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“Bikes vs Cars” Director Fredrik Gertten Sets Out to Expose the Car Lobby

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: More detail about a film project that could be very instrumental in changing how we look at transportation. Please help their Kickstarter campaign if you can.]

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/17/bikes-vs-cars-director-fredrik-gertten-sets-out-to-expose-the-car-lobby/

Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fredrik-gertten/bikes-vs-cars-we-are-many
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Janette Sadik-Khan’s TED Talk: “You Can Remake Your Streets”

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Streets Blog

In the six years that Janette Sadik-Khan has headed the New York City Department of Transportation, streets have been transformed. Across the five boroughs, 26 acres of asphalt were converted into 50 pedestrian plazas. New bus lanes are speeding transit trips on major thoroughfares in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and soon Brooklyn. The city added dozens of miles of protected on-street bike lanes — groundbreaking designs for an American city — and 350 miles of bikeways overall. The biggest bike-share system in the country launched this May, and now regularly sees 40,000 trips per day.
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These changes have improved safety, boosted retail performance, and elicited impressive public approval ratings despite TV and tabloid coverage that tended to be outlandishly negative. Sadik-Khan emphasized that it wouldn’t have been possible to accomplish so much in such a short time frame if it weren’t for the original stroke of genius: the decision to test things out to see what succeeds.

“The temporary materials are important because we were able to show how it worked,” she says...
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http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/10/17/janette-sadik-khans-ted-talk-you-can-remake-your-streets/
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[B' Spokes: I'll stress with a little paint (a temporary material) we can and should try some innovative designs over a trial period. If they don't perform well then take them away, at least we can learn what does and does not work here. We need more experiments and a lot less of what I perceive as "Because of some mysterious calculations all done in my head we can't accommodate bicyclists here." ]

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ADVOCATES DELIVER BIKE/PED STRATEGIES/METRICS TO US DOT

Biking Elsewhere-> According to a Sept. 11th Alliance for Biking and Walking article, "Last week, the US Department of Transportation released their draft strategic plan, a document that will determine how the DOT will manage the United States' transportation over the next five years. But there was a slight problem: the plan lacked vision for bicycling and walking...So state and local biking and walking advocacy organizations in the United States kicked into high gear. With help and policy recommendations from our friends at the League of American Bicyclists and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, state and local advocates joined onto a letter asking the US DOT to incorporate real strategic reforms for better biking and walking in the U.S. (http://bit.ly/18XWiHV). In a resounding show of support, over 80 organizations signed on...
"Here's what we told the US DOT:
* Don't just pay lip service to safety. We urged the Department to set a hard goal to reduce bicyclist and pedestrian roadway fatalities by 50 percent by 2020.
* Build livable communities by building spaces where people have the option to walk and bike. We encouraged the Department to set a goal to increase bicycle mode share nationally to 5% by 2025 and pedestrian mode share nationally to 25% by 2025.
* Help create new projects that incorporate the needs of all people, not only people in cars. We urged regulators to implement a Complete Streets approach when designing safety measures..."
Source: http://bit.ly/1fB0N2d

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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Fire truck issues with street designs

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: Once and a while someone will say that we can't build bike/ped friendly infrastructure on our streets because it will delay fire truck response time. Usually this is because of the width and turning radius of fire trucks. If only there was a better fire truck...

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Amtrak tests bicycle roll-on service on Capitol Limited route between Pittsburgh and D.C.

Biking ElsewhereBy Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Linda McKenna Boxx said she has been trying for more than a decade to get Amtrak to improve accommodations for bicycles on its Pittsburgh-to-Washington, D.C., trains, which closely follow the trails that connect the two cities.

