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also: it’s sf bike & roll to school week! 21.-25.04.14.
» Driven Apart

The essential economic and social purpose of cities is bringing people together, taking advantage of opportunities for interaction and agglomeration economies. Cities perform this function in two principal ways, by providing accessibility (putting people close to one another and to common destinations), and through mobility, the ability to move easily from one point to another.

National discussions of how to make cities work better have tended to focus on making it easier for people to move, which has had the paradoxical effect of leading cities to be less dense. And the measures we use to describe how well city transportation systems work have reflected this bias toward mobility. In that sense, the emphasis on mobility measures has driven us apart. Putting more emphasis on accessibility can bring us closer together.”

from Driven Apart: How sprawl is lengthening our commutes and why misleading mobility measures are making things worse — Executive summary. 09.2010 report, CEOs for Cities.

you know you’re in a cool ‘hood when…
se clinton/26th, portland, or. 19.04.14. (also, filmed by bike festival here this weekend)
» Where's the Most NYC Nightlife? Just ask Citi Bike.

iquantny:

Can Citi Bike tell you where to party late into the evening? As it turns out, yes.

For each station, I looked at the % of all departures that happen between 12AM and 4AM on weekends vs all other times, and I created a map of the results, including the top five “late weekend” stations: 

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This map is the nightlife of NYC through the eyes of Citi Bike. The champions? Williamsburg and the Lower East Side. Other late night hot-spots include Alphabet City, the West Village, the Meatpacking District, and Cobble Hill.

Here are the top 10 stations:

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If you are one of those riders, be careful out there!

Data provided by Citi Bike
Map made in QGIS

via grist, 14.04.14.
also, video: data visualization of citibike trips, 17. & 18.09.2013 

overly law-abiding asshole cyclists

worse than bad, disrespectful, law-dismissing drivers because one would not usually expect this sort of crap from cyclists?

5pm yesterday, heading downhill from SE Salmon (bike boulevard) toward downtown to go to campus (I had an evening class).

there’s this one awkwardly, possibly misplaced stop sign in the middle of the hilly stretch of SE Salmon. since I’m coming from uphill, i have a better view of the cross street, and there was no traffic as usual (small residential street, and four-way stop), so i just keep riding through the stop sign as usual…

except then a white guy in his 30’s wearing a helmet and sunglasses riding uphill the other way shocked me by yelling at me loudly, CAN YOU READ???

umm.. what?
hopefully my face looked confused enough that maybe he was thinking that I actually didn’t know english (i could be an asian exchange student who’s never seen a stop sign?!), as he restarted up the hill after he stopped at his stop sign.

but really, wtf??!

yeah, cyclists are the only group of people who self-regulate themselves so well they’ll call out fellow cyclists for blowing through red lights, etc., because they don’t want to be one of those “scofflaw cyclists”, to keep up a good image in order to get more bike infrastructure.

but this shit.. is just insulting.
like, this guy, does he insult people when they “jaywalk”?
if he drives, too, does he yell and honk at every driver who doesn’t use turn signals?

i don’t know but I can be pretty sure he’s never heard of the idaho stop nor know that the rules of the road for cars weren’t designed for bikes, or even thought about how that stop sign might be superfluous. (there are traffic circles on other intersections. that intersection could have had a traffic circle instead a stop sign, so you wouldn’t need to stop, only slow down).

PDX—not as bike-friendly as you’d think! as in other cyclists may not be friendly! and yeah, i’ll try to stay away from cycling during rush hour, to avoid road-raged cyclists who blast negativity at people.

» Is There Such a Thing as a 'Feminine' Way to Ride a Bike?

excerpts from an ongoing discussion of the intersection of femininity and cycling. more at: atlanticcities, 16.04.14.

"I don’t find labels very interesting or useful so I don’t tend to think about things through that type of lens. For me, feeling ‘feminine’ means being completely myself. Sometimes that’s in a dress with my hair flowing in the breeze, and sometimes it’s when I’m riding up a hill on my single speed in a sweaty, torn tank top. It’s both when I ride aggressively and when I ride relaxed. It can be when I return a smile at an admirer or when I scowl at catcalls. I feel the least “feminine” when I’m uncomfortable in my own skin. Thankfully, that’s rare — especially when riding a bike since it’s such a feeling of freedom. In fact, the first thing that popped in my head when I read your post was ‘freedom’.”
–April Eileen Economides 

flickr/clolabaule

"#replacebikewithwalk If we were to change bike to walk in this title: "Is there such a thing as a feminine way to walk", the discussion would be focused on the actual act of walking, not what the women were wearing when they walk. And still, when it comes to bicycling, the act of wearing something other than the unisex bicycle uniform of either lycra or t-shirts and jeans or equivalent is somehow worthy of such discussion.

