Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Best practices in bicycling

Remember the mention of the report from Portland that defined the types of people willing (or unwilling) to bicycle, and the impediments? See the blog entry"Segmenting and rethinking bicyclist behavior and the supports necessary to increase bicycling.

1. Portland has just introduced a cycle track, a dedicated lane for bicyclists, inserted next to the sidewalk, on street formerly used as parking. The parking has been shifted to on street, between adjacent to the cycle track, and next to in-use street lanes.

Portland's KGW-TV has a video story about it, "Mayor Sam hopes track will encourage cyclists:
European-style cycle track downtown

This slightly "breathless" report says that Portland constructed the first cycle track in the country. That's not true, as was reported in the New York Times and by BeyondDC, showing cycle tracks in Manhattan.
Separated bicycle lane in New York City  (Manhattan), southbound 9th Avenue from 23rd Street to 16th Street
Separated bicycle lane in New York City (Manhattan), southbound 9th Avenue from 23rd Street to 16th Street. Photo from BeyondDC.

And even St. Petersburg, Florida has had such a lane for awhile... (When will it be DC's turn?)

St. Petersburg's Bicycling Master Plan has some interesting discussion about vision and their creation of the St. Petersburg City Trails system. St. Petersburg Florida Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs.

2. Plus, Portland has just introduced a new manual for bicycle boulevards, the Bicycle Boulevard Planning & Design Guidebook.

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