Bike Traffic Where You Live

Last week we put out a call to readers and members of the Streetsblog Network for photos of bike traffic. We got a ton of great responses, and in the slide show below, you’ll see what our readers are seeing around the country: bikes in action, and in growing numbers.

Many thanks to Bike Portland, Cyclelicious, Portlandize, Bike by the Sea, Bicycle Fixation, the NYCDOT, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and all the other contributors.

We’ve squirreled away some of what you sent for future slide shows on other themes.

Speaking of which, here’s what we’re looking for next: We all know that cars take up a lot of space. A lot more space than any other form of transportation. We want your photos of cars hogging space in your communities — graphic examples of how they crowd out other users.

We know you see this stuff every day. Shoot it, send it to us, and we’ll share it with all our readers.

Send JPEGs to me at sarah [at] streetsblog [dot] org. If you want, you can tag submissions with "streetsblog" on Flickr, but it’s still a good idea to send me an e-mail to alert me to what you think are your best shots.

Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

  • Some nice shots BUT also interesting to see who is wearing helmets and who isn’t: The bareheads include the fixie dudes (no surprise) but also the Stanford students (yes, for those who don’t know the campus is a mostly carfree city of sorts…).

    The styroheads include children but also all those nicely-dressed people in Portland, much more consistently then cyclists in other places in those photos. I thought that higher numbers – like we see in Portland – makes cycling safer… or does it just create more peer pressure to get a helmet?

  • What a fun post – good idea. Would love to see more of these.

  • Shemp

    Totally bi-coastal. Rest of U.S.???

  • @Todd: while I would still say most people wear helmets in Portland, I have noticed the number notably decrease over the last year or two – it will be interesting to see the city’s bicycle count info from this year, as they mark how many of the cyclists they count were wearing a helmet or not. I agree with you in thinking that they are an indicator of subjective safety (that is, if someone feels safe riding a bike, they are much less likely to wear a helmet). I do think though, that in certain circles there is *a lot* of peer pressure to wear one, whether you feel safe without it or not.

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