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This city wants to keep bicyclists safe. Its solution? Plant Boxes (via miamiherald)

Can plant boxes keep bicyclists safe?

plant boxes between lanes

source: Miami Herald

Coral Gables leaders hope so. The city is installing protected bike lanes that will be separated from automotive traffic by plant boxes filled with pentas and purple queens. Temporary two-way bike lanes will replace existing curbside parking on Salzedo Street and one lane of traffic on University Drive.

The buffered bike-lane program is set to be in place by late September. The city’s goal is to eventually rebrand the bicycle routes in the city’s master plan as the “Gables Greenways,” Keller said.

The new pilot program comes as the city plans to explore a station-less, bike-sharing service in the Gables. Riders would reserve the bikes through an app and then drop them off anywhere in the city. The technology has already been rolled out in other cities including Austin and San Francisco. The City Commission approved a call for ideas at Tuesday’s meeting.

Read more here: miamiherald

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Sacramento Adds First Bike-Only Signal Near Sac State

bike-only signalBike-only signal comes to Sac-town

The city of Sacramento added new bike infrastructure near Sacramento State. Including marked green bike lanes, bike boxes and the city’s first bike-only signal.

In Sacramento bicyclists can now ride up to one intersection near Sacramento State, tap a button and wait for the signal to change, just like pedestrians do.

Elizabeth Weeks with the Sacramento Department of Public Works says the new signal is part of the redesigned Carlson Drive Project near Sac State.


Source: Bob Moffitt

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World’s largest bicycle parking garage unveiled (via Mother Nature Network)
bicycle parking garage

The Netherlands has a new bicycle parking garage.

Utrecht Centraal station, now boasts the largest bicycle parking garage in the Netherlands. Currently 40 percent of passengers arrive with bikes in tow.

The Utrecht City Council proposed the garage in 2014 to remedy the unsightly, chaotic jumble of bikes literally piled outside of the station. The three-story subterranean facility is now open but only half complete. As of now, there’s room for an impressive 6,000 bikes. By the end of 2018, when the 184,000-square-foot garage is completed in its entirety, there will be room for 12,500 bikes. When that happens, the garage will properly clench “world’s largest” status. A title currently held by a 9,400-bike capacity automated parking garage located beneath Kasai Station in Tokyo.

Some worry that the 12,500-capacity garage in Utrecht may not be big enough to accommodate the sharply increasing number of Dutch cyclists.

Source: MNN – Mother Nature Network

Photo by climens

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The Feminist History Of Bicycles
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The most feminist of machines

Tinkle your bells and fasten your helmet. It’s National Bike Month. Which means it’s time to delve into the history of this most feminist of machines. Yes, you read that correctly. In ways both explicit and subtle, the invention and popularization of the humble two-wheeled bicycle in the 19th century moved the cause of female equality and freedom forward in the modern world. Even today, there is no more feminist way to get around.

Before the bicycle came along, women were expected to progress on foot, in carriages, or on horseback. Always supervised and preferably with the utmost slowness and delicacy. How you traveled denoted your class. Walking the streets was seen as a highly suspect activity. It was tightly moderated among 19th century women of the upper classes. They were meant to stay largely indoors or to venture outside only with chaperones and in acceptable public spaces.

Source: Bustle/

Photo by nha.library

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Forgotten Bike Highways

Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain

forgotten bike highwaysThe United Kingdom built hundreds of miles of protected bike lanes and promptly forgot about them.

In the 1930s, Britain’s Ministry of Transport built an extensive network of bike highways around the country. At least 280 miles of paved, protected infrastructure dedicated to cyclists alone. For decades, it was entirely forgotten, overgrown and overlooked. So much so that no one seems to remember that these lanes had existed at all.

“There’s all this infrastructure, it’s been there for 80 years, and nobody knows what it was,” says Carlton Reid, author of the forthcoming book Bike Boom. Reid, who’s been a cycling journalist and historian for 30 years, rediscovered the network while researching his book. Now he’s teaming up with an urban planner to reveal the full extent of Britain’s historic cycleways.

Before starting research on the book, Reid knew of the existence of a handful of ‘30s-era bike lanes. But when he started studying the decade’s road-building policies, he found archival maps showing that as new arterial roads were built, they all had cycleways installed beside them. “Every one I looked at showed that there were cycleways built,” he said. “It was clear that there were far more than anyone had understood.”

Source: Atlas Obscura

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