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Operation Door Knock

posted Jun 24, 2012, 1:31 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 24, 2012, 1:56 PM ]

It’s time for Australian drivers to learn smart new habits for getting out of and into vehicles. 

Our hospitals are busy with bike riders who have been injured by the thoughtless opening of car doors. There are about two “doorings”  
in Melbourne each week. 

When a bike rider is “doored”, drivers are always legally liable,  more...

BICYCLE SADDLES AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

posted Apr 29, 2012, 12:26 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 24, 2012, 1:20 PM ]

Over the last several years, NIOSH researchers have investigated the potential health effects of prolonged bicycling in police bicycle patrol units, including the possibility that some bicycle saddles exert excessive pressure on the urogenital area of cyclists, restricting blood flow to the genitals, resulting in adverse effects on sexual function. more...

One mile on a bike is a $0.42 economic gain to society, one mile driving is a $0.20 loss

posted Apr 29, 2012, 12:21 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 24, 2012, 1:24 PM ]

Copenhagen, the bicycle-friendliest place on the planet, publishes a biannual Bicycle Account, and buried in its pages is a rather astonishing fact, reports Andy Clarke, president of the league of American Bicyclists:

“When all these factors are added together the net social gain is DKK 1.22 per cycled kilometer. For purposes of comparison there is a net social loss of DKK 0.69 per kilometer driven by car.” 1.22 Danish crowns is about 25 cents and a kilometer is 6/10 of a mile, so we are talking about a net economic gain to society of 42 cents for every bicycle mile traveled. That’s a good number to have in your back pocket.'

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Want more bikers? Build more bike lanes.

posted Apr 29, 2012, 12:15 PM by Austin Greenwood   [ updated Jun 24, 2012, 1:25 PM ]

Yet in a new study (pdf) in the journal Transport Policy, Ralph Buehler and John Pucher suggest that cities might actually be able to influence how many cyclists are on the road. Perhaps all they have to do is — and this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise — build more bike lanes and bike paths. 

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