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Bike News Review – 2/25/14

Daly City seeking grant funding for bicycle, pedestrian upgrades along John Daly Boulevard
SF Examiner – 2/25/14
Daly City is planning to add bicycle lanes and pedestrian improvements to the stretch of John Daly Boulevard that connects Top of the Hill to the Daly City BART station, but the extent of upgrades may depend on grant funding.

Va. bicycle-friendly legislation may still have traction
Pilot Online – 2/25/14
It’s been a rough ride for such legislation in past sessions, but advocates were cheered when Sen. Bryce Reeves’ bill (SB97) was approved by a House of Delegates subcommittee Monday on a 5-2 vote. The measure from Reeves, R-Fredericksburg, would increase the minimum clearance when a motor vehicle passes a bicycle from 2 to 3 feet.

Cascade Bicycle Club’s new path: more riding, less politics
Seattle Times – 2/23/14
After years of upheaval about the club’s direction, Kiker is taking it down a more inclusive path, with less emphasis on lobbying and a more welcoming tone.

Your input can help Fort Collins become a world-class bicycle-friendly community
Coloradoan – 2/23/14
Bicycling still represents a relatively small slice of the transportation pie for the Fort Collins community. Significant untapped potential lies within our community to drastically increase the number of people choosing to bicycle for transportation or other reasons.

Main Street Fairmont To Develop Bicycle, Pedestrian Connectivity Plan
WBOY – 2/21/14
Main Street Fairmont has received grant money to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity plan for the city. This is all part of the Growing Healthy Communities Initiative across the state.


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Bike News Review – 2/21/14

Expanding Bicycle Education for Professional Drivers
SF Bike Coalition – 2/20/14
Who sets the tone for our streets? Certainly we all do, but professional drivers play a powerful role in shaping our streets and thus have an increased responsibility to understand all rules of the road. Four people were killed on bicycles in San Francisco last year, all hit by professional drivers of large vehicles.

Bicycle advocates discuss Westlake next steps – 2/19/14
About two dozen bicycle advocates met Tuesday evening at Fremont Brewing Company to plan next steps for Westlake Avenue N. After Westlake Stakeholders dropped their lawsuit against the City of Seattle holding up the Bicycle Master Plan, the design phase of the protected bike lane along the busy corridor is back in process.

Battle in the bike lanes of Amsterdam
The Telegraph – 2/13/14
Despite calls for scooters to be banned from the bike paths, the Dutch government has allowed this to carry on. The Foundation for Road Safety Research (SWOV) estimates that a ban would save around 260 victims a year in Amsterdam from ending up in hospital or emergency care.

Los Angeles launching its 1st “Bicycle Friendly Business District”
Tree Hugger – 2/19/14
TreeHugger has published a few articles about how bicycling boosts business. It seems that policymakers in Los Angeles have been following this story as well. They’ve developed a “Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD)” program there, which is aimed at bringing more bicyclists to commercial corridors. The first BFBD will be in Northeast Los Angeles.


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Bike News Review – 12/14/13

Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail Could Connect Dallas And Fort Worth
CBS DFW – 12/13/13
Mayors in five cities met recently with staff members from the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department to discuss their desire to provide a 64-mile continuous network of trails between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas.

Low-income riders are rare on bike share
Bicycle Times – 12/13/13
Bike sharing systems are meant to make simple and practical transportation options available to more people, but rates of ridership among low-income users is incredibly low. According to Transportation Alternatives, only 0.5 percent of riders on New York’s CitiBike system are categorized as low-income.

San Francisco bicycle boom follows bike-friendly upgrades
SF Gate – 12/12/13
The number of people riding bikes has increased 14 percent since 2011 and 96 percent since 2006. That’s the conclusion of the 2013 bicycle count taken by the Municipal Transportation Agency in September and released Thursday.

Armored trucks see Broadway Bicycle lanes as parking spaces

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog – 12/11/13
After informing the driver politely that it was illegal to drive in the Bicycle track and to park there and being ignored, I called the 800 number of the back of the truck and ordered lunch. Since the truck was still parked there with the driver playing on his phone, I asked him again to move at which point he said he was calling 911.


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Bike News Review – 8/28/13

Biking In Seattle [Infographic]
Seattle Mortgage Planners – 8/8/13
Cycling and Seattle have shared a symbiotic relationship for over a century. The city gives a lot to cyclists, particularly with the recent Master Bike Plan which is increasing biking facilities and improving safety for cyclists throughout the Seattle area.
(I love it that a financial institution is using cycling to sell people on the city. – Tom)

Franklin city streets are key to Middle TN segment of U.S. bicycle route
The Tennessean – 8/27/13
After years of work, volunteers have secured pledges of support for the route from government leaders, including some in Williamson County, along its path from near the Kentucky/Tennessee border to the Tennessee/Alabama border.

Dahon to produce, distribute Ford-branded bikes
Bicycle Retailer – 8/26/13
The line of folding and electric bikes for adults and children is expected to launch in 2014, with specific models to be determined in the coming months. All production and distribution will be handled by Dahon, and the bikes will initially be sold through select retail channels. The Ford line will also include a range of accessories.

Electric-bicycle-sharing pilot program to launch in Berkeley, San Francisco in 2014
The Daily Californian – 8/25/13
Last Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors granted $1.5 million for the program, which aims to increase mobility for Bay Area commuters, reduce emissions and lessen traffic congestion in the Bay Area. The program partners City CarShare, a Bay Area nonprofit car-sharing service, with the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies.


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Bike News Review – 6/17/13

A public library on a bicycle? Seattle has one
LA Times – 6/12/13
Seattle is a great book town. And also a great biking town. So it should comes as little surprise that Seattle now given us a mobile, people-powered public library that’s wheeled about town by pedaling librarians.

Bicycles steer clear of Obamacare
Market Watch – 6/14/13
As part of Obamacare, grants were established to help cities prevent diseases like obesity, including by making communities “safe and easy for people to walk and ride bikes.” But of 85 cities with progressive biking infrastructure, none used public health dollars for the projects, according to a recent survey by the Green Lane Project, which campaigns for public space dedicated to bikes.

BMX Hall of Fame to induct five
Bicycle Retailer – 6/14/13
The BMX Hall of Fame will induct five members at a ceremony September 28 at the Olympic Training Center. This year’s inductees are in the categories of Pioneer Racer, Racer, Industry, Freestyler and Woman.

Vintage bicycle exhibit and parade rides into New Albany next weekend
News and Tribune – 6/17/13
Some big wheels will roll into town next weekend, as the public is invited to attend the Vintage Bicycle Exhibit and Parade to celebrate New Albany’s rich history and revisit some favorite childhood memories.




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