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Bay Area Bike Share launch in San Jose CA Will the streets of the Bay Area soon be full with a sea of bike-share commuters cycling that last mile from BART to the workplace? Only time will tell. Photo credit: Richard Masoner The Bay Area is not new to transportation innovations. Last year, we celebrated four successful decades of the visionary commuter rail known as BART, which stills sees climbing ridership  and continues be seen as a model of sustainable transportation for the rest of the nation.... Read the rest
IMG_0431 Bike commuting– much safer and pleasant when there’s company. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock Los Angeles has been making headlines in recent years because of the region’s willingness to invest in alternatives to the automobile, particularly in bringing back an efficient and convenient train system. However, it now appears that another form of commuter train has been built… bike trains! What are bike trains? The founders of LA Bike Trains, the organization spearheading the concept, put together this concise explanation: We provide a rolling party along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience. ... Read the rest
Good for business? A former parking space for a single car now easily accommodates 10 times as many bicycles. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock Here at 511 Contra Costa we tag posts that directly or indirectly feature the benefits of bicycling with our “bike benefits” tag. Of the many benefits we’ve covered, one is increasingly being spotlighted by city officials and advocates alike– the economic benefits of bicycling and bicycle infrastructure. ... Read the rest
20070603_19-53-29 Bike aboard Amtrak. Photo credit: ubrayj02 Looking to take a nice train and bike trip along the coast this summer? The Source published this news release from Caltrans, which funds some passenger rail service in California, regarding the new bike reservation policy (with our emphasis added) : Caltrans, Amtrak Announce New Bike Reservation Policy to Improve Customer Service and Enhance Safety SACRAMENTO – Amtrak California passengers traveling with bicycles can reserve onboard bike rack space free of charge beginning June 1, 2013 when booking travel on Pacific Surfliner trains.... Read the rest
bike arc on display Creative bike parking in Palo Alto, where about 10% of commutes are by bike. Photo credit: Adam Fagen Bicycling accounts for roughly 0.5% of commuting on the national level, but if you feel like you see more bikes on your commute around here it could be because California, and more specifically the Bay Area, leads the nation in bicycle commuting as demonstrated by the latest Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.... Read the rest
Protected bike lane in downtown Long Beach that physically separates cyclists from motorists. Photo credit: Joe Linton/Streetsblog Long Beach is at it again! When it isn’t installing Southern California’s first protected bike lane or attempting to launch one of the largest bike-share systems in the United States,  the LA beach city  has also quietly been a leader in encouraging people to cycle with their Bicycle Friendly Business District Program.... Read the rest
Bicycle rush hour in Utrecht. Photo credit: Greg Raisman Walk Score is the well-known “go to” site to check how walkable neighborhoods are. Given the ever growing popularity of bicycling in cities it may come as no surprise that the makers of Walk Score recently started Bike Score, which functioning similar to its sister site, rates how bikeable neighborhoods are. Atlantic Cities covered the launch back in May, and the site remains in beta form, though Bike Score is well worth checking out if you haven’t yet!... Read the rest
For the second time, Brentwood has received the League of American Bicyclists bronze distinction on its “Bicycle Friendly Communities” list. Brentwood was first placed on the list in 2006 by the national biking advocacy group. This year, Brentwood was one of eight communities to successfully renew its distinction. From the Contra Costa Times: The league conferred the award on Brentwood this time based on the number of bike lanes and trails it has, one of the five categories in which contenders were judged.... Read the rest