July 15, 2013

Michael Andersen

Today we’re launching a new feature: a weekly roundup documenting the spread of separated bike facilities around the country and the world. We’ll be tracking relevant projects in likely and unlikely cities and pulling useful details and lessons from them that highlight the advantages and challenges of green lanes.

Protected lane ban: It’s hard to start preparing Illinois’ first statewide bicycle transportation plan when the state DOT says it can’t build modern separated green lanes without three years to collect safety data. (Streetsblog Chicago)

Response to death: “Hamstrung” by that state rule from adding physical lane barriers to the site of an alleged drunk-driving fatality, Chicago DOT is adding buffered bike lanes instead. (Streetsblog Chicago)

Opportunity in Minneapolis: The reconstruction of Minnehaha and Washington avenues give Minneapolis a “once-in-50-year opportunity” to add green lanes such as the curb-separated path rendered above. (TC Daily Planet)

Demonstration in Denver: Last month, two transportation groups set up a temporary bollard-separated bikeway in downtown Denver for Bike to Work Day, helping advance their advocacy for permanent facilities. (CBS Denver)

Green lane proposal in Queens: PDFs illustrate NYDOT’s plan to upgrade buffered bike lanes on Vernon Boulevard in Queens to a two-way protected lane. (Streetsblog NY)

Bike lanes by Boeing? John Pucher plays up the regional rivalry with Portland and Vancouver with his call for Seattle to add physically separated and well-buffered bike lanes. Corporate donations could fund some, he suggests. (Seattle Times)

Buenos Aires embraces bikeways: In conjunction with a new bikesharing system, Argentina’s capital is using physical barriers for its rapidly growing network of bike lanes to build “a sort of South American Holland.” (Road.cc)

Spokane plan: The mid-size Washington city has a separated bike lane in its new downtown bike plan. (Spokesman-Review)

Downtown Calgary bikeway: Includes bike-only traffic signals and green paint in “conflict zones” such as alleys and intersections. It’s the first phase of a planned downtown network. (Calgary Herald)

Where’s east-west? “As good as the bike lane network has become, Manhattan still sorely lacks a safe crosstown route for cyclists.” (NY Daily News)

You had one job: Oops. (Streetsblog SF)

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