Washington Bike Law was the Title Sponsor of Bike Works‘ Annual Fundraising Dinner on Sunday. I’m pretty sure that we weren’t the only ones who had a good time, but we did have a good time… and for a great cause.
If you don’t know about Bike Works, check it out! And even if you do, check it out, it’s probably even more awesome than you thought.
Here is program director Tina Bechler who was “wheely” good in getting the crowd to realize how amazing Bike Work Programs are… along with the impressive youth who come through those programs:
If you have a couple minutes, you should watch this video about Bike Works. It’s hard to convey how amazing this organization is, but this video shows it pretty well.
To top off this off, on my ride into work this morning, I found the the non-protective spring-loaded plastic cones on a fairly scary bike lane on East Marginal Way had been replaced by big cement barriers… Nice!
This is particularly pleasing because I had no faith in those cones as I watched them regularly get mowed down.
Thanks Dongho! Now let’s protect the rest of this route… and other routes so that everyone can feel safe riding in Seattle.
Apparently Tee Vee is STILL the thing here in the USA.
I learned from Bicycling Magazine (which basically lifted a CNN report) that Dutch bicycle manufacturer Vanmoof figured out how to solve a problem with damages in shipping.
More than 25 percent of its bikes were damaged in delivery. The problem was especially bad when shipping to the U.S.
The solution? Reconsider the packaging. “We asked ourselves, what do Americans really love? What would prompt couriers to be delicate with a parcel?” VanMoof co-founder Taco Carlier told CNN. Damages dropped by 80 percent since then, according to the company.Inside this box…
Washington Bike Law is helping a new company called Placemeter get accurate traffic counts that can not only specify bikes, people, cars, buses, but track their speeds and directions as well. It can even count crashes and close-calls.
Today’s new technology post has a soundtrack… from 1982 (it sounds better than I remember and seems to be on-point here):
How is Washington Bike Law helping? It’s not by coding I assure you! Our office is merely a test location for one of the Placementer sensors… we’ve been monitoring the intersection of Second and Cherry for a few months now, including traffic on the Second Avenue Bike Lane.
What about privacy? Is the “eye in the sky” “The Man“? Not really. According to the Fast Company article, Placemeter “won’t use facial recognition to pinpoint individuals, nor will any people watch the video feeds. It is purposefully staying away from any security-related applications or customers … and couldn’t, say, help with a police search even if it wanted to.”
Who cares then? We do. Bike people. Fast Company quotes Placemeter’s CEO Alex Winters as saying that bike activists interested in making the case for bike lanes could find it useful. “Typically, that kind of data has been out of reach for most community groups”.
Now how might more data be helpful in Seattle, land of process and little action? Consider this recent PI headline: