Read Melanie’s award winning story from July!
A 2011 YouTube classic: “La cumbia de la bici”
Six months ago, Dr. Doug Gordon and Dr. Aaron Naparstek charmed audiences at the 2014 National Bike Summit with a great routine called “Moving Beyond the Bikelash,” sharing what they’ve learned from the pushback to New York City’s bike network expansion.
So last week, while at the Pro-Walk Pro-Bike Pro-Place conference, I thought it would be interesting to ask advocates from across the country about the state of bikelash in their cities and how they combat it. Here’s what they told me.
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.
You have all these great little businesses, and we have a transportation system designed to move people past them as quickly as possible.
- Damien Newton from “Documentary Trailer" by Justin Wells
To celebrate California’s 3-Foot Passing Law going into effect, we grabbed some “3 feet please” signage and images from around the country.
Catch our full interview with Seleta Reynolds at : http://la.streetsblog.org/2014/09/15/meet-seleta-reynolds-the-safe-streets-advocate-running-ladot/#more-100210
We have a public health crisis in these neighborhoods, and it starts on the streets. That’s where I would start the conversation. The biggest predictor of fatalities on a street is speed, and the biggest factor in speed on your street is design.
- Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) General Manager Seleta Reynolds, interview published at Streetsblog L.A. today.
L.A. Sheriff Department Transit Policing Division draft community policing plan is posted here. It’s a 15-page pdf. Confession: SBLA’s hard-working writers are still reading through this plan and the audit that precipitated it, for an upcoming article. In the meantime we’re sharing the source document. For more information, see also Dana Gabbard’s preview article.