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Traffic engineers still rely on a flawed 1970s study to reject crosswalks

Biking Elsewhereby Angie Schmitt, Greater Greater Washington

"the phrase "false sense of security" is actually a cornerstone of American engineering guidance on pedestrian safety."
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The 6 biggest roadblocks to building complete streets in our communities

Biking ElsewhereBY CHRIS & MELISSA BRUNTLETT, VancityBuzz

[B' Spokes: Just the headlines.]

1. An unintended, but counterproductive focus on the commute to work
2. The belief that streets should act as thoroughfares, and not destinations
3. The perception gap around how customers actually arrive at a business [B' Spokes: You have to see the graphic.]
4. The conviction that bikes belong on side streets, and not on main streets
5. A tendency to frame the discussion around those people who already cycle
6. A failure to recognize the (rather lucrative) potential for tourism spending
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Motorists want to be considered part of traffic...

Biking ElsewhereVia Facebook Bicyclists Belong in the Traffic Lane

"Motorists want to be considered part of traffic, but don't want to obey speed limits, the destination positioning rule for right turns, other drivers' rights of way, or prohibitions on unsafe passing, tailgating, lane-splitting, distracted/impaired driving, or non-emergency use of their horns. Then they condemn cyclists as a group because some of them violate laws in far less consequential ways. That's a double hypocrisy."

-Eli Damon
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3 Ways NYC Can Avoid Future Snow Removal Travesties for Peds and Cyclists

Biking Elsewhereby Ben Fried, Streets Blog

[B' Spokes: Just the major headlines]

Make someone responsible for clearing paths at street corners.
Integrate bike lanes, especially protected bike lanes, into the city’s snow clearance street hierarchy.
Buy some snowblowers.

[B' Spokes: Have you ever wrapped a present and noticed all the extra paper on the corners? The same goes for intersections where twice the amount of snow goes on the corners as street snow is "folded" onto the sidewalks. This should be a major item to address in a city.]

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Evidence That Split-Phase Signals Are Safer Than Mixing Zones for Bike Lanes

Biking Elsewhereby David Meyer, Streets Blog

The data suggest that pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicle occupants all get a clear safety benefit from split-phase signals, however. Even if split-phase signals aren’t included in the first iteration of a project to ensure timely implementation, it should be standard practice to retrofit existing protected bike lanes with them over time. More injuries and deaths will be prevented, and more people will feel safe biking on city streets.

[B' Spokes: I'll note when I lived in NYC the [protected] bike lanes with "mixing areas" were a PIA I would take the lane to avoid getting right hooked and boy did the taxi cabs and a few drivers really get upset. But with a separate phase for turning vehicles no issues what so ever.]
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Study: States wasting billions on highways

Biking ElsewhereBy Keith Laing, The Hill

"The study "details how despite America’s massive repair and maintenance backlog, and in defiance of America’s changing transportation needs, state governments continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways," according to the group, which typically pushes for more transit investment."
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Biking Elsewhere-> "Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs; Guide to Valuing Walking and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement Programs" ( describes methods for evaluating the benefits and costs of active transport. Benefits include improved personal health for users and decreased environmental impacts for society. The report also discusses ways to increase walking and cycling activity, and concludes that many active transport benefits tend to be overlooked or undervalued in conventional transport economic evaluation.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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The “Pedestrian Menace” and Vision Zero messaging

Biking ElsewhereVia BrooklynSpoke

"Even Polly Trottenberg told pedestrians “we all have a role to play” in making our streets safer, a comment she had to walk back. None of these things are what Vision Zero is about. But when the message is that everyone is in it together, those who are inclined to discount the awesome responsibility that comes with operating a multi-ton vehicle might think it’s awfully unfair that pedestrians who cross against a signal or who walk into the street with their eyes buried in a smartphone — even with the legal right of way — aren’t doing their part. “Come on, buddy! Take out the earbuds and pay attention! Be part of the solution, not the problem!”"
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Driverless cars still confused by cyclists: Renault CEO

Biking ElsewhereVia CNBC

"They don't respect any rules usually," Mr Ghosn said.

[B' Spokes: I can't help but think what most drivers think the rules for cyclists are: "Cyclists must stay out of the way of cars, even when there is no room for them to be out of the way." - So yeah, when the rules are not well known and we have to go to court to fight of misunderstandings of the law and what is safe, this is the result. Everyone for themselves!]
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Biking Elsewhere-> Transportation experts have repeatedly found that building new roads inevitably encourages more people to drive, which in turn negates any congestion savings—a phenomenon known as "induced demand." The California DOT (Caltrans) has linked to a policy brief outlining key research findings from years of study into induced demand (Increasing Highway Capacity Unlikely to Relieve Traffic Congestion: What’s significant about the Caltrans acknowledgement is that induced demand creates something of a mission crisis for transportation agencies that spend most of their money on building new roads.

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.

[B' Spokes: And I'll repeat "What’s significant about the Caltrans acknowledgement is that induced demand creates something of a mission crisis for transportation agencies that spend most of their money on building new roads."... That is to say just like Maryland. :/ ]
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