On the Radio – UI researcher works to understand bicycle fatalities

Hamann has found that bicycle specific infrastructure, such as bicycle lanes, can help reduce fatalities. (Danielle Scott/flickr)
Jenna Ladd| June 26, 2017

This week’s On The Radio segment discusses Dr. Cara Hamann’s research into the increasing number of bicycle fatalities in Iowa.

Transcript: Deaths of Iowa bicyclists have risen by 260 percent in the last four years, and Dr. Cara Hamann of the University of Iowa is working to do something about it.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

Hamann, an associate professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, and her team of researchers explored the relationship between motor vehicle driving behavior and bicycle crashes. The scientists attached GPS and video-recording equipment to bicyclists to capture first-hand data and performed simulations using the National Advanced Driving Simulator, located on the University of Iowa campus.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed in bicycle crashes in 2015. Hamann explained that most fatal crashes happen when motor vehicles strike bicyclists.

For more information about Dr. Hamann’s research, visit Iowa-environmental-focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

Iowa City Bike Library searches for new home

Photo by ruimc77; Flickr
Photo by ruimc77; Flickr

The Iowa City Bike Library, a popular community resource, is currently on the lookout for a new location. Their current location at 408 E. College Street will be repurposed by the city before the end of the year.

The nonprofit, volunteer-run organization is seeking an affordable site near the heart of downtown Iowa City in order to serve the most people.

The IC Bike Library offers a range of services including bike rentals, education about bike repair, and bike recycling.


University of Iowa aims for a more bicycle friendly campus

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Officials at the University of Iowa are working to make their campus more bicycle friendly by seeking a designation from the League of American Bicyclists.

The league stamps campuses with platinum, gold, silver or bronze designations based on their level of bicycle friendliness.

“Ultimately, it is a road map for what you need to do to improve bicycle friendliness on campus,” said Josh Smith, facilities services coordinator, noting that the application will serve as an assessment of “where we stand and what we can work toward in the future.”

The UI has also created a new campus bicycle advisory committee, which is considering the installation of bicycle repair stations along with a new website that would serve as a guide to bicycling at the university.

For more information, read the full article at the Press-Citizen.

On the Radio: Benefits of cycling in Iowa

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Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode focuses on the benefits of cycling in Iowa.

With the worst of winter behind us, consider using a bike as a means of transportation and recreation.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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