Bicycle Planning

November 18, 2008, 8am PST
In this commentary, it is noted that when the Sacramento transportation 1/2-cent sales tax measure was up for renewal in 2004, it was decided <em>not to include cycling improvements</em> after a poll showed it would detract from the measure's passing
The Sacramento Bee
October 26, 2008, 5am PDT
A single bike activist, tired of being honked at by motorists as they passed her in a narrow lane, lobbied her small city for a sign directing motorists to "change lanes to pass", and got it. Motorists have since ceased honking and changed lanes.
The Examiner
September 29, 2008, 5am PDT
Once a week, car-flooded streets convert into bike- and pedestrian-flooded public parks in crowded Mexico City.
Los Angeles Times
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

Basic Elements

Mike Lydon
June 9, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Toronto environmental lawyer Albert Koehl believes that Canada's Conservative government should embark on a national bicycle strategy.</p>
The Globe & Mail
Blog post
June 8, 2008, 1pm PDT

There are three types of bicyclists: Advanced Bicyclists, Intermediate Bicyclists and Beginner Bicyclists. We need to plan and build facilities to accommodate all of them. Those cities that do are experiencing ridership numbers far above the national average.

Mike Lydon
May 30, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>City commits to adding over 450 miles of new bikeways/lanes linking neighborhoods, parks, downtown, and employment centers over the next 20 years and making an initial investment of $20 million.</p>
The Columbus Dispatch
May 28, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Thick congestion has politicians in Budapest looking at ways to improve mobility -- mainly by encouraging bicycle use.</p>
May 28, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>New York City is trying to make life for bike commuters a little less treacherous by building dedicated bike lanes throughout the city.</p>
The Washington Post
May 20, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>While Americans have not turned to the bicycle as a mode of transportation in the same numbers seen elsewhere in the world, some predict that soaring gas prices and increased infrastructure investments could change that.</p>
May 17, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Production of bicycles is more than double the production of cars worldwide -- and the gap between the two vehicles is widening. Many see this as an indicator of the global shift towards encouraging bicycle use as a viable transportation option.</p>
Earth Policy Institute
May 15, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>To make North American cities more bicycle friendly, planners should look to Stockholm, Sweden and Freiburg, Germany -- two European cities were bikes and cars happily co-exist on the street.</p>
The Ottawa Citizen
May 14, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>The city of Omaha, Nebraska, has announced plans to build a network of bike lanes throughout the city, boosted by private contributions of more than $600,000.</p>
May 9, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>Biking gets serious in New York, where the city is investing millions in a system of dedicated bike lanes.</p>
The Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The City of Portland joins Davis, California, as the only other city to earn the League of American Bicyclists' Platinum rating.</p>
The Oregonian
Blog post
April 18, 2008, 5pm PDT

From public transit to public parks to public space, this past week brought a lot of interesting and innovative ideas in the world of urban planning.

Nate Berg
April 16, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>Two local transportation advocates shed light on the plans and policies that have made Portland, Oregon the bicycle capital of the U.S.</p>
Democracy Now
April 7, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>The city's new director of bicycle programs has the tough task of making Boston more bike-friendly.</p>
The Boston Globe
March 27, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Officials in San Francisco are floating a plan that would add 34 more miles of bike lanes to the city, nearly doubling its current stock. The addition would require the removal of street parking and could take over some traffic lanes.</p>
The San Francisco Chronicle
March 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Why Americans don't cycle in the cold and rain, and why they do in Amsterdam.</p>