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Spokane: A very clear network map [Human Transit]

Human Transit looks at Spokane, Washington’s new system maps. The combined lines to create frequent service sectors would be apropo for RIPTA for places such as Elmwood Avenue and Charles Street.


In bicycle friendly D.C., going car-free is increasingly common [The Washington Post]

In urban areas nationwide, drivers younger than 24 drove six fewer miles a day in 2009 than in 1990. Drivers 25 to 34 drove almost 2.5 fewer miles a day.

“You don’t have to keep a car,” said Carroll, who takes Metro to work most days but walks the 2.4 miles occasionally on a nice day. “I love that the city is becoming more pedestrian-friendly and more bicycle-friendly. I can rent a bike and ride downhill all the way from work. I haven’t yet, but I’m going to.”

And Zipcar? She’s a longtime member who has never used a Zipcar.

“I have kept up my membership because you never know,” she said. “I might have a visitor who wants to take a trip to Middleburg or someplace. I think it’s a very valuable option.”

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Streetfilms looks at Washington DC’s Capital Bikeshare

The Phenomenal Success of Capital Bikeshare from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Nearly three years ago Streetfilms took a day trip to Washington, D.C. to see their Smart Bike DC in action. We found the trial bike share system a fun ride with great potential, but with only 120 bikes there wasn’t a great sense of widespread use.

Flashforward to 2011 and with over 1100 bicycles and 110 stations D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare’s is amazing testament to having to “go big or go home” when deploying bike share programs.

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Saint-Pierre River Site to Become Montréal’s first Woonerf [Spacing Montréal]

The borough describes a woonerf as a convivial street where one can safely walk, bicycle, play, and relax, while still being accessible to cars, adding that the woonerf aims animate residential streets by giving them a soul. But the project also has more tangible goals: the subsidy requires the woonerf to have permeable surfaces over at least 85% of the site, to introduce vegetation in order to reduce the heat-island effect, and to incorporate a space for urban agriculture.


World Map on Bike-sharing [Fietsberaad]


View The Bike-sharing World Map in a larger map
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Five Things Every Mayor Should Know Before Starting a Bike-sharing Program [Shareable:Cities]

1) Be a bike-friendly community first.

Liberation Squares [UrbanOmnibus]

In the US, we tend to take public spaces and the activities they enable for granted. From the history of protests in Tompkins Square Park, to Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech on the Washington Mall, to the makeshift memorial built in Union Square after 9/11, it is deeply embedded in our psyche that civil discourse should have a stage on which to play out. While some moments of dissent occurred in contained surrounds like Rosa Parks’ bus, the majority of democracies worldwide will continue to see their hopes and pains played out in sweeping public spaces.

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Bike Share coming to NYC

Bixi Bike Share
Image from flickr

According to blog Commute By Bike, “the City That Never Sleeps has officially requested proposals from private companies with the expectation of implementing a twenty-four hour, 365 day-a-year bike share program by the spring of 2012.”

While the plan is still in the proposal phase, there are a few interesting elements of the report and the RFP.

First, the RFP calls for a “financially self-sustaining” program. No tax dollars will be used to fund the bike share program in NYC, and the private operator to win the five-year contract will share revenue with the city. Additionally, they study found that “small programs do not work.” Therefore the RFP calls for approximately 600 stations with 10,000 bikes in the initial phase of the program. To maximize the usefulness of the program, the stations should be positioned every three or four blocks throughout much of Manhattan and into at least one other borough.

Meanwhile, the blog thecityfix talks about the complexities of integrating more bicycle infrastructure to the city, and how not everyone is advocating for change.

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