Friday, January 28, 2011

Bike Commuting News for January 28

Next week marks the beginning of New Zealand's annual cycling celebration, Bike Wise Month.

Hundreds of events will be held around the country during February, each with the goal of getting as many Kiwis riding as possible, whether commuting, training or just having fun with their families.

Events include: Go By Bike Day (February 16) - A one-off, nationwide event which asks all New Zealanders to ditch the car for a day and give cycle commuting a go, taking the bike to work or school.

The Kansas City, MO City Council unanimously adopted a resolution for Livable Streets, a.k.a. Complete Streets. It’s a powerful high level statement in support of making city streets more inclusive of all users – pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, the disabled, seniors, children, transit riders, etc.

The Tampa City Council held a workshop yesterday to gather more information for a Bicycle Safety Action Plan.

The city has been working with the Florida Department of Transportation, University of South Florida, Transportation Division, The Tampa Police Department and The Metropolitan Planning Organization. They're also talking with local bicyclists about needed changes.

Whether it’s for commuting, fitness or fun, the number of Auburn, Alabama residents choosing to ride bikes has increased in recent years.

Auburn traffic engineer Brandy Ezelle said the city has noticed this trend and has taken strides toward offering more programs and facilities for bikers, which include more than 35 miles of bike lanes and paths, although many are not contiguous.

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