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Streetfacts #1: Bike Lanes Aren’t Just for Big Cities

Welcome to the first of five shorts we're calling Streetfacts. With Streetfacts, we'll be highlighting developing trends affecting transportation and planning policy, as well as addressing the cost of "bad practices" that prevent us from shifting to a more balanced transportation network that supports more livable places.

As Streetfilms viewers know, many of the big cities in the U.S. are in the midst of expanding their bicycle networks by installing protected bike lanes. We've shown these projects in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., but some of the newest cities installing them are smaller cities you might not be aware of. Places like Missoula, Flagstaff, Indianapolis, Austin, and Memphis have either installed protected lanes or are breaking ground shortly.

Over the next five weeks, we'll be publishing the rest of the Streetfacts series, which we hope will come in handy in your advocacy. And if they're a big hit, we'll take nominations for other topics and make another batch of Streetfacts later in the year.

Clarence Eckerson, Jr. has been making fantastical transportation media in NYC since the late 1990s. He's never had a driver's license and never will.

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  • hokan

    If the bike lanes are "protected", why are there so many crashes in them?

  • Josep

    I can't see the video!!!

  • Ferran

    I have the same problem!

  • Ben Kintisch

    I saw the video and I liked it. Hokan: protected bike lanes are safer for cyclists and vehicles. If you choose not to ride in them, that's your choice. But when I'm riding with my daughter on the back of my bike, or with my wife, we want the safest possible bike lanes. To us, that means protected lanes whenever possible.

  • http://profiles.google.com/nauboone Andrew Boone

    In fact, it was small cities in California that pioneered the design standards for bicycle facilities, and first constructed and benefited from them in the 1960s and 1970s. My understanding is that the standardization and construction of bike lanes, for example, really began in Davis, California, which has grown greatly since then but still has only 65,000 residents.

    I live very near one of these pioneering cities: Palo Alto, California, which, along with Berkeley, California, enjoys the 2nd highest rate of bicycle commuting in the country at 10%, much higher than the more well-known examples of Portland, Chicago, San Francisco, and New York (the city with the highest bicycle commuting rate remains Davis).

    Sadly, Palo Alto and neighbioring cities are now making only very tiny improvements in their bicycle networks, partly because local leaders (city council and city staff members) simply don't know how many people bike around here and how great the benefits are for our cities. I'd like to make a simple Streetsfilms style film to tell this story, but don't really know the first thing about video production.

    Anyone interested in helping? nauboone@gmail.com

  • Edward

    Er .. there aren't. Where did you find your info?

  • http://www.streetfilms.org Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Here are some direct links to facts in the piece:

    References and
    Additional Resources

    League of American Bicyclists

    http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/communities/

    Green Lane Project

    http://greenlaneproject.org/

    Green Lane Project’s working list of U.S. cities with green
    lanes current and planned

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aq-SAP-8fp4wdF9MdXByY2xUYjdEZWIyaGQ2NV9LUHc#gid=0

    Bikes Belong: Economic benefits of the bicycling industry
    and tourism

    http://www.bikesbelong.org/resources/stats-and-research/statistics/economic-statistics/

  • romerdimas

    I can't see the video