The Washington DC Department of Transportation just released their 2012 bicycle count summary and it shows a 175% increase in peak-hour cycling from 2004-2012 that goes along with a 300% increase in the number of bike lanes in that same time. Washington DC is quickly becoming known as one of the most bike friendly US cities, and the ridership numbers don’t lie. See more at www.ddotdish.com
This illustration was created for a cyclist who was pulled over by a police officer who claimed that the 12ft lane he was in was shareable. I offer it to anyone who needs to make the case that a 12ft lane is not wide enough to share and is thus exempt from any FTR requirement. The lanes is too narrow to share and riding too far right compromises the bicyclist’s safety.
From the SF Gate:
The good news is that there have never been more lanes dedicated to bike traffic in San Francisco. The bad news is bikes and automobiles are still crashing into each other.
Part of the problem is simply sharing the street. But there’s also a concern that the green bike lanes may actually be encouraging collisions.
From the DCist:
Two years later, Capital Bikeshare’s ubiquitous red bikes are housed at over 175 stations (up from 114 when the program started) and are credited by some as sparking a more inclusive conversation around cycling. Veronica Davis, founder of Black Women Bike D.C., remembered hearing talk in 2010 discouraging cycling east of the river.
Veronica Davis, a resident of the Hillcrest neighborhood in Ward 7, recalled thinking, “What about people like me? What am I supposed to do?” When Capital Bikeshare stations opened in the area, she registered and quickly became an advocate of the program, knocking on neighbors’ doors and spreading the word about cycling.
The following year, Davis and two fellow cyclists launched Black Women Bike D.C. on Facebook, which quickly went from an online forum to a bike community that hosts monthly rides, helps women figure out what bike to buy and even connects new cyclists to commuting buddies.