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Archive for the ‘Biking’ Category

NYC: Audit Report on the Maintenance of Bike Share Equipment

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Agency Response Of the eight recommendation made in this audit, seven were directed to NYCBS and one to DOT. In its response, NYCBS generally agreed with 6 of the 7 recommendations made to the company and did not address our recommendation that it review its operating practices for addressing DOT complaints to ensure that station and bike cleanliness is addressed in a timely manner. DOT agreed to implement the one recommendation directed to the agency.

During the audit period, NYCBS failed to maintain Citi Bike program equipment (bikes and stations) as required by its contract with DOT and its own internal operating procedures. Specifically, NYCBS did not: (1) perform maintenance checks on all bicycles on a monthly basis; (2) perform station inspections twice per week; (3) ensure that on-street maintenance checks of bikes were properly documented; (4) respond within the required timeframes to cleanliness issues with bicycles and stations after discovery or notification of problems; and (5) maintain connectivity of stations to its main database at required levels. As a result of these deficiencies, the riding public is exposed to increased safety risks and customer satisfaction is potentially jeopardized.

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Frederick, MD: Hood College Class Evaluates Bike Lanes

Friday, December 12th, 2014
Frederick, MD: Hood College Class Evaluates Bike Lanes

Students in Hood College’s ENSP 101 study the effects of a bike lane in their Frederick, MD neighborhood.

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Learning from Sprawl

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Learning from Sprawl

What is urban sprawl? In this 3-minute history of urban form, Ryan Gravel, Senior Urban Designer at Perkins+Will in Atlanta, explores the cultural motivations for today’s sprawl, then connects the dots to predict a hopeful future for our cities.

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Charlottesville, VA: Getting to Know UVA’s High-Tech UBikes

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
Charlottesville, VA: Getting to Know UVA’s High-Tech UBikes

Learn how to use the new bike share system at University of Virginia!

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Do You ORCycle? New App Aims to Improve Cycling in Oregon

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Responding to a clear lack of data relating to infrastructure issues, safety, and cycling routes, ORCycle proposes to connect cyclists directly with transportation planners, potentially leading to rapid improvements in the efficiency and safety of Oregon’s cycling network.

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Understanding Bikesharing Trends During a Period of Rapid Expansion

Friday, November 7th, 2014
Figure1: IT-based public bikeshare systems


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Utah DOT: Integrating All Modes of Transportation

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
Utah DOT: Integrating All Modes of Transportation

This video explains improvements UDOT is making across the signals system, including an explanation how the radar works for vehicle and bicycle detection. Over the last year integrated transportation was implemented on projects on Redwood Road, S.R. 68.

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National ‘Bicyclist Safety’ report gets actual safety trends backwards

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

By Michael Andersen, News Editor,

A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association Monday is a perfect example of what can go wrong when safety experts get stuck behind their own windshields. The GHSA, an umbrella organization for state departments of transportation whose claims to fame include popularizing the phrase “aggressive pedestrians,” is surely staffed by smart people who are working hard to reduce injuries and deaths. But the problems in this report start right at the top.

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Streetfilms – Kidical Mass NYC: “Zombie Ride,” Queens

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Streetfilms – Kidical Mass NYC: “Zombie Ride,” Queens

About 30 folks attended the Kidical Mass “Zombie Ride” in Queens today. What a great time had by all participants.

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Millennials in Motion: Changing Travel Habits of Young Americans and the Implications for Public Policy

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Figure 2. Change in Number of Trips per Capita among 16 to 34 year-olds, 2001 to 2009

U.S. PIRG EDUCATION FUNDExecutive SummaryOver the last decade—after 60-plus years of steady increases—the number of miles driven by the average American has been falling. Young Americans have experienced the greatest changes: driving less; taking transit, biking and walking more; and seeking out places to live in cities and walkable communities where driving is an option, […]

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