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Bike Lanes are Not for Cyclists--so who *are* they for?| Beyond the Automobile
very day, people make decisions on how they will travel. Some choose to drive, while others take transit. For short trips, many people choose to walk. Increasingly in many cities, people are now choosing to travel by bike. What’s been learned from countless recent cycling projects is that when you make improvements that make travelling by bicycle safer, more people choose to ride bikes.

Which brings me to my point: bike lanes are not for cyclists – they’re for people who ride bikes. Ordinary people, wearing ordinary clothes, who have chosen to travel by bike. Most don’t identify as “cyclists”, they won’t yell at you for cutting them off, they don’t blatantly run red lights, and you definitely won’t catch them sporting Lycra. Every morning, they simply get dressed for work, hop on their bikes, and enjoy the convenience of cycling.


Take Toronto, for example. As of August, the Toronto Bike Share had already surpassed last year’s ridership, a protected bike lane pilot on Bloor Street led to a 49% increase in cycling volumes in less than a year, and the city’s bikeway on Richmond was carrying up to 674 bikes in a single hour. Even local conservative reporter Sue-Ann Levy has taken an interest in cycling, admitting so being a “born-again cyclist”. In vast stretches of the city, more and more people are riding bikes. Where is this growth coming from? More annoying “cyclists”? Nope – Toronto’s cycling growth is coming from more normal people choosing to ride bikes.

Every time cities add new bike lanes, the cycling network grows, and travelling by bicycle becomes a safe, convenient option for more people.

MoBikeFed comment: This trend has been very, very clear in Missouri. Communities that spend a little time and effort building bicycle facilities find that the amount of bicycling tracks very closely with the quality of their system.

Communities like Columbia, Springfield, and St. Louis that have been building out their systems for a while have by far the most bicycling. Cities like Kansas City that got a later start--and so have fewer good facilities--have noticeably more people bicycling than they did previously, but are well behind the cities that got an earlier start.

Communities that have put little or no investment into bikeways or trails have very few people bicycling.

People don't change--but when you change their environment for the better by making safer places to walk or bicycle, their behavior certainly does change.

U.S. Census data shows some of the differences between Missouri cities:

http://mobikefed.org/2015/10/bicycle-commuting-missouri-st-louis-kansas-city-according-census-data
cycling  planning  infrastructure  bikelanes 
23 hours ago by mobikefed
Davis Bicycles!: ‘Car children’ learn less in school
Davis article commenting on Danish study of the benefits of kids' walking/biking to school on their learning
davis  california  cycling  17bern  denmark  study  school  children  commute  walking  driving  car  comparison  learning  infrastructure  city 
23 hours ago by csrollyson
ello/wtf
Good example of how to manage Jekyll infrastructure documentation website for a company
infrastructure  devops  jekyll 
yesterday by cd
From 0 to ~100: Business Continuity with PostgreSQL
From 0 to ~100: Business Continuity with PostgreSQL Upcoming SlideShare Loading in …5 × From 0 to ~100: Business Continuity with PostgreSQL 1. WHO WANTS A SERVICE WITH ZERO DOWNTIME? 2. … EVERYBODY 3. IS IT THAT GOOD? 4. NOT JUST TECHNOLOGY. RISKS, PROCEDURES, PEOPLE 5. via Pocket
ifttt  pocket  architecture  backup  database  infrastructure  postgres  programming 
yesterday by jeremyday
Mailing List Archive: GCSC critical infrastructure protection questions: your input needed.
One of PCH’s long-term efforts has been to encourage governments to restrict their use of offensive cyber attacks against civilian networks. As you
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yesterday by curiousstranger
Forbes Welcome
Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have become the scourge of the internet. DDoS attacks use compromised internet devices to generate enormous volumes of data and direct that data at a particular target such as a web server or router. That target either keels over due to some critical …
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yesterday by curiousstranger
| Freedom House
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Online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, …
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yesterday by curiousstranger
'FF XIV' Japanese Data Centers Under DDoS Attack
The attacks comes a few days after Square Enix mentioned that it was hit with a new pattern of DDoS attacks, which started in late October.
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yesterday by curiousstranger
InLinkUK - targeted advertising, planning permission and public space
RT @richardjpope: The UK planning system *still* stuck in an age of paper. Chances of it responding effectively this this are zero:
infrastructure  iot  ugh 
2 days ago by libbymiller
The Case of The Dark Web DDoS - Part 2
In part one of this two-part series, I described what we know about the September 14 attack against the drug sites on the Tor network. To review:

The …
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2 days ago by curiousstranger

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