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Guest on The Infra Blog: Martha Roskowski, Vice President of Local Innovation, PeopleForBikes

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Martha Roskowski, PeopleForBikes

Martha Roskowski directs PeopleForBikes’ Green Lane Project, jumpstarting protected bike lanes and low-cost street retrofits in U.S. cities. Martha enjoys being part of the PeopleForBikes team and the way protected bike lanes turn a busy street into a comfortable and inviting place to ride.

“…What’s happening is there’s this realization that if you provide people with safe and comfortable places to ride by creating protected bike lanes on big, busy streets, by connecting them to completely separated pathways and side streets where the volume and speed of traffic is low, that people will ride. So they’re not crazy to not be out there on the streets today. The good news is that there’s rapid progress. In transportation terms there’s pretty rapid progress toward retrofitting streets to provide those spaces where people feel safe, and they are safe.”

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Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Streetfilms: NYC Cyclists Celebrate New Amsterdam Avenue Bike Lane

The realization of a protected bike lane on NYC’s Amsterdam Avenue was an epic struggle years in the making. And the good guys finally won! The reason? In NYC, Community Boards have an advisory role in transportation changes to the street and NYC DOT is required to go thru them. Although “advisory”, the boards essentially have long had veto power over safety improvements, and if you have members on the body who aren’t educated in transportation matters or favor parking spaces and traffic speeds, it can easily mean the defeat of Vision Zero efforts for things like protected bike lanes. Compounding the effect is that board members are appointed for life!

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Closing the California Clean Energy Divide

Monday, June 13th, 2016
California Clean Energy: summary of findings

CLEAN ENERGY GROUP
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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Exploring Bicycle and Public Transit Use by Low-Income Latino Immigrants

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Figure 1. Mode Choice in the San Francisco Bay Area (weighted by population)

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Immigration to the United States is growing. Over the next four decades, many immigrants will come from Latin America with few resources, relying on public transit, bicycling, and walking to meet their transportation needs. Previous research on low-income immigrant travel has relied on national surveys and qualitative analysis, which underrepresent disadvantaged population groups and slower modes of travel, or are unable to speak to broader patterns in the population. This study addresses additional research needs by exploring the travel behavior and experiences of low-income immigrants.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Janette Sadik-Khan - Photo by Olugbenro Photgraphy

Janette Sadik-Khan recently published Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets.

“What we’ve seen is that people really want to be in places, whether they’re young or old, that are safe, that are fun, where the quality of life is good and they’ve got lots of ways to get around that don’t involve driving…I think that what we need to do is also update our cities and update our streets to reflect the way that people want to use them.”

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Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity

Monday, May 16th, 2016
Bridging the Divide: Connecting People to Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Transportation is working to expand access to opportunity for all Americans.

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Infographic: National Protected Bike Lane Week 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
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PEOPLE FOR BIKES
Protected bike lanes are the biggest new thing in years for helping more Americans enjoy time on two wheels…That’s why, starting today, cities around the United States are celebrating National Protected Bike Lane Week. And it’s why we created this infographic summarizing all the great things protected bike lanes can do — not just for people who bike, but for everyone.

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Cycling in the City: Cycling Trends in NYC

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Percent of Adult New Yorkers who Ride a Bike (NYC DOHMH)

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Understanding who is biking in New York City and how often they ride is incredibly valuable, but cycling demographics and trends are very challenging to evaluate. Historically, evaluation of cyclist activity in New York City was centered on counting the number of bicycles entering and exiting the core. However, cycling has grown and matured dramatically as a mode of transportation since the first counts were conducted in 1980. New Yorkers are using bikes for a much wider variety of trips, making it even more difficult to assess bicycle use in the City.

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Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

Friday, May 6th, 2016
Streetfilms: The Pulaski Bridge Protected Bike Path Is (Finally) Open!

The Pulaski Bridge had become dangerously congested over the last few years as more and more bikes, pedestrians and runners have crammed on to its narrow shared path. The solution? Remove one lane of the roadway and give the space to a bi-directional cycle track giving the older combo lane to the exclusive use of pedestrians.

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Grand Challenges for Engineering: Imperatives, Prospects, and Priorities

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
 Wesley Harris

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING
Robert Socolow observed that the 14 Grand Challenges fall into four categories. The first is sustainability—maintaining air and water quality, protecting freshwater quantity, preventing sea level rise, keeping forests and other ecosystems in good condition, and minimizing artificially triggered climate change. Next is personal and community health, because, he pointed out, “as individuals we can live fulfilling lives only if we are healthy.” But, he added, “people have a record of being dangerous to each other,” hence the third category, vulnerability and security.

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