Safety

Blog post
July 14, 2008, 3pm PDT
City cycling can be hectic. Let's be realistic: most American cities are not meant for cyclists. It would be great if they were, but for now, our city forms are primarily designed for the movement of cars. Because cities are made for cars, it's understandable that car drivers tend to disregard the fact that somebody might be riding a bike out there. (Interchange blogger Mike Lydon recently wrote an excellent piece about planning for bicycle networks.) Until our urban forms and public policies encourage the use of roads by a variety of transportation types, the burden is on cyclists to assert their role in the transit jungle. Communication is key to achieving this goal. Safe cycling (and safe transportation in general) relies heavily on communication. Safe cyclists speak bike language -- a rudimentary system made up of three main components: the wave, the yell and the nod.
Nate Berg
June 23, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Cyclists Bill Reynolds muses on the freedom offered by the bicycle -- and the tragic tendency for cyclists to fall victim to automobiles.</p>
The Walrus
June 17, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>In an effort to increase livability, New York City will test a 6.9 mile car-free corridor during the month of August.</p>
The New York Times
May 30, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Will laser-projected pedestrians make crossing the street safer in South Korea?</p>
Streetsblog
March 28, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Officials in the California city of Sebastopol have gone back on an agreement with an Internet provider that was planning to create a municipal Wi-Fi network for the city. They cited health concerns in their decision.</p>
The Press Democrat
March 21, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>High rates of accidents and few bike lanes make Indianapolis a dangerous place to ride a bike, according to this article.</p>
The Indianapolis Star
March 20, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>A 70-year-old document sheds light on the attitude of master builder Robert Moses towards bicycling.</p>
Streetsblog
March 19, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>This video from <em>StreetFilm</em> shows the extensive traffic calming efforts taken by one beach community in Australia.</p>
Streetsblog
March 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>More and more people are injuring themselves by walking into poles while looking down at their cell phones. This video from <em>ITN News</em> looks at an effort in England to make the streets safer for walking texters.</p>
ITN News via Engadget
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