Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: traffic safety, bicycling, urban cycling, car-bike collisions, biking, looked-but-failed-to-see errors, motorist cognition
That’s us cyclists.
It’s called a ‘looked-but-failed-to-see-error’ and it’s the biggest danger to adult cyclists, by far. Anticipating ‘looked-but-failed-to-see errors’ is the best thing you can do for your own safety while riding a bike, by far.
Up to 93% of motorists say it is sometimes hard to see cyclists while driving, according to a survey of nearly 18,000 drivers.
More than half (55%) are often “surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere”, the AA/Populus survey said.
Drivers in London were the most likely to look out for pedal cyclists, while drivers in Wales and Northern Ireland were least likely to do so.
The survey coincides with a national AA bike awareness campaign.
Initially, about one million free stickers will be distributed to drivers as a reminder to do a “double take” in their mirrors for cycles and motorcycles in their blind spots.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle helmet laws, bicycle helmets, bicycling, Chris Boardman, cycling, helmet, London, mandatory helmet laws, UK, urban cycling
British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman says it’s time for the cycling community to put the debate about mandatory cycle helmets to bed and get across the message that helmet use is one of the least important cycling safety measures.
Even talking about making helmets mandatory “massively puts people off” cycling, Boardman said, and likened the culture of helmet use among keen cyclists to people wearing body armour because they have got used to being shot at.
Talking to road.cc at the London Bike Show, Boardman said, “I think the helmet issue is a massive red herring. It’s not even in the top 10 of things you need to do to keep cycling safe or more widely, save the most lives.”
More Boardman goodness:
We could use some straight talk like this in the US.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike share, Bixi, cycling, Montreal, transportation, urban cycling
Somebody tell me what to think about this.
Bixi owes the city $31.6 million on a $37-million city loan. Montreal also guaranteed a line of credit on which Bixi owes $6.4 million.That means Montreal taxpayers could be stuck with a $38-million bill, though the city hopes a sale of the international part of the business will cut that amount.Bixi also owes its suppliers $9 million.In total, then, Bixis total debt is at least $47 million.Bixi is also embroiled in multimillion-dollar lawsuits with a former software supplier.
Filed under: maps | Tags: bicycle mode share, bicycling, bike counters, bike counts, ridership, Seattle, share, urban cycling
You no longer have to bike all the way to Fremont to get counted. The city — with support from the Rails to Trails Conservancy and the Mark and Susan Torrance Foundation — has installed seven new real-time bike counters around the city. This brings the city’s total to nine.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, bike counts, biking, cycling, san francisco. ridership, urban cycling
According to latest report:
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: copenhagen wheel, cycling, ebikes, electric assist, electric bikes, superpedestrian, urban cycling
It doesn’t have a throttle that lets you just run it like a motorbike. It senses how you ride and gives you a boost when you need it.
Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier….All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms. When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can vary the level of powered assist.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike lanes, biking, Boris, cycling, cycling fatalities, cycling superhighways, London, lorries, superhighways, urban cycling
London’s ‘cycling superhighways’ turned out to be nothing but paint in most cases. Some paint on the street might be nice for bikes, but don’t call it a superhighway.
Statistics show that the behavior of London\’s cyclists is rarely to blame for serious accidents. Many say the real problem is the high number of construction vehicles and hauling trucks on London\’s roads.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, bike lanes, biking, Complete Streets, cycling infrastructure, NACTO, transportation, urban cycling
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycling, East Bay, EBBC, Oakland, sharrows, urban cycling
Not exactly what I had in mind when I coined the term some years ago, but pretty cool. These look essentially like a green stripe bike lane painted right down the middle of the travel lane. via East BAy Bicycle Coalition:
EBBC compromised with the city of Oakland to allow supersharrows on 40th St. in return for real bike lanes on West MacArthur Boulevard, which are being studied. The compromise was made necessary by neighborhood concerns about narrowing newly planted medians to make room for bike lanes and AC Transit concerns about bus service impacts if a traffic lane was removed for bikes. EBBC prefers bike lanes over supersharrows for any street with significant traffic or higher speeds, but we first want to hear what you think. Thanks for providing feedback.
Filed under: maps | Tags: Indianapolis, Joan Hostetler, transportation, urban cycling, urban development, urban freeways
In Indianapolis and elsewhere. Here is a current map of some Indy freeways superimposed over a 1956 aerial photo.