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The little yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders

Biking ElsewhereBy Paul Mackie, and Adam Russell, Mobility Lab

Swedish company Hövding – best known for its bicycle airbag-helmet, which was explosively modeled at a Transportation Techies meetup in 2015 – is back in the news with the release of another bike product that puts a modern spin on a classic function.

The yellow handlebar buttons, called “Flic” buttons, combine the best of so many things needed to advocate for safer bicycling streets: a practical technology that allows riders to easily take action and note where they feel unsafe.
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http://mobilitylab.org/2016/06/15/yellow-bicycle-button-attention-city-leaders/?utm_content=bufferfa5d4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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Program lets Boston commuters drive some, cycle the rest

Biking ElsewhereBy BOB SALSBERG, Tucson.com

BOSTON (AP) — Traffic is crawling bumper to bumper on Soldiers Field Road, a major artery leading to Cambridge and downtown Boston, as Mark Rabinsky parks his car near the Charles River, takes out his bike and prepares to cycle the rest of the way to his job at Harvard University.

"My ride is all along the river. It's such a beautiful ride every morning," said Rabinsky, one of a small but growing number of commuters who avoids the last few miles of rush hour gridlock by utilizing Park & Pedal.
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http://tucson.com/lifestyles/program-lets-boston-commuters-drive-some-cycle-the-rest/article_3c8af680-65fb-5596-b86c-d12b343e4fa5.html
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Cartoon: If people treated their homes like they treat the earth

Biking Elsewherehttp://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/17/1364819/-Cartoon-If-people-treated-their-homes-like-they-treat-the-earth
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Virginia approves its first transportation plan based on a new system of scoring and prioritizing projects

Biking Elsewhereby Dan Levine, Transportation for America

Following the release of the first list of recommended projects back in January, today’s approval from the CTB marks the first complete cycle of a brand new process created by the legislature a few years ago to improve the process for selecting projects and awarding transportation dollars — all in an effort to direct the new money to the best, most cost-effective projects with the greatest bang for the buck.
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http://t4america.org/2016/06/14/virginia-approves-its-first-transportation-plan-based-on-a-new-system-of-scoring-and-prioritizing-projects/
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Slower Speed Limits Give Cities a New Attitude About Biking, Walking, Breathing

Biking ElsewhereBY ANNA CLARK, Next City

Edinburgh, Scotland, is rolling out a 20 mph speed limit on 80 percent of its roads. (Photo by Martin Abegglen)
As more U.S. cities embrace the Vision Zero approach to curtailing traffic and ensuring pedestrian safety, there’s plenty of compelling data in favor of slow roads coming out of Edinburgh, Scotland. The numbers show how lower speed limits can change drivers’ attitudes about bicyclists — and even let city-dwellers breathe a bit easier thanks to air quality improvement.
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https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/slow-speed-limits-cities-edinburgh-20mph
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NINE FOOT TRAVEL LANES IN PRACTICE

Biking Elsewhere[B' Spokes: Yes Roland Ave with the state not allowing anything less than 10.5 foot lanes so we got a really skimpy Bikeways I am looking at you. 9 foot travel lanes exist are safer IMHO just fine for use that is not an major arterial road. See:]

http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2015/10/12/nine-foot-travel-lanes-in-practice
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Op-Alt: We can fix Baltimore's streets

Biking in BaltimoreLiz Cornish, City Paper

As the Executive Director of Bikemore, Baltimore's livable streets advocacy organization I was grateful to see the dangers people walking in Baltimore City face highlighted in the recent article entitled "Walk Hard: Baltimore is unsafe and unsympathetic to pedestrians." At Bikemore, our daily work is spent shedding light on how vehicle traffic in Baltimore is often prioritized over the safety of human beings walking and riding bikes. These decisions not only decrease public safety but also our quality of life.

The article accurately discussed how our road designs, laws, and policies often favor those behind the wheel of a car. But what the article failed to discuss was how inherently solvable these problems really are. To generalize and simply say Baltimore as a city doesn't care ignores the fact that it is not some nebulous force that causes our roads to be this dangerous, but the daily actions of our elected leaders, appointed officials and city employees. People with power are consciously making decisions that disregard the health and safety of the citizens they are supposed to serve, and they need to be held accountable. The people that lead our city's agencies--most notably the Department of Transportation have failed on multiple levels to to design and build safer streets--streets that improve public safety and public health by encouraging biking and walking. This failure is not only out of line with how the majority of American cities now design their streets, but is grossly negligent.
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http://www.citypaper.com/blogs/the-news-hole/bcpnews-we-can-fix-baltimore-s-streets-20160617-story.html
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The Case for Free-Range Parenting

Biking ElsewhereBy Clemens Wergin, New York Times

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That same year, 2,931 children under 15 died as passengers in car accidents. Driving children around is statistically more dangerous than letting them roam freely.
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http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/opinion/the-case-for-free-range-parenting.html
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NEW PED AND BIKE DATA COLLECTING TECHNOLOGY

Biking Elsewhere-> A new crop of data collecting technology — including bike-counter totems, GPS-enabled smartphone apps and cameras that use machine learning — is enhancing more time-consuming, less accurate ways of counting people riding bikes and walking. Tech startup CTY designed Numina (http://bit.ly/1tqvimy), a camera bike and pedestrian counter because there is not a lot of data that helps justifies complete streets infrastructure. The data counting hardware is essentially a camera mounted 15 feet up on a light pole capturing video. Software is programmed to recognize and count patterns such as a bicyclist or walker crossing the screen. Numina can also track behavior on a given piece of infrastructure — where a cyclist rides on a street, whether they choose the sidewalk over the bike lane, spots pedestrians avoid and more. Some of the most exciting data is coming from companies such as Strava (http://bit.ly/1WNyrcp) and MapMyRide (http://bit.ly/1XWTGcC), which track routes via GPS units and smartphone apps, provide actual behavior, and can provide demographic data about users. http://bit.ly/24x0Fr1

from CenterLines, the e-newsletter of the National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
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NHTSA: 2014 TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTS: CHILDREN 75% killed in cars vs other modes

Biking Elsewhere-> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its 2014 Traffic Safety Facts: Children with details the number of motor vehicle traffic fatalities and injuries involving children 14 and younger. Of the 1,070 child fatalities in 2014, 20% had been walking, and 5% had been riding a bike. http://1.usa.gov/238oTss

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

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