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Steeltown's been angling for a bike share program since 2011, when Mayor Luke Ravenstahl got inspired, zooming around a bi-ped in Minneapolis. Last month, Pittsburgh City Paper reports, Pittsburgh finally got the $3 million it wanted to start up the program, and plans on putting rubber to pavement by the summer of 2014. They'll start with 500 bikes (mustard-colored, it seems), and take it from there.Michael Nutter also plans on getting Philly's 1,200 bikes installed by the summer of 2014. And he's also requested a neat little $3 million in start-up money, with another five or six to come later. Except,
The BikinginPhilly YouTube channel appears to be the work of a local cyclist who rides around town with a video camera strapped to his or her handlebars—documenting how car drivers pay little heed to their two-wheeled neighbors on the road. The latest video? Our unknown bicyclist gets sideswiped by a limo making an unsignaled right turn in Center City. The videographer lists the driver's possible violations: "fails to merge into turn lane before turn, fails to use turn signals before turn, fails to yield to bicycle traffic in shared lane, flees scene after hitting." Obviously, everybody survived, but these kinds
This past week, The Atlantic published “An Explanation for the Gender Gap in Biking.” I, a bike novice, did not realize that anyone was even studying girl-to-boy biker ratios, but this post cited a recent research project at Ohio State University, in which 2,000 students and faculty on the Columbus campus were surveyed about their “commute behavior.”
Cyclists, pedestrians and drivers, you'd better all start getting along quick, lest you suffer a grip-up from the long arm of the law. That's right, the much-squawked-about Complete Streets bill, headed up by Councilman Mark Squilla, passed through city council unanimously today, so all modes of conveyance better beware. Drivers, it's now illegal to park in the bike lane. Bikers, you can pay the city $75 if you wanna ride on the sidewalk. Walkers, apparently you're doing fine. Either way, just stay far away from each others' throats–the law forbids that kind of thing now. [Philebrity]
A deeply divided populace. Little room for compromise. A lack of civility. Angry debate and the potential for life-altering consequences.It sounds like the state of our government, but I’m talking about what’s happening on the streets of Center City. Forget red versus blue—it’s the war between cars and cycles that’s become one of Philadelphia’s hottest topics. Last week, City Council approved a “Complete Streets” bill that aims to regulate the bad behavior of both parties. Its heart is in the right place. But will these measures make commuting downtown any safer?
This Thursday, City Council’s Committee on Streets and Services will introduce bill 120532, and many cyclists will cautiously rejoice. Better known as Complete Streets, the bill's the work of Councilman Mark Squilla. If passed, it could do some great things for cycling in the city. But before the usual chorus of “cyclists never obey the law and should be impaled on the nearest signpost” types chimes in, the bill’s strength is that it offers cyclists more protections in exchange for more responsibility.
Philadelphia Weekly reports that a new bill before City Council will require both bicyclists and drivers to treat each other with respect on the city's streets. "The bill ... will increase and create fines for both bicyclists and motorists who break the law to spite each other," the paper writes. "For instance, parking a car in a bike lane would bring a $50-to-$75 fine. And opening a car door into bike traffic would result in 'the same penalty as under state law.' Similarly, 'non-parking violations of bike rules,' like sidewalk riding or riding down the wrong side of the street, or
Wow, today is a crappy day to be Lance Armstrong. After being recently stripped of his Tour de France victories because 11 of his teammates testified against him in an investigation into his doping, Armstrong decided to step down as chairman of his cancer-fighting Livestrong foundation. Then, Nike announced that it was severing ties with Armstrong by terminating his contract and changing the name of the Lance Armstrong Training Center at its world headquarters. [USA Today]
“Get out of the road!”“Get off the sidewalk!”These are the kinds of things people who ride bicycles in the city are quite accustomed to hearing. They’re also the kinds of things people who write about bicycles in Philly get quite a bit of as well.
Back in May and June, lots of folks were up in a huff (I may have been one of them) about a bike lane pilot project on 10th Street. With the decision looming about whether to make the lane permanent, stakeholders in Chinatown and near Jefferson Hospital maintained stances that the lane was causing traffic issues. Meanwhile, cycling advocates felt that City Council’s proposed method of ameliorating this issue—granting itself veto power over new bike lanes—added unnecessary bureaucracy while endangering future extensions of the city’s bike lane network.