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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Would You Ride a Bike Superhighway? | Mashable


As people become more concerned with conserving the environment and improving our health, bicycle superhighways seem to be the ideal panacea. Encouraging commuters to bike to work instead of drive in a car promotes personal well-being, a greener world and it can even encourage fresh thinking in the workplace.
Below, we outline three cities whose transit innovations are headed in the right direction, promoting healthier transportation options for both the planet and ourselves. Would you commute on a bicycle superhighway if you had one in your city? Let us know in the comments.
Copenhagen, Denmark.
Image: MyLoupe/Universal Images Group via Gettty Images
Copenhagen's Cykelsuperstier is the perfect example of a successfully implemented bike superhighway. Aiming to connect residential areas outside of Copenhagen with educational facilities and job-laden areas, the local governments teamed up to build an expansive system of 26 new bike routes.
The first route opened in April 2012 and connects Copenhagen and Albertslund, a suburb about 10 miles outside of the city. Although more than 80% of Danes have bicycles, cycling habits in Denmark has actually decreased over the last 20 years. However, the cycling within Copenhagen's boundaries has increased — 36% of all trips to places of work or study are taken by bicycle. The goal is to have 20% more riders on the Albertslund route by 2015. If this is achieved, then motorized vehicles in the country would be driving one million kilometers less each year.
In order to entice riders, the developers of the bike superhighway designed a number of strategies to make commuting as easy as possible. Using what they term "green wavetechnology," a cyclist traveling at an average speed of 20km/h should be able to glide through a wave of green lights throughout the city during rush hour, without ever having to stop. That's right, the traffic lights are timed to suit bicyclists, not cars. Furthermore, the city provides footrests to lean on at traffic lights in case you do happen to get stopped, there are tilted garbage cans along the path for easy access to riders, and "conversation lanes" are being developed where two people can ride side by side and talk as they commute to work together.
The Cykelsuperstier is being financed by the Capital Region of Denmark, as well as the 21 local governments that will be connected by the superhighway. The 26 routes are budgeted to cost 413 million Danish kroner (approximately $73.35 million USD) for the basic plan, or 875 million kroner ($155.4 million USD) for the ideal plan. It will cost an average of about $1 million per mile.
The next route to be built will connect Copenhagen with Fureso, a town northwest of the capital, and the developers are experimenting with solar-powered lighting.

Bicyclist's Condition Improving After Being Hit By Truck [10TV]


A bicyclist was taken to Grant Medical Center after being hit by a truck in south Columbus.

Police shut down the intersection at Fairwood Avenue and Marion Road while they treated the victim, but was reopened shortly after the victim was transported to the hospital.

The driver of the pick-up truck did stop at the scene.

Police said the bicyclist is expected to recover.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pedal to the Nettle


Pedal to the Nettle - Digital Edition from Edible Manhattan on Vimeo.

Checking out CoGo, the city's new bike-share program | Dispatch


My first CoGo experience got off to a rough start.
The bike-share station at 3rd & Gay refused to take my credit card. I tried again. No. I tried a third time. No. Is it my card, is it the station?
I went over to the station at Broad & High and … voila … it worked! Thank goodness, otherwise this blog post would have ended right here.
Later, someone from CoGo said there’d been a temporary glitch in the system, which they had fixed, and this is why I couldn’t get my bike at 3rd & Gay.
So, here’s my review of CoGo:cogo3
Getting started. It’s pretty easy and straightforward, although there are a lot of steps to get your day pass/code. First, you have to tell the machine if you want one or two day passes, then you swipe your credit card, hope it accepts it and then follow several prompts, including the one where you agree to pay $1,200 if the bike you rent is stolen. In other words: don’t let your bike out of your sight! It costs $6 for a day pass, which seems a little high.

