July 29th, 2013

Green Lane Links: Atlanta's big plan and more


Two women riding bikes along the beach
  • Atlanta's 10th Avenue cycle track a 'milestone': It's "part of the city's ambitious plan to double the mileage of bicycle travel lanes and shared paths by 2016." And if this bike-driven love story by self-described non-bike-nuts is any indication, the proposal to make Atlanta more awesome is going well so far.
  • Atlanta downtown lane: Next up for Atlanta is a downtown cycle track, which gets a public meeting this week.
  • Evanston work begins: Chicago's northern neighbor is starting on a downtown separated bikeway.
  • Melbourne separated lane: The Australian city is cutting dooring injuries with a separated cycle track.
  • Nice ride: Minneapolis's recently constructed two-way cycle track near the university is looking good.
  • Why Texas's toll-road bike ban matters: The director of Austin-based Bike Texas worries that the state's recent law forbidding toll roads from also being complete streets will hurt the economy by keeping bikes off important future corridors.
  • The problem with "cyclists": Using words like "drivers," "bikers," "pedestrians" or "cyclists" categorizes people by mode — inaccurately implying that every person on a bike is part of a distinct class that it's hard for someone else to join. It's especially silly to use mode-specific language in the infrastructure world, the writer argues, because "it is precisely these 'non-cyclists' that are far more likely to take up cycling if a continuous, fully segregated cycle track is built."
  • Great Plains, great biking: Calgary's first separated cycle track is part of the city's shift away from car culture. Bad separated lanes are bad: Bicycle Quarterly's Jan Heine wants a civil, reasoned debate about whether separated bike lanes are actually safer. As he notes, data shows they can make intersections more dangerous, perhaps by impairing visibility or giving people on bikes false security. The comment thread on his post is excellent. Our favorite rebuttal features videos from Amsterdam and Copenhagen and argues: "The problem is not the separated bike lanes, but the bad design of much of the (bike) infrastructure."
  • Dumb bus stop: In case you were wondering what bad bikeway design looks like. Is Chicago there yet? A new video of Chicago's 18th Street protected bike lane from Let's Go Ride a Bike shows nothing so much as how dramatically different a stretch of bikeway feels when it's physically separated
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