Realizing Our Cycling Potential

Check out this Tweet by NACTO that links to an article about making cycling safer in America’s urban communities. Among the more telling statistics is that “According to NACTO, ‘60% of the [U.S.] population are ‘interested but concerned’ about biking,’ and 80% of those would ride on a separated or protected bike lane” given the opportunity. We hope this gets you thinking about the inherent potential for cycling that safer bicycle infrastructure would unlock.

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Working Toward Equity

Check out this Tweet from Complete Streets that features a graph from their 2014 report on pedestrian safety. It shows what many seasoned safe streets advocates already know but everyone else may not: pedestrian fatalities are a public health crisis for seniors and people of color. We think it is important to get this message out there and let people know that marginalized communities are bearing a disproportionate share of traffic deaths.

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Evolution or Devolution?

Everyone, meet Graham. This somewhat familiar yet very alien man is the creation of Australian scientists, artists and safety advocates and he is the personification of all the attributes humans would need to survive being hit by a car. While at first one may laugh upon seeing his strange features, one then realizes that humans don’t look like this and we are not designed to survive a collision with a car.

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Making Life Easier for Cyclists

Check out this Tweet commending the new bike wayfinding signs going up around San Francisco. These clear, easy to follow routes will make cycling easier and safer. Lack of safe route information is one barrier to cycling that these signs will help to eliminate.

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Wiggling More Safely

Check out this article detailing the new bicycle “head start” signals that will give cyclists a few extra seconds to make their way through the intersection of Oak and Scott Streets. This will make the popular Wiggle route safer and hopefully save lives.

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Safety + Fun = Money!

Check out this 2010 campaign from Sweden that we think everyone will enjoy. In that country known as a pioneer for safe streets, they set up a speed camera that would ticket speeders as expected, but would enter anyone not speeding into a lottery. The winnings would be funded by the fines issued to speeders. As a result of the campaign, speeds were reduced by 22%.

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A Hope for the Future

Today we share a quote from the 2015 State of Vision Zero report. The quote comes from a trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and is a good reminder that healthcare professionals can be powerful advocates for our movement. While we all hope that victims of traffic collisions survive, surgeons like Dr. Dicker are responsible for making it happen. People like her see firsthand how deadly traffic collisions are.

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