Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The above map from the CDC shows obesity rates across the United States. It was recently featured in blogs on both Streetsblog and Copenhagenize to illustrate America's need for exercise. This begs the question "can america afford not to bike more?"
Over the years, as apathy and depression got the better of me and I lost a number of jobs on my way to rock bottom, I began to ride that bike more and more. At first, it was absolutely necessary as I could no longer afford to insure, register, fuel, maintain, and pay for parking and no-insurance tickets for my little car. I'll be the first to admit that I became a fuck-up. [click 'more' to keep reading]
Monday, November 28, 2011
Do you think you're brave enough to face frantic last minute shoppers, icy roads, and frigid temperatures? Then this is the race for you. The Nightmare Before Christmas Alleycat promises to be the craziest, most monstrous, most legendary race of the year and is the perfect way to say hello to 2012 and au revoir to 2011. It will be dark and cold so be sure to bring appropriate clothing (ugly christmas sweaters hand stitched by your granny are optional) and all the lighting and reflective gear you find necessary. Be sure to bring:
I found this photo of a bicycle delivery man at the Salt Lake County Archives. Check out his kick-stand, and the umbrella he has tucked into his handlebars. The photo was taken at 1764 S. 200 E. circa 1936.
(Source: Salt Lake County Tax Appraisal Cards and Photographs)
If you're interested in the history of cycling in Utah, the Utah Historical Quarterly has published two interesting articles in their summer and fall issues. The article in the summer issue is titled "Fast Revolutions: Bicycles, Paved Paths, and the Creation of a Middle-Class Salt Lake City, 1890-1903" (by Ted Moore) and the article in the fall issue is titled "Speed Merchants: The History of Professional Cycling in Salt Lake City, 1898-1914" (also by Ted Moore). Both are available at the main branch of the public library, or the Marriott Library on the U of U campus.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
"Recently, we provided a few tips for effectively biking through wet leaves, which have just about saturated Portland’s streets. With temperatures expected to dip below freezing soon, now is the time to prepare for safe winter bicycling and icy conditions ahead.
Thanks to Salt Lake City Green for the links.
Friday, November 18, 2011
|A snapshot from UDOT's bicycle crash analysis|
Download report here.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The second event this week is the third Screw Fall; We're Riding! Alleycat Series of the month. It's tomorrow, Friday 11.18.11, at 6 pm. It is the 4th annual Cranksgiving alleycat, so we'll be stopping at stores and spending $5-$10 on groceries which will be donated to the food bank. Come one come all to the Hospital Trax Station (last stop on the University Red line) at 6 pm. We'll be meeting there then riding to an undisclosed starting location. Bring $10 or so for groceries, a bag, a lock, and probably some lights. It ends at the SLC Bicycle Collective, meaning the race is almost entirely downhill (very beginner friendly)!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
Today Transportation Alternatives' Neighborhood Traffic Monitoring Kit caught my eye. It's an impressive and enabling document that lays out in step-by-step terms the civic and research actions that can be taken to improve a problematic area of city infrastructure. New York City's civic structure is complicated and comprehensive and this kit helps activists navigate that with specific examples. The specifics may not be relevant to Salt Lake, but we would do well to learn from the comprehensive tactics of assessing a problem area, notifying community liaisons within the Department of Public Safety, scientifically recording data, and presenting it though a variety of information outlets. The toolkit can be downloaded here, an example of this system being used to good effect can be read about here.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Coordinator says bicycling in Salt Lake City is easy, money-saving and “cooler” than ever
SALT LAKE CITY – Salt Lake City's investments in bicycle infrastructure, including approximately 50 lane miles of new on-road bikeways and locally designed "green shared lanes" in the downtown area, are paying off with a one-year 27 percent increase in the number of bicyclists, according to the City's second annualbicycle count.
"The City's bike count reflected a tremendous increase in bicycling," said Becka Roolf, Salt Lake City bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. "Our results compare very favorably to other cities. For example, New York City has been heralded for its gains in bicycle commuting, yet saw only a 14 percent increase from its 2010 to 2011 April count numbers."
Roolf says the one-year boost may be attributed to a mix of factors including Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker's commitment to bicycle infrastructure, higher gas prices and a growing "hip" factor for bicycling among urban twenty- and thirty-somethings.
The count, which uses volunteers to collect data, surveyed 16 locations during the second week of September. The 27 percent increase was calculated by comparing the 12 locations that were included in both the 2010 and 2011 counts. The weather was similarly sunny and seasonably warm for both years’ counts.
Andrew Coffey, a senior political science major from the University of Utah interning with Salt Lake City through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, coordinated the 2011 survey. Coffey, who is not a regular bicyclist himself, said he was impressed at the strength of the local bicycle community turning out to help with the data collection.
"Even during the count, our returning volunteers remarked that they were seeing more bicyclists than last year," Coffey said.
Coffey directed 60 volunteers in staffing the count and used his statistics background to analyze the results.
The top locations for bicycling were near the University of Utah and in the heart of downtown. Also, Coffey noted that the Jordan River Trail posted a considerable amount of bicycle traffic.
The area with the biggest jump in number of bicyclists–a 109% increase–was on 1700 South at 900 West. Most of the 1700 South corridor from 1700 East to Redwood Road received new or redesigned bikeways in 2011 in conjunction with a resurfacing project. This work was designated as part of the City's implementation of the Complete Streets ordinance.
To find out more about bicycling in Salt Lake City, and view a recently updated citywide bikeways map, go to www.slcgov.com/bike/.