I wear a dress and heels to ride my bike to work because that’s what I wore to work when I drove. Somewhere along the way I got smart enough to realize that if I rode slowly I didn’t have to change clothes on arrival or change my style and wear a bike uniform that didn’t suit my professional dress style.

As I said in my blog post [31.07.12], I look forward to the day when we don’t have to critique what people (especially women) wear when they ride a bike. It’s silly and divisive.”
Lady Fleur

I read through many, though not all, of the comments on Elly Blue’s post on this subject. Jesus…Not quite sure why bicyclists are so damned opinionated (and quick to suffer offense), but my theory is that we’re all a bit prickly because we know we’re 2nd class citizens in America, and we suffer pangs of envy when MCA (copenhagen cycle chic) posts pix of beautiful people (face it, many urban Europeans look absolutely smashing compared to most Americans) on his website riding safely in settings most of us can hardly imagine. So, we wear our battle dress (helmets, neon Lycra, etc.), misunderstood, expecting the worst, and, well, that would make almost anyone feel like Mr. Crankypants, eh?

Add to that a healthy dollop of feminist/gender critique, the immediacy of the internet, and whoom! Up goes the smoke and out come the CAPS LOCK.

comment by Stephan on Lady Fleur’s blog post

those are comments I picked out because they’re ones I agree/relate with most.

  • I support cycle chic—riding bikes should be normal—don’t have to get “gear”, can just bike wearing clothes you normally wear. 
  • but you often won’t see me dressed fashionably when I’m on my bike. main reason is just that my default everyday outfit is: jeans, t-shirt, hoodie (totally don’t-care-college-student-california look, i guess), and because i don’t like girly things aside from painting my nails.
  • when i first started cycling, it was a short 5-minute ride from hillcrest in san diego to the ucsd hillcrest medical center (for the shuttle to ucsd campus). i didn’t change what i wore. short bike ride, but my body doesn’t like heat much and i always wound up quite sweaty. plus, crotch blow-out. or holes in jeans. had to get jeans patched.
  • so i got tired of that. also moved and had to bike farther distances (4-5miles). started wearing jeanshorts over leggings, and a sports-bra-tank-top, and chrome wool jacket if cold. i bring a t-shirt and bra to change into before entering the classroom (but still sweating because i rarely leave home early enough to give myself enough time to cool down outside.)
  • basically, i just wear whatever’s most comfortable for my needs. if i had a five-minute bike-commute again, i’d probably wear more “regular” clothes. also, i just like to bike fast and consider my commute the only exercise i really get.
  • if i had some special occasion to dress up for, i’d go more “cycle chic”. like if someone were to take me out to a fancy dinner or event..

also: important distinction—cycle chic vs bike porn.

» Caltrans Endorses the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

Before, bicycle infrastructure throughout California has been dictated by the car-focused agency Caltrans because local engineers rely on Caltrans-approved designs to protect local municipalities from lawsuits. As a result, city planners were often hesitant, or flat out refused, to build innovative treatments like protected bike lanes that don’t appear in Caltrans Highway Design Manual.

bikebox

“It’s a permission slip for cities, for engineers and planners, to do the good, well-vetted, proven work that we know we can do to make our street safer,” said Ed Reiskin, president of NACTO and director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. “It’s only a first step — ultimately, we’d like to see the changes in the Highway Design Manual to see it actually integrated into Caltrans documents. But this is a huge step forward, and great leadership from Malcolm, Secretary [Brian] Kelly, and Governor [Jerry] Brown,” who commissioned a report that recommended Caltrans adopt the NACTO guide.

The guide includes design standards for infrastructure including bike boxes, physically protected bike lanes, contra-flow bus lanes, and even parklets. Although these improvements have been implemented in cities in California and the world, they have been considered “experimental” until now. The NACTO guide has only been endorsed by two other states, Washington and Massachusetts.

“Endorsing NACTO basically says this manual can be used alongside the Highway Design Manual and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices as an appropriate reference when you’re looking at possibilities for new street designs,” said Dougherty.

read more: streetsblog, 11.04.14.
NACTO urban street design guide.

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