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.



Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes

Full report here (pdf): http://ppms.otrec.us/media/project_files/NITC-RR-583_ProtectedLanes_FinalReportb.pdf

Very low rates of near-misses at signalized intersections…but the study does fall apart a bit when you put it under the microscope.



London road casualties by user type

Begrimers take NEW YORK!

Citibike, that is.

A new study out of NYU: http://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/CitiBikeTakesNewYork_.pdf

Citi Bike has become a vital element of the city’s transportation network, providing a new flexible mode for many New Yorkers. Trips that were once 20-minute walks are now 5-minute bike rides, and places previously inacces- sible by public transit are now linked to the network.

In its first six months of operation, Citi Bike riders took more than 6 million trips, and by early January, nearly 100,000 riders spent $95 to become annual members.

Bikeshare proven now to be among the safest forms of transport.



From nowhere, to nowhere

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.

via BBC News – Motorists find cyclists hard to spot, AA survey shows.



Chris Boardman on Helmets

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.”

via Chris Boardman: "Helmets not even in top 10 of things that keep cycling safe" | road.cc.

More Boardman goodness:

http://road.cc/content/news/100104-chris-boardman-says-mps-should-be-embarrassed”-don’t-even-know-most-basic-facts”

We could use some straight talk like this in the US.



Bixi files for bankruptcy protection
January 21, 2014, 06:53
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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.

via Bixi files for bankruptcy protection.




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