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Reasons to be Cheerful

Rikha Sharma Rani

8 October 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland is making an effort to make city planning more equitable to include the needs of communities of color. "Esential Places" is the second iteration of a program that started off as "Slow Streets" and was criticiz...

LAist

Ryan Fonseca

24 September 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Five years after Los Angeles launched its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed on city streets have soared. By relying too heavily on the racially fraught an...

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Duncan Lukoye

3 June 2020

Nairobi, Kenya

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In Nairobi, as in other major cities around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted travelers away from mass transit to bicycling for social distancing purposes. This presents policy and safety challenges, as man...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

9 January 2020

Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway saw zero pedestrian and cyclist deaths in 2019. The success comes from infrastructure redesign, increased traffic enforcement, overall policy prioritization of road safety, and collaboration between resid...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

21 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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An extensive investigation that, despite implementing an initiative called "Vision Zero" that aims to eliminate traffic and pedestrian fatalities, many cities still struggle to reduce the number of fatalities, year-ov...

CityLab

Andrew Small

11 November 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.  

CityLab

Laura Bliss

17 October 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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A plan to redesign Market Street in San Francisco uses a controversial approach used by cities around the world: eliminating personal cars entirely. This bicycle, pedestrian and bus-oriented layout approach reduces tr...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

7 October 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In order to cut back on automotive emissions and traffic within the city center, Amsterdam has introduced road-dividing "cuts" - called "knips" in Dutch - along major roadways to make travel in the city center easier ...

CityLab

Laura Laker

27 September 2019

London, England

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In an effort to promote safe streets and bicycle and pedestrian safety, Officials in Tower Hamlets, an East London neighborhood, closed down a main community road to car traffic - and it didn't go well. But local offi...

The Huffington Post

Adam Forrest

25 February 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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To encourage commuters to shift from driving to biking, cities across Europe have tried out a mileage fee earned for commuting via bicycle, often tax-free. Leaders are learning this needs to be coupled with other ince...

Colorado Public Radio

Ryan Warner

22 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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With community support from a network of neighborhood volunteers and financial support from a local business, the Bike Streets Project makes biking more accessible for those “interested, but concerned” about road safe...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

28 January 2019

Bari, Italy

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A city in Southern Italy is starting a program that pays commuters to cycle to work on the heels of similar successful programs in France and the Netherlands. While more cycling can mean improved public health and low...

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Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

Governing

Daniel C. Vock

9 January 2019

Netherlands

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Illinois and Massachusetts have adopted a new traffic safety measure in its road safety manuals. Coined the “Dutch reach,” the international maneuver consists of a person opening their car door with their far hand. Do...

The Times of India

Priya Kapoor

22 December 2018

New Delhi, India

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Nearly 25,000 bicyclists died in crashes in a five year span in India, but reflective tape has the potential to help. Reflective tape, which withstands conditions a typical reflector does not, helps improve the visibi...

Intersections South LA

Eliot Yang

29 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A resident of South Los Angeles addressed a gap in mobility justice by creating a pop-up bike shop and repair service in his community. The shop, operated as a co-op, helps cyclists navigate the often unfriendly L.A. ...

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Melissa Bruntlett

Chris Bruntlett

15 October 2018

Eindhoven, Netherlands

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The Dutch city of Eindhoven was built around the car, even into the 1970s, but as part of remaking itself after its main industries declined or moved away, it has made a dramatic shift to emphasizing cycling. City off...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tom Daykin

12 October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee is poised to pass a complete streets policy that would advance current efforts to make the city more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. But even without this policy in place, projects to widen sidewalk and impro...

The New York Times

Tanya Mohn

5 October 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A retired doctor in Massachusetts created a project to push for more places to adopt the robust culture of cycling and motorist safety from the Netherlands by training everyone in the “Dutch Reach.” Two states have it...

The Guardian

Stephen Burgen

18 September 2018

Pontevedra, Spain

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Rather than attempt to change traffic flow, the city of Pontevedra cut straight to the source of their congestion frustrations; they eliminated cars from their streets entirely. The city center, which now fills to the...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

17 September 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, the nonprofit behind the city's bike share system plans to expand with a dockless model that will bring bikes into more neighborhoods while addressing some of the issues that model has encountered in o...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

14 September 2018

Zwolle, Netherlands

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What do you get when you combine the efforts of an engineering company with an energy company? In the Netherlands, you get a new type of environmentally sustainable roads. PlasticRoads, a piloted initiative in the cit...

Vox

David Roberts

28 August 2018

Netherlands

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Most people in Holland ride a bicycle every week thanks to a widespread public commitment to a biking culture and infrastructure where everyone feels welcome. That includes very visible dedicated bike paths designed f...

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Melissa Petro

14 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The Ghost Bike Project installs stripped-down bikes at the scenes of fatal accidents to raise awareness about the work still needed to ensure safety for cyclists. Project staff also work to correct narratives about bi...

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Rachel Kaufman

23 July 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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New guidelines to help cities manage bike-share programs, based on feedback from 60 cities, could be the key to success for dockless vehicles. The guidelines include recommendations about permits and fines, ways to co...

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