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Chicago stepping up enforcement of cars blocking bike lanes

No more blocking bike lanes in Chicago

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The city has stepped up efforts to deter cars from blocking bike lanes. Cyclists say that blocked lanes force them to merge with vehicular traffic, putting them more at risk.

Obstructed bike lanes have become a daily encounter for cyclists and create a safety hazard. This year, the city is stepping up its enforcement efforts to deter motorists from blocking the lanes. They are adding bike routes to the daily patrol maps for parking enforcement aides. Additionally, the department is examining 311 complaints to better send aides to where the issue persists.


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Bike News Review – 9/7/15

Feds to Traffic Engineers: Use Our Money to Build Protected Bike Lanes
StreetsBlog USA – 8/24/15
Last week, the agency released a “clarifying” document that shoots down, on the record, some of the common refrains people hear from their DOT when they ask for safer street designs. This is a good document to print out and take to the next public meeting where you expect a transportation engineer might try the old “my-hands-are-tied” routine.

6 Things to Do Before Sending Your Kids Back to School by Bike
Bicycling – 8/28/15
Before you send your beloved offspring out onto the streets for the first time, there are a few things about bike safety they should know. Here’s how to prepare your kids for back to school season on a bike.

“Share the Road” Signs Are Too Vague, Study Finds
Mental Floss
Vague traffic signs can be dangerous. A new study finds that when signs regarding bicyclists are not clear enough, drivers are less likely to respect the cyclists’ equal right to the road.

New Tool Lets You Request Bicycle Parking And Report Abandoned Bikes
Curbed Chicago – 8/21/2015
If you’re an avid bicyclist, you’ve probably been in a situation where you get to your destination but can’t find an open bike rack to lock up to. However, the city has a new website dedicated specifically for bicycle parking requests.

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Bike News Review – 4/21/14

Vintage bicycle exhibit rolls into Fort Wayne Museum of Art
News-Sentinel – 4/18/14
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art believes in taking an expansive view of what is “art,” and that’s why it’s opening an exhibit of vintage bicycles Saturday.

Police Bicycle Patrols Cutting Crime In Neighborhoods
CBS Chicago – 4/18/14
Bicycles aren’t just a fun way to get around this time of year, they’re also an effective crime-fighting tool, according to Chicago police. Because of that, more than a hundred officers are taking bikes for a spin in some of Chicago’s most violent areas.

Colorado county creates new bike-traffic measuring system
Bicycle Retailer – 4/18/14
Boulder County, Colo., has tweeked its vehicle traffic counters — the black tubes across traffic lanes seen across the country — to make them better able to distinguish bicycle traffic from other vehicles. The modified system, which county officials are presenting to colleagues nationally, helps the county get more affordable and more accurate figures; the data is used in part to measure how modified bike facilities on shared roads affect bike traffic levels.

Wilmington OKs pedestrian, bicycle-oriented projects
Star News – 4/18/14
The Wilmington City Council recently approved four separate pedestrian and bicycle-oriented improvement projects that will total a $1.89 million investment. Because much of the money is coming from the N.C. Department of Transportation, the city will only have to pay a fraction of the cost.


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Bike News Review – 11/25/13

Short cut is city’s first bicycle boulevard
Post-Gazette – 11/22/13
Pittsburgh now has its first bicycle boulevard — a street on which bicycles have priority over other vehicular traffic — and it is … (drum roll) … Gold Way in Polish Hill. Gold Way is an obscure little road unless you’re one of the hundreds of drivers and cyclists who use it to get stealthily from Polish Hill to Oakland.

Tucsonans take on bicycle, pedestrian safety

Arizona Daily Star – 11/22/13
The record number of pedestrian deaths in the Tucson area — 21 so far this year — along with the steady drumbeat of bicycle collisions show now is the time to take action. If Tucson and Arizona are to keep their place as havens for bicyclists — a reputation underlined by the arrival of 8,600 cyclists for El Tour de Tucson this weekend — the body count must come down.

Behind the scenes at Divvy headquarters

Red Eye Chicago – 11/12/13
There are no signs or banners on this nondescript industrial warehouse in West Town to indicate that the 18,000-square-foot structure is headquarters for what could soon become the largest commuter cycling system in the country.


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Bike News Review – 8/30/13

Total jerk steals Chicago’s bicycle library
Grist – 8/29/13
Only a very specific kind of person would steal a custom trike that delivers library books. That sort of person either subsists on rubber or is a heartless bastard who routinely kicks kittens and poops on babies. Seriously, go hump a Hummer or something. You mess with the bike library, you unleash a helmeted pack of literati who will date-stamp you into the next century.

Big-rig driver at fault in fatal SOMA bicycle collision
KTVU – 8/29/13
The coalition has criticized the Police Department’s handling of the case, both for not finding the surveillance video and for a sergeant [Ernst] who allegedly stopped at the event last week, parked in the bike lane and told people there that Le Moullac was at fault for the collision. Suhr said the department was apologizing for that incident.

Who’s Out There On The Roads? The 4 Types Of Cyclists
Forbes – 8/27/13
People who prefer to get behind the wheel of a car for every trip often wonder what motivates someone to cycle everywhere. Now, researchers at McGill University in Montreal have come up with some answers. Their new study divides cyclists into four types: dedicated cyclists, path-using cyclists, fairweather utilitarians, and leisure cyclists.

Des Moines draws lines to become ‘Bicycle Friendly’
Des Moines Register – 8/28/13
Motorists and bicyclists are urged to do what mother always asked: share. That advice became official this week on downtown Des Moines streets when shared-lane street markings — painted stick-figure bicyclists with arrows — were finished along Locust Street and Grand Avenue from west (Western Gateway Park) to east (Iowa Capitol Complex) and a north-south vine connecting them on one-way Fifth Avenue with a “contraflow” bike lane, the only one in Iowa. Cyclists pedal into one-way traffic, albeit in their own bike lane set off by double yellow lines.


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