Monthly Archives: March 2014

Green Lane Project details design and costs for separated bike facilities

Vancouver's Dunsmuir cycle track offers cyclists their own space downtown.

Vancouver’s Dunsmuir cycle track offers cyclists their own space downtown.

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.

Kid friendly cities

From Spacing Magazine – ideas on making urban areas more child friendly.

Oil capital working towards cycle track network

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.

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Bikes and business – another arrow in the quiver

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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.

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Decline in driving mostly economics according to some research

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.