Welcome to Queen City Bike! Your advocate for safe and healthy cycling in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Queen City Bike is a non-profit organization that promotes bicycling as a safe and healthy means of transportation and recreation in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Queen City Bike’s all volunteer membership creates and implements a series of bicycling education and advocacy initiatives throughout the year.
The Atlantic CITIES – Place Matters
- EMILY BADGER
- JUN 14, 2013
As of this moment – this moment being mid-afternoon on the U.S. East Coast – about 13,000 people were out riding bikes they’d checked out from 85 of the world’s largest bike-share systems. Mexico City’s network was the busiest. The young New York City system was finding its balance, with six bikes still on offer at the East 14th Street and Avenue B dock in Manhattan. Most of the systems in China, in the middle of the night, were quiet.
If you use a bike-share system, you likely rely on an app that gives you a real-time distribution of the bikes and empty docks in your area. Oliver O’Brien, a researcher with the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at the University College London, has built a map that does this same thing, simultaneously, for bike-shares all over the world.
These 85 systems, with more to come, are among the largest in the world to provide real-time data on riders and bikes as they navigate the city (in all, there are now about 500 bike-share systems in the world, 300 of them releasing such data). For these 85 systems, that’s about 210,000 docks and 95,000 bikes. O’Brien’s map, which he unveiled this week at the Velo-Cityconference in Vienna, tracks each system for its real-time share of bikes in use, by dock. The data is automatically updated every two to 10 minutes from the operators.
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Madisonville Residents & Queen City Bike Advocates Dan McMahon & Maura McMahon (brother/sister) departed Tuesday from Astoria, Oregon on a bicycle adventure ride across the United States. You can follow their journey at www.danandmauracycle.us
5916000.com, Mobile App Will Help Track Bike Harassment, Collisions
Cincinnati bicyclists now have an easier way to report harassment and collisions in Cincinnati.
A “Bicyclist Incident” form is now available on the City’s customer service website, 5916000.com, and on its mobile app, Cincinnati City Hall Mobile (available at the Apple App Store and Google Play). The mobile app is GPS-enabled so that cyclists can accurately report their location, even if they don’t know the address.
“In our latest survey of Cincinnati cyclists, 266 people told us they’d been a victim of harassment while riding a bicycle in the past 12 months. This new tracking system will help us figure out where this is happening most often and do something to curb it,” said Melissa McVay, Senior City Planner in the Department of Transportation & Engineering.
Typical accounts of harassment often involve glass bottles being thrown at cyclists, or drivers passing too closely in an attempt to knock cyclists off of their bikes.
Data gathered from the reports will help the Department of Transportation and Engineering and the Cincinnati Police Department to conduct more targeted education and enforcement of bike and motor vehicle laws.
The online and mobile reports aren’t intended to replace a police report in emergency situations, like a collision with serious injuries.
Education is a key part of the Bicycle Transportation Plan, which the City and citizens developed in 2010. For convenience, the City offers a Pocket Guide to Bike Laws.
Bike boulevard: a road that’s optimized for bicycle travel, with low speed limits and traffic-calming devices
Bike corral: a cluster of bike racks protected by barricades, frequently in a converted car-parking space
Bike lane: a designated travel lane on the roadway for bicycles
Bike path: a paved trail or pathway completely separated from car traffic
Bike-share system: A program that offers bikes at various locations throughout a city for short-term, public use. Riders can pay as they go or purchase a membership.
Bike station: a community center for bicycle commuters that typically provides showers, lockers, and bike storage
Bikeway: a designated cycling route that may consist of a combination of bicycle paths, lanes, and boulevards
Buffered bike lane: a bike lane with an additional, denoted space separating cars from bicycles
Ciclovia: a festival that temporarily converts city roadways to public spaces for bicyclists and pedestrians
Complete Streets: a policy that requires transportation planners to consider all types of road users—drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians—when building and resurfacing roadways
Cycle track: Also known as a separated bike lane, an on-street bike route that’s physically separated from car traffic by barricades or pylons
Cycling mode share: the percentage of road users in a given city who travel by bike
Greenway: a long, linear park that functions as a transportation corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians
Road diet: decreasing car travel lanes and parking spaces to accommodate bicycle and pedestrian facilities
Safe Routes to School: a national program that helps communities provide kids with safe bicycle access to schools
Sharrow: A combination of “shared lane” and “arrow,” a road marking that reminds drivers to share the lane and guides cyclists away from the curb
Wayfinding signs: bicycle-specific road signs that denote the time and distance to various city landmarks
June 3, 2013 by Nate Wessel
I am incredibly excited to announce a project that I’ve been trying to keep under my hat for the last couple of months: The Queen City Bike Map!
