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Bike infrastructure = must-have for today’s cities

A couple of news items and an associated report caught our attention this week — based on a study jointly conducted by advocacy groups PeopleForBikes and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, cities simply cannot afford to go without modern bike infrastructure:

It isn’t window dressing. Or a “hip cities” thing. Bike infrastructure — not the watered-down stuff, but high-quality bikeways that get more people on bikes — is becoming a must-have for cities around the U.S.

That’s according to a new report from Bikes Belong and the Alliance for Biking and Walking. Researchers at these groups interviewed 15 business leaders from around the country about what impact bike facilities are having on their bottom line.

Read the article covering the release (including important key points) by visiting the D.C. Streetsblog page, or download the PDF report directly by clicking here. Although the report focuses its attention on protected, separated bike lanes, there are important lessons here for city planners and politicians to learn.

In any case, it’s an interesting and eye-opening read…but what I liked hearing from the report is that people who use a bike to get to and from work are smarter, healthier, and more creative. No surprises there, of course — we’re smarter and better-looking on two wheels than the average car-bound citizen!

The business of bicycling

I stumbled across the following essay series a few months ago, but forgot to share it with you. It’s from the website Triple Pundit, and is a collection of articles sponsored by People for Bikes. Click here to visit the Triple Pundit page.

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All of the articles in the collection are thought-provoking and worth a read. The one in particular, though, that caught my eye was this one:

If you own a business and want to encourage your employees to use a bicycle to get to and from work, there’s an excellent article right here to help.

Even if you’re not in a position to call the shots at your company, some of the tips and tools in that article may come in handy…even if only to encourage your coworkers to join you on two wheels. And, if you can bend the ear of a sympathetic owner/manager, who knows…you might just be the person who gets to implement a bike-commuting incentive program for your company!

National Bike Month is here!

Welcome to another edition of National Bike Month! Bike Month may not feel particularly special to those of us who are year-round commuters…however, this is a great time to encourage folks “on the fence” to give bike commuting a try.

Here’s a cute little video from the People For Bikes group to share:

You HAVE signed the People For Bikes pledge, haven’t you? If not, click here to add your name.

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And, as always, the League of American Bicyclists has provided a handy web app to help you find bikey events in your area. Simply visit this page and fill in the form to find some great things going on this month.

Finally, if you’re new to commuting and new to this site, welcome! Please take a look around; we’ve got over seven years of articles to wade through in our archives…including tips and advice on just about anything you can imagine.

Happy two-wheeling, everyone!

Vulnerable on the Road Awareness Message from PeopleForBikes.org

In my inbox this morning from PeopleForBikes.org was an interesting public awareness video message – “Vulnerable on the Open Road” – in which “five professional U.S. cyclists reflect on their experiences with bicycle safety.. The riders share their visions for better bicycling conditions and lessons for safer motorist-bicyclist interactions.”

Their advice:
* “Slow down” – this goes for bicyclists and drivers, too
* “Drivers need to understand that cyclists are traffic on the roads”
* “Get more people on bikes so that it’s a normal thing for you(drivers) to pay attention to cyclists on the road”
* “Education”
* “Training or living in a community with really good bike infrastructure with bike lanes, with easy routes in and out of town to be accessible on your bike…. above all it keeps everyone safer – it keeps the motorists moving smoothly and it keeps the bike riders safe; if things are safe and things are easy, we’re going to ride our bikes more, for sure.”
* “I think it’s crazy for people not to ride bikes. Bikes are just amazing things that can transform your life. The benefits of riding your bike definitely outweigh the risks of being out there with cars for me.” (this advice is my personal favorite!)
* “I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that people think that as a cyclist that we don’t drive cars”
* “You have to respect everybody on the open road and if we all work together, we can all enjoy exactly what we’re doing and go along with our lives without interrupting each other.”

Even though these riders are the top 1% of bicyclists, their advice—slow down, be aware, don’t blow through red lights, build more infrastructure, get more people riding—applies to anyone who likes to enjoy the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

Would you add any points to this advice list? I think it applies to all road users… especially the need for RESPECT by all and for all on our roadways.

Have a respectful ride.

Tampa Bay Bicycle Bash…Coming Sunday, November 6th

Whatcha doin’ on Sunday? Live in the Tampa Bay area and want to get your bike on? Well, the 5th Annual Bicycle Bash will take place at Flatwoods Park in Hillsborough County. Here’s a little bit from the Bash website:

The Fifth Annual Bicycle Bash is all about celebrating bicycling in the Tampa Bay area and it’s brought to you by SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicycle United Dealers) — a nationally-recognized alliance of 12 Tampa Bay-area bike stores and three lawyers, too. The 12 SWFBUD bike shops are Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium, Oliver’s Cycle Sports in New Tampa, Just Ride Bicycles in Lithia, Bicycle Outfitters in Seminole, Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater and Palm Harbor, University Bicycle Center in north Tampa, the Trek Bicycle Store in South Tampa and Clearwater, ABC Bicycles in St. Petersburg, Street Fit 360 in South Tampa, the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg, the Ironman Store in New Tampa and Velo Champ in Seminole Heights. SWFBUD members who are lawyers are Thomas Singletary in Tampa, J. Steele Olmstead in Tampa and the Mark Roman Law Group in Clearwater.

The Bicycle Bash invites bicyclists of all stripes, backgrounds, ages and interests to come to beautiful Flatwoods to visit the bike shops, check out the vendors, bike the seven-mile paved loop or a mountain bike trail, enjoy the music, food and swap meet.

SWFBUD thanks our presenting sponsor — the Cure on Wheels bike ride, which will hold its event one day before the Bicycle Bash on Saturday Nov. 5 at Flatwoods. We also thank our co-sponsor, Hillsborough County, which manages Flatwoods Park, and our sponsor, American Traffic Solutions. See you Nov. 6 at the Bike Bash!

There’s going to be a lot of good times for bicyclists…Tampa’s Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be there to lend his support for the Peopleforbikes.org petition; food from the fabled “Taco Bus” (featured on Man Vs. Food and on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, both on the Food Network) will be served; rides to, from and around will take place during the event…so much to do and see! The Bash goes from 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. And, for the first time since the Bash’s inception, I won’t be there to capture words and images of the event. However, if you’re interested, you can see coverage of past years’ Bashes by clicking here.

If you’re in the area, it’s a must-visit event — one of, if not THE largest bike festivals in Florida.