I was in San Francisco visiting Six Apart and noticed all the bikes!
There were two more city bikes downstairs and one Serotta fixie in the hall. Six Apart loves bikes.
I’ll see the Six Apart crew again in November at their Business Blogging Seminars. I’ll be talking about practical business blogging and how we built this blog and more.
In New York City, StreetsBlog offers an interesting few posts on a new bicycle safety study released last week by New York City. Here’s the full report (PDF file), weighing in at 39 pages, with lots of interesting implications for bicycle advocates in cities around the country.
The city immediately followed up the release of the report with promises of improved bicycle facilities (press release PDF file), including 200 miles of additional bike lanes and routes over the next three years. That’s a huge increase over the 13.6 miles added in 2004, or even over the 46.8 miles added in 2000, the most in the last 10 years.
Charles Komanoff and Michael Smith take issue with the fault numbers in the study over at RightOfWay.org (longer version from StreetsBlog), having examined the raw accident data for 1996-1998, and found that the proportion of fault for drivers and riders was approximately the reverse of that reported in the new study.
Here’s a look at the three clusters of cyclist deaths in NYC, and here’s an interview with NYC DOT’s Director for Street Management and Safety Ryan Russo.
Also last week, Transportation Alternatives programs director Noah Budnick and NYC DOT commissioner Iris Weinshall discussed the study on the Brian Lehrer Show on New York Public Radio (audio stream | MP3).
I said to Pam, “this sucks,” as we inched along in traffic. I hadn’t driven a car in over a week and was quickly reminded of the gridlock in downtown Seattle when I turned onto a street full of buses, the occasional car, and nothing was moving. I wished we were riding Bettie right then.
On the topic of gridlock, NYTimes editorialist Carolyn Curiel, recently wrote, “The city has too many cars, and not enough streets and roadways to put them on. There needs to be fewer cars and more cyclists, pedestrians, and mass-transit riders.” Such cities do exit, ones that are not dominated by cars and car culture.
Not only is Denmark a haven for cyclists, but the chicks are hot!