Well, it could be worse, but it certainly could be better, too. Transportation for America just released a report on the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians. The report takes into account the percentage of residents who walk to work and the average annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people to acheive a "Pedestrian Danger Index," or PDI. The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara area... read the whole blog post.
Dr. Christopher Thompson, a Los Angeles doctor, was found guilty of six felonies and one misdemeanor on Monday, November 2. The convictions concerned an incident of motorist-on-cyclist road rage last summer that left two cyclists badly injured.
From the Los Angeles Times:"Thompson, a former emergency room physician who lives along the winding five-mile road, claimed that he was... read the whole blog post.
SVBC's own Didrik Hoag was quoted in a Wednesday article in the San Francisco Examiner titled, "Bike lanes are seeing red".
Didrik recalled his own close calls at the corner of Edgewood Road and Scenic Drive. The bright red color being tested will hopefully keep cars out of the bike lane, with cars making a left hand turn onto Scenic Drive. With cars backed up behind a driver making a... read the whole blog post.
Are you a concerned Peninsula cyclist? Want to have your say about freeway overpass design?
Well, come join us for SVBC's monthly Peninsula Committee meeting this Thursday and share your ideas over dinner. We will be meeting at Ladda's Thai Cuisine, 2053 Broadway, in Redwood City (three blocks from Caltrain). The social hour is 6:00-7:00pm, and the regular meeting is 7:00-8:30pm.... read the whole blog post.
A little bit of Copenhagen came to the Bay Area yesterday. Mikael Coleville-Andersen spoke to a packed room of about 100 people at the San Francisco office of SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association).
Coleville-Andersen is the publisher of the increasing popular blogs Copenhagen Cycle Chic and Copenhagenize as well as the producer of the music video "Copenhagen -... read the whole blog post.
Women serve as an indicator species for the health of a city's cycling scene; so says Scientific American in a recent article titled "How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road." The author argues that because of factors like gender roles and risk aversion, the proportion of women riding within a city can help urban planners gauge the success of their strategies. The article reasons that female... read the whole blog post.
Just wanted to post this to show everyone what could be done in San Jose, during hockey games or at future ball games.
More on the meeting later. Thanks to the folks at Streetfilms.org who do fantastic work.
When we talk about progressive bike cities; places such as Portland, Davis, Montreal, and Seattle always come to mind; but New York, yes New York has made some amazing progress in the last three years.
Whether its the new pedestrian plazas in Madison Square and on Broadway Boulevard, or Sunday Streets events during the summer, the city has made some creative and positive changes to the... read the whole blog post.
City planners for years have resorted to the auto-centric measure of performance known as LOS, or level of service. If the increase in auto traffic causes roadways or intersections to jam, no problem; widen the roadway or add another lane. But just like in the movies; if you build it they will come. Creating more capacity just creates more traffic, causing a deterioration in LOS (expressed as... read the whole blog post.
We call it the San Jose Bike Party they call it the Copenhagen Bicycle Parade - and it happens every dayOct 26, 2009
In this video from 1937 Copenhagen we can see why the Danes are such avid cyclists; a beautiful city, ample bike ways, and the lack of roadways designed only for cars, make this Danish capital a cyclist's wonderland. Bikes appear to outnumber cars by 30:1! Skip to 6:10 on the slider to witness the Copenhagen daily bike party.
Don't forget. Mikael Colville-Andersen will be speaking in... read the whole blog post.