Category Archives: advocacy

Cycling safety feedback loop | streets.mn

My post, Cycling Safety Feedback Loop is up at streets.mn…

“Assuming cyclists have “safety in numbers,” the real question I posed in my last post is how can St. Paul or Minneapolis (or Anyplace, Minnesota) get more people on bikes?

Diminishing returns of off-street bicycle facilities | streets.mn

At streets.mn, I have the following post: Diminishing returns of off-street bicycle facilities.

“Some attention to my previous post seemed to stem from the incredulity of implying anything negative about the Midtown Greenway—one of America’s most beloved darlings of a bike path […]“

Documentary of bikes vs cars from Swedish film directors

Based on the trailer alone, I am not rushing out to see the new documentary Bikes vs. Cars. It seems to me we have already been through most of these arguments, especially from advocates. I guess it might be new for a Swedish director. The “international flair” might be new. But otherwise, I hope documentaries like this dig a bit deeper. Maybe it does.

Active Transportation Indicators Webinar

Please join us for the Kaiser Permanente Active Transportation (AT) Indicators Webinar. During this one-hour meeting, we’ll report on the results of a four-month research and outreach effort to identify exemplary efforts in measuring various aspects of Active Transportation. It will include recommended indicators and monitoring techniques for three aspects of AT: the demand for AT at both the population and facility levels; the provision and quality of AT facilities; and and how well different places support AT. Following the Webinar, the final report: Measuring Active Transportation: Recommendations for Colorado will be made available for download. Please contact Vickie Jacobsen at Charlier Associates, Inc. (vickie@charlier.org) or Jessica Hernandez (jess@jph.net) with any questions and to receive an invitation.

Best Produced Bike Video yet – How Bikes Make Cities Cool

Vintage Cruiser, by Ryan Wiese–on display at
the Bike Art Exhibit (Dairy Center) through March

The most professionally produced promotional bike video just came out from Kona Productions. It obsesses over Portland (really, again?). The cutest quote is from the kid at 2:38, “bicycling helps my community because it helps the air around…[affrmative nod] and it helps the polar bears [while dancing with his shoulders]…polar bears are epic!

Standing room only for bike art

Maybe it was the warm temps. Maybe it had to do the full moon the night prior. It is likely just Boulder’s preoccupation with wanting to obsess about all things bikes.

It was jam packed Friday for the opening night of the bike art exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Artists from over 22 states are represented and it is really an impressive display–perhaps the largest collection in a single location I have every seen. Now happening only until the end of the month. 

Ride your %^&#$% #^$&@ bike

The humorous–almost self-deprecating videos keep coming. This one is questionable in terms of appropriateness for the blog. It is a bit risqué; you will want to turn off the sound if you’re at work or keep the kids in the other room. The interesting thing about all of these videos is how these “artist” pieces so strongly resonate with their own subset of the cycling population. 

Ten lessons for cycle friendly cities—but the role for city planners is minimal

Ten lessons from the great cycling cities came out last month. It is a nice distillation of 10 things a city needs to do. Interestingly, matters squarely within the domain of city planning appeared only once: “infrastructure” was the first issue listed, but it is the only factor that really addressed fundamental issues that make cycling viable in these “great cities.”  One cannot disagree that the other 9 factors play a role (and they are rolled out well), but there are three points distinctly missing or errant from the list:
  • land use: higher densities (compared to the US) in all of these places make cycling viable. Without attention to drawing origins and destinations closer together, none of those cities would have the rates of cycling they have.
  • notwithstanding the point above (only one thing for planners to do), there was a bit too much emphasis on the need for separate infrastructure. Paths are nice. Preferred traffic signals are great. But, there is also a need to respect and plan for the basic fact that most corridors and intersections will be shared with motorists. We need to do more with less in the short term. 
  • education and exposure for the young. 

…or maybe I have it mostly wrong: cycling in cities is less about city planning efforts and more about “selling it” from a PR standpoint.