How to Bike Share - Columbus' bike-share program goes live [Dispatch]


Get the app here: http://www.columbusridesbikes.com/2013/07/spotcycle-helps-you-get-most-out-of.html

Why fast pedaling makes cyclists more efficient | Active

Recently we reported that cyclists are usually more efficient on both hills and flat terrain when they pedal quickly (at about 80-85 rpm) rather than at slower cadences.
Now, a new study suggests that the greater efficiency may be related to the rapid rate at which glycogen is depleted in fast-twitch muscle fibers during slow, high-force pedaling.
To determine the actual effects of slow and fast pedaling on leg-muscle cells, scientists at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Wyoming asked eight experienced cyclists to cycle at an intensity of 85% V02max for 30 minutes under two different conditions.
In one case the cyclists pedaled their bikes at 50 revolutions per minute (rpm) while using a high gear. In the second case, the athletes pedaled in a low gear at 100 rpm. The athletes were traveling at identical speeds in the two instances, so their leg-muscle contractions were quite forceful at 50 rpm and moderate -- but more frequent -- at 100 rpm.
As it turned out, the athletes' oxygen consumption rates were nearly identical in the two cases, and heart and breathing rates, total rate of power production, and blood lactate levels were also similar.

[Keep reading at Active]

Spotcycle™ helps you get the most out of your bike share system!


Spotcycle™ is a free, fast and smart mobile application that maximizes your bike-sharing experience. Created by 8D Technologies™the brains behind some of the most successful bike-share systems around the world, Spotcycle is one of the handiest apps available on the market.

BIKE stations status and location

  • Locate bike stations on the bike share system.
  • List the ten nearest bike stations.
  • Display the bike and bike dock availability for each bike station.
  • Group stations into favorites for quick access.

CREATE personalized bike routes*

  • Use your smartphone's GPS feature to record and map out your bike route.
  • Annotate points of interest to your bike route.
  • Save your bike routes to your Spotcycle account for later use.
  • Edit your bike routes or add descriptions to them.
  • Add descriptions to your annotations.
  • Class your bike routes and annotations into pre-defined categories.

SHARE your routes

  • Share your saved bike routes with the Spotcycle community and social network via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
  • Or, keep your bike routes private to edit them, and then share them when they're ready!

EXPLORE the city with shared bike routes

  • Ride out bike routes shared by Spotcycle members.
  • Add your own bike routes to the Spotcycle community.
  • Search for bike routes by name, annotations, category or by username.
  • Rate bike routes using the star meter.
  • Try out Top Rated and Top Viewed bike routes from the Top Path tab.
  • Bookmark interesting bike routes to your Spotcycle account and access them from the Bookmark tab.

Key Features

Availability

  • Displays bike and bike dock availability at bike stations using pie chart icons.

  • Displays the time of the last update below the title.

  • Search for stations by name, bike or bike dock availability.

    Search for stations by proximity to current location or to a point of interest provided
    by Google Places.

Nearby bike stations

  • Automatically lists the 10 stations closest to your current location, or customize the number of stations to display.

  • Filtered search function automatically lists the 10 stations closest to your current location
    that meet the filter criteria (available bikes, bike docks, or stations); adjusts the list
    dynamically as your location changes.

  • Displays units of measurement in metric or imperial.

Favorites

  • Create and group your favorite bike stations within a specified radius or by address.

Bike paths

  • Toggle display of bike paths (in supported cities), bike stations or both using the
    layers feature.


Local amenities

  • Optimize biking directions using an address, phone contact's coordinates, your current
    position, a bike station, or a point of interest.

  • Search for local businesses provided by Google Places.


Bike routes

  • Create and save personalized and/or thematic bike routes.

  • Manage and edit your bike routes: annotate points of interest, add descriptions to bike
    routes and annotations.

  • Share bike routes with other members or with your social media community (Facebook, Twitter,
    or e-mail) and try out routes from other members.

  • Review and revise bike routes during and/or after recording. 


Timer and alarm

  • Keep track of your bike rental with a timer and alarm.



Additional Features

  • Search for nearby local businesses, such as restaurants and shops using Google Places.
  • Supports multiple cities.

Customized Display

  • Choose and customize your map views and pins.
  • Customize order of tabs in the Spotcycle tab bar.
  • Supports landscape mode.
  • Available in French and English.

Support

  • Easy email access to Spotcycle support team and to supported bike-sharing schemes for support.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bike trips across Ohio built for two | Dispatch

Soybean rows line both sides of the road, with a forested line of hills to the left. 

At midmorning on a Saturday, a slight breeze rustles the tall weeds in the ditches — and the bicycling feels good again. 

My husband, Joe, and I flirt with the improbable conclusion that we stayed in shape during the winter. 

We’re training for Pelotonia, the summer bike tour that raises money for cancer research. 

We’re of a certain age, the age at which we refer to ourselves as being of a certain age, and we need to train for almost everything we do. 

