-while-harlem-cbs-dither-on-pedestrian-refuges/>[...]

  • Detroit to Add 50 Miles of Bike Lanes This Year

    Detroit’s streets are changing, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. Despite its recent bankruptcy, thanks to the help of philanthropic institutions in the area, the Motor City is moving to repair some of the damage that’s been done by decades of promoting the speed of cars over the health of neighborhoods. New bike lanes are bike-lanes-this-year/>[...]

  • CB 1 Committee Endorses DOT Plan for Tribeca Bike Lanes

    Routes with new sharrows and bike lanes are indicated in blue. Work is set to commence north of Canal Street next week. Image: DOT The Tribeca committee of Manhattan Community Board 1 passed a resolution last week in support of a DOT proposal to add bicycle lanes on Church Street and West Broadway [PDF]. The plan was modified bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses

    The question isn’t whether your city can afford to build high-quality bike infrastructure anymore, say our friends at the Green Lane Project. It’s whether your city can afford not to. Protected bike lanes can boost the visibility of businesses and increase customer access. Image: Green Lane Project The Green Lane Project has been working with the Alliance bike-lanes-benefit-businesses/>[...]

  • After the Addition of Bike Lanes and Plazas, Manhattan Traffic Moves Faster

    Car traffic into Manhattan has basically stayed flat since the recession, while transit ridership has started to rebound. Image: DOT After several blocks in the heart of Times Square were pedestrianized and protected bike lanes were added to five avenues in the middle of Manhattan, motor vehicle traffic is actually moving more smoothly than before, according bike-lanes-and-plazas-manhattan-traffic-moves-faster/>[...]

  • This Week: 125th Street SBS and East Harlem Bike Lanes

    There are just seven days until New Yorkers cast votes in the September 10 primary. Tonight’s televised Democratic mayoral debate is the final installment in what’s been a grueling schedule of sparring for the candidates. The debate isn’t on the Streetsblog calendar, but here’s a look at what is: Tonight: At a Community Board 11 meeting, DOT bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Cabbie Blames Cyclist He Hit and Bike Lanes for Midtown Curb-Jump Crash

    The Post is doing its best to assign partial blame to the cyclist who was struck by cab driver Mohammed Himon in Tuesday morning’s crash on Sixth Avenue, but the paper got Himon to confess that he intentionally stepped on the gas before mounting the curb and hitting Sian Green, the 23-year-old tourist who lost part bike-lanes-for-midtown-curb-jump-crash/>[...]

  • Times Poll: New Yorkers Really Love Bike Lanes, Bike-Share, and Plazas

    Across boroughs, ages, races, and income levels, New Yorkers like bike lanes, bike-share, and plazas. Image: NYT This morning, the New York Times released a comprehensive poll on what New Yorkers think of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and programs from his administration. Bike-share, bike lanes, and plazas got high approval numbers across boroughs, ages, races, and income levels. Many bike-lanes-bike-share-and-plazas/>[...]

  • Jersey City’s Missing Bike Lanes Will Be Striped This Fall, City Promises

    Although Hoboken has taken the lead on implementing New Jersey’s best bike infrastructure, Jersey City looked like it was poised to catch up to its northern neighbor last year. Mayor Jerramiah Healy laid out a plan to bring bike lanes and sharrows to his city’s streets, but the plan stagnated under his administration. Newly-elected Mayor bike-lanes-will-be-striped-this-fall-city-promises/>[...]

  • Anthony Weiner, Ready to Erase Bike Lanes, Won’t Be Cowed by “Jihadists”

    It may be news to the national audience of BuzzFeed, but Anthony Weiner once said he would hold ribbon cuttings on his first day in Gracie Mansion to rip out the city’s bike lanes. He now insists the expletive-laced promise was a joke, but he’s firm in his opinion that at least two of the bike-lanes-pushes-against-policy-jihadists/>[...]

  • Finally! Protected Bike Lanes May Get Key Federal Endorsement

    Protected bike lanes are pretty much the bee’s knees. They make people feel safer riding a bike. They have led to significant increases in cycling and major reductions injuries to all street users. Protected bike lanes could get a big boost from the federal government. Image: Green Lane Project Cities are literally racing to install these things. bike-lanes-may-get-key-federal-endorsement/>[...]

