This has been a big year for bike-sharing, bike lanes, and all manner of bicycle-related urban improvements.
That emphasis is now showing up in smart growth holiday offerings as well. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, in the the Washington, DC, region, is offering reduced-price memberships in Capital BikeShare or credits on ZipCar use to those who join the Coalition.
Three projects that were worked on by Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh & Associates (TSW), an Atlanta-based planning, architecture, and landscape architecture firms, have won awards from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
At the Commission's State of the Region Breakfast, the awards that were presented included these:
The protected bike lane on 9th Avenue was installed in fall 2007. In its first year, crashes involving all street users were down 56 percent, while bicycle ridership along the avenue increased 50 percent. Courtesy of EPA.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is getting ready to introduce a large-scale bicycle-sharing program that would make hundreds or thousands of bikes available for public use throughout New York City.
Toronto blogger James Schwartz cites a 2004 study to make the case that bicyclists contribute more than their share to road maintainence, but impose very little cost on the infrastructure. Some car drivers are resentful.