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A Masterclass in Urban Cycling Safety - CityLab. We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.

A Masterclass in Urban Cycling Safety - CityLab

How Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives. A new study shows how cities with separated cycling infrastructure saw big safety improvements and higher ridership numbers.

How Protected Bike Lanes Save Lives

Several weeks ago, painted lines and flexible plastic lane dividers began materializing on Maryland Avenue, one of the major north-south arteries that connect downtown Baltimore to the residential neighborhoods above the city. Want a Bike-Friendly City? Get Ready to Fail Until It Works. So you want to build some bicycle infrastructure for your city.

Want a Bike-Friendly City? Get Ready to Fail Until It Works

Good for you. Cycling is good for the planet as well as your citizens’ poorly-nourished, ill-used bodies, and studies show more people are willing to ride if cities provide infrastructure to support them. Protected bike lanes not only make cyclists feel safer, but halve their risk of injury. More infrastructure means more comrades-in-wheels: The folks at Portland State University found that when five major US cities added protected bike lanes, ridership rose 20 to 170 percent. Fastcoexist. When Chicago brags about its recently added bikeways, one item on the list is sharrows: By late 2015, the city had nearly 50 miles of streets painted with a bike symbol and arrows pointing down the middle of the lane, in a space shared with cars.

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They also have protected and "buffered" lanes, regular bike lanes, neighborhood greenways, and off-road trails. 'Floating' Bus Stops Separate Transit Traffic From Bike Lanes. It’s one of the most disconcerting interactions on urban and suburban streets: the uncomfortable, out-of-sync dance between bicycles and buses traveling in the same direction.

'Floating' Bus Stops Separate Transit Traffic From Bike Lanes

Often, the person riding a bike will have to leave the bike lane and go out into car traffic to pass a bus that has pulled into a stop—only to be quickly passed again by the bus driver, who then has to pull in for the next stop just as the cyclist is coming up from the rear again. These two vehicles, because of their average speeds, relative sizes, and stopping patterns, are uniquely unsuited to share the same space. It’s scary for the person on the bicycle and the bus driver alike.

The need to solve that problem is the impetus behind a piece of infrastructure known as a floating bus stop. In this design, the bus stops at a raised concrete island, while the bike lane veers to the opposite side of the island. In Cambridge, in the United Kingdom, they’re trying yet another way of separating bikes and buses. Protected Intersections For Bicyclists. Pedestrian and Cycling Advocates Are Disappointed By Plans to Make a Car-Free Zone in Central Brussels.

Bike RulesCommunity Builders. Here’s a bike: And here’s a car: And here are some pedestrians: You seeing what I’m seeing here?

Bike RulesCommunity Builders

They’re so…different. Its true: Bikes are not cars, and cars are not bikes. America’s 10 best new bike lanes of 2014. December 17, 2014 Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer Rosemead Boulevard in Temple City, California.

America’s 10 best new bike lanes of 2014

Photo: Streetsblog L.A. When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays. A big reason for opposition to bike lanes is that, according to the rules of traffic engineering, they lead to car congestion.

When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

The metric determining this outcome (known as "level of service") is quite complicated, but its underlying logic is simple: less road space for automobiles means more delay at intersections. Progressive cities have pushed back against this conventional belief—California, in particular, has led the charge against level of service—but it remains an obstacle to bike lanes (and multi-modal streets more broadly) across the country. But the general wisdom doesn't tell the whole story here. On the contrary, smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes. A new report on protected bike lanes released by the New York City Department of Transportation offers a great example of how rider safety can be increased even while car speed is maintained. After the changes, traffic continued to flow. The Curbee Invites Cyclists to Rest at Red Lights.

Cyclists in Chicago just got a sweet new treat called Curbee, a streetside footrest and handrail that will make waiting for the red light much more enticing.

The Curbee Invites Cyclists to Rest at Red Lights

Designed and installed by Steven Vance and Ryan Lakes, both active members of Chicago’s cycling community, the Curbee now lives at the corner of Milwaukee and Ogden Avenue. $2.4 Million Settlement for Cyclist Sends Message in 'Dooring' Crash. "In a decision that local advocates say delivers a “strong message” to drivers, a Philadelphia jury awarded a cyclist $2.4 million in damages earlier this month for injuries she sustained in a 2011 collision," writes Streetsblog USA's Angie Schmitt.

$2.4 Million Settlement for Cyclist Sends Message in 'Dooring' Crash

Randy LoBasso of Philly Now provides the details: "On February 23, then-24 year-old Temple student Ashley McKean was traveling southbound on Broad Street [which turns out to be one of "the top spots for crashes in the city according to Bike Coalition of Greater Philadelphia] — when a parked car’s door “flung open,” according to court documents. " The door hit McKean’s leg.

Then, a van came up and crashed into her from behind, sending her seven-to-ten feet through the air, landing on the pavement. Innovative Design Treatments. Safe Left Turns for Bicycles. EmailShare 80EmailShare Photo by James D. Schwartz / The Urban Country Left turns are one of the most dangerous manoeuvres to execute on a bicycle in North America. Of course, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Many cities have engineered infrastructure to make left turns safe and comfortable for bicyclists. But here in Toronto – and most other cities in North America – turning left legally is unsafe. Portlandoregon. A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular. Nick Falbo designed a new type of bike lane that takes dangerous intersections into consideration. Nick Falbo His proposed plan has four main components: the corner refuge island, a forward stop bar, a setback bike crossing and better signal phasing.