RICHARD FLORIDA Safety advocates have long complained that media outlets tend to blame pedestrians and cyclists who are hit by cars. Research suggests they’re right. Since 2013, deaths among pedestrians and cyclists on U.S. roads have risen by nearly 30 percent and 14 percent respectively. Yet the … Continue reading How Media Coverage of Car Crashes Downplays the Role of Drivers
William Street Bikeway first of network of protected bike lanes downtown The new two-way protected bike lane on William Street. (Credit: Meredith Bruckner) ANN ARBOR – William Street has a whole new look. On Sunday afternoon, members of Ann Arbor’s Downtown Development Authority, elected city … Continue reading City of Ann Arbor celebrates opening of first two-way protected bike lane
Drivers left bikes less room in the presence of parked cars and painted bike lanes. JONATHAN M. GITLIN – 5/4/2019 There are plenty of good reasons that people should cycle more. People who exercise more are healthier and can score higher on cognitive tests, for one thing. And … Continue reading Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
SARAH GOODYEAR JUN 29, 2015 BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth. Maybe your state is one of the more than two dozen around the U.S. with what is known as a three-foot passing law—a provision that requires drivers to give … Continue reading A Nifty Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes
By Bruce Lieberman – Friday, January 19, 2018 In the Dutch city of Utrecht, commuters, tourists, and school children whiz to-and-fro on bikes. You’ll see cyclists wearing business suits, carrying grocery bags, and even holding umbrellas in the rain. Van Rossem: “Our busiest route carries 41,000 cyclists … Continue reading How a Dutch city became a cycling capital of the world
SARAH GOODYEAR – OCT 23, 2015 Oakland tries a makeover for the humble sharrow. Consider, if you will, the lowly sharrow. This awkwardly named symbol, painted in bright white on asphalt, combines a bicycle and an arrow. It’s intended to indicate that a lane should be … Continue reading Can the Least-Loved Bike Infrastructure Be Improved?
Alissa Walker Oct 28, 2016 Halloween is the perfect time to make people afraid of the dark. Maybe that’s why New York City’s Department of Transportation is employing spooky tactics to scare pedestrians by telling New Yorkers that walking at night is dangerous. A campaign … Continue reading Pedestrian-shaming campaigns have got to stop