Industrialized Cyclist Notepad


Capitol Hill bike share in Seattle will have helmet dispensers

People point to hills and weather as the biggest challenges facing bike share in Seattle. Wrong, it’s this:

In order for Pronto to operate in compliance with helmet laws, each station will also have a “helmet dispensing” device and a return bin. Helmets will be available to rent for $2, will be sanitized after each use, and cycled out after a certain number of uses. Expect to see more people walking around with their own bike helmets to beat the $2 fee.

via Capitol Hill bike notes | Big day for bike share, Broadway bikeway extension, Greenway meetings | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle.



Car Commuting Drives Up Weight, Blood Pressure

And, it kills your back and hips. Which causes more stress.

The bit below about American cities not being built for active commuters. Not exactly true. Somewhat true. A lot of American cities are currently set up quite nicely to accept vast numbers of additional bike commuters should these autonomous individuals choose to take that step.

A 2011 study of 21,000 Swedish workers found those who commuted by car or public transit reported more stress, exhaustion and missed work days than those who walked or bicycled to work. But few American cities are built for active commuters.

“We’ve engineered physical activity out of our lives,” said Hoehner. “We need to change our communities and make improvements to the infrastructure to make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

via Commuting Drives Up Weight, Blood Pressure – ABC News.

There is a lot more to making a bike-friendly environment than “engineering” the built environment. Like what:

–The cost of driving in Europe is much higher than it is in the US, due to famously high fuel taxes and fees. We complain about 4$ gas. No Euro country has gas anywhere near that cheap, due to govt. fuel taxes.

–Laws and court proceedings in bike-friendly countries favor bicyclists and pedestrians.

–Culture is overall more bike-friendly.

It’s already an easy choice for many in the US. Let’s stop making excuses. There will always be room for improvement. The built environment will never be perfect here, and it isn’t in Europe.

I guess what I’m saying is this. We all wish for improvements in the cycling environment. If you complain about and push for better bike infrastructure, great! That helps. But I sure hope you’re doing it as a bike commuter, not as an excuse-making car commuter.



U.S. 36 project still includes ‘commuter bikeway’

Which is awesome.

The first phase of the project — from Federal to 88th Street — includes:

• Adding an express lane in each direction of U.S. 36, where bus rapid transit and high-occupancy vehicles can travel, free of charge. Solo drivers also will be able to use the express lane by paying a toll, the cost of which will vary by the time of day.

• Reconstructing existing pavement on U.S. 36 and widening the highway to accommodate 12-foot inside and outside shoulders.

• Replacing the Wadsworth Parkway, Wadsworth Boulevard (at West 112th Avenue) and Lowell Boulevard bridges over U.S. 36.

• Installing a separate commuter bikeway along much of the corridor.

via U.S. 36 from Boulder to Denver to get $311 million in improvements – The Denver Post.



Portland Bridge Counts 2011

A measure of commuter cycling, from the new City of Portland bike count report:


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See The Industrialized Cyclist Bicycling Research Page to download the report, and just about any other report you may want.



One in a thousand

…workers bike-commutes in the American South, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Their 2012 Benchmarking Report based on US Census numbers.

I see that as potential. Lots of it. Just like people (people who generally haven’t thought much about the future of liquid fuels) look at China and see potential for a new dawn of the motoring dream. Bicycle-commuting only has one way to go in much of the US. It’s primarily a cultural thing.



U.S. bike commuting 2000-2010
December 18, 2011, 05:18
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From League of American Bicyclists.

Notice how the largest percent increases occurred in cities that were already big bike cities.




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