Category Bicycles

Leading the leaders in bike share

When you think of biking, you tend to think of progressive cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Amusingly, when it comes to the bike share game, these expected leaders are trailing the pack to some unexpected trailblazers.

Safe passing gains momentum

Even in car-centric Houston, they’ve finally passed a safe passing ordinance to help keep cyclists safer on the road. That’s saying something, considering it’s the same city that, just a few years ago, wildly opposed a pedestrian bridge over a bayou, arguing that the only people that walk anywhere are vagrants and thieves, and that […]

Why bike-friendly rail cars?

Houston has been making a number of transportation improvements lately that don’t center around the almighty automobile. And now they’re doing more to attack the famous first mile/last mile issue that reduces the effectiveness of many transit systems. How? The Houston light rail system will soon feature new cars designed to better accommodate cyclists. They […]

Narrow bike lane in Houston, TX

Keeping things in perspective

I recently read an article about bicycle infrastructure and how widening a standard bike lane from a standard five feet to a more generous eight feet increased rider safety. And then I did a double take. Five feet is a standard bike lane? In my neighborhood, the bike lanes (like the one above) are three […]

Debunking bicycle safety myths

Long-held wisdom suggested that dedicated bicycle infrastructure would make cyclists less safe by disallowing cars to get used to sharing the road with them. A new research study examined the bicycle safety of 14 types of routes. What did they find? Dedicated bike lanes can reduce bicycle injuries by 50 percent, and bike routes physically […]

Millennials choose tech over cars

According to a survey by Zipcar, millennials (which they define as 18-34 years old) would give up their cars before they give up their computers or cell phones. Read more about the survey and its implications on The Atlantic Cities.