Raise My Taxes Please! – Evaluating Household Savings from High Quality Public Transit Service

High quality public transit consists of service sufficiently convenient and comfortable to attract travel that would otherwise be by automobile. This report uses data from U.S. cities to investigate the incremental costs and benefits of high quality transit service. It indicates that high quality public transit typically requires about $268 in additional subsidies and $104 in additional fares annually per capita, but provides vehicle, parking and road cost savings averaging $1,040 per capita...

The Cycle Chic Manifesto

We present to you The Copenhagen Cycle Chic Manifesto.

- I choose to cycle chic and, at every opportunity, I will choose Style over Speed.

- I embrace my responsibility to contribute visually to a more aesthetically pleasing urban landscape.

- I am aware that my mere prescence in said urban landscape will inspire others without me being labelled as a 'bicycle activist'.

- I will ride with grace, elegance and dignity.

- I will choose a bicycle that reflects my personality and style.

John Key Opens Bike Track at St Mary's

The official opening of Bikes in Schools was a great day for all the children, teachers, parents, and guests that attended.It was great to have Sarah Walker, the double world BMX champion, attend and also ride the different bike tracks.The PM John Key had a great time also. He even got on a bike and rode around the 550m bike track. It was great that he choose St Marys School to this for the first time ever.

View a video of the day here

Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic

This design manual describes the steps required to create a bicycle-friendly infrastructure. Chapter 1 contains a brief description of the role of the bicycle, the importance of integral thinking and the process surrounding cycling policy. Actual design backgrounds are discussed in chapter 2, which looks at the bicycle/cyclist system, the characteristics of cyclists and the resulting design requirements.

Taxonomy upgrade extras: 

Pedal Powered Lawn Mower Is Talk of Handmade Bike Show

If you are going to have a lawn, TreeHugger Mike recommends a reel (or push) mower. (But then, he is an addict) If you are going to have a really big lawn, talk to Ted Wojcik. He built this mower, seen at the North American Handmade Show. He normally builds more conventional bikes at Ted Wojcik Custom Bicycles in New Hampshire.

Coroner Wants Fluoro Cycle Vests Made Compulsory

The New Zealand Transport Agency is to be asked to investigate making high-visibility vests and brightly coloured helmets compulsory for cyclists as a result of the death of a Dunedin man who was struck by a vehicle on State Highway 1 near Allanton last year.

Otago-Southland region coroner David Crerar will also recommend the agency investigate making the use of headlights compulsory at all times for vehicles on the open road, to make them as visible as possible to other road users.