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‘It’s starting to happen’ Bicycle touring an emerging tourism market

Biking ElsewhereBy LYNNETTE HINTZE, The Daily Inter Lake

onducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and graduate students from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, the study found that multiday cyclists spend $75 per day and stay an average of eight or more nights as they pass through Montana.

“What I think people are realizing is that adventure tourism groups are pretty big,” said Jan Brunk, who with her husband, Ron, owns Glacier Cyclery in Whitefish. “It’s been going on in Whitefish and Flathead County for years. What I think is that the pundits have gotten ahold of it, and it’s a good thing” for the state’s economists to understand.

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Cycling Scotland : See cyclist. Think Horse. [video]

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The Invention of Jaywalking Was a Massive Shaming Campaign

Biking ElsewhereBy Matt Novak, Paleofuture

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn't a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody's going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American cities was just 10 miles per hour in 1906, the pace of American streets soon increased enough that people who wanted to cross them were suddenly putting themselves in harm's way. So cities across the U.S. started to regulate where and when pedestrians could cross.

Despite the clear mortal danger, these regulations were pretty broadly ignored until motorists and police started using an even more powerful force than law: ridicule.

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Drivers please slow down 5 MPH makes a big difference! [video]

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Race car drivers urge motorists to be kind to cyclists

Biking ElsewhereBy Jim Haug, The Daytona Beach Journal

It might be not so surprising considering their love for speed, but many race car drivers also happen to be enthusiastic cyclists.

During a press conference by sponsored by Racers Who Ride, race car drivers urged motorists to give cyclists room on the road and reminded cyclists to respect the rules of the road.

Race car drivers “love going fast. It’s our profession, but there’s a time and place for it. We need to be courteous to one and another. We’re both allowed on the street together. At the end of the day, we’re all humans. It’s a human in the car. It’s a human on the bike. You need to respect one another and give each other room,” said Brad Jaeger, a Continental Tire Series driver who will be competing at the Speedway on Friday.

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We need more people like this!

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Gentrification May Actually Be Boon To Longtime Residents

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Stopping gentrification has been used as a point to stop bike lanes.]

&quot;To my surprise,&quot; Freeman says, &quot;it seemed to suggest that people in neighborhoods classified as gentrifying were moving less frequently.&quot;

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Ford CEO: More Cars in Cities “Not Going to Work”

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt. Streets Blog

“I think the most important thing is to look at the way the world is and where the world is going and to develop a plan,” Mulally said, according to the Financial Times. “We’re going to see more and more larger cities. Personal mobility is going to be of really ever-increasing importance to livable lifestyles in big cities.”

Mulally said Ford has been trying to adapt to changing consumer preferences since the Great Recession. Americans have been trading giant SUVs for smaller cars. Young people have been purchasing fewer cars altogether, a phenomenon Mulally said might be reversed by cheaper cars.

But he also said he wasn’t sure what role Ford would play in the future of transportation in big cities. According to the Financial Times, Mulally said that adding more cars in urban environments is “not going to work” and that he was interested in developments in “personal mobility” and “quality of life.” Then he seemed to indicate Ford is interested in getting into transit, car sharing, or other models that don’t align with private car ownership.

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Cyclists Can Save You Money, If You Let Them

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B' Spokes: There appears to be some disagreement here on just how much motorist pay for the roads. So I'll note from my research there is a big difference what the proportion of motor vehicle taxes make up the state DOT budget and that of the localities. State DOT's build a lot of expensive roads where cyclists are prohibited (so it stands to reason motor vehicles pay the lion share of that) while localities using less vehicle taxes build roads for everyone to use. So it looks like the inference holds, we are paying more then our fair share.

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&quot;And a 2013 study by Canadian researcher Todd Litman found big disparities in how motorists and non-motorists kick in for transportation projects. Litman estimated a cyclist who travels 3,000 miles a year likely overpays almost the same amount as a motorist who logs 10,000 miles a year might underpay.&quot;

&quot;But some observers say parsing these revenue streams ignores a larger point: Bike facilities have the ability to save massive amounts of money.&quot;

&quot;A Swiss researcher, Thomas Gotschi, who helpfully made Portland the subject of a 2011 study, drove that point home. He found investments of $138 million to $605 million in bike infrastructure could be leveraged to save:
• Between $388 million to $544 million in health care costs.
• $143 to $218 million in fuel
• $7 to $12 billion in human life (measured “value of statistical lives,” a common metric in transportation planning)&quot;

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Vision Zero Traffic Fatalities [video]

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: This video is just like here but we have a higher pedestrian fatality rate than New York City. When you realize this is normal behavior at a lot of our intersections it is safer for pedestrIans to cross mid block. But our police repeatedly crack down on jaywalking (which is not illegal) but have never engaged in crosswalk stings which helps get better motorists behavior. That is not right only addressing one side of the problem.]

65th and 7th Ave, Brooklyn, #VisionZero from Anna Zivarts on Vimeo.

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