July 22, 2013

Michael Andersen

Atlanta’s making progress, Savannah’s taking notice and Cincinnati is catching up in the week’s news about the spread of separated bike lanes:

Construction starts on Atlanta cycle track: Already popular for people on bikes, Midtown Atlanta’s five-lane 10th Street will become one of the best urban bikeways in the South thanks to a two-way cycle track due for completion in August.

Recreation and transportation, together in green lanes: Connect Savannah’s John Bennett explains how separated lanes unite different kinds of advocates.

Minneapolis momentum: Consensus is growing for “something more than paint” to separate bike and auto traffic in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune reports. They predict a “six-block, $8.9 million reconstruction of Washington Avenue S” next year but downplay the chance for a cycle track on cross-cutting Minnehaha, due to the number of oddly angled intersections.

Cincinnati cycle track: A proposed stretch of cycle track on the downtown Central Parkway would be “a game-changer for Cincinnati,” a senior city planner tells Urban Cincy.

Car-free plazas in SF: What’s the cheapest way to keep bikes physically separated from cars? Close the whole street to cars. That’s what San Francisco is proposing along a stretch of Market Street, but there are a few variations on the concept.

Parking vs. lane separation in SF: San Francisco cuts 9 of 20 blocks of separated bikeway from a new layout for Polk Street after businesses balk at removing auto parking, despite evidence that good bikeways are great for helping develop business corridors.

Protected lane plan in Vancouver: Amid controversy about a new traffic diverter, Vancouver, BC, releases final recommendations for an “active transportation corridor” in the central Kitsilano neighborhood. It’s separated bikeways all the way.

Bad bollard: Here’s a rule of thumb for the posts that keep cars off many bike paths and lanes: Gray? No way.

Fast-motion Montreal: If you want an intuitive sense of what Montreal’s downtown curb-separated bike lane feels like, this two-minute video is a pretty efficient way to get it.

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