Infographics: Where is Bike Commuting Growing the Fastest?
This morning, thousands of Americans will pedal out of their driveways, taking part in National Bike to Work Day. Sponsored by the League, Bike to Work Day is being celebrated in hundreds of communities nationwide, highlighting the health, economic and community benefits of bicycling with local commuter convoys, energizer stations, breakfast rallies and more. The [...]
Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane OK’d by DOT Traffic Study; Engineering Review Next
A protected bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge — calming traffic heading to McGuinness Boulevard and providing much more breathing room than the bridge’s narrow bike/ped path alone — has cleared a significant planning hurdle. In a letter to Assembly Member Joe Lentol [PDF], DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said that the proposal meets traffic analysis [...]
Eyes on the Street: Bike Share Takes Manhattan
Citi Bike's first Manhattan installation, at Fulton Street and Cliff Street in the Financial District. Photo: CitibikeNYC/Twitter Citi Bike station installations began in Bed Stuy about ten days ago, working west through Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Now, with about 60 stations installed, bike-share has crossed the East River, the Citi Bike Twitter feed informs us that [...]
Marketing the Economic Benefits of Bike Tourism
Bicycle tourism has significant impacts on economies of all scales. According to a recent Advocacy Advance report, the state of Maine generates an estimated $66 million per year in bicycle tourism; North Carolina’s Outer Banks alone generates $60 million annually in economic activity from bicycle tourism.
These visitors in San Jose are doing great things for the local economy. Photo by Sergio Ruiz/Flickr
Last week, the Alliance convened four experts on bike tourism and advocacy to discuss how advocates can use tap into the economic benefits of bike tourism to advance bicycle advocacy. Even if you missed the call, check out the tip sheet below for the major takeaway points. You can also listen to a recording of the call here.
Citi Bike Share Launch Gets Underway
As surely as daffodil blooms signal the new season, last weekend’s sprouting of the first docking stations (no bikes yet), in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, heralded the roll-out of New York City’s long-awaited Citi Bike share. The Citi Bike share launch will give New Yorkers 24/7, [...]
Safety Comes in Segments for Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue
Since 2009, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s 4th Avenue Task Force, has been working to make 4th Avenue in Brooklyn safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. NYCDOT has split the avenue into three segments – [...]
Bicycle Law University: Distracted Driving
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and there are numerous national, state, and local campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of not putting down your cell phone behind the wheel. New laws to combat distracted driving are proposed frequently, including laws against new technologies that are not even on sale yet. Despite [...]
How to Write a Complete Streets Policy
Step one: Do it like Indianapolis. This is how Indianapolis does complete streets. Image: UrbanIndy Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition. “The Complete Streets movement fundamentally redefines what a street is intended [...]
Eyes on the Street: Bike Corrals Protect Ninth Avenue Bike Lane
A new bike corral on 9th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets. Photo: Clarence Eckerson Jr. Bike parking corrals adjacent to a protected bike lane — a first for New York City, and perhaps the nation — have been installed along Ninth Avenue in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Check out these pics from Clarence, snapped on [...]