[Snipped from the Centerlines e-newsletter #216 published by the National
Center for Bicycling and Walking]
COME ON GOOGLE -- GET MORE CYCLE-FRIENDLY!
According to the Nov. 27th Life Cycle UK newsletter, "A global campaign is
underway to persuade the planet's favourite search engine to be more
cycle-friendly. Many of us use the wonderful Google maps to find our way
around. The maps show a street plan, or at the click of a button, an aerial
photo to help you get a feel for the terrain. Another click and you can
summon up live traffic info, and car drivers can get detailed directions
from A to B. For the USA and some other countries Google has also added a
mass transit directions option which tells you how to reach your destination
by bus, tram or train. Now cyclists are asking for a Bike There feature.
"The organisers of the campaign say: 'By implementing the "Public Transit"
option, Google and the Google Maps team have shown themselves to be
concerned and capable world citizens. A "Bike There" feature would be the
ultimate statement in support of sustainable development, self-reliance,
exercise and healthy living: that's bicycle directions.'
"Campaigners envisage the "Bike There" feature showing cycle lanes, bike
paths and other infrastructure, and giving cyclists the option of seeing
either the most direct route or the quietist and safest. The feature would
make cycling easier and more pleasant for millions of people around the
world. It would empower world citizens to adapt their lifestyles to face the
challenges of global climate change and it would help Google fulfill its
mission of "organising the world's information and making it universally
accessible and useful. More than 40,000 people have already signed the
on-line petition. Add your voice to the campaign now!"
To learn more, go to:
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Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 9:03 AM
Subject: Active Transportation - Canada: July 20, 2009
Active Transportation - Canada features a regular posting of news articles, studies, reports, and other items that have relevance in this field, with previous postings available in an archive. In addition, pictures of existing Active Transportation infrastructure from communities across Canada will be profiled each week.
The following items have recently been posted to the Active Transportation - Canada Blog. To view in more detail, go to: http://activetransportation-canada.blogspot.com
AT Infrastructure Example: Halifax NS - Informal bike parking
1.. Arrest made, van seized after hit-and-run injures five cyclists
2.. New ACT Canada Newsletter
3.. Commuting by Bike or Foot Provides Heart Help for Men in Study
4.. Carless in Calgary
5.. Dufferin County Active Transportation and Trails (DCATT) Master Plan
6.. Chaos! Mayhem! The End of The World As We Know It! Would That Be Such A Bad Thing?
7.. Calgary - No plans to unveil new pedestrian bridge
8.. The pedestrian's guide to Toronto
9.. Clark County commission broaches idea of tax on bikes
10.. Eco Mobile à Laval launches "Try a Bike" - En Route to Active Transportation
11.. Victoria Walks
12.. Walking Promotion in NZ
13.. Dar plans for bicycle lanes to ease congestion
14.. Report: Reclaiming city streets for people
15.. Netherlands: e-Bikes Market Share Surging
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Thought folks may be interested in this . . .
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This discussion is happening in Metro Vancouver right now about taxing and
licensing cyclists. Looks like some good arguments in there for when the
issues come up here in Winnipeg.
davidallanin Burnaby NewsLeader - COLUMN: It’s time to end the free ride for
on Burnaby Newsleader <http://burnabynewsleader.disqus.com/>
"It's time to end the free ride for motorists. As a car-free person and
cyclist by choice, I am constantly being forced to subsidize a motoring
lifestyle that is rapidly destroying the public environment for private
benefit, which in turn serves to destroy my own, and my neighbours' health
Whenever I see "free" parking, I pay for that. Every time I see an obese
smoker idling in traffic inside a ton of useless metal, with three empty
seats beside her, I think, 'there is my tax dollars subsidising an unhealthy
lifestyle enabled by motoring,' and I will pay for that for years to come.
Your auto insurance subsidy, your gasoline subsidy, your parking subsidy,
the brown haze of pollution, I pay for that.
Police services that assumes I am at fault in any collision, and that
laughed in my face when I asked about the liklihood of my stolen bike being
returned, I pay for that. yet I see a large publically funded bait-car
campaign with a great deal of advertising. I pay for that.
Without any public consultation, the federal goverenmnet has seen fit to buy
12% of a fqiled foreign car company, and will guarantee warranties on poorly
built products. I pay for that.
Cyclists are not some strange invasive species. They are your friends and
neighbours, your doctor and your postman; they are homeowners, business
owners and sometimes motorists and yes, they are already taxpayers, just
Unlike many self-serving lobby groups, the future that cyclists desire is a
benefit to everyone--clean air, a clean and healthy food and water supply,
communities and streets that are safe for all users. Instead of attacking
bicycle riders, you should be thanking them for trying to bring a healthier
and more livable future to the Lower Mainland."
And another reply to the news article suggesting that pedestrians should be
taxed and licensed as well since they are using sidewalks / roadways as
Nothing fancy about this video, but it's an introduction to a competition in
two categories in the competition: "Why Biking Rules!" and "The Biking Rules
The video is somewhat entertaining in how poor some cycling skills and
etiquette are though!
This report is intended to serve as a planning and conceptual design guide
for planners, engineers, citizens, advocates, and decision makers who are
considering bicycle boulevards in their community. Data for this guide was
developed from literature review, case study interviews, and input from a
panel of professional experts.
Download the 6 MB document at:
Interesting article. What kind of Galapagos finch are you?
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"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" Groucho Marx
"Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance your must keep on moving" Albert Einstein
Strong emphasis on AT in this report on the built environment from the
Social Planning Council of Cambridge in Ontario.
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This Ontario report may be of interest.
(Trish, could you circulate to PANS?)
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2009-07-13 09:52 PHAC Ontario Integrated Strategy
PHAC Regional KDE Network, Gregory
Report now available on Built
Please note that the final report from the PHAC (ONT-NUN) funded work on
the built environment is now available electronically. It has some very
useful information and a number of case studies from the region. It is also
available on the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition website.
(See attached file: Our CommunitiesOurHealthOurFuture.pdf)
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It's interesting to watch all the news coverage on one lane being given to
cyclists in Vancouver, BC.
Here is an interesting article with lots of good quotes. Such as "The
bridge doesn’t just carry traffic, it carries addicts."
It's also interesting to read the comments people are writing on any
articles on the lane closure, not too pretty.