Neal Pearce highlights the posiblities for cycle tracks in U.S. cities in his July 8 article. Such infrastructure could address a number of growing concerns from climate change to obesity. As he writes,
Cycle tracks are actually a separated part of the roadway yet distinct from the roadway, distinct from the sidewalk. In their purest form — Odense, Denmark, where 50 percent of all city journeys are by bicycle — the paths even have their own traffic signals.
What actually separates the cycle track? It can be a long, narrow curb. Or a line of cones or concrete barriers. Or metal stanchions. Or a line of trees and other vegetation (an on-street greenway).
Another solution, tried on relatively wide streets in Bogota, Paris, London and elsewhere, is to move the parking lane several feet from the sidewalk, creating a new lane for cyclists between the sidewalk and parked cars. Brooklyn-based bicycle advocate/blogger Aaron Naparstek has an excellent online video celebrating that solution (www.streetfilms.org/archives/physically-separated-bike-lanes/).
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Walking your talk can be challenging. Bicycling your talk in a world devoted to the automobile is almost impossible. So it comes as no surprise that newly elected Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland was the only attendee at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel meeting in Meeker to arrive by bicycle.
The 6 hour trip in a headwind gave Ireland a up-close view of some of the transportation challenges confronting the state.
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To the joy (and relief) of bicyclists, Garco Commissioners decided spend extra funds to use smaller-diameter gravel on chip seal projects for six county roads that cyclists frequently use.
The Garfield County commissioners also said they will consider spending extra taxpayer dollars on some road projects this summer to accommodate cyclists.
Garfield County budgeted $1.1 million this summer for routine maintenance of some of its road network. The roads in roughest shape will receive a new chip seal surface, with the 3/4-inch gravel.
At Commissioner Tresi Houpt’s suggestion, the county got a second bid on topping the 3/4-inch gravel with a 3/8-inch mixture. The bid came in at $652,000 for all the projects.
Houpt supported spending that amount and topping all roads scheduled for work this summer with the smoother surface.
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On mountain trails and bike paths, businesspeople are breaking a sweat and brokering deals. For some, it has replaced golf and squash as a way to network, chat up clients or get one-on-one time with the boss.
The learning curve is easy because most people began riding bikes as children. The same can’t be said of golf, which can be maddeningly difficult.
Read the full article in the Denver Post . . .