Archinect - News 2014-08-01T04:07:12-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston? Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T14:27:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/6211b41853dd73844a779a9a2f00d252.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s Bayou Greenways plan is perhaps the largest active transportation project in the country right now &mdash; if residents can actually use it for transportation when it&rsquo;s completed. Jen Powis of the Houston Parks Board has described the greenway project as a cross between the Atlanta Beltline and the Portland Bike Master Plan, which &ldquo;re-envisions transportation&rdquo; in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98906538/the-peopleforbikes-green-lane-project-celebrates-national-kick-off-in-indianapolis The PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project celebrates national kick-off in Indianapolis Justine Testado 2014-04-29T18:19:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:17:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yy/yyvsomt5hnvkoh7t.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Green Lane Project, established in 2012 by non-profit group <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a>, continues its ambitious mission to expedite the process of building more protected bike lines with six new U.S. cities in tow: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and Seattle.</p><p>The program celebrated its national kickoff in Indianapolis today with transportation officials including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who discussed the Department's prioritization on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety as more Americans are looking for alternative methods of commuting.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sr/srzcv2thlyvtafdq.jpg"></p><p>Back in March, the program selected the six cities out of 100 that submitted letters of interest. In addressing each city's current situation, The Green Lane Project will provide each city with financial, strategic, and technical assistance in constructing the bike lanes, which are valued at more than $250,000. The on-street lanes are separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts to help organize...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98147614/bike-lanes-don-t-cause-traffic-jams-if-you-re-smart-about-where-you-build-them Bike Lanes Don’t Cause Traffic Jams If You’re Smart About Where You Build Them Alexander Walter 2014-04-16T13:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-16T15:50:38-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b4/b4e7b801cecf46e30b2f2577cc5b8a01.jpg" width="514" height="131" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>New bike lanes certainly make life better for cyclists, but how do they affect drivers? This question is hotly debated, especially when a new bike lane replaces a lane used by vehicular traffic. It seems that unless a ton of people start commuting by bicycle, giving away a lane would cause increased car traffic. But is this really the case?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/90312872/norman-foster-unveils-plans-for-elevated-skycycle-bike-routes-in-london Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London Alexander Walter 2014-01-02T19:25:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:33:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/no/noxgvkrbqugpnwus.jpg" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gliding through the air on a bike might so far be confined to the fantasy realms of singing nannies and aliens in baskets, but riding over rooftops could one day form part of your regular commute to work, if Norman Foster has his way. Unveiled this week, in an appropriately light-headed vision for the holiday season, SkyCycle proposes a network of elevated bike paths hoisted aloft above railway lines, allowing you to zip through town blissfully liberated from the roads.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/79832440/reshaping-new-york-how-the-city-changed-in-12-years-of-bloomberg Reshaping New York - How the city changed in 12 years of Bloomberg Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-19T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-02-03T03:10:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8w/8wd8qvh2hsovfx72.jpg" width="514" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;We have beaten the odds and the obstructionists over and over again,&rdquo; the mayor triumphantly declared in his State of the City address in March. He chose an appropriate venue: the Barclays Center, the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, which was a lightning rod for his all-out development policy. A vigorous opposition was beaten in the courts and the City Council in much the same way he often steamrolled opposition to his comprehensive rethinking of development.</p></em><br /><br /><p> While Mayor Bloomberg has attracted media attention recently for his contentious opinions on "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/video/2013/08/12/nyregion/100000002385022/bloomberg-on-stop-and-frisk-ruling.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">stop and frisk</a>"&nbsp;policing and city-wide <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/14/nyregion/health-board-approves-bloombergs-soda-ban.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bans on soda</a>, it's hard to argue with the&nbsp;<em>New York Times'&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;interactive infographic on Bloomberg's twelve-year mayoral run, highlighting his drastic role in city development. A kind of long-form visual report card, the&nbsp;<em>Times</em>&nbsp;focuses on various building and city-planning projects around the city, emphasizing changes in residential complexes, rezoning policies, waterfront development, and bike infrastructure.</p> <p> The refreshingly simple feature has the reader/viewer fly around a white-styrofoam-model New York City, with areas specific to Bloomberg's development plans highlighted in red. These perspectives are followed by before-and-after photos of details within the site, taken from within Bloomberg's residency.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/60509538/dedicated-bike-lanes-can-cut-cycling-injuries-in-half Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half Archinect 2012-11-01T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:40:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d0f935f19416fc04c6b1888a5e8db21.jpg" width="440" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes &ndash; with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic &ndash; really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53817048/in-denmark-pedaling-to-work-on-a-superhighway In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway Archinect 2012-07-19T15:00:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T17:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v382pm8g6e0d766m.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cycle superhighway, which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle. More bike path than the Interstate its name suggests, it is the brainchild of city planners who were looking for ways to increase bicycle use in a place where half of the residents already bike to work or to school every day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/52889299/winning-entry-of-bike-path-design-contest-in-caracas-venezuela Winning Entry of Bike Path Design Contest in Caracas, Venezuela Alexander Walter 2012-07-03T14:33:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:14:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f61dkkrru0bd1y35.jpg" width="514" height="312" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposal for a bike path system for Venezuela's capitol Caracas, designed by architects Andrea Hern&aacute;ndez and Cruz Criollo, has won the first prize in the competition Metropolitan Transportation System, Caracas to Pedal. The best and most innovative proposals of this competition, which seeks to promote cycling in the city, were recently awarded by the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>