Bicycles http://www.kplu.org en Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets http://www.kplu.org/post/study-finds-bike-shares-increase-proportion-head-injuries-seattle-offer-helmets <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154093845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>New research suggests that <a href="http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2014.302012" target="_blank">bike share programs have a downside</a>, but the program Seattle is launching this fall will have a key feature that could help mitigate it.</p><p>Researchers from the University of Washington and Washington State University looked at bicycle injury data from 10 major cities, both with and without bike share programs. They found that when a city gets a bike share program, a higher proportion of injuries to its cyclists are head injuries.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17121 at http://www.kplu.org Study Finds Bike Shares Increase Proportion Of Head Injuries; Seattle To Offer Helmets Cycle Tracks Offer Added Protection for Bicyclists in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/cycle-tracks-offer-added-protection-bicyclists-seattle <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the </span><a href="http://www.seattlebikeblog.com/2013/09/19/census-data-confirms-steady-climb-in-seattle-bike-commuting-driving-alone-now-below-50/ 10/30/13" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">number of bike commuters up 78 percent</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> since 2005, bike lanes in Seattle are packed.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But not everyone feels safe riding in close proximity to cars, having to worry about distracted drivers or collisions with car doors.</span></p><p>So Seattle planners are in the midst of an experiment—one they hope will make anybody feel comfortable hopping on a bike to get around the city. Seattle is building what are called "cycle tracks" as a way of making riding on the street more attractive to the novice or reluctant rider. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 10727 at http://www.kplu.org Cycle Tracks Offer Added Protection for Bicyclists in Seattle Less guesswork: Seattle getting second electronic bicycle counter http://www.kplu.org/post/less-guesswork-seattle-getting-second-electronic-bicycle-counter <p>Five years ago, Seattle adopted a <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikemaster.htm">Bicycle Master Plan</a>. It aims to triple the amount of bicycling in Seattle by the year 2017. But until just a few months ago, there was no way to accurately count cyclists. That’s changing.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7812 at http://www.kplu.org Less guesswork: Seattle getting second electronic bicycle counter Seattle's street safety campaign includes more photo enforcement http://www.kplu.org/post/seattles-street-safety-campaign-includes-more-photo-enforcement <p>To make city streets safer, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan to step up the number of speed zones monitored automatically by radar and photo enforcement – while urging everyone to slow down and show some "empathy."</p><p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:18:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6130 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle's street safety campaign includes more photo enforcement City mourns popular barista, questions bike path's safety http://www.kplu.org/post/city-mourns-popular-barista-questions-bike-paths-safety <p>The morning routine has irrevocably changed for thousands of Seattle coffee drinkers.&nbsp;A popular barista at Espresso Vivaci, Brian Fairbrother, died yesterday from head injuries sustained in a bicycle accident last month.&nbsp;He was 50.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 20:01:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2590 at http://www.kplu.org City mourns popular barista, questions bike path's safety Volunteers needed for annual count of bicyclists and pedestrians http://www.kplu.org/post/volunteers-needed-annual-count-bicyclists-and-pedestrians <p>It&#39;s become an autumn tradition: the annual survey of bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers are needed to help the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and <a href="http://www.cascade.org/Home/">Cascade Bicycle Club</a> take a statistical snapshot of the number of people who get around by walking and biking.</p><p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 22:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer 2343 at http://www.kplu.org Volunteers needed for annual count of bicyclists and pedestrians