These hills make a good start. 

On our two bicycles, we form a unit of sorts. We always ride single file — Joe in front and me behind. 

Joe has a great sense of direction, so he leads and I follow, with a small blinking “ taillight” attached to a vent in my helmet. 

He has the rain jackets in his larger bike bag, and I keep the cellphone and glasses cleaner in my jersey pockets. 

He carries the bike pump, and I have the ibuprofen. 

He sets the pace, and I remember where we passed that ice-cream stand. 

I take charge of historical markers, and he waits until I read them. 

The road turns upward, and we settle into the slow, heavy cadence of hill climbing. 

Queen is stuck in my head: “We will, we will rock you, boom, boom-boom, boom” — just that part, again and again. 

This road is a heartbreaker: At the top, it doglegs to reveal another rise. 

Our heads go down, and we hear each other clicking down through the gears until we reach the lowest. All we hear then is our own breathing. 

One last rise, and we stop at a shady spot under a large tree. I pull sunblock out of Joe’s bike bag and hand him a granola bar, slightly wilted, from my bag. 

This is the pivoting point of our ride.  [Keep reading at Dispatch]

Pedal Pushers: How Art Museums Are Promoting Bike Culture | ARTNews


Even for Portland, Oregon, it was the perfect storm: a major bike collection was opening at the Portland Art Museum while the city was hosting the World Naked Bike Ride.
And that’s how a thousand nearly naked people, who paid a discounted admission price of $1 for every item of clothing they wore, came to see “Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design,” a selection of 40 bikes owned by Vienna-based designer Michael Embacher, when it premiered at the museum early last month.
Aside from the nudity, the event resembles much of the bike-related programming art museums are developing these days: It showcases the bicycle as an object of design, as well as personal expression. It reaches out to non-traditional museum audiences. It rewards visitors for using alternative transportation. And it’s packing in the crowds. More than 20,000 people have visited the show already, says museum director Brian J. Ferriso. “Communicating that objects of great design are in our world every day opens up a door of accessibility that’s very important to an art museum,” he says.Only in Portland? Maybe just for now.

Hula Cam At Venice Beach | GoPro

More bikes, more tickets | Columbus Dispatch


Columbus police have cited bicyclists more than 800 times in the past 18 months for violations, including riding on sidewalks, parking illegally and not having required reflectors or lights.Those don’t include general traffic-code violations, such as running red lights or stop signs.The number will go higher. Hundreds of new bicycles — and likely some new riders — will hit Columbus streets this month when the CoGo Bike Share program launches.
“I think bicyclists forget they’re part of the traffic pattern and they have to obey the rules of the road,” said Lt. Brent Mull of the Columbus police traffic bureau.
In all, there were 826 violations of the city’s bicycle code, which includes some moped and motorcycle rules as well, according to Franklin County Municipal Court.

A Miami Ice Cream Cart Gets Sweet Revenge With Po-Po Pops! | Huff Post

2013-07-22-AMiamiIceCreamCartGetsSweetRevengeWithPoPoPops.jpgTime spent in jail sends a person into deep reflection; inspiring ways to better yourself or a situation. Well 26-year-old Aleric "AJ"Constantine has done just that. Even though he only spent around 24 hours in prison, every minute was put to good use devising a very sweet revenge. He was arrested on June 28th, 2013 for serving ice cream without a license... yes seriously that is what he was arrested for. AJ rigged a hybrid refrigerator-bike for his artisanal ice cream to sell during the Critical Mass bike race in Miami.

[Keep reading at Huff Post]

Friday, July 26, 2013

Shared Bike Lanes Cause Confusion For Cyclists, Motorists And Traffic Officers | losangeles.cbslocal.com


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Shared, or so-called “sharrow”, lanes meant to make traveling safer for cyclists and motorists are causing confusion on the road.
Wes Hijh told CBS2/KCAL9′s Amy Johnson he was driving his bike in West Hollywood Tuesday morning when he was approached by a L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy.
The 30-year-old was wearing a helment camera at the time and posted a video of the encounter on YouTube.
“He just pulled up alongside me and started talking to me and told me I needed to be farther to the right. [I] pointed out that I was riding along the sharrow, which – based on my own research and reading of the laws and why they are there – that is where I’m supposed to be riding for my safety,” he said.

