Interventions

6 Dec

It’s always hard to come up with a (hopefully) catchy tag line for a post that amounts to: “Here is a bunch of interesting stuff I’ve come across lately.”  Here is some of that stuff.

BicycleMasterplan

Bicycle Master Plan Facebook Page

The Richmond Bicycle Master Plan (currently under development) now has a Facebook page.  It’s not fully clear whether this was put in place by the consultants working on the plan for the city, or other advocates, but it is a good place to look for updates on the plan and opportunities to provide input.  Another place is the city’s Bike-Ped site.

Charter 2015

As reported by the RTD, RideFinders and Richmond 2015 are teaming up with an initiative to promote bike commuting called Charter 2015:

Their Charter 2015 initiative asks companies to assist bicycling employees by doing such things as making on-site showers available, providing secure and convenient bike racks, and supporting bike clubs.

A business that scores well enough on a 10-point assessment can earn certification and a bronze, silver or gold rating from the Washington-based League of American Bicyclists.

If you work for a business that does not yet offer such things, consider approaching those in charge about working toward becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Business.

Coexisting on the Streets

Richmond.com recently posted a story and video that goes over the basics of how bicyclists, pedestrians, and cars should deal with one another safely on the road.  VCU Rambike’s Brantley Tyndall breaks down the fundamentals of lane positioning, lights, and crosswalks, among others.

Dial “S” for Sharrow

Sharrows or shared lane markings, which is most of what has been added to Richmond’s bicycle infrastructure in the last couple of years, get mixed reviews.  I’m skeptical because I doubt they encourage that many people to use a bicycle who didn’t do so already.  And they’ve been used on streets in Richmond such as Boulevard that are not very good for  cycling in terms of speed and traffic volume.

That said, I really liked this video (via Urban Velo) explaining sharrows from the Edmonton Office of Transportation Planning.  Leaving aside whether you like sharrows or not, this lego-antimated spot strikes me as worthwhile attempt to make cycling-related education fun.

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2 Responses to “Interventions”

  1. Kirk December 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    I like the sharrows rather more than the vast majority of bike lanes I’ve ridden in over the years. There are some strange placements (Boulevard?), and the early placement of them on the streets was poor but has improved. I’ve noticed a decrease in motorist harassment along Meadow/Hermitage since the sharrows were put in (I ride that street almost daily). That’s not real data; it’s anecdote, but the sharrows seem to make drivers at least aware you’re supposed to be there. So much of the lane design I’ve seen over the years ranges from awful to atrocious I think we should look at any proposed lanes very carefully.

  2. billyboneparte42 December 8, 2013 at 5:06 AM #

    That lego video was well done and I really got a kick out of it. I agree that the sharrows kind of suck and that something like lanes would be more appropriate in their place, but they’re better than having nothing; it’s like getting socks for xmas instead of the Red Ryder BB gun.

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