The map is a project of Queen City Bike, our regional bicycle advocacy group, an effort to create a truly useful community-supported and community-created bike map… and I get the honor of pulling it together!!
The key to the design of this map will be not to explicitly recommend some streets over others like many city bike maps do, but rather to provide as much information as possible about road conditions like speed limits, surface quality, bicycle facilities, slope, and connectivity, allowing users to chart an informed course that’s matched to their inclinations and skill levels.
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Picture this: you’re bicycling down a narrow street with parked cars on both sides. There are cars coming up behind you and they want to get by.
Do you squeeze as far right as you can, trying to make room for them? Do you take advantage of a gap in the parked cars to swerve closer to the curb while the cars pass you? Or do you move left, out into the middle of the lane, so that the cars can’t pass you until there’s a sufficient gap in oncoming traffic?
The savvy – and safe – cyclist moves to the left and takes the lane.
Whoa! I sense readers thinking, You deliberately block traffic? That’s a good way to get killed.
Actually, it’s the best way to stay safe.
In the example above, the cyclist who squeezes over closer to the parked cars and tries to make room for the cars behind, is merely inviting those drivers to pass dangerously close, as well as putting him/herself at risk from an opening car door.
The cyclist who swerves into the gap between parked cars has to swerve out of that gap, too – right in front of the driver who thinks he can get past if he just speeds up.
The cyclist who takes the lane, however, forces the drivers behind to wait until it’s safe to pass. By maintaining a steady line in the center of the lane, he leaves no question about whether or not there’s enough room for a car to squeak by without crossing the center line or going into the next lane.
The motorist’s alternative to either slowing down or changing lanes is to run the cyclist down. Scary thought, yes, but not a realistic option for all but a homicidal maniac who doesn’t mind witnesses to his crime. And, fortunately, there aren’t many of those around.
It’s more likely that a motorist who’s chafing at the bit will change lanes or cross the center line. He may do that unsafely, either cutting off someone in the next lane or forcing an oncoming vehicle off the road. That’s the motorist’s choice. So let him have the risk.
Taking the lane is not always comfortable, especially when motor traffic is heavy and fast and you must force motorists to a drastically slower speed. You’ll draw horns and, perhaps, some yells from irritated drivers. But the alternative on a road with narrow lanes is to have cars hurtling by six inches off your elbow. One driver who flinches away from oncoming traffic, one wind gust, a bump in the road or a pothole, and those six inches could disappear in a blink.
You have every right in the world to decide whether or not it’s safe for the car behind to share the lane with you. The motorist’s risk is small if he takes a gamble on squeezing by a bicycle. The cyclist carries the greater risk, so the cyclist makes the decisions. If you decide the lane is too narrow to share safely with overtaking vehicles, get out near the middle of the lane. Make it obvious to the motorists behind you that they’ll have to cross well over the centerline to pass.
In California, there’s a law requiring a slow-moving vehicle to pull onto the shoulder to let overtaking vehicles pass if more than five (I think: I haven’t checked the statute) are stacked up behind. It’s a good idea to observe this “California rule” when you’re the slow-moving vehicle. (And, if you’re climbing a hill, it’s a good excuse to take a break while the cars pass.)
The law in Iowa and most other states gives you the right to ride your bike on any road except the Interstates. And there are times when you should claim that right in no uncertain terms.
Written by bobmorgan
Author, bicycling advocate, and bike tourist, Bob Morgan has logged over 60,000 miles by bike in this century. He lives in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his wife (and stoker on the tandem), Linda.
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We had a great turn out at the Camp Washington Community Council meeting last night, with many impassioned bicyclists advocating for themselves and their fellow bikers who use Spring Grove avenue to get around daily. Queen City Bike is grateful to the Camp Washington Community Council for inviting us into the conversation and giving us the opportunity to share with them how important Spring Grove Avenue is to us.
If you are interested in reading a more thorough recap of last night’s meeting, please check out this post by local bicyclist Sherman Cahal, who was present last night here.
The DOT will report back from the meeting last night and make a decision on how to move forward. Keep informed about the progress of the Spring Grove bike lanes on our website and Facebook Page. Show your support for the lanes by getting out for a ride, grab a bite at Camp Washington Chili and supporting other local businesses in the Camp
*Photo by Chris Radcliffe