Monthly Archives: October 2010

Guadalajara Pioneers New Bike Share System

A more affordable, user supported bike share system provides access to bikes in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Find out more at:  http://tinyurl.com/344zltm

Taxes on parking, oh my!

Relax already.  Vehicle parking is expensive to provide, wastes valuable public land and taxing it doesn’t hurt while providing a revenue source for much needed alternatives.

Sightline, the northwest’s progressive news source, features a discussion on Seattle’s proposed new commercial parking taxes at:  http://daily.sightline.org/daily_score/archive/2010/10/25/magic-carpet-ride?utm_source=Sightline&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WeeklyScore

Here’s some wasted land for you:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luton/4938919524/

Separated bike lanes reduce health risks

A new study from Portland is finding that separated bike lanes, a treatment emerging in many North American cities, reduces the exposure of cyclists to health risks from the fine particulate matter from vehicle exhaust.  The study suggests that the horizontal distance from tail pipe sources is the key factor in reducing exposure.

The study can be accessed through the Bike Portland blog at:

http://bikeportland.org/2010/10/28/study-cycle-tracks-mean-better-air-quality-for-bikers-walkers-41754

Here’s one of my pics of Vancouver’s separated lanes along Dunsmuir St.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luton/4776660410/

Road hazards in BC

Well not your typical pothole or speedbump, but certainly something that get’s your heart rate up and motivates some sprint training.  Here’s my encounter on a recent trip to Whistler.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luton/5085070252/

U.S. Census data reveals bike trends

Information on transportation trends in the U.S. are trickling out and they tell an optimistic, if conflicting, story on biking and walking.  Cycling is strong in cities with high quality infrastructure even as some trends move downwards – possibly related to reduced travel demand in a weak economy.

Sources focused on our own transportation choices in Victoria’s capital region may still give us the edge, with city neighbourhoods recording as a high a mode share as 14% of commute trips by bike, still higher than most other places in North America.  More on that as details and sources are identified.

Here’s a taste of the information from Sightline, a research source that covers environmental issues around the Pacific northwest.

http://daily.sightline.org/daily_score/archive/2010/10/07/how-your-city-gets-to-work?utm_source=Sightline&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WeeklyScore

Kinsol Trestle Webcam

Restoration of the Kinsol Trestle, a bridge that will close a gap in the Trans Canada Highway is well underway.  You can watch the project in progress with a webcam documenting reconstruction of this historic structure.  Probably the highest wooden trestle left in the old Commonwealth of British Colonies, the Kinsol spans the Koksilah River in the Cowichan Valley northwest of Victoria and will be a jewel in the growing network of trails and cycling routes on southern Vancouver Island that is making it a premier destination for all sorts of visitors and cycling enthusiasts.

Lately I spoke to the Mayor of Duncan who said his community is looking now for opportunities to better link the town with the Trans Canada trail to connect trail users to their history and the variety of services they have to offer.

Here’s one of my pics of the trestle, long before work began:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luton/4093187120/

And the webcam:

 http://www.earthcam.com/clients/britishcolumbia/KinsolTrestle/