Ride Boldly!

Bikes, bicycling, and road safety.

June 15, 2011
by julie

Getting Cross About Crosswalks

Our pals at Twin Cities Streets for People recently highlighted the not-a-crosswalk-crosswalks now in existence along the Cedar Lake Trail. I’ve ranted some about this in the past. Minnesota state law is pretty clear about how crosswalks work. The key … Continue reading

June 6, 2011
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Openings & Closings

Big week here in the cities for dedicated bicycling opportunities. After years and years, the Cedar Lake Trail is now finished to the river. The project took 20 years, and was interrupted by the building of a ballpark. However, the … Continue reading

March 11, 2011
by julie
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Trails vs. Transport: Misaligned Goals?

One comment common to many alternative transport advocates — including individuals like former Congressman James Oberstar — is that we need to push the idea that bicycles are transportation. One of the big challenges is to overcome perceptions that bicycles … Continue reading

February 2, 2011
by julie
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Engineering Less Hazardous Trail Crossings

Many novice cyclists believe bicycle trails are safer than riding on the road. The core reason for this? Cars. Unfortunately, there are a lot of reasons this is potentially misguided – from the unpredictable behavior of trail users to the … Continue reading

February 2, 2011
by julie
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Thoughts on Bikeway Planning

Regular readers of this site will know that I can be a bit of a crank about certain types of bicycle facilities: Signage alone doesn’t make a route ‘bicycle-friendly.’ Paint jobs sometimes just indicate what the knowledgeable already know. Bike … Continue reading