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My criticism of the Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program

I’d like to expand on my criticism of the Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC) program and why I think it is so abhorrent. I’ve written two books & thousands of magazine articles on bicycling, and worked since 1981 as an expert … Continue reading

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Bike Lanes as Traps

There are both implicit and explicit hazards introduced by segregated bike lanes on the road. By implicit hazards we mean encouraging poor position on the road — slinking along the edge to “stay out of the way”. In this article, … Continue reading

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Rocket Science and Bicycle Facilities

One of my friends likes to say “Advocacy for cycling isn’t like rocket science. It’s much harder.” (Reason: if the rocket blows up, everyone knows they screwed up. When a cyclist gets killed because of a bad facility, the designer … Continue reading

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Why Downhill Bike Lanes are Dangerous

Bike lanes are often promoted as “the solution” for bicycling anywhere. But there are many places where bike lanes are not appropriate and even dangerous. One such place is on a downhill where the slope is greater than about two … Continue reading

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Chicago Bikelanes

Here are some photos of bicycle facilities in downtown Chicago from July 2014. 1. 2-way cycle track on Dearborn (looking south) at Madison, Chicago Loop Dearborn is a 1-way street with 2-way cycle lanes. Note how narrow the lanes are. … Continue reading

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New Haven & Albany Bikelanes

Here are some photos of bicycle facilities in New Haven and Albany from June 2014. 1. Elm St. at Temple looking E, New Haven, CT

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MOVE OVER OR SLOW DOWN, a good safety message

In my new hometown of Prescott, Arizona, I’ve gone exploring looking for good and bad places to ride my bicycle. I found a really bad place: a narrow bike lane on a hilly multi-lane road, Willow Creek Road. The bike … Continue reading

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The new mission (or vision) at LAB

Here, in its entirety, is what LAB posted on its website on January 17, 2014, regarding its emphasis for at least the near-term future.  Bill Hoffman’s comments follow. LAB is no longer a membership organization; it’s a lobbying group that … Continue reading

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Momentum Magazine vs. John Allen on Cycling Infrastructure

Rather than retype everything, go here: http://labikes.blogspot.com/2014/02/when-did-momentum-magazine-lose-its.html

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“I Am Traffic”

A new bicycling education and advocacy organization “I Am Traffic” held a colloquium in Feb. 23-24 Orlando. You can watch some of the presentations and read some really good educational material from the website. The keynote speaker was Keri Caffrey … Continue reading

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