The Green Lane project was launched by my friend Martha Roskowski, putting her considerable years of experience as an advocate to work pressing the case for funding of ambitious projects to build new age bike facilities that will help the U.S. take the great leap forward in growing cycling through the use of protected cycle tracks.
A latest piece has been the addition of some design templates for various approaches and a spread sheet that details the ballpark costs for typical treatments. The issue of context and local conditions or challenges will, of course, vary those costs and perhaps dictate the best design approach, but this is a great addition to the toolboxes we need to assess when and where to use what.
Find the link here and click on the spreadsheet for a better look at the details of various types of design. It’s a very useful summary that reminds us to be careful with our dollars to make sure we get it right. Some approaches can be costly and need to undergo careful consideration and review before implementation.
From Spacing Magazine – ideas on making urban areas more child friendly.
Calgary, the capital of Alberta’s oil industry (the provincial capital is further north in Edmonton), is aiming to build a grid of cycle tracks (separated bike facilities), through key downtown corridors. Local Councillor Evan Woolley likens the project to the pivotal development of light rail serving the city’s busy commuters. Cycle tracks are becoming more and more a choice of planners and designers focused on better facilities for cyclists in congested downtown grids.
Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition releases new report:
Local cycling organization works through intercept survey to assess transportation choices for people traveling to and from downtown Victoria. The numbers are consistent with larger samples gathered for broader regional transportation patterns and likewise surprising to those in other cities where travel assumptions remain mired in the trunk of an automobile. Driving as a choice is lower in urban centres than many businesses believe, and other choices more diverse.
Another good contribution from the GVCC to the various bodies of research support more investments in different transportation options.
While much has been made of the decline in car ownership, vehicle miles traveled, and other indicators of transportation choices, research highlighted by U.S. sources suggest that economics more than enlightenment is driving change.
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.