On Tuesday, that goal moved a step closer to reality, when Amtrak allowed 20 bicyclists to take their two-wheelers onto the Capitol Limited train in Pittsburgh in a one-day trial of roll-on service.
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http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/region/amtrak-tests-bicycle-roll-on-service-on-capitol-limited-route-between-pittsburgh-and-dc-707669/
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Bikeability-trained kids cycle more, finds study

Biking Elsewhereby Carlton Reid, Bike Biz

School kids who have undertaken Bikeability training use their bicycles more frequently than untrained children of the same age.
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Bikeability training leads to an uplift of 12.6 percent in the amount of children who cycle to school. Training also leads to an 11 percent increase in the amount of cycling children do with their families away from school.
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“Most children want to ride their bikes but often their parents are understandably reluctant to let them, even though they know that cycling is good for health. Bikeability is designed to give children the skills and confidence to ride well and to give their parents reassurance.”

In England Bikeability is funded by the Department for Transport and Transport for London and is offered free to about 50 percent of primary school children, mostly in urban and suburban settings. Most training occurs during school time in years 5 and 6.

http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/bikeability-trained-kids-cycle-more-finds-study
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[B' Spokes: I will note that from my informal polls parents are the ones that teach kids to ride against traffic and to ride on the sidewalk. We need something to address this wrong kind of thinking.
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Get moving: Creating a research strategy for active cities

Biking ElsewhereBy Ben Welle, The City Fix

Many cities around the globe are home to dangerous roads, social stigmas that bicycling is “for the poor,” and urban designs that neglect walking and bicycling. Photo by Slightly-less-random.

Cities around the globe are seeing a creeping problem of growing physical inactivity, due in part to the lack of pleasurable every-day walking and bicycling. While in some cities there are ample facilities for a refreshing commute on bicycle, a leisurely stroll to the neighborhood market or park, or the ability to walk to high-quality public transport, many of the world’s metropolises are home to dangerous roads, social stigmas that bicycling is “for the poor,” and urban designs that neglect walking and bicycling.

The Problem

Physical inactivity currently causes 3.2 million deaths worldwide every year, and a growing number of the world’s inactive population comes from low- and middle-income countries.

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http://thecityfix.com/blog/get-moving-creating-research-strategy-for-active-cities-active-transport-ben-welle/
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THE BEST FITNESS REGIME IS THE ONE WE DON’T NOTICE

Biking ElsewhereBy Jonathan Krall, Alixandra Times

Lately, I’ve been reading about exercise and fitness and have come to an odd realization: The most important form of exercise happens — every day — to people who practically are falling over themselves to avoid getting any at all.

The fitness industry tells us that exercise is something people do at a specialized facility using designated pieces of equipment, such as spinning on a stationary bicycle at a gym. But in reality, exercise is any sustained activity that raises the heart rate, such as a 20-minute walk from home to a nearby park or Metro station.
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Because so many of us in the United States are suffering from a multitude of low fitness-related preventable diseases, this is no small question. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, the per capita incidence of type 2 diabetes in Virginia more than doubled in the past 20 years, mirroring national trends.

When it comes to fitness, our public health policy clearly is not working. So what should we do?
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Because so many of us in the United States are suffering from a multitude of low fitness-related preventable diseases, this is no small question. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, the per capita incidence of type 2 diabetes in Virginia more than doubled in the past 20 years, mirroring national trends.

When it comes to fitness, our public health policy clearly is not working. So what should we do?
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http://alextimes.com/2013/10/move-along-the-best-fitness-regime-is-the-one-we-dont-notice/
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[B' Spokes: I for one am tired of fustilugs* telling me a "better" way to get exercise that does NOT include cycling.]
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City in Bolivia passes law making it compulsory to ride bikes

Biking Elsewhereby Simon MacMichael, Road.CC

A city in Bolivia has passed a law that will make it compulsory for residents to ride a bike once a week instead of using other means of transport to get around for their everyday trips.
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It is aimed at not only reducing pollution, but also at improving the health of the city’s residents by introducing them to the benefits of using two wheels to get around, as part of promoting healthier lifestyles.

The law also provides for the construction of a major new cycle route, upgrading of existing ones, the provision of cycle parking at public and private workplaces and other institutions, and cycle training in schools.
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http://road.cc/content/news/96009-city-bolivia-passes-law-making-it-compulsory-ride-bikes
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BIKES vs CARS TRAILER [video]

Biking Elsewhere

BIKES vs CARS TRAILER from WG Film on Vimeo.

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