One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.
It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.
"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."
Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.
On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.
Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.
The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle.
Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet. But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.
How do you get to work: Do you drive? Do you take the bus? Perhaps you carpool. What would it take to get you to ride a bike to work? Would you ride a bike if there were more trails away from traffic? Perhaps the only thing stopping you from putting the clippy shoe on the pedal is all those pesky inclines. Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about what their bike utopia would look like and checks in with reporter Erica Barnett about what is in the Seattle Master Bike Plan (PDF).
Public Meeting "Making the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Work for Your Business," 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center (1301 Second Ave, floor 17). Host: Seattle Department of Transportation.
The city’s first cycle tracks have been installed in North Seattle. They’re designated bike lanes, separated from car traffic by a parking strip and located on Linden Avenue, a quiet side street just off Aurora Avenue North.
Today is National Bike to Work Day and The Conversation’s Hannah Burn asked people in the neighborhood how they got to work or school today. The Census Bureau reports that in 2011, about half a percent of commuters biked to work in the United States. Seattle seems to trend higher as of the 14 people Burn talked to, 28 percent were cyclists.
National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.
For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.
The plan to create a bike sharing program in Seattle is clicking into a higher gear. Puget Sound Bike Share hopes to launch in 2014 in parts of the University District, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown and Queen Anne. Organizers updated Seattle officials Tuesday on their progress and said they hope to hire a vendor by the spring.
Seattle is in the process of updating its 20 year Bicycle Master Plan. Public comment is due January 31 – the last Thursday of this month. Bike advocates say the plan would transform Seattle into one of the top cycling cities in the world. But will the changes be enough to convince you to commute to work by a bike? Ross Reynolds takes a closer look at the proposed plan with special guests and listeners.