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We are now putting in place better ways to empower Londoners to name and shame those who blight our city with disruptive or badly managed roadworks.

The Mayor of London.

report a roadworks problem in London.

via The Mall Closure—Why? cycalogical, 20.05.12.

hmmm if the next mayor of San Diego would be that strong..

» Study confirms San Diego roads are sh-t

The grand jury noted that only 10 percent of major streets in San Diego were rated to be in good condition. A recent study based on a national benchmark called the Overall Condition Index, or OCI, gave San Diego’s roadways a 54.6 percent rating in 2011, down more than 8 percent in four years. A rating of 75 percent is considered the industry standard.

10news, 26.04.12.

all those potholes you’ve been complaining about? you’re not the only one! and it’s not just on your route! 

at least now there are more efforts for infrastructure improvements. There’s a stack of papers listing every street that’s gonna be repaved. and money somewhere to get this done..?

In Portland, Ore., a single mile of urban freeway costs on average $65 million per mile to build; that’s about the same dollar figure as the entire amount as the city spent in 20 years on the bicycle infrastructure that made it one of the most famous bicycle cities in the world, with a bicycle economy worth far more than that amount every year.
— more bikeconomics: grist.org, 14.03.11.
» "Biking in the middle of the lane like that sure looks dangerous."

Driving in the middle of the lane actually protects cyclists against the most common motorist-caused crashes: sideswipes, right hooks, left crosses, and drive-outs. 

A bicycle driver’s top safety priority is to ensure he or she can be seen by motorists with whom they might potentially be in conflict, and bicycling in the middle of a lane is one of the most effective ways to do that.  Most overtaking crashes involve a motorist who attempts to squeeze past (illegally) in a lane that is too narrow to share.


This is the width of a typical lane with vehicles drawn to scale. None of the above vehicles are able to give the required 3ft (THREE FEET please!) of passing clearance without changing lanes. A cyclist is far more likely to be sideswiped than run over.

Anywhere in the bike lane a cyclist would be struck by this door. If the handlebar nicked the door, the cyclist would be thrown into the path of passing cars.

This is not a bike lane. It is two feet less than the minimum.

Please read the full post and watch the very informative animation.

cyclingsavvy.org / florida (!!) bicycle association

» The case of the disappearing bike lane

DIY bike lane in Sacramento. photo: Elly Blue

There’s something heartening about such an act of decidedly constructive rather than destructive civil disobedience. Think of it as civic participation: Anyone who grows food in a vacant lot, paints a mural on an abandoned building, or yarn bombs a public space takes an active step forward in making the places we live, work, and ride better. They exist as examples that we aren’t all asleep at the wheel — or at least a reminder that we don’t have to be.

grist.org, 08.09.11.
guerilla traffic calming

cyclists: second class citizens

We cyclists are often relegated to second class citizenship on the road, where drivers feel entitled to intimidate, attack, and disregard us. We’ve been unfairly cuffed and searched, and in one instance, a patrol car attempted to run a group of us off the road, then fled down a freeway onramp. We’ve attended city hall meeting after meeting, and each time the heads nod and the mouths make promises of reform that are rarely ever kept. Judges favor drivers in the hit and run accident cases that usually leave cyclists brutally injured and maligned, or worse, dead. In the year and a half I’ve been riding in Los Angeles, I’ve seen the erection of three ghost bikes – bicycles painted white and placed at the location where a fellow cyclist has been slain. When confronted with our grievances, motorists like to point out the famous stop-sign-running cyclist, but never have the courage to report on the numbers of drivers who merely roll through intersections or speed through red lights. Is it any wonder that we sometimes take to the streets in swarming hives to ride in the safety of numbers? From the outside it may appear as hooliganism, but inside, we’re angry and we’re taking solace in each other’s company.

Feminism and Cycling, the “Untrammeled Woman”, 31.07.11.

YA’LL GOTTA GET OUT OF LA.

yeah, it’s not tooo much better in San Diego, but hey.

» On your bike: What the world can learn about cycling from Copenhagen

irishboyinlondon:

Gehl, now 74, is the closest thing urban planning has to a rock star. Over the past 20 years he has been consulted by cities around the world, from Melbourne, Perth and Christchurch down under, to London, Oslo and New York in this hemisphere, with one simple request: how can our city become more like Copenhagen? Gehl’s message is straightforward: “If we wish for lively, safe, healthy cities we must improve public spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.”

"We take a people-centred approach," says Helle Søholt, Gehl’s partner in the practice. "It is not just about infrastructure but about reconquering our cities," she adds. From Gehl’s decades of research, it is clear that the city environment affects how people behave and feel. There are three things that cities wanting to emulate Copenhagen must do to their infrastructure: improve pedestrian and cycle networks; improve the quality of public space to invite behavioural change; and invite people to spend more time out in public spaces.

independent.co.uk, 18.10.09.

(Source: buildbettercities)


In this pilot project, made by the City of Chongqing in collaboration with Energy Foundation and based on the recommendation by Gehl Architects, Chongqing starts to prioritize their pedestrians; pulling side walks through on side streets and making proper pedestrian crossings!

Gehl Architects: Chongqing pilot a new street hierarchy – putting people first! 05.08.11.
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