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BIKE SHARING CHANGES CITY LIFE

Biking Elsewhere-> The world's great metropolises are seeing a shift in the moving patterns of their residents and businesses, prompted by forces such as mounting housing costs and startup clusters that are arising on the outskirts of the urban landscape. New modes of transit that can keep up with this rapid -- and often unpredictable -- change are crucial to sustaining cities' growth. Adding to public transportation's challenges, startups have also bred a work culture that upends the 9-to-5 workday; people are commuting to and from the office outside of normal peak hours. As more cities adopt the bike-share model as a solution to ever-evolving public transit needs, the influence of these programs are also having ripples beyond streamlining users' daily commutes. Check out several bike sharing programs' environmental and health outcomes, safety and infrastructure improvements, and plans for expansion. http://huff.to/1l6QQRD

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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From Level of Service for Cars to Level of Mobility for People

Biking ElsewhereBy Bryan Jones, PE, AICP

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We could start out by creating more space for people on our streets and in our communities. And let’s strive for Level of Mobility (LOM) A this time!

LOM A 55%+ of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM B 50%-54% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM C 45%-49% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM D 40%-44% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM E 35%-39% of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
LOM F 34% and less of the public right of way that is dedicated to people
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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/from-level-service-cars-mobility-people-bryan-jones-pe-aicp?forceNoSplash=true

[B' Spokes: This is the first metric that I have seen that shows people should get more space then a 4' wide sidewalk. Enough with always use the minimum width in all cases for pedestrians and bicyclists but for cars let's try to give them an extra 4' per lane (if the same method of determining minimum width for cyclists was applied to motorists.) ]
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BAD STREET DESIGN KILLS PEOPLE

Biking Elsewhere-> Traffic fatalities are on the rise up again, with an increase of 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (http://1.usa.gov/1lWDhEr). NHTSA officials attribute the problem to driver (or passenger) error — drunk driving, speeding, failure to wear seatbelts — but did promise "new initiatives to protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists." The hazards NHTSA flags are real, but Robert Steuteville at Better Cities & Towns says the agency is also overlooking another major culprit: dangerous street design, propagated by an engineering profession that's still pushing a "bigger is better" agenda... http://bit.ly/1Q037E2


from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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As traffic deaths rise, blame engineering dogma

Biking ElsewhereBy Robert Steuteville, Better! Cities & Towns

US traffic deaths are rising again—fatalities jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports.

The NHTSA cites “drunken, drugged, distracted and drowsy driving; speeding; and failure to use safety features such as seat belts and child seats," but omits any mention of another D—design of streets and communities.
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http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/robert-steuteville/21865/traffic-deaths-rise-blame-engineering-dogma

[B' Spokes: I'll note as cars were getting safer the road engineers were busy patting themselves on the back because they thought they were making the roads safer. Now that cars have peeked in there safety performance and the road engineers are still pushing their failed designs in more and more inappropriate places. Give that expressways are the safest per mile I will strongly assert that's because of grade separated intersections and NOT the higher speeds, NOT wide turning radius so turning vehicles don't even have to slow down, let alone stop and certainly NOT the wide lane width.]
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Animation Explains How Bad Planning Makes Car Ownership Compulsory

Biking ElsewhereB' Spokes: I highly recommend that you watch this video, lots of great points. Additionally there is a link for another great video on the origins of the term "jaywalking". Oh, by the way it is not a legal term in Maryland. Our law would be more accurately described as "crossing between consecutive intersections controlled by traffic lights." Keep in mind a intersection is where two highways intersect and a highway* is something for vehicle travel, wither public or private, this also includes alleyways and very possibly driveways. So there are very few places where "jaywalking" is without a doubt illegal.

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/11/12/animation-explains-how-bad-planning-makes-car-ownership-compulsory/


* The legal definition of a highway follows:
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NEIGHBORHOOD CHARACTERISTICS THAT SUPPORT BIKE COMMUTING

Biking Elsewhere-> A study of 100 census tracts with the highest levels of bicycle commuting in the country used American Community Survey (ACS) journey-to-work data to identify neighborhoods with the highest levels of bicycle commuting. It paired each with a randomly selected census tract from the same county to uncover what factors influence bicycle commuting. http://1.usa.gov/1LhAP4F (Neighborhood Characteristics that Support Bicycle Commuting: Analysis of the Top 100 United States Census Tracts: http://bit.ly/1L5T35n)

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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NYPD to Brooklyn Seniors: Stop Getting Killed by Motorists

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes:Of the six cases that Streetsblog could find all were caused by at fault drivers so natch blame the victim. It is scary to me that this seems to be a national trend with "safety" professionals to not even address driver behavior that kills but to solely blame the victim. If we ever truly want to put an end to death by automobile this has to change!]

http://www.streetsblog.org/2015/09/16/nypd-to-brooklyn-seniors-stop-getting-killed-by-motorists/
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The Benefits of Slower Traffic, Measured in Money and Lives

Biking ElsewhereBy ERIC JAFFE, City Lab

"That’s the frustrating conclusion one gets from a new case study about implementing a road diet on Livingston. The analysis finds that the safety benefits of reducing automobile space and speeds on the street would far outweigh any losses from driver delay. But the report’s authors state that officials were concerned from the start about upsetting the car-centric status quo"

http://www.citylab.com/cityfixer/2015/10/the-benefits-of-slower-traffic-measured-in-money-and-lives/408472/
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The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

Biking ElsewhereBy Adele Peters, Fast Coexist

Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.

For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to lower health care costs and less pollution and traffic, according to a new study from researchers in New Zealand.
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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3034354/the-cities-that-spend-the-most-on-bike-lanes-later-reap-the-most-reward?partner=rss
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HOTREPORT: SEARCHABLE COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY INDICATORS

Biking Elsewhere-> The Sustainable Communities HotReport is designed to give community leaders and residents a quick and easy way to determine how well their communities are performing on a variety of sustainability indicators in transportation, housing, economic development, income and equity. Select a community to view charts, tables, and maps showing performance trends over time or select other communities that you consider "peer" or comparison communities. http://1.usa.gov/1iLuUdu

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

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