An occasional update on items from the Velo-city.

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CONFLICT AND CLARIFICATION IN NEW YORK CITY: Prospect Park West

I had heard recently from a local news source that “New York was removing half its bike lanes because they weren’t being used.”

Gee, I think I would have heard about that too.  Source, apparently, was the New York Times.   A fast check confirmed, of course, that this was nonsense – but I think I know what the source was getting at: there are lots of conflicts, particularly in Brooklyn – one of which is on Prospect Park West, where the City has put in a separated lane.  Being New York, there was, shall we say, varying opinions.

The transformation has been dramatic, and like any major change to the street, this one has attracted some vocal critics — most notably Borough President Marty Markowitz.  While some opponents contend that the lane has been installed without public input, the truth is that community groups have been calling for traffic calming and safer biking on this street for years.

Here’s the story from Streetfilms:

 

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CYCLE TRACKS AND INJURY

As the debate rages over separated cycle tracks, facts do help.  So here’s a just-published study on “Risk of injury for bicycling on cycle tracks versis in the street injury.”

Overall, 2.5 times as many cyclists rode on cycle tracks compared with reference streets and there were 8.5 injuries and 10.5 crashes per million bicycle kilometres.  The RR of injury on cycle tracks was 0.72 (95% CI 0.60 to 0.85) compared with bicycling in reference streets. These data suggest that the injury risk of bicycling on cycle tracks is less than bicycling in streets. The construction of cycle tracks should not be discouraged.

And here’s how they responded to cycling injury and death in the Netherlands “When Cyclists Matter“.

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BIKE ART – PART IV

 More Outdoor Bike Art : 4

 Jean Chong’s latest (and maybe last) feature on bike art:  “Affirmations of Fun in Metro Vancouver- Part 4

There are now over fifty different outdoor bike art works in Metro Vancouver – and counting.

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SONIC ART

 

From – where else? – Portland:

 

Someday, bicycle commuters and the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail bridge could make beautiful music together over the Willamette River.  Or a bunch of annoying, disjointed noise.

 

It depends on whether TriMet’s newly proposed “sonic bike path” over the nation’s largest car-free transit bridge works as imagined. The agency is considering a path with an intricate sequence of concrete grooves that would play a melody when bicycle tires roll over them. (Sort of like a giant record, with cyclists playing the needle.)

The song: Simon and Garfunkel’s “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy).”

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