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Bicycle infrastructure on the rise

bicycle infrastructureThere’s more to bicycle infrastructure than lanes.

In many ways bicycle infrastructure is like car infrastructure. When you get where you’re going you need someplace to park.

In Honolulu they are helping cyclists out with a bike shelter at a transit center. It looks like a left-over garden shed and you have to hunt down a security guard to open it for you, but it’s a start.

In addition to parking, and also like cars, bikes sometimes are in need of repair. Bicycles being mechanically simpler many cyclist are able to fix their own bikes. To assist in this some cities have installed fixit stations. The stations have screwdrivers, wrenches, tire levers and even an air pump.

At the extreme end of bicycle-friendliness is bike part maker SRAM’s new offices. Bikes are parked at cubicles, ridden for exercise on indoor tracks, basically bike Nirvana.

Of course the core of all this is the roads and lanes that bikes use to get from one place to another. These are mostly created and assembled in bits and pieces, but Norway is looking to make it all happen at once. They are investing a billion dollars of alleged oil money to build nation-wide bicycle highways.

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Bike News Review – 3/12/14

PeopleForBikes selects six more cities for Green Lane Project
Bicycle Retailer – 3/10/14
The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project will conduct two-year programs to build protected bike lanes in six new U.S. cities: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Seattle. It’s the second edition of the project; in 2012, the program began working with Austin, Texas, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Memphis expected to double miles of bicycle-specific infrastructure
WMCTV – 3/10/14
Cycle Memphis began their group tours in 2011 shortly after the city implemented some of its first bicycle-specific infrastructure, which just barely scraped 60 total miles. Since then that number has doubled, according to Memphis’ 2014 State of Bicycling Report.

London to spend $500M on cycling and pedestrian infrastructure
Bicycle Times – 3/11/14
London has become synonymous with cycling and pedestrian danger, as the city has claimed more than 150 serious injuries or deaths in the past three years. Now the city, led by Mayor Boris Johnson, himself an advocate for cycling and pedestrian safety, is pledging $500 million to radically transform 33 intersections and roundabouts across the city.


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