In honor of Bike-to-Work Day, here are some of the day's hot bike-related links:
1) The Cascade Bicycle Club just released its Seattle Bicycling Report Card (not up online yet, but I'll link when it is), which includes information from the city as well as the results of a survey of 600 Seattle residents. Some highlights from the report:
The city got the highest grade (an "A") for its level of cycling (about 15,000 people, or 4.2 percent of commuters, currently commute by bike every day), the number of new bicycle racks installed (429 new racks in 2007, which is still shy of the city's goal of 600 a year), and reported bicycle thefts (496 in 2008, down from 702 in 2000). It received lower marks for gender distribution (a "C," reflecting the fact that just 21 percent of Seattle's bike riders are women); satisfaction with bicycle routes (a "C," reflecting survey participants' concern that the system of bike lanes is disconnected); satisfaction with pavement quality (a "D+," reflecting the fact that 20 percent of respondents identified poor pavement quality as their main issue with cycling); and satisfaction with bike safety (a "C," reflecting concern about disconnected bike routes, poor pavement, and bad driver behavior).
2) Seattle Likes Bikes points out that the city gave cyclists little or no advance warning that it would be closing the Burke-Gilman Trail in Fremont for a month; the closure started yesterday, one day before Bike to Work Day: "Sure, regular commuters will be fine, we’ve endured this part of the trail being closed more than it has been open over the last 5 years. What about all of those new cyclists who are riding the first time on Bike to Work day? What about tourists or out of town visitors? Is this really how a world-class bicycle facility is treated?"
3) Two posts from Wired's Autopia blog. Transpo secretary Ray LaHood says the stimulus package offers "plenty" for cyclists... but that "cycling" money includes landscaping and scenic beautification, construction of welcome centers, archaeological planning and research, and historic preservation. Wired is not impressed. And: What makes a city bike-friendly? Ask Davis, California.