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Tag Archives: Bicycles

June 25, 2017
Containerization Can Replace More Vans With Cargo Bikes
Vevolve

Most of you probably already know that the cargobike is a productive, low-cost, sustainable and city-friendly solution for all of that small goods that is such a big part of city logistics. But there is another way to increase the attractiveness of using cargo bikes: containerization.

June 20, 2017
Cycling Toward a Sustainable Transport Future
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Until recent decades, cycling was largely neglected by most European, North American and Australian transport planners and academics, not even considered a legitimate mode of transport, and thus excluded from most travel surveys and studies. Fortunately, that has changed.

June 11, 2017
June 5, 2017
Improving Livability Using Green and Active Modes
Transportation Research Board (abstract)

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University has released a report that uses a level of traffic stress (LTS) criteria to determine how the streets in selected study areas functioned for transportation modes such as bicycles, pedestrians, and bus transit.

May 25, 2017
London’s Bank Junction Closed to Autos
Guardian Cities

Bank junction, one of London’s most dangerous intersections, was closed this week to all but buses, and people on bikes and foot, from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, in an 18-month experimental scheme that could be as ground breaking as New York’s Times Square or Paris’s Left Bank.

May 23, 2017
Is Montreal Still North America’s Bike Capital?
CityLab

That Montreal ever gained a reputation as a haven for bicyclists is somewhat improbable. There is a forested mountain in the middle of town. The weather dips below freezing nearly half the year.

May 22, 2017
Bike to Work Day
Restless Urbanist

First, it provides the opportunity for everyone to experience a bike commute. The celebratory and ceremonial rides provide the extra nudge to park the car and tryout the bike. Each year, the number of bike commuters in the U.S. is increasing. This week we give credit to Bike to Work Day.

May 19, 2017
April 26, 2017
April 18, 2017
Chinese Bike Share Says It’s Worth Over $2B
CNBC

CEO Dai Wei, a 26-year-old entrepreneur who named his firm Ofo as the letters look like a bike, revealed that figure in a conversation with CNBC. It’s about double the last reports of the company’s value — which came out less than two months ago.

April 13, 2017
London’s Cycling Revolutionary
Cyclist

We talk to Andrew Gilligan about creating London’s segregated cycle lanes, segregation, politics and Sadiq Khan’s cycling project stasis.

April 11, 2017
Power-Boosted Bike Wheel From MIT Startup Finally Available
Boston Business Journal

You may have seen photos of the flashy, red-centered “Copenhagen Wheel” that has been capturing bikers’ imaginations since an early version was unveiled by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab in 2009.

March 28, 2017
Seattle’s Bike Share Shuts Down Friday
Seattle Times

Pronto, Seattle’s beleaguered bike-share system, will close for good on Friday. City crews will begin taking down the stations and removing the bikes on Monday. They will go into storage as officials look for other cities interested in buying the equipment.

March 27, 2017
How Dangerous Is Cycling?
Crikey

Statistically, cycling is much safer than prospective riders imagine, but it’s what they imagine that matters; it still seems too dangerous to generate widespread uptake.

March 22, 2017
Bike-Share Plans Irk Oakland Disabilities Commissioners
Streetsblog S.F.

Members of Oakland’s “Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities” are miffed at Motivate and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for planning Bay Area Bike Share without including bikes for disabled users.

March 6, 2017
Austin Starting 3-Year Anti-Congestion Bike Plan
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Central Austin seems to have everything: a massive research university, the world’s biggest annual media festival and one of the country’s strongest local job-creation engines. But when a city sees so much success, it runs short of something else: space.

March 5, 2017
February 26, 2017
Mapping the Urban Bike Utopias of the 1890s
National Geographic

The popularity of cycling in cities around the country, advocates say, is an encouraging trend that reduces traffic congestion and air pollution and promotes healthful exercise. But it’s not exactly new.

February 21, 2017
Transit Policy: Bicycles and Motorcycles
Transportation Research Board

TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2587 consists of 17 papers that explore issues related to bicycles and motorcyles.

February 2, 2017
Beloved Dutch Bikeway Design Manual Updated
Streetsblog U.S.A.

Word of mouth has made the main guide to Dutch bikeway engineering a critical darling, at least among the nation’s hipper street designers. And after a 10-year hiatus, its latest edition dropped in January.

February 1, 2017
The Self-Driving Car’s Bicycle Problem
IEEE Spectrum

Robotic cars are great at monitoring other cars, and they’re getting better at noticing pedestrians, squirrels, and birds. The main challenge, though, is posed by the lightest, quietest, swerviest vehicles on the road.

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