What’s the Skinny on “Road Diets”?

Until recently, this was the best option for cycling on North Margaret Street in the City of Plattsburgh, NY.  That is, until a handful of concerned local advocates calling themselves Plattsburgh Acquiring Safe Streets (PASS) successfully advocated for a “Road Diet” project to improve safety and access for bicyclists in the corridor. What is a…

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TSTC Says Loophole in New NYSDOT Policy Undermines New York’s Complete Streets Law

Source of this excerpt:  Mobilizing the Region: News and Opinion from the Tri State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) by Nadine Lemmon The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) recently issued a draft plan of transportation projects it will be tackling from 2014-2017. This draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) will encompass more than $32 billion in federal, state and…

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Infographics: Where is Bike Commuting Growing the Fastest?

This morning, thousands of Americans will pedal out of their driveways, taking part in National Bike to Work Day. Sponsored by the League, Bike to Work Day is being celebrated in hundreds of communities nationwide, highlighting the health, economic and community benefits of bicycling with local commuter convoys, energizer stations, breakfast rallies and more. The […]

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Pulaski Bridge Bike Lane OK’d by DOT Traffic Study; Engineering Review Next

A protected bike lane on the Pulaski Bridge — calming traffic heading to McGuinness Boulevard and providing much more breathing room than the bridge’s narrow bike/ped path alone — has cleared a significant planning hurdle. In a letter to Assembly Member Joe Lentol [PDF], DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said that the proposal meets traffic analysis […]

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Eyes on the Street: Bike Share Takes Manhattan

Citi Bike's first Manhattan installation, at Fulton Street and Cliff Street in the Financial District. Photo: CitibikeNYC/Twitter
Citi Bike station installations began in Bed Stuy about ten days ago, working west through Fort Greene and Downtown Brooklyn. Now, with about 60 stations installed, bike-share has crossed the East River, the Citi Bike Twitter feed informs us that […]

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Marketing the Economic Benefits of Bike Tourism

Bicycle tourism has significant impacts on economies of all scales. According to a recent Advocacy Advance report, the state of Maine generates an estimated $66 million per year in bicycle tourism; North Carolina’s Outer Banks alone generates $60 million annually in economic activity from bicycle tourism.

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These visitors in San Jose are doing great things for the local economy. Photo by Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

Last week, the Alliance convened four experts on bike tourism and advocacy to discuss how advocates can use tap into the economic benefits of bike tourism to advance bicycle advocacy. Even if you missed the call, check out the tip sheet below for the major takeaway points. You can also listen to a recording of the call here.

  Marketing the Economic Benefits of Bike Tourism

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Citi Bike Share Launch Gets Underway

As surely as daffodil blooms signal the new season, last weekend’s sprouting of the first docking stations (no bikes yet), in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, heralded the roll-out of New York City’s long-awaited Citi Bike share. The Citi Bike share launch will give New Yorkers 24/7, […]

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Safety Comes in Segments for Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue

Safety improvements are coming to Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue. | Photo: NYCDOT

Since 2009, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s 4th Avenue Task Force, has been working to make 4th Avenue in Brooklyn safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. NYCDOT has split the avenue into three segments – […]

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Bicycle Law University: Distracted Driving

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and there are numerous national, state, and local campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of not putting down your cell phone behind the wheel. New laws to combat distracted driving are proposed frequently, including laws against new technologies that are not even on sale yet. Despite […]

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How to Write a Complete Streets Policy

Step one: Do it like Indianapolis.
This is how Indianapolis does complete streets. Image: UrbanIndy
Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition.
“The Complete Streets movement fundamentally redefines what a street is intended […]

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