Ideas in Practice

Amazing cycle super highways   Innovative ideas and current facilities in England, France, Netherlands, Norway and Spain

America’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities  Also lists of top foreign bike friendly cities and US bike-friendly cities with under 100,000 population.

A New Design For San Francisco’s Grand Thoroughfare [Market Street] Is Finally Emerging  Article on street redesign that includes protected bike lanes.

Atlanta Streets Alive   Example of “bike hop” event in the US; links to others

Bicycle-only Traffic Light Signal  Example photographed in London, England; used in the USA in cities like Los AngelesMadison, Pittsburg and Philadelphia.

Bicycle-only Traffic Signal Sequence  Example of a traffic signal allowing bicyclists to cross a busy intersection in Groningen, Netherlands.  It is noteworthy that helmets are not commonly worn in parts of the world.

Bicycle Friendly Communities Spring 2016  List of Current Bicycle Friendly Communities from the League of American Bicyclists.  Updated spring/fall.

Calgary’s Quick Build Protected Bike Lane Network Doubled Bike Counts in Three Months  Description, map and statistics describing the network of protected bike lanes in downtown Calgary.

Clearing Snow From Protected Bike Lanes  Research covering a variety of methods for clearing snow from bike lanes that are physically separated from the adjacent street.

Complete Streets General Guidelines   Report of the Road Commission for Oakland County, (Michigan) Complete Streets Review Committee; Sept 2012

Driving Change  Media campaign in Grand Rapids, MI correlated to large improvements in safety, awareness.  Key documents include a pre-post campaign analysis of results and a comprehensive pre-post survey that received more than 2,200 responses.  Key marketing materials and themes included these resources such as brochures in English and Spanish.  See also this link at Gud Marketing for a page containing further summaries, including a white paper you may download.

Heinenoord bicycle tunnel  Bicycles-only tunnel under the Oude Maas River near Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Hovenring   Innovative circular cycling bridge, Netherlands

New ‘sharrows on steroids’ debut on Allston’s Brighton Ave.   Shared lane markings in Boston, MA

New York City’s Bike Facility Marketing  NYC’s Department of Transportation maintains web pages promoting the city as bike friendly.

One-Day Protected Bike Lanes  How to test protected bike lanes on a very temporary (one-day) basis using a “pop-up” protected bikeway.

Open Streets events are spreading like crazy  Article with links to bike related events in New York City, LA, and other cities, and other resources, based on the “ciclovia” concept.

Promoting Active Communities  Michigan Fitness Foundation sponsors a set of guidelines and award program related to how communities can promote fitness in Michigan.  “[A]ny Michigan village, township, charter township, or city that completes the PAC assessment receives one of five awards levels, from Honorable Mention to Platinum.”  See Governor’s Fitness Award for many related awards.

Protected Intersections  Design for protecting bicyclists and pedestrians at intersections involving protected bike lanes.

Regional Bike Routes Are For Everybody  Benefits of bike routes and reasons to sign a bike route network; PowerPoint presentation meant for users to modify to fit the occasion.

The Future of Transportation  Ideas, studies and examples available in an eBook format from CityLab.

Tenji Blocks Article describes how tactile paving blocks (“tenji blocks”) help the visually impaired to navigate cities and public spaces.

Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes  Slides and text explaining a variety of pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure changes, with comments on how travelers responded to some of them.  Select the link to this Powerpoint presentation once the main page opens.

Volvo LifePaint makes cyclists safer by making them more visible   LifePaint is “practically invisible during the day, but when light hits it at night, things shine a vibrant white” … making this an idea for bicyclists riding at night on the wrong side of the road, dressed in dark colors with no lights?

Western Michigan University’s Bicycle Friendly Feedback Report – 2014  Example of the type of feedback provided to Western Michigan University as part of the American League of Bicyclists’ Bike Friendly University award process, at the end of which WMU received an Honorable Mention Bike Friendly University (BFU) award (making it the first BFU at the time, for any institution of higher learning in Michigan west of Lansing).