An occasional update on items from the Velo-city.

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SEATTLE DOES A VANCOUVER

From The Sun Break:

Seattle’s Department of Transportation is holding a series of Bicycle Master Plan public meetings, as the city embarks on something of a sea change in its strategy for bicycling infrastructure. In a major shift, the city is admitting that simply painting bike lanes or “sharrows,” especially in the highly trafficked downtown core, isn’t working.  Physically separate bike lanes, also called cycle tracks, are in the offing.

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TORONTO DOES A STUPID

From Chris Hume in the Toronto Star:

The decision to remove the bike lanes from Jarvis is wrong in principle, devastating in perception.

The practical consequences will be bad enough, especially in the years ahead, but the symbolism of such a regressive move is worse. …

Even in times of rampant self-interest, this sort of behaviour is unseemly, even odious. But more to the point, it’s self-destructive. At the very moment when the city needs to get people out of their cars and onto bicycles; it loses its nerve. It empowers drivers as it disenfranchises cyclists — and, we might add, pedestrians

How stupid is that?

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SENIORS STATS

Cycling deaths of seniors is a big problem in the Netherlands.

With regard to older cyclists, Goldenberg (1992) found that they were over- represented in collisions with vehicles in the Netherlands. Compared to younger age groups, the proportion of older cyclists colliding with cars, trucks and buses was between 25 and 40 percent higher. In many of these cases the older cyclist approached a priority road from a side road and was attempting to cross a multi – lane road with high traffic volumes and speeds.

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THE EXISTENTIAL QUESTION: CYCLIST OR NOT-CYCLISTS

Answer here.

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ANOTHER REASON TO LIKE TRACKLESS TROLLEY BUSES

From Metro:

Streetcar tracks may be a factor in almost a third of all bicycle crashes in Toronto, new research suggests.

Of 276 Toronto cyclists interviewed, 90 reported that streetcar tracks were directly involved in their crashes, says Kay Teschke, a professor in the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health.

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AT LEAST WE’RE ON THE LIST

Tenth on Outside’s Ten Best Bike Cities in North America: Vancouver.

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