Fear of being hit and seriously injured by a car is a major deterrent for people considering whether to bike on city streets. At the same time, city transportation departments use historical crash data to prioritize street design projects where people have been killed and seriously injured. But new research shows that for cyclists, near misses, close calls, and aggressive behavior from other road users can also have a significant effect on people’s biking behaviors or even their decision to ride at all. How can data about these cycling near-misses better inform city transportation policy and street design?
Join NACTO for a conversation with Dr. Rachel Aldred, founder of the UK’s Near Miss Project, to learn how her research has been used to create cycling policy and design improvements in the UK before injuries occur, and why high-quality design is crucial for increased ridership. Dr. Aldred will touch on various approaches to near miss data collection, and how they can help cities provide a more comfortable biking experience, improve biking rates, and make streets safer for everyone.
Some info on doing a ballot measure. Do you think that'd be helpful?
"Ballot measures have become an integral part of transportation finance, particularly to provide a local match for federal dollars. Bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations around the countries are looking towards ballot measures in improving transportation choices and investments. With a 79 percent victory rate in 2012, voters are telling their governments that transportation matters – and they’re willing to pay for it."
A small step forward by the city:
The city's first green bicycle pathway was completed Saturday, running through the Piedmont Avenue commercial district, by the MacArthur BART station and into Emeryville.
A series of sharrows, or shared-lane bicycle markings, stretch along the road shared by motorists and bicyclists for eight-tenths of a mile, Bicycle and Pedestrian Project Manager Jason Patton said.
Oakland's first green bicycle pathway was completed Saturday.
Oakland is planning two new cycle tracks
"...One, a rather clever two-way cycle track connection at upper Broadway, between Keith Ave and Brookside Drive. It will include a bike traffic signal to safely get you on and off of the cycle track and on to the new bike lanes on Broadway. “The challenge here was how to get thru a section of roadway with freeway on and off ramps? We determined that a section of two-way cycle track with a bike traffic signal was the best solution, and would avoid conflicts with the freeway traffic,” said Alaoui Mohamed, Oakland traffic engineer.
Has anyone tried reporting particularly nasty potholes to the city? They ask you to report them via the Public Works Call Center at (510) 615-5566 or online: www2.oaklandnet.com/Government...
"For best results, be as specific as possible about the location(s). Include a street address wherever possible. Prior to installing new bikeways on roads that are not scheduled for resurfacing, bike program staff report potholes for repair."
There is an upcoming kick-off meeting by the EBBC:
January 30, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Help Us Complete Modern Bike Lanes on Telegraph, 14th St, & Park Blvd | Transform Offices, 436 14th St, Suite 600, Central Building at 14th & Broadway. You can park your bike in the basement floor of the building, just ask the guard. More info: Oakland Bikeways Campaign 2013 Kickoff Workshop
I run a bicycle shop and several people a month come in because a pothole ruined their wheel
Thanks Ryan I will definitely check it out!
Oakland has a great Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Committee (BPAC) that's open to the public and meets 5:30-7:30 p.m., every third Thursday of each month.