[Keep reading at losangeles.cbslocal.com]

How Biking Saves Me $10,000 a Year | Yahoo Finance

"It must have been your fault. C'mon. You are a biker." | Greater Greater Washington


Getting in a crash is one of the scariest things that can happen to a cyclist. Even worse is when police assume that bicyclists are always at fault, even if they've got evidence to the contrary.

The crash about to happen. Photo captured from MPD surveillance video.
On a pleasant March morning in 2011, I was on my way to work, biking south on 14th St NW in the center of the right lane. As I approached W Street, I looked to make sure I had ample time to cross. The light was green. As I left the intersection, an SUV driver made a left turn across traffic, directly into my path. All I could do was hit the brakes hard.
The next thing I knew, I was on my back in the middle of the street. I tried to sit up, but failed pathetically and landed back on the road. My glasses were in a mangled heap nearby. Seconds later, some cyclists stopped by. None had seen the collision, but they locked my bike at the scene and helped me to a safe place. Someone called an ambulance, which showed up a few minutes later.
In the ambulance, Carlos Carter, a DC police officer, asked me what happened, and I told him. Once the EMTs realized I had hit my head, it was straight onto a backboard and off to the emergency room.
At George Washington University Hospital, an X-ray found that my shoulder was separated and several ligaments were torn. Doctors took me to a CAT scanner to check for broken bones.
During the test, Officer Carter entered the room. He asked me to sign a ticket for running a red light. I asked him to take a look at footage since I was certain I hadn't. He wasn't interested and asked me to sign the ticket and admit fault. I didn't. He left.

Belle Vernon, West Newton Rotary Clubs foot bill for picnic shelters on trail | TRIBLive



Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Matt Terchick of the West Newton Rotary; Betsy Manderino, vice president of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter; and Sam Cover, president of the Belle Vernon Rotary (from left) stand next to one of six new covered picnic tables along the Youghiogheny River Trail.

To support the Youghiogheny River Trail, a part of the Great Allegheny Passage, two local Rotary clubs donated six covered picnic tables available for the public's use.
The wooden tables, made with pressure-treated lumber and a shingled roof, were built and installed along the trail over the past several weeks, said Bob Hand, president of the Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter.
The Belle Vernon Rotary donated $2,000 for four tables; the West Newton Rotary donated $1,000 for two tables.
“Our Rotary, Belle Vernon, is trying to partner with Westmoreland Yough Trail Chapter because we think it's a great thing for the community, for young families to be able to go out and walk and see the nature,” said Sam Cover, club president and a trail chapter member. “That's a beautiful area, and it doesn't cost them anything.”
The benches are located between mile-markers 31 and 41 on the trail through Westmoreland County.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Cycling in the US from a Dutch perspective

'No place for cars' in the cities of the future | The Times


  • Proposals drawn up by Lord Rogers of Riverside in 1986 showing how the Embankment along the River Thames could be turned into a public park Richard Rogers Partnership
There will be a widespread ban on cars in London within the next 20 years, according to one of Britain’s leading architects, who has called for cities to be designed for pedestrians and cyclists rather than for traffic.
The prediction from Lord Rogers of Riverside — who was behind the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the National Assembly Building in Cardiff and the Lloyd’s Building in London — comes as cities around the country consider restricting access for cars in their centres.
Lord Rogers predicted that small electric vehicles would become commonplace across the country and said that increasing the number of cyclists will solve the capital’s congestion problems. “By the year 2033 — my 100th birthday — you’re looking at a widespread ban on cars, certainly in the centre of town,” he said. “There will be a major change in the power and form of cars everywhere, with electric rickshaws and devices that resemble Segways a common sight.”

MIT Is Making a Road Frustration Index to Measure Stresses of Driving (Video) | WNYC


Kael Greco, MIT Researcher, monitors his own stress levels as he takes a test drive around the Boston area. (Courtesy of MIT Sensible Cities Lab)
Driving is stressful. To MIT researcher Kael Greco, piloting an automobile falls somewhere on the anxiety scale above giving a class presentation and below sky diving but just barely. 
Those are the initial findings of a trial for what will become the Road Frustration Index, a plan from the MIT SENSEable Cities Lab and Audi to measure the stress of driving in 30 cities.
"Intuitively we all understand that driving is stressful, but it was surprising to see how high," he said referring to the results of nine preliminary tests where he and others were wired up with a variety of stress sensors as they cruised around the Boston area. 
Greco is a graduate student at MIT and the first guinea pig for the stress sensors. He took an early morning drive around the Boston area—suspensfully documented in a slick video below—and monitored his anxiety with cameras, sweat meters, and a Microsoft Kinect. 

DRAGONSKIN


DRAGONSKIN from Becker Schmitz on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

why are ladies are buying vibrating bike seat covers? | Daily Mail Online


We are always being told to incorporate more exercise into our daily routines - and cycling to work is an excellent way of doing so. 
And if you were reluctant to hit the pedals before, a new gizmo could provide all the incentive you need to get on your bike. 
A firm has launched the Happy Ride - a vibrating seat cover that will make journeys by bicycle that bit more exciting. 
The inconspicuous gadget slips over the seat of a bike and incorporates 'vibration stimulation’ as you ride.
10 per cent of adults now cycle at least once a week, now the Happy Ride seat will no doubt encourage a few more to embrace two wheels...
10 per cent of adults now cycle at least once a week, now the Happy Ride seat will no doubt encourage a few more to embrace two wheels...
Manufactured with a padded lining and black nylon fabric outer surface the cover, which houses a powerful vibrator, is designed to fit all seats.

5 tarp shelter setups with a 3x3 tarp | YouTube

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BICYCLES ARE NOT FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION

The bicycle is an ingenious mobility device. It gets you from A to B and lets you observe your surroundings at a leisurely pace.
It is usually lightweight, and it provides an intimate visual, aromatic, and auditory connection to the world around you. In dense urban environments, riding a bicycle for short distances is often faster than traversing the same distance via car.
While the bicycle has many virtues, it also prompts people to go overboard. It’s often lauded as the transportation of tomorrow and the savior of cities. It is not. It is called transportation. It is not. That’s because the bicycle is not, strictly defined, a transport device. Ever try to carry a watermelon on a bicycle? (Yes, it can be done, but how much else could you carry?)
The bicycle is a biomechanical device that depends on the rider for balance and propulsion. It therefore operates under rigid limitations: the physical condition (and therefore age) of the rider, seasons and weather conditions, and terrain. If bicycles are used for multilane travel, particularly in urban context, their riders are seriously endangered. Cars making right turns are a particular threat.
Today, there is an almost messianic insistence that bicycles should be a part of the urban transit mix. Bicycle marathons in cities tie up traffic to celebrate liberation from the automobile...

Jump the Tour de France 2013 | Vimeo


Saut au dessus du Tour de France 2013 from EnchoRage on Vimeo.

Monday, July 22, 2013

The importance of taking the lane around a blind curve with the presence of parked cars | YouTube

Girls Ride - PARIS AMSTERDAM 2013


Girls Ride - PARIS AMSTERDAM 2013 - Le d├ępart ! from Renaud Skyronka on Vimeo.

The Marginalization of Bicyclists | iamtraffic.org

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Dan Gutierrez, who helped write this article, took the video from which these snapshots are taken. In the left photo, Dan's colleague Brian DeSousa is riding close to the curb in the right-hand lane of a multilane arterial. That position invites motorists to pass him within the lane, and sure enough, one does. On the right Brian is in a lane controlposition, which tells motorists they need to change lanes to pass.


How the car lane paradigm eroded our lane rights and what we can do to restore them

Not long ago I was riding in the middle of the right-hand (slow) lane on a 4-lane urban street with parallel parking and a 25 mph speed limit. I had just stopped at a 4-way stop when the young male driver of a powerful car in the left lane yelled at me, “You aint no f***ing car man, get on the sidewalk.” He then sped away, cutting it close as he changed lanes right in front of me in an attempt, I suppose, to teach me a lesson.
That guy stated in a profane way the world view of most people today: If you can't keep up, stay out of the way. My being in the right-hand lane and therefore “in his way” violated his sense that roads in general and travel lanes in particular are only for cars, a viewpoint that I call the car lane paradigm. The car lane paradigm conflicts with the fact that in every state of the union, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of vehicles.
So which is it? Do bicyclists have the same right to use travel lanes as other drivers or not? Before lanes existed, bicyclists simply acted like other drivers. But now that travel lanes are common, most people grow up with the car lane paