Thursday, January 29, 2015

How Seville transformed itself into the cycling capital of southern Europe

Spain remains far from a paradise for bikes – yet cycling has increased 11-fold in Seville in the space of a few years. Is this proof that any city can get lots of people riding by building an ambitious network of connected, segregated bike lanes? Read more.

Bracebridge - Sustainability key for council as they adopt priorities for term

On Jan. 7, council adopted a number or priorities set out in a memorandum by Mayor Graydon Smith that will in turn be used in the development of the 2015 municipal budget. These priorities are broken into four strategic objectives, including a vibrant, prosperous and economically sustainable community; a green, mindful and environmentally sustainable community; an engaged, healthy and socially sustainable community; and a creative and culturally sustainable community. Read more.

Vancouver - The big transit referendum question: Do you support a regional half per cent PST rise to pay for transit?

That’s the question Metro Vancouver residents could face — pending provincial approval — after a vote Thursday by the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation to send this new funding source to a yes-or-no referendum vote. Despite considerable support from third-party groups, a yes vote is not a lock. Anti-tax forces have already mobilized, paving the way for what should be a tumultuous few months. Read more.

Group wants link between Parry Sound Drive and Kinsmen

Although not an inexpensive project, the Parry Sound Area Active Transportation group believes a safe link between Parry Sound Drive and the Kinsmen Park would be beneficial to many. Last week Wendall Fisher spoke to council on behalf of the active transportation group, asking the town to consider working with McDougall Township to bridge the gap between the two communities. Read more.

Barrie - Active transportation plan helping students

Active Transportation Barrie (ATB) is working to positively impact student lifestyles with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation through the Barrie/Simcoe Cycling Club and the Healthy Communities Partnership Fund through the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Read more.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Montréal unveils new plans for urban boulevard to replace Bonaventure Expressway

East-west cycling lanes are planned along William St. and Ottawa St., and wide pedestrian walkways will be lined with dozens of newly planted trees. Art installations are being commissioned and are expected to be placed at each end of the new corridor, which will be re-baptized Robert-Bourassa Blvd. in honour of Quebec’s former premier. Read more.

Volvo's smart idea for keeping cyclists safe: A helmet that connects with cars

The new concept, a world first, was developed in collaboration with sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson and enables two-way communication of location between cyclists and cars, reducing the possibility of a collision. If a cyclist is in a driver's blind sport both receive a warning. Read more.

Traffic flowing once again on Sydney River bridge

After 18 months of construction and having to use a detour on Highway 125, local residents, in particular, were thrilled to see the bridge on Keltic Drive open to vehicles once again. Work still remains on the active transportation lane, which is expected to be ready by the end of January. Traffic will be reduced to one lane during some daytime hours while that work continues, and the bridge will also be closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic until the active transportation lane is open. The shuttle service will continue until work is finished. Read more.

Montréal - De Maisonneuve to have new two-way stretch west of superhospital

A dedicated lane for buses will be built on the south side of de Maisonneuve. A dedicated lane for cyclists will run between the bus lane and the lane for cars. A traffic light for cyclists will be erected at the entrance for buses at the Vendôme métro station. At that point, the bicycle lane will cut in front of the bus lane and run adjacent to the sidewalk until Claremont Ave. Read more.

America's Top 10 New Bike Lanes

The Green Lane Project is working to repair that legacy. In 2011, the project was created by bike advocacy group PeopleForBikes, and it has already nearly doubled the number of bike lanes in cities across America — to 138. The predicted count is 210 by the end of this year. Read more.