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Tag Archives: Bicycles

June 30, 2016
June 28, 2016
June 15, 2016
Atlanta Launches Bike-Share
Next City

Atlanta is a sprawling city, making cars a top choice for getting from place to place, but Mayor Kasim Reed’s aiming for a more bikeable reputation, which may change how Atlantans view their daily commute.

Bicycle Safety Button Gains Attention of City Leaders
Mobility Lab

Swedish company Hövding – best known for its bicycle airbag-helmet, which was explosively modeled at a Transportation Techies meetup in 2015 – is back in the news with the release of another bike product that puts a modern spin on a classic function.

June 7, 2016
Mechanisms of Interplay in Public Transport Safety
Transportation Research Board

The Norwegian Centre for Transport Research has released a report that examines correlations between the number of cyclists on roads and differences in infrastructure quality and traffic culture.

May 24, 2016
Influence of Design and Planning on Bicycle Mode Share
Journal of Urban Design (abstract)

Using the 2011 census data and the road infrastructure data of Calgary city, the study finds that different street patterns have significant effects on bicycle usage and thus, should be considered in the development of new communities for promoting active transport.

May 12, 2016
Portland’s Protected Bike Lane Boom
Bike Portland

Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat’s decision last year to make physical separation the default design for bike lane projects is starting to pay off.

May 11, 2016
Experiences for Electric Bicycle Owners and the Implications
Journal of Transport Geography (abstract)

The sale of electrically assisted bicycles (‘e-bikes’) is growing at a rapid rate across Europe. Whereas market data is available describing sales trends, there is limited understanding of the experience of early adopters of e-bike technology.

May 8, 2016
May 5, 2016
Reducing Car Dependence in Europe
Transport Reviews (abstract)

Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, and Zurich – the largest cities in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – have significantly reduced the car share of trips over the past 25 years in spite of high motorisation rates.

May 4, 2016
Bikeshare Data Standard Opens Door for Apps
Mobility Lab

At the latest Transportation Techies meetup event, which focused on Capital Bikeshare projects, Motivate employee Daniel Gohlke presented the General Bikeshare Feed Specification, or GBFS, which will standardize bikeshare trip data for developers, researchers and enthusiasts.

May 2, 2016
May 1, 2016
DFW Planners Turn Focus to Pedestrians
Dallas Morning News

North Texas suburbs may have the open spaces perfect for building jogging and biking trails, but it’s city paths running alongside dense developments or urban bodies of water that apparently draw more pedestrians and cyclists.

April 26, 2016
Story of Cities #30: Amsterdam’s Inventor of Bike Sharing
The Guardian

In the 1960s, Luud Schimmelpennink devised the ‘white bike’ plan to counter the rise of pollution and cars. His invention has revolutionized public transport all over the world – so why has his cycle-loving home city never embraced it?

Building Communal Space without Materials by Bike
Harvard Gazette

How does a 1,000-mile bike ride through the Mexican desert translate into a thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Design? For Michael Meo, it’s about architecture as experience.

Disassembling Bike-Sharing Systems
Journal of Urban Technology (abstract)

Is it really possible that politicians, information-technology companies, and global players such as banks and advertising firms have suddenly joined the ranks of those advocating bicycle use for the sake of the environment and a better quality of life in cities?

April 25, 2016
April 22, 2016
Philly Expands Bike Share After Good Year
Philadelphia Inquirer

Indego, the city’s bike-sharing system, celebrated its first birthday on Thursday. And as with any good birthday party, there were a lot of presents – from 24 new docking stations to 300 new bikes.

April 13, 2016
Bike-Share Stations in the U.S.
Transportation Research Board

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation has released a technical brief that summarizes data about the bike-share station around the United States.

April 12, 2016
Ikea to Sell Chain-less Bike

Ikea has announced they’ll be selling an item whose name you can not only pronounce, but that you can ride. The furniture giant is releasing a unisex bicycle “designed to fit an urban lifestyle” called the Sladda.

April 11, 2016
Bikesharing Patterns During Metro Shutdown
Mobility Lab

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand.

March 31, 2016
Why Bike Lanes May Appear Underutilized

We hear complaints that bike lanes are underutilized. This might be true, or it might appear to be true and not be true. Let’s think about the traffic physics of this.

March 25, 2016
Bike Share Programs Need Subsidies to Keep Rolling
USA Today

The first modern U.S. bike share programs rolled out in Denver, Washington, D.C., and the Twin Cities about five years ago as a way to ease congestion, cut pollution and give residents and tourists a fun and healthy way to get around.

March 24, 2016
Should Money for Bike Share in Raleigh be Spent Elsewhere?
Indy Week

Drive around Raleigh on a rainy day and you’ll see people standing at uncovered bus stops, soaking wet. They wouldn’t be out there if they had another way of getting to work, school, or the grocery store. But they don’t.


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