How are cities making bicycling safer and more accessible?
Given the complex nature of cities, a good transportation system involves having multiple options available. Bicycles have long provided an affordable, easy way to move around urban areas , and now bikeshare is ramping up bikes-as-transit to unprecedented levels in the U.S.
Bikes and bikeshare can provide the link to and from transit stations to home or work, greatly expanding the accessibility of public transit. By making biking in the city easier, traffic is reduced, converting some car trips into biking ones.
Cities and communities everywhere are seeing the importance of this key piece of their transportation networks and are making the investments necessary to implement and expand better bicycling and bikeshare infrastructure and promotion.
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It seems that Oregon policymakers want to encourage people to buy bicycles at Amazon.com rather than local bike shops. The state has proposed a flat $15 tax on any new adult bikes purchased for $200 or more. This is a bit odd because, while the funding is earmarked for the Connect Oregon program to make… Read more »
In addition to the live feed of bikeshare docks that Capital Bikeshare runs through apps like Spotcycle – and soon its own app – the system also releases ridership data on a quarterly basis. The latest, from the first quarter of 2017, is now available, and can be seen in action on Mobility Lab tech adviser… Read more »
How much space cities provide to different transportation options is an easily-visualized hint into how they prioritize different ways of getting around, a relationship made even more evident through the basic geometric inefficiencies of driving. As an exercise to investigate just how unfair this allotment of space can be, Moovel Lab, the creative side project of… Read more »
Montgomery County, Md., revisits how it plans bike lanes Creating safe biking connections between low-stress streets can pay off in improved access to a broad network of bike lanes. Montgomery County, Md., is seeking to do just that in its forthcoming Bicycle Master Plan. It includes about 1,000 miles of separated bike lanes in the next… Read more »
5 reasons why retail business can no longer afford to ignore bicyclists Once, providing a secure bicycle parking infrastructure was an option that was only considered by socially-conscious business owners in bike-friendly communities. But with bicycle commuting rapidly growing, that has changed. Now, business owners in almost all communities must face the reality that a… Read more »
Hidden alongside some otherwise unremarkable roadways across the United Kingdom are bicycle highways that today’s riders would envy. At CityLab, Feargus O’Sullivan reveals the research currently being conducted into these separate bike highways, all of which were built in the 1930s. As historian Carlton Reid conducted research for a new book, he realized that a… Read more »
There’s no question about it: comfortable, safe bicycle infrastructure plays a significant role in encouraging people to ride. In Seattle, an analysis from nonprofit Commute Seattle recently demonstrated how that pays off for commuters: the seven employers with the highest rates of bike commuting are all within one block of a protected bike lane. Zooming… Read more »
When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C…. Read more »
New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »
Whether a gondola happens anytime soon, options still exist for better connecting Georgetown to the Rosslyn Metro station Georgetown is known to have some “public transit gaps,” most notably the lack of a Metro station. To fix this, the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s 2028 transportation plan included the cross-Potomac gondola as a possible solution, creating… Read more »
Little free libraries present a chance to share awareness of transportation options Educating people about transportation options – even in a place like Arlington, Va., where there is an abundance – is a never-ending quest. Something I’ve learned through my time at Mobility Lab is that its local partners never stop trying to think of… Read more »
Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »