An occasional update on items from the Velo-city.
THE PARKITEER NETWORK
All over the State of Victoria in Australia. KenOhrn writes:
I have some growing admiration for those behind the Parkiteer (“Park-it-here”) bike cages. Aside from the practicalities, someone there knows how to write an advocacy piece.
The first para discusses 9 new Parkiteers, costing $ 1M Oz. That’s ~ $ 110,000 per Parkiteer — compared to documented costs of up to $ 40,000 per parking spot at some stations. A typical Parkiteer holds about 30 bikes (very roughly $ 3,700 per bike) in the space of 3 car parking spots. Note that at least one of the Parkiteers is a second installation at the same transit station.
Apparently a single access card gets you into any Parkiteer.
It seems that bike parking is in some cases justified as a response to suburban car commuters not being able to find day parking at transit stations. Low cost Parkiteers reduce the need for car parking space, and help Public Transit Victoria cope with its ridership increase problems.
Stossel is not my favourite reporter (well, that’s a stretch), but then it kinda depends whether you agree with him or not about helmets.
THE PUCHER BUEHLER PAPER MACHINE
Tim Shah passes along another paper by Ralph Buehler and John Pucher that found that the presence of off-road bike paths and on-street bike lanes were, by far, the biggest determinant of cycling rates in cities. “And that’s true even after you control for a variety of other factors like how hot or cold a city is, how much rain falls, how dense the city is, how high gas prices are, the type of people that live there, or how safe it is to cycle”.
A NEW VISION FOR YUKON
And Tenth Avenue.
Rev. TwoWheeler has put a lot of work into a proposal to repaint Tenth and Yukon:
This is a great opportunity to improve a dangerous intersection cheaply and easily, simply by repainting it differently. The images attached show the rough idea. The presentation is here.