In 4 Cities, Bicycling Advances as Safe Transportation Optionby Don Knapp
This week's news and blog headlines shared forward progress from four cities working to making bicycling easier, safer, and more prevalent on their streets.
Chicago's New Protected Bike Lanes (TheCityFix)
Along with a new mayor, Chicago got its first protected bike lanes this past month. Funded by a federal grant, the Chicago Department of Transportation is installing the half-mile bike lane as a pilot program.
Bicycle Safety Plan Rolled Out for Boston (Sustainable City Network)
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in conjunction with partner groups announced a new enforcement and education campaign to promote safe behavior among cyclists and drivers in preparation for the city's launch of the new bike-share program, New Balance Hubway.
Biking on the Rise in New Orleans (Metropolis via Planetizen)
Despite its paltry representation just a few years ago, cycling is now flourishing in certain sections of New Orleans.
L.A. Council considers law to protect bicyclists from harassment (Los Angeles Times)
A proposed law intended to protect bicyclists from harassment by motorists will be taken up Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council. The law would make it a crime for drivers to threaten cyclists.
On Biking, Why Can’t the U.S. Learn Lessons from Europe?
(Yale Environment 360)
Building bike paths alone will not get people out of their cars in the U.S. and onto bicycles. To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation.