“The infrastructure for cars is really expensive”
“If we don’t have safe corridors to ride, people don’t ride,” she said. “The infrastructure for cars is really expensive, and as more people are on our streets, I think that providing safe pedestrian and bicycle alternatives — that takes a few cars out of the congestion.”
Ellensburg, WA, Proves No Town Is Too Small for Top-Notch Bikeways
OH SNAP: LONDONER ASKS IF PROTECTED BIKE LANES JAM TRAFFIC, GETS SURPRISE ANSWER
Leave it to a Brit to deliver a mathematical smackdown this courteously.
History may never record which anonymous bureaucrat was assigned to field the following question about London’s protected bike lane network (known there as “cycle superhighways”) submitted to the public agency Transport for London:
Prior to the introduction of cycle superhighway, certain claims were made by TfL on the impact on traffic on Upper Thames St. Congestion now seems to be worse than predicted. Please supply any data or reports on the prediction v. reality. If no analysis has been done, please let me know if it will be and if not, why not. Thank you.
It’s a legitimate concern, of course.
Everyone has their opinion on what causes congestion, many of which are conflicting. The causes are complex, but 75% of congestion is caused simply by there being too great a demand for our limited street space. Or, without the jargon: too many motor vehicles and too few people in them.
To solve the problem, the report recommends that the mayor should prioritise the efficient use of our roads, saying that the “most space-efficient means of moving people – walking, cycling and public transport – should be prioritised over low-occupancy private transport.”
Alongside walking, cycling is the most healthy and sustainable of all transport modes and the most efficient way of getting lots of people around on our limited road space.
ENHANCE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS.
IMPLEMENT COMPLETE STREETS ELEMENTS IN THE WEST SIDE.
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Success! Thanks to your collective efforts, we were able to get S2894 posted for a vote by the Senate Budget Committee!
The committee scheduled a new session for Dec 14th.
Improve Driver Education in New Jersey with SB 2894!
Let the Senate Budget Committee know that now is the time to vote on making our roads safer for bike riders and pedestrians in New Jersey! Click here to send a message to the committee.
In a state that typically ranks near the top in bike rider and pedestrian road fatalities, education of new drivers is critical to safer roads. But our legislators continue to ignore the fact that almost a third of those killed on our roads in 2016 were either walking or riding a bicycle. Our legislators’ track record in the current legislative session for doing anything for vulnerable road users is abysmal. But here is a last chance for them!
Senate bill S2894
requires the state’s driver education course, driver’s education manual, and the driver’s license written exam to include cyclist and pedestrian safety information. This education is urgently needed, as too many drivers do not know the law, and educating new drivers is a start to fixing this problem.
Urge Senator Paul Sarlo, the Senate Budget Committee Chair, to call for a vote on S2894 in this legislative session by clicking on the link and sending him a note.
A similar bill passed the State Assembly unanimously in January 2017, but so far, the Senate Budget Committee refuses to vote on this bill. And time is running out!