Grazie, Lagatta. Ha!" Lycra louts", I will have to remember that one!! Yes,generally,they are confined to their own special lane in the two major parks here,and have free reign up on the levee as well,where, if you are anywhere near,(I ride up there all the time),they have no qualms about,a.); scaring the shit out of you from behind,or b.):coming as close as they can to you at full speed. I used to bike race in my college years and would never dream of training to the point of terrorizing others. I think the majority of them are out of control.
I am finding drivers here a bit more courteous but,am ever vigilant,especially of doors swinging out,with the person on a cell phone,oblivious.
What a cool site!! Thanks. We are seeing more and more people cycling to the Fairgrounds and around the city this year for the Jazz Fest which is wonderful. Hopefully,more will catch on and the car traffic will be less of a headache.
Our famous Bixi bicycle rental scheme (patterned on Vélib in Paris) has taken off early because of the early Spring; I see lots of people on them and some of the stations have doubled or trebled in size. This also increases the "critical mass" of people cycling in ordinary clothes that they would wear to go to work, university, run errands, meet friends etc. I don't really need one; although my old Raleigh has been fitted with new wheels, tires, dérailleur etc - with a special low gear to spare my arthritic knee; I climb hills by "spinning" fast (en moulinant) not by forcing my joint.
Amsterdamize, Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic all have links to many other sites. I appreciate Chic Cyclist (from Boston) as it is a city of similar vintage and feel, though Montréal is more of a grid (Boston is more like Québec City, though obviously a lot bigger). Older cities built up before cars were generalised tend to be more compact, which makes them cyclable, but only if car traffic can be calmed. And while NOLA's low, flat profile has caused you a lot of grief, it also makes you as easily cyclable as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
I haven't seen a cycle chic type blog from NOLA yet, but one probably exists out there somewhere.
It is with tremendous glee that I post the following pictures. At long,long last, a bicycle path along a major corridor just 2 blocks from my house. They began work on back around Carnival time and have just opened it to traffic. It is on both sides of the avenue and runs from Saint Charles Avenue all the way to Earhart Blvd. You have no idea how long I have waited for this!!!! (This may not seem like a big deal for most cities but,this is New Orleans, and it's a real big deal!!)
Casimira, this is fabulous! Do you feel that the configuration will lessen the chance of people opening the doors of their parked vehicles into oncoming bikes? Maybe it's gotten better through the years, but I always felt New Orleans drivers were particularly bone-headed about sharing the road with cyclists.
They're a bit better about it Bixa,although, I don't ride my bike down Oak Street during peak hours for that very reason. Generally,on Carrollton, in the pics, one can see ahead of time when on a bike and holler out or do whatever to avoid being doored. It really depends on the street and also in what part of town and time of day. By and large, it is better though. The new bike path has gotten a fair amount of press and in the stories about they do address that particular issue. I never thought I would live to see the day this would happen. They are putting one in on Saint Charles Ave. as we speak. It is so very cool.
I heard on the news yesterday,that London has gone the same route with bicycles as Paris,using a similar model for public rental etc. I will be curious to see/hear how this goes from some of our British friends and any thoughts they may have on the system. I don't see how it could be a bad thing. And, perhaps,some of the kinks were worked out using Paris as a model,what to avoid etc.
They are using our BIXI bikes now ... though quite understandably there are people in the UK who think they could build their own! Alas much of the once-proud British bicycle manufacture has been outsourced... The Brompton folders are still made in London though.
Here is a YouTube not to be missed, with Amsterdam promoting its bicycle culture involving people of all ages and walks of life, and some impressed tourists:
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As of 2010 the following systems are operating in North America:
DECOBIKE Miami Beach & South Beach Public Bicycle Sharing & Rental Program, Miami Beach, FL | | starting Sept. 15th, 2010 www.decobike.com
B-Cycle - Denver, CO -www.denver.bcycle.com Bixi - Montreal, Canada Blue Bike - Buffalo, New York Nice Ride - Minneapolis, Minnesota SmartBike DC - Washington, D.C. B-cycle - Chicago, Illinois - 100 bicycles in 3 locations yellow bike program- marquette, michigan
Green Bike - St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL Green Bike Program- Keene State College, Keene, NH Reggie Ride - Illinois State University, Normal, IL Southwestern University- Pirate Bike Program ZotWheels- University of California, Irvine. Yellow Bike Program - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona Yellow Bike Program - Hampshire College, Amherst, MA NYU Bike Share - New York University, New York, NY Geen Bikes - St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Yes, it is a positive sign. I'm sure there are others they have missed as well. Think one is starting up in Toronto, but it might be only a pilot project (like a small one in Ottawa and Gatineau). And there is a new one in Melbourne.
Odd that US cities get their state, but Mtl is simply in "Canada".
Kerouac, there doesn't seem to a be such a scheme in Strasbourg, which is the top French city for cycling as share of transport modes.
Pitiful representation from the US. I'm not surprised re.Miami Beach,it's the most bicycle friendly city I've ever visited,wouldn't dream of using a car there,and haven't,if only to get to and from the airport. For a city of it's size,NYC is surprisingly bike friendly,although,people tell me I'm nuts when I say this.
I don't think it's nuts at all - so many people walk (often quite a long way, for fitness as well as practicality) and take public transport in NYC that it should logically be more bicycle-friendly than cities where everyone drives everywhere. And New York has made quite a few improvements - there was a big push celebrating the founding of New Amsterdam, (Amsterdam sent over bicycles, no doubt tulips as well). I've read some interesting articles about a cultural conflict though, in Brooklyn. Some of the ultraorthodox Jews in certain areas of the borough don't want bicycle paths since they want to keep to themselves - and there was the issue (grossly overstated) of "scantily-clad" young lovelies on bicycles.
Toronto is hardly on the 'cutting edge' of cycling. The exciting news is that we hope to have the BIXA program in place by the end of November, 2010, if enough people pledge subscriptions. It appears to be similar to the Paris system. We need it. www.toronto.ca/cycling/
My cycling friends have told me how difficult it is to get around Toronto with bicycles. You can try to plot a quiet route, but you usually have no option but to be fighting on streets with heavy traffic, perhaps 10 blocks later, or much more, it is calm. Drivers of cars and bicycles have little idea how to live peacefully together. It's frightening when I am signaling to turn right, ignored by the cyclist (to my right), who whizzes blissfully through, completely ignoring my signal. Perhaps cyclists, as well as car drivers, should have to pass a 'rules of the road' test.
But, we really do need provision for cyclists in Toronto. Slowly, in the last few years, more and more bicycle lanes are appearing. More people would use bicycles…if they felt safe! Our subway system was badly planned originally, with little to no thought of growth. Therefore, the predominant use of cars.
Paris and Toronto are very close is size and this says it all:
Paris Metro: Begun in 1900 and now has 16 lines. Their designer had incredible foresight.
Toronto Subway: Begun in 1954 and now has 4 lines. (!)