Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bicycle blog bicycle news

BRaIN gives a nice overview of "yellow bike" rental schemes (historical, proposed and real) in Paris, Chicago; San Francisco; New York; Washington, DC; Portland, OR; and even Lexington, Kentucky. The Bike Sharing Blog covers this trend in detail.

Bicycle Commuter

Thunderhead Alliance released their first benchmarking report detailing the level of bicycling and walking in the United States. According to the Thunderhead Alliance, the main findings of this report are:
  • A positive relationship exists between the built environment and levels of biking and walking.
  • Where levels of biking and walking are higher, bicycle and pedestrian safety is greater.
  • Cities with strong Thunderhead organizations generally have high levels of biking and walking.
  • Higher levels of biking and walking coincide with lower levels of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes and higher levels of adults meeting recommended levels of daily physical activity. This suggests that increased biking and walking would contribute to a healthier society.
  • Data revealed that while some cities and states lead others as models for bicycle and pedestrian policies and provisions, all states and cities have a need for improvement.

Volunteers needed for bicycle and pedestrian counts in Minneapolis. Details at Velocipete.

Sister Julie is a Catholic nun who blogs about bicycling. It's kind of fascinating. For one thing, I had never seen a nun in bike shorts before. Via Bicycle Champaign-Urbana.

Grist details the differences between the U.S. House and Senate versions of the 2007 Energy Bill. I've mentioned previously that the BIG difference of interest to cyclists is the House version contains a provision for a bike commuter tax benefit, while the Senate version does not. Contact your U.S. Senator and ask them to support inclusion of Bike Commuter benefits in Senate Bill 1419, the “Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007.”

MAKE: a bike powered by a portable electric drill.

Utility Cyclism: Appropriate bicycles for utility cycling.

Iowa announces Safe Routes to School program.

Beverly Hills cops blame the victim. The way the cops treat cyclists there is infuriating. Beverly Hills holds the dubious distinction of being #1 in the State of California for pedestrian deaths for a city of its size. Via Industry Outsider. Oh, and LAist used a photo by Yours Truly.

People oriented cities are cycling friendly cities.

Watch this space for Interbike 2007 news in a couple of weeks.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

RE: Beverly Hills & CA law
The law states that the bike rider must stay as close to the curb as possible unless...
No mention is made about a parking lane and parked vehicles. Are cyclists suppose to weave around parked cars in order to stay close to the curb?
The same thing happened to me last weekend when riding with my young sons but the officer did not take a position on the matter.