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There's Been A Rise In Bike Fatalities, But That's Not The Whole Story 29.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A report released Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Association stated the number of bike fatalities in the U.S. increased 16 percent from 2010 to 2012. Yet despite the uptick in cyclist deaths -- fatalities went from 621 in 2010 to 680 in 2011 and reached 722 in 2012, according to the report -- active transit advocates argue that in larger context, biking in the U.S. is actually getting safer in terms of fatalities as it becomes more and more popular. As the cycling community blog Bike Portland notes, the report " [assesses] the risk of biking by tallying the number of times somebody died, rather than considering the probability that somebody would die ." The report and its author, Dr. Allan Williams, acknowledge the catch. Williams, a former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, told NPR on Monday that the main reason for the increase in cycling fatalities was simple: More people are biking . The longstanding challenge to adding such context to numbers like the GHSA's ...
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The Small Item That's Changing Rides For Cyclists Everywhere 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been three years since a driver plowed into Megan Odett and her one-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. street, and even now, she can’t fully straighten her leg. “They never caught the person who left me lying in the crosswalk, curled up around my son,” Odett, 35, told The Huffington Post by phone last week. The three witnesses to the crash couldn’t agree on the driver’s license plate number, so no one was ever prosecuted. Though Odett was on foot when she was hit, she normally travels with her children on a 100-pound cargo bike. After several close calls cycling, the crosswalk crash was the final straw that prompted her to wear a GoPro camera on her rides. “I didn’t have any faith if that were to happen to me again, the person responsible would be brought to justice and kept off the road,” said Odette, the force behind Kidical Mass D.C., a group that promotes safe family biking . Odette is just one of many cyclists turning to a "black box:" an impact-resistant, mountable camera that records footage ...
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The best bicycle infrastructure cartoon I've ever seen 18.10.2014 TreeHugger
Horrible bike infrastructure is a bitter joke to bicyclists in a many a jurisdiction. Thanks to Steve Patrick Adams for highlighting the absurdity of this in a way the average person can understand in the cartoon above.
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Bring Home Best-in-the-World Ideas to Make Sure Your City Thrives 13.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Floating billion dollar bike lane proposed for the Thames River in London 10.10.2014 TreeHugger
Dead in the water, pie in the sky, or serious proposal?
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Why U.S. women don't bike: blame it on the childcare and the chores 7.10.2014 TreeHugger
We at TreeHugger have written before on the possible reasons city biking is still predominantly male. But now the Dutch tell us what we already guessed: it's kitchen drudgery keeping us from our bicycles.
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America's 'Most Infamous Car Town' Rethinks Transportation 7.10.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by Capital and Main and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Sign up here for email updates from Capital & Main. Seleta Reynolds, Los Angeles’ new chief of transportation, wants to help break L.A.’s dependence on cars. She believes that bikes are key to doing it. New York City, the Bay Area and other metropolises have already begun to show that a mixed transportation network with a central role for bicycles can be achieved in America. But can bikes prosper in the most infamous car town in the world? Before being hired by Mayor Eric Garcetti this summer, Reynolds helped lead San Francisco’s Livable Streets office in that city’s transportation agency. She sees a bit of L.A.’s future in San Francisco’s present. “In San Francisco, people are truly multimodal,” she told Capital & Main . “They take taxis, they take Uber and Lyft. They ride their bikes, they take a bike-share. They take the ferry, they ride the bus, they take the Muni Metro. Sometimes they ...
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Cardboard panniers make it safer and easier to do normal stuff on a bike 1.10.2014 TreeHugger
Now this is clever: architects design cheap folding carriers to make everyday tasks better on a bike.
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Agenda 21 Update: The battle in the bike lanes 1.10.2014 TreeHugger
It's the election cycle, and Agenda 21 has become an issue.
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How a decaying Swedish city became an eco-friendly hub 1.10.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Malmö has embraced smart tech, green roofs and car-sharing — and produces 30 percent of its energy via renewables.

How a decaying Swedish city became an eco-friendly hub
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There's a Strong Link Between Solving the Global Climate Crisis and Improving Our Health 30.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Consider the following (seemingly unrelated) realities: 1) An estimated 7 million deaths are attributed to air pollution every year; 2) over half of the U.S. population does not attain recommended minimum levels of daily exercise, contributing to rising rates of obesity and related diabetes, cancer and heart disease; and 3) greenhouse gas emissions -- responsible for the global climate crisis -- rose the fastest (roughly 2 percent per year) in the past decade, approximately twice the rate from the period between 1970 and 2000. What do these three threats to our health and our planet have in common? Fossil fuels. Fossil fuel combustion accounted for approximately 78 percent of the total increase in carbon dioxide between 1970 and 2010. Of course burning oil, gas and coal also release pollutants such as fine particulates, e.g. PM2.5, known to be harmful to human health. Therefore, cleaner energy can help both reduce the heating of the planet, while saving lives from air pollution. Greenhouse gas mitigation ...
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These Streets Are Made for Walking 25.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Pittsburgh's mayor wants to 'Copenhagenize' his city! (video) 23.9.2014 TreeHugger
One more US city fully commits to transforming itself into a better place to live for all.
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A cyclist's plea to motorists 22.9.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Cars are a deadly weapon and drivers need to take care.
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Tackling Climate Change Presents A 'Golden Opportunity' For Public Health 22.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For Carol Kelly, biking to and from work is a no-brainer: She doesn't have to deal with the notorious Seattle traffic, she can exercise without visiting the dreary gym and she saves money on gas. And, of course, she acknowledges that her swap of a tailpipe for pedals contributes -- at least in a small way -- to tackling climate change. "I don't necessarily connect it to climate, but it's a bonus," said Kelly, 47, a fine arts professor at Seattle University, as she waited on her bike at a stop sign Friday evening in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. "The planet is going to burn up. If everyone were on bikes, it wouldn't be as much of a problem." Biking, walking and other active forms of transportation are just a few ways that reducing our use of fossil fuels may benefit not only the planet but also our health and the economy, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday -- to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City . The new ...
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Biking or walking may be the secret to a happier life 15.9.2014 TreeHugger
A UK study finds that people who switch from driving to walking or cycling have better moods than other commuters.
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Ideas why 0 bikers have been killed on bike-sharing bikes 12.9.2014 TreeHugger
When Mike reported on the fact that there have been 23 million bike-sharing rides in the US since 2007 and 0 deaths, one of the first things I thought was, "How could that be?" A couple of ideas rather quickly popped into my head.
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It turns out that protected bike lanes speed traffic up while decreasing accidents 11.9.2014 TreeHugger
This article includes our favorite graph!
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Build It and Bikes Will Come 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Build It and Bikes Will Come 11.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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