Saturday, March 28, 2015

B.C. - Cycling infrastructure funding gets a boost

As part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.’s new 10-year transportation plan, the ministry is committing $6 million in BikeBC funding this year to expand and build cycling lanes, trails and paths for B.C. families. Read more.

Capital budget is a big win for cyclists in Guelph’s north end

A well-worn path runs alongside Woodlawn Road. This summer, that muddy pathway will be upgraded to something a little more permanent, something a little smoother. At Wednesday night's council meeting, the operating and capital budgets for 2015 were hammered out, and $600,000 was set aside for the construction of a multi-use path along both sides of Woodlawn Road. Read more.

New York - With Little Notice, Citi Bike Is Suspended for the Weekend

New York City’s bike share program abruptly announced on Friday evening that it would shut down for the weekend to improve the service. Citi Bike sent an email to members around 5 p.m. saying that the system would close at 10 p.m. on Friday. The email apologized for the short notice and explained that service was being suspended for maintenance “to make the system more reliable.” Read more.

Hamilton - Make bike racks a priority

Bike racks in the city should be a short-term priority for capital expenditures. Fill in the abundant missing spaces, the way SOBI bike share — in a matter of months — has. Go all out. It wasn't that long ago that Westdale lacked bike parking, and the racks installed to make up for it are now hitting capacity. We could use more here, and everywhere. Read more.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On A New Shared Street In Chicago, There Are No Sidewalks, No Lights, And Almost No Signs

Imagine a street with no sidewalks, no crosswalks, no curbs, no lane markings—basically no real distinctions between pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers at all. At first glance, that might seem like an extraordinarily unsafe street. But the city of Chicago is betting on its success as it redesigns a four-block stretch of its uptown. Read more.

Why Cities Around The World Are Suddenly Ditching Traffic Lights

Common sense says that cars and pedestrians should be kept apart. Pretty straightforward. So why are so many cities challenging that idea? This spring, Chicago will become the latest to do so, as engineers break ground on a $3.5 million street-improvement project to turn a four-block stretch of Argyle Street in the city’s bustling Uptown neighborhood into Chicago’s first shared street—whether residents are ready for it or not. Read more.

Edmonton Freezeway capturing imaginations around the world, but city remains silent

While the Edmonton-raised, Vancouver-based landscape architect tried to settle into a new job, his fantastical plan for an 11-kilometre skating track called the Edmonton Freezeway has captured the world’s imagination. In addition to coverage in Wired, BBC, NPR radio (twice) and Newsweek, he’s been interviewed by World Architecture News and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ magazine. Read more.

Orillia forum focuses on social/economic issues

Tentatively slated to happen at the end of May or early June, the day-long forum will explore myriad topics, from youth unemployment and low rates of post-secondary attendance to food security, affordable housing, and mental illness, “which we cannot deny and shy away from,” Clarke said. “We need to meet these things head on.” The meeting will also touch on broader issues, including development of infrastructure that encourages active living and local environmental conditions. Read more.

Sudbury - City shares transportation blueprint

Sears identified a few key opportunities for Greater Sudbury, including more bike routes, better public transit and pedestrian-friendly streets. Addressing congestion, especially along the city's east-west corridors, and creating more direct routes between points could also be priorities, Sears noted. Finally, he said the city could explore ways to "support intensified land use in designated growth areas." Read more.

Vancouver - Stanley Park causeway widening approved without protest over trees

There were no cries of “save the trees” when the park board approved plans to widen the Stanley Park causeway on Monday night, a decision that means up to 14 trees will face the axe. Former park board commissioner Constance Barnes, who started advocating for road improvements after a 61-year-old woman died cycling on the causeway in 2013, credits a change in attitude toward active transportation for the lack of protest. Read more.