Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely 5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes
Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds
Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds
Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds
Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales
Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales
Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales

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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Recent Bicycling News

Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues

Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues


September 21, 2017    Jennifer Dill

This article was originally published at Jennifer’s blog. I recently attended the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) conference in Montreal to present some of the findings from our research at Portland State University on equity and bikesharing. On the first day, each member gave a one-minute blurb, sharing highlights of their past year. Several of the systems… Read more »

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely


September 5, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This is the second of a three-part series on how bicyclists and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. Part 1 is here. The suggestions in this series were originally developed in January at a planning session sponsored by the Eno Center for Transportation that the author designed and facilitated with fellow Mobility Lab contributor Lisa Nisenson. Eno will… Read more »

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes


August 31, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This is the first of a three-part series on how bicyclists, pedestrians, and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. When I’m pedaling down North Pershing Drive in Arlington, Va., dodging cars or car doors or trash and delivery trucks, Mobility Mama wonders how her kids ever make it anywhere incident free. “We never ride on Pershing, we… Read more »

Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds

Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds


August 24, 2017    Kelley Coyner

Bicycle fatalities are rising and the average age for fatalities continues to rise, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. As the Washington Post notes, “Forty years ago, riding a bike was child’s play, and the overwhelming majority of those killed in bike crashes were children. [But] the average age… Read more »

Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales

Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales


July 7, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

A quick look at how the D.C. region has been using Capital Bikeshare this year

A quick look at how the D.C. region has been using Capital Bikeshare this year


June 26, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City


June 23, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people


June 20, 2017    Ethan Goffman

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 »

Bike parking and the bottom line

Bike parking and the bottom line


June 5, 2017    Shawn Chessell

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 »

For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?

For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?


May 26, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often

People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often


May 23, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region

Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region


May 19, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »