Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Princeton's Bicycle Advisory Committee!

If you are collecting New Year's resolutions, why not include an intent to look out for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists? Here are a few pointers:
Five Ways Not To Kill Cyclists






Wednesday, December 28, 2016

news: Amsterdam's "bike mayor" plans a move to NYC


"Even in Amsterdam, a place where everyone seems to travel by two wheels, Anna Luten didn't expect to 
become the city's first Bike Mayor. 

"Luten, who now works for the manufacturer Giant Bicycles as a brand manager, won the independent post 
by popular vote last June, becoming the first municipal Bike Mayor in the world. 

"It's all part of a program created by the cycling advocacy group CycleSpace, which hopes to make Luten a 
model for other such positions in cities around the globe, in a bid to raise awareness and promote better 
transportation planning around the globe.

Anna, do you think the bike mayor concept is exportable to other cities? 

"Well, I hope so, because in February I am moving to New York to begin the process of setting up the city with a 
bike mayor program of its own. Working there is going to be fascinating, not least because they have a different 
style of cycling. I think that's partly because, compared to Amsterdam, the distances are so vast. I found Brooklyn 
a more relaxed environment for cycling, perhaps sometimes even better than Amsterdam, but in Manhattan it's 
very different. There, cyclists often avoid major streets and find quieter back routes, trading a slower journey time 
for more safety and less stress. Setting up the project may be a challenge, but it's somehow perfect that the bike 
mayor concept is moving from Amsterdam to New Amsterdam."








Thursday, December 8, 2016

Yelp reviews now include bike parking

In 2015, Yelp incorporated bike parking into reviews. There was no fanfare, but it is a big deal. Why? No parking means no business, and that goes for bicycles as much as for cars.


[Photo by Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia]

Reviews don't say how much bike parking is available, merely whether or not they have parking. But it's a good start.

Read about it here:
http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/yelp-is-on-its-way

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Copenhagen Now Has More Bike Use Than Car Use


This is not about how cool Copenhagen is (we already know it's cool). This is about how it achieved the high ridership.

"So, even though the citizens has access to cheap cars, and cheap parking, they still prefer to go by bike. That right there is all the evidence you need that good bike infrastructure makes all the difference. If you protect people from cars, so that riding is as easy and natural and safe as walking, then people will choose bikes."

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Public Meeting on Nassau St Streetscape Tuesday 11/22

Princeton is re-thinking the sidewalk on Nassau Street, from storefront to curb. There is a public meeting about that this Tuesday, November 22 at 7pm, in the Municipal Building on 400 Witherspoon Street.

We are all pedestrians, and all have a stake in our public sidewalks. This is also a chance for bike riders to advocate for more infrastructure like bike racks, so we don't have to lock our bikes to saplings or parking meters.
There is a cool and interesting document about the Streetscape Design Standards, specifically for Nassau Street, which you can download from the municpal website:
princetonnj.gov/Streetscapes/16005-Draft-Design-Guidelines-161005.pdf


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanks to Princeton drivers

So many people have stopped their cars to let me and my bike cross the road in front of them, I thought it was worth a public thank you.

My letter is in this week's Town Topics:

http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/2016/11/16/bike-rider-thanks-princeton-motorists-for-courtesy-shown-at-intersections/

-Tineke