The “Curbee”

The “Curbee”

Have you ever heard of the “Curbee?” Well, neither did we until yesterday. The “Curbee” is a bicycle footrest and handrail making its way to the United States. Currently, the Curbee is only available in Milwaukee and Chicago but it could be coming to city near us if we want it to.

The Curbee allows bicyclists to keep their feet on the pedals of the bike or on the footrail (at pedal height) when stopped at a light so they can set off faster than when they keep their feet on the ground. Also, it provides a handrail for bicyclists to hold on to when they are at a stop-light to balance the bike without taking one’s feet off the pedals. The Curbee also can encourage more bicyclists to actually follow traffic laws such as stopping at a stop-light. In addition, the Curbee is mounted on top of the sidewalk, not “buried” in so the Curbee can be moved depending on traffic patterns.

Check out more about the Curbee here.

Is this something we would want in White Flint? Perhaps providing fresh and new bicycling or pedestrian amenities might attract more individuals to bike or walk in our urban areas. Let us know what you think!

 

lead_largeThe Curbee in Chicago     Steven Vance via City Lab

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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