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Yesterday's World Cup Match between Germany and Argentina was broadcast on 30th Street thanks to efforts by North Park Main Street. An excellent use of our largest public space: our streets. Photo: Bruce Shank
Yesterday’s World Cup Match between Germany and Argentina was broadcast on 30th Street thanks to efforts by North Park Main Street, among others. An excellent use of our largest public space: our streets. Photo: Bruce Shank

City of San Diego

  • The San Diego Free Press looks at the history and benefits of protected bike lanes.
  • A bicyclist was injured when a motorist pulled out in front of him on 30th Street in San Diego.
  • An update on Decobike’s San Diego bike share system, including an estimated timeline, cost of using the service, and location selections.
  • The Voice of San Diego looks at the connection between housing density and light rail usage.
  • The City of San Diego has cut the number of days Fiesta Island can be closed to car traffic in half.
  • One of our amazing board members, Omar Passons, was profiled by the Uptown News.

San Diego Region

  • A bicyclist was injured by a motorist in a hit-and-run in Carlsbad on Thursday evening.
  • The daughter of a cyclist killed by a hit-and-run drunk driver in Carlsbad was shocked to see the driver in a local grocery store after only serving 2 years of a 6 year sentence.
  • After spending $900 million on a “Green Build” the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has voted to spend between $80-$88 million on a parking structure, but still they can’t find the money to build a rail connection to the airport.
  • The controversial I-5 expansion from Oceanside to San Diego will go before the California Coastal Commission next month.
  • At a discussion about the proposed UTC trolley stop, residents were concerned about parking and traffic.

Elsewhere

  • Cyclists in Washington D.C. protested outside the Washington Post after a columnist called bicyclists bullies, terrorists, and suggested motorists hit them.  More reactions here and here.
  • A writer in Athens, Georgia discusses the stereotype of the “scofflaw cyclist.”
  • It’s back to the drawing board in Boise, Idaho as city leaders ended a protected bike lane pilot project and are now looking for something that works better.
  • Ogden, Utah is constructing the Grant Avenue Promenade, with separated bike lanes, improved sidewalks, and limited parking.
  • The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the ups and downs of bike share systems across the United States.
  • The Florida DOT is working on developing a standardized bike lane design, pilot projects include a buffered bike lane in Tampa Bay.
  • Cities across the United States are discovering that protected bike lanes are good for the local economy.
  • Amtrak is adding baggage cars with bike racks on selected routes in the United States, allowing people to bring bikes onboard without disassembling and boxing them.
  • Naples, Italy is undergoing a positive transformation thanks to new bicycle and pedestrian-friendly infrastructure.
  • Spending some time in Amsterdam observing the mix of transportation at a busy intersection caused one cyclist to think about cycling in a new way.
  • In the United Kingdom bicycle retailers discuss whether the standard marketing strategy needs to change from high-end racing bikes to educating potential and beginning cyclists.

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