Slush, Studies and Summits.

One thing cyclists love to do is ride their bicycles…well maybe not in the #slushopoclypse that plagued the streets of NYC over the last couple of days.
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Even die hard mechanic Hal Ruzal from Bicycle Habitat known for commuting shirtless, (not in this weather) opted for the subway.
He did however find a sweet bike for the ride home, incase you were worried. 20140205-193743.jpg(photo by: @khp_art )

Bike blogger, Liz Patek at: wrote about getting around in what she called: “Slush-Apaloza.”

Getting from A to B this morning was a hot slushy mess this morning no matter which mode of transportation you chose.


Read more: here.

One thing academics like to do, especially ones interested in urban planning and traffic…love to study people who ride bicycles. So there is never any lack of studies coming out were students working on masters degrees spend a week at one intersection counting all the bad behavior of cyclists.

Traffic studies do provide useful data in regards to street safety projects which occasionally lead to real infrastructure changes that are hated by motorists and sued by angry residents loosing parking spots.

Some of these studies are good for looking at trends in ridership such as one that came out recently from Hunter college professors. Again observing a portion of the city, the study showed a rise in woman riders thanks to the Citibike bike share program.

More from Streetsblog:

Study: Bike-Share Has Boosted the Share of Female Riders in Manhattan
By: Stephen Miller
February 4th, 2014

Bicycling in Manhattan has long been a male-dominated mode of transportation, but a new study says bike-share is helping improve the gender balance in the borough’s bike lanes. Another change since the blue bikes hit the streets last summer: Manhattan bike riders are far more likely to follow the rules of the road.

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Read more: here.

This miraculous study is also a behavior analysis and points out that riders are obeying the laws more which make them more accepted by pedestrians.

More data was discussed in this article from Gothamist:

There are also fewer cases of riding against traffic—7.4 of cyclists were observed doing it now, versus 13.2 percent four years ago. Use of helmets is up by 20 percent, though bike share riders are less inclined to wear them.

The study looked at 43,000 riders over a 4 year period. It will definitely be a good plug for bike sharing:

concludes also that Citi Bike has been successful for three reasons: The prevalence of Citi Bikes on the road (safety in numbers), the heft of the bikes, and the relatively short distance users tend to travel. Citi Bike riders also tend to be more cautious than the banshees you see tearing through intersections on road bikes. (Full disclosure: I have dabbled in this behavior myself, and I’m sorry, OK.)

Read the article: here.

Read the complete study: here.

This is really going further infuriate cycling expert Dorothy Rabinowitz who fervently forecasted “Citi Bike has destroyed everything good and beautiful about NYC”in an inflammatory piece titled, “Death By Bicycle.”

Then there are studies that are just plain ridiculous…

Faster Cyclists Are More Handsome
By Bill Andrews
February 5, 2014
cyclist (Shirtless for aerodynamics’ sake, of course. Credit: Kiselev Andrey Valerevich / Shutterstock)

We all know the more attractive among us get all the breaks, but science has just shown one more benefit to being really, really, ridiculously good looking: riding a bike faster. No, really. A paper in today’s Biology Letters shows statistically that attractiveness correlated positively with performance among cyclists who completed the 2012 Tour de France, especially among women not using hormonal birth control. And you thought science was boring.

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As the paper’s abstract explains, “Females often prefer to mate with high quality males, and one aspect of quality is physical performance.” So the more physically fit a human male is, the more human females might want to bang him. But how to test for this — and, specifically, how to test for this with the measure of physical performance being endurance, a trait not easily quantified?

Ah…read more here.

One thing we don’t need a study to tell us is that cycling is still dominated by white males who are middle to upper level wage earners. Although there has been good progress and community building, much needs to be done to expand biking to address issues of race, class and gender.

There is one idea being put forward from a federal legislate level that would help to create more equality in biking or at least begin to provide a foundation.

At the end of January, Congressman Albio Sires, representing the 8th District of New Jersey, introduced the New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014. (Press Release)
According to the Leauge of American Cyclists: “The New Opportunities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure Financing Act of 2014 (NOBPIFA) will allow communities to take advantage of low-cost financing for projects that make streets and sidewalks safer for all users through a new federal credit assistance program that would direct millions specifically for low-income communities.”

More about this from their site: here.

This bill and other legislative strategies will be discussed at the upcoming National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. March 3rd-5th.National Bike Summit 2014

Here are some reasons to attend:

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