Copenhagen wheel is electric technology for bikes that goes a step beyond the more clunky machinery that accompanies many electric assist bikes.
Salt Spring Island sits off of the north end of Saanich Peninsula, the largest and most populated of our southern Gulf Islands and part of the regional district that encompasses Victoria and many diverse municipalities.
The Island has done some work on various bike facilities, including some pathways we worked on as advocates and consultants aiming to advance cycling tourism and local commuter facilities in and around the main village of Ganges. Other efforts have focused on equipping BC Ferries with better equipment for bikes on board, conceptual designs for an early iteration of one of their pathways. The Island is challenged by narrow roads and some steeper climbs here and there, but it’s a wonderful destination and a vibrant local community that is increasingly attractive as a cycling destination, with local bike tourism industry players also needing cheap commuting options for their workforces.
Here’s one of the major pieces of work covering the evolution of cycling plans on the Island – a useful summary of the work that has gone on to identify opportunities to invest in infrastructure aimed at putting more people on their bikes.
Nice piece from Gil Penalosa of 8-80 cities movement on creating mini-parks at crosswalks to slow traffic, create more foot friendly spaces on our streets.
Atlantic Cities covers research on the mistaken impression that bikes and pedestrians create a drag on economic activity. The reverse is actually true – cars and drivers spend less on local business, put more into their gas tanks – usually produced elsewhere.
Some pedestrian malls continue to defy broader trends that have cities re-opening failed streets to traffic. There are good examples of streets that work without the plague of automobility, but they are few and scattered. Pedestrian malls will not rescue failed streets, but can add value to already appealing destinations for human scale traffic.
Atlantic Cities covers the issue high development costs that are pushing up rents in multi-unit residential buildings in the U.S. Demand is often far below supply but renters are paying the penalty of too much parking. One study found that rents were inflated by almost $250 per month for every unit, whether used or not. Equally frustrating is the inflexibility of financial services industry players who demand builds meet oversupply of parking on the premise that units without parking are less attractive to the market and will not sell, threatening their investments.
Sideguards that protect cyclists or pedestrians from being pulled under the wheels of large rigs are standard equipment in Europe. Olivia Chow, a Member of Parliament from Toronto is promoting her private members bill to make them mandatory in Canada.
Parking is an expensive piece of the housing puzzle, driving up costs and grabbing land and resources that would be better spent or used to supply housing and other amenities, a particular concern in built cities where historical codes that favoured auto-dependence no longer fit our travel or living habits. The paper provides a nice summary of the economics of parking, focused on multi-unit residential developments such as apartment and condos, a big slice of our housing market.
See the Sightline piece here: http://www.sightline.org/research/who-pays-for-parking/
Analysis of success and failures in Bike Share – a newer concept in getting people on bikes.
Protected bike lanes are popping up all over North America – here’s an interesting graphic that covers some of the positives.
See also a new photo gallery of the top protected bike lanes in the U.S.