  • Study: Cyclists Gravitate Toward Streets With Protected Bike Lanes

    Intersections in Montreal with protected bike lanes saw 61 percent more bike traffic than comparable intersections with no bike infrastructure. Image: zmtomako/Flickr By now there’s not much doubt that protected bike lanes can be a game-changer for cycling in U.S. cities. Making streets feel safe to bike on boosts overall cycling rates, attracting people who otherwise wouldn’t bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Eyes on the Street: Inaugural Ride on Co-Op City’s First Bike Lanes

    Council Member Andy King cuts the ribbon on the new Co-Op City Boulevard bike lanes on Sunday. Photo: Alexander Belisle On Sunday, a group of about 30 cyclists, organized by the Bronx Activist Committee of Transportation Alternatives, rode on the Bronx’s newest bicycle lanes in Co-Op City. The lanes, which run on 222nd Street, Co-Op City Boulevard, and soon bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Eyes on the Street: Brownsville Celebrates Its New Bike Lanes

    Getting ready for this morning's bike ride at Brownsville Bike Shop. Photo: Brownsville Partnership They may be just paint, but bike lanes and sharrows on New Lots Avenue, Pitkin Avenue, Mother Gaston Boulevard, Hendrix Street, and Schenck Avenue are the first step toward implementing a community-based plan for better bicycling in Brownsville. This morning, about 35 people took part in bike-lanes/>[...]

  • DOT Passes on Protected Bike Lanes for Tribeca, Gets CB Committee Support

    With the exception of the Hudson River Greenway, routes between Tribeca and Greenwich Village can hardly be described as bike-friendly. Cyclists must compete with gridlock near Canal Street and the Holland Tunnel, while wide north-south arteries like Varick Street and Sixth Avenue are daunting roads. DOT is proposing a mix of upgrades between Warren Street lanes-in-tribeca-plan-gets-cb-committee-support/>[...]

  • De Blasio: Bike Lanes That Replace Parking Spots, Travel Lanes Are Worth It

    Elevated from the headline stack: CBS radio reporter Steve Scott elicited the following response from mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on the subject of bike lanes. It’s got a touch more specificity than the norm: Scott ended the interview on the subject of bike lanes, asking if they are worth the parking spots and vehicular traffic lanes bike-lanes-that-replace-parking-spots-travel-lanes-are-worth-it/>[...]

  • In California Cities, Drivers Want More Bike Lanes. Here’s Why.

    Whenever street space is allocated for bicycling, someone will inevitably level the accusation that the city is waging a “war on cars.” But it turns out the people in those cars want separate space for bicycles too, according to surveys conducted in two major California metropolitan areas. Bike lanes make everyone feel safer — even bike-lanes-heres-why/>[...]

  • The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: America’s Next-Gen Protected Bike Lanes

    In May, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a bike and pedestrian path connecting some of Indy’s most popular cultural institutions, had its long-awaited public coming out with a ribbon cutting and celebration. It’s one of the biggest bicycling infrastructure achievements in North America, and yet it’s still practically a secret. As you’ll see, the Cultural Trail runs eight [...]

  • At Long Last, DOT Proposes Bike Lanes for Upper Manhattan

    DOT recommends "future study" for bike infrastructure on upper Broadway and the Broadway Bridge, background left. Responding to years of citizen advocacy and a resolution from Manhattan Community Board 12, DOT has proposed bike lanes for a number of streets in Upper Manhattan. Most of the lanes, concentrated in Washington Heights [PDF], would be installed next year, bike-lanes-for-upper-manhattan/>[...]

  • The Old “We Don’t Need Bike Lanes Because Nobody Bikes Here” Nonsense

    “I went out and parked under a shade tree, it was on a Saturday, a beautiful day and I counted in one hour 374 cars and zero bikes,” Fresno City Councilman Steve Brandau told a local ABC affiliate. Fresno's Fruit Avenue was scheduled for a road diet, until a local councilman's "informal study" concluded no one bikes bike-lanes-because-nobody-bikes-here-nonsense/>[...]

  • Memphis to Add 15 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

    Memphis is making waves today with the announcement that the city will install 15 miles of protected bike lanes. Over the last few years, Memphis has been rushing to add bike lanes. Now the city plans to take it to the next level. Image: Memphis Flyer Led by Mayor A.C. Wharton, a few years ago Memphis bike-lanes/>[...]

  • Anthony Weiner: I Love Bike Lanes. Let Me Count the Exceptions…

    Anthony Weiner, enemy of congestion pricing and infamous bike lane antagonist, is talking about street design on the campaign trail. Though there was plenty of warning this day would come, it’s still kind of surreal. Weiner told Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah he was just joking when he boasted to Michael Bloomberg and a room full bike-lanes-with-the-following-exceptions/>[...]

  • John Liu: Cyclists Need Helmets, But Not Bike Lanes

    What does John Liu think of bikes in NYC? That’s hard to say, and it’s not clear that Liu knows either. On the day when thousands signed up for the city’s bike-share program, exceeding expectations and setting the stage for a major shift in the way many New Yorkers get around, Liu chose to engage in bike-lanes/>[...]