Category Archives: Велосипедна інфраструктура

City centre streets. Perfect for children on their own bicycles, if the city is truly planned for cycling. Cargo bikes shouldn’t be required.

Something which people who visit Assen often notice is the lack of cargo-bikes. Somehow an expectation has grown up that cargo bikes are the way of transporting children by bicycle. Actually, children have their own legs and really should be able to use them to transport themselves as soon as they have the ability to ride a bicycle. This of course is only possible if the infrastructure is very very good, and over most of this city that is indeed the case. It wasn’t always like this, but motor vehicles were removed from the centre several years ago and that left behind conditions where everyone is safe. Continue reading

FHWA: Bike-Ped Investments Pay Off By Cutting Traffic and Improving Health

Marin County rebuilt an old railroad tunnel and created a 1.1-mile walking and biking path, improving access to transit and increasing biking 95 percent on the road leading to the tunnel. Photo: Parisi Associates
Marin County rebuilt an old railroad tunnel and created a 1.1-mile walking and biking path, improving access to transit and increasing biking 95 percent on the road leading to the tunnel. Photo: Parisi Associates

Nine years after launching a program to measure the impact of bike and pedestrian investments in four communities, the Federal Highway Administration credits the program with increasing walking trips by nearly a quarter and biking trips by nearly half, while averting 85 million miles of driving since its inception. Continue reading

The Accidental Protected Bike Lane

Toronto officials unintentionally created a protected bike lane just by adding some planters as part of a temporary pedestrian project. Photo: I Bike TO
Toronto officials unintentionally created a protected bike lane just by adding some planters as part of a temporary pedestrian project. Photo: I Bike TO

While protected bike lanes are being adopted by many American cities, in some places local officials still contend that these street redesigns are just too difficult to implement. But how hard is it to set aside street space where people feel comfortable biking?

Cyclists don’t seem to understand that this space wasn’t intended for them. Photo: I Bike TO
Cyclists don’t seem to understand that this space wasn’t intended for them. Photo: I Bike TO

Sometimes you don’t even have to try. Herb at I Bike TO has the story today about a protected bike lane that Toronto officials created entirely by accident:

Max snapped this photo one morning a few weeks ago at John and Queen, looking north. I was completely flabbergasted at first. As many of my readers might now, there was a long extended fight with Councillor Vaughan and a bunch of planners who were trying to plan cyclists out of the picture and create a pedestrian arcade (but with cars) out of John Street. This seemed like a complete 180, where cyclists were actually given their own space instead of treated like pariahs.

But, no, it was not to be. Instead this is a pilot project until October to carve out a much larger pedestrian zone with a row of planters. Instead of being a protected bike lane much like I’ve seen in Vancouver, it’s a “pedestrian” zone.

Cyclists don’t know what to do with the space. Some people are still using it as a bike lane while other cyclists choose to squeeze next to a multi-block long line of cars (photo by Michal).

Herb is disappointed the city didn’t include protected bike lanes in the street reconfiguration. Will the final design discourage cycling, or will it be flexible like the temporary project?

Elsewhere on the Network today: Systemic Failure scoffs at the news that a Hawaii father has been convicted of child endangerment for making his son walk a mile home from school. Bike Portlandconsiders the significance of the fact that “America’s bike capital” has no elected officials who commute by bike. And ATL Urbanist shares some photos showing how parking devoured Atlanta’s walkable urban fabric in the 20th century.

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Чи сповільнюють велодоріжки рух транспорту

Велосипедні доріжки сповільнюють транспортний потік? Ні, якщо розташувати їх в правильному місці!

На сьогоднішній день вулиці населених пунктів США розвиваються не лише на користь автомобілів. При кожному новому будівництві або реконструкції вулиці увагу приділяють потребам велосипедистів. Нові велосипедні смуги, звичайно, полегшують життя велосипедистів, але як вони впливають на життя автоводіїв? Для відповіді на це питання було досліджено 10 ділянок автодороги у Мінеаполісі (який вже декілька років визнають найкращим велосипедним містом США), на яких будувались велодоріжки. Continue reading

Британські велосипедисти та водії вважають, що велодоріжки треба робити ширшими

Опрос, проведенный юридической компанией JMW Solicitors, которая занимается правами велосипедистов, показал, что половина британских водителей считает, что велосипедные полосы недостаточно широки, и они опасаются задеть велосипедистов, когда проезжают рядом с ними. Те, в свою очередь, тоже все время боятся, что заденут автомобиль, из-за того, что велосипедные полосы слишком узки. Continue reading