Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Money for cycling in transportation bill passed by Congress

Congress finally passed the $286.4 billion Transportation Equity Act on Friday. While most of the money is aimed at huge transportation projects, it also spends several billion for alternative methods of travel — namely biking and hiking.
One section will fund $370 million for recreational bike and hike trails over the next 5 years, in addition to more than 150 bike projects termed “high priority.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/07/30/money-for-cycling-in-transportation-bill-passed-by-congress/

Other voices on Bike to Work Day

Today is Bike to Work Day across the US. Here are some interesting stories I've run across today on that topic.

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“Promoting bicycles as a healthy, inexpensive, and environmentally sound alternative to cars is now a mainstream cause in San Francisco … But on the ground, where the rubber truly meets the road, city policy makers make sure that cars come first.” — San …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/20/other-voices-on-bike-to-work-day/

Bicycle “Ride for Silence” mourns fallen riders Wednesday night

Bicycle riders in northwest cities will join those across the US tonight for a Ride for Silence, mourning those killed or injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
I've been hearing about this year's Bike Month and Bike to Work Day for weeks. A story in this morning's Detroit Free Press was the first I've read about the Ride for Silence.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/18/bicycle-ride-for-silence-mourns-fallen-riders-wednesday-night/

Bike to Work on Friday

The reasons to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday are too numerous to mention. I'll take a stab at a few:
You'll get to do something you really like on the way to work;
You'll be admired by your slothful co-workers;
You can eat that mid-morning snack guilt-free;
You'll be sticking it to those big oil companies…

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/16/bike-to-work-on-friday/

Legislators improve cycling in Washington

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington reports that three bills to improve safety and education for bicyclists in the state passed the Legislature in the recent session. They've been sent to Gov. Gregoire for her signature.
The first, HB 1108, prohibits a motorist from crossing over to the left lane to pass when a bicycle or pedestrian is visible in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/06/legislators-improve-cycling-in-washington/

34 bicycle riders arrested in New York critical mass

(Updated May 4) How much longer will these mass arrests during critical mass in New York City go on? Is there so little crime in the Big Apple that the city can deploy a cadre of police to stop some people from riding their bikes and inconveniencing some motorists?
New York's finest swooped in and arrested up to 34 bicycle riders during last Friday's critical mass ride, including a woman who had been walking her bike on the sidewalk.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/03/34-bicycle-riders-arrested-in-new-york-critical-mass/

Downtown bike lane in Vancouver, BC

Cyclists could be riding on new bike lanes into downtown Vancouver by this fall.

Bike lanes are planned for Burrad Street and along Hornby Street, according to the CBC.CA website.

Vancouver councillor Peter Ladner is a cycling enthusiast, and hopes the construction of bike lanes will grow into a trend in Vancouver.

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The new lanes mean there will be a …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/21/downtown-bike-lane-in-vancouver-bc/

Bicycle re-cycling bill gets re-tooled in California

That proposed bicycle recycling bill in California that would have required a $7 recycling surcharge on the sale of all new bicycles has gone through some heavy editing.
The bicycle recycling bill, AB 1103, by Assemblywoman Betty Karnette, called for slapping a $7 surcharge on the sale of new bicycles. It was expected that dealers would pass the expense to bicycle buyers, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/19/bicycle-re-cycling-bill-gets-re-tooled-in-california/

Island community seeks cycling restrictions

The turf battle for bicyclists using Mercer Island's roads and trails has made it to City Hall.

The island's councilmembers are looking for ways to deal with cyclists who use the island's narrow, winding loop road and sometimes scare pedestrians on the cross-island bike-hike trail.

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Mercer Island is both a popular destination and thoroughfare for cyclists. A narrow loop road offers scenic views …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/16/island-community-seeks-cycling-restrictions/

Bellevue (WA) council votes for multi-use trail, not bike lanes

Bellevue is going ahead with a plan to build a multi-use trail for bicyclists and pedestrians on West Lake Sammamish Parkway, instead of marked bike lanes for cyclists and a separate path for pedestrians.
By a vote of 5-0, the City Council directed the staff to find ways to fund the estimated $20 million project. Earlier in the meeting, a bicycling advocate had testified that Bellevue would find it difficult to compete for funds because the project didn't meet generally accepted professional standards concerning bicycle facilities.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/12/bellevue-wa-council-votes-for-multi-use-trail-not-bike-lanes/