Updates from Day 3 at Velo-City Conference in Seville, Spain
March 24, 2011 § Leave a Comment
We’re getting more updates from the Dallas delegation to Seville, Spain from the Velo-City bike conference. Something heartening to note is that Seville has only adopted major bicycle infrastructure within the last 6 years and that their rate of cycling has gone from 0.2% (Same as Dallas) to 6.6%. That translates from 2,500 people to 70,000 in less than a decade! Another important fact is that Seville’s temperatures mirror Dallas in regards to heat in summers. They regularly tip the 100 mark, yet people still walk and bicycle in large numbers.
Here’s an update from Councilwoman, Delia Jasso:
“The conference has been eye opening on the many opportunitties other countries have used to increase bike ridership for such important things as improving air quality, improving health and impacts on economic development.
I have great information to bring back and share with everyone. the Dallas delegation is already talking about a cyclovia in Dallas and a potential route. see you all soon!”
Dallas Bike Coordinator and Oak Cliff resident, Max Kalhammer, checks out a bicycle from a city bike rental station.
A two-way cycle track with curb seperation from the road. These are typical in Seville, Spain.
Two-way bollard seperated cycle track. Notice the parking along the opposite side.
Traffic calmed roundabout intersection. Intersections are where most accidents occur for all modes of transit (car, bike, train, etc.). In this image, the traffic circle intersection has been thinned so that all vehicles pass slowly through the space. These slower speeds minimize the severity of injuries and cause all users to be more aware of their surroundings. Though the speeds have been slowed, the traffic circle itself allows vehicles to yield rather than stop.
A bridge in Spain with both pedestrian and bicycle facilities. The Calatrava bridge in Dallas has no bike facilities added.
The Dallas delegation preparing to rent bicycles from the city’s bike share program.
Mother with child riding comfortably in a two way bike lane…notice the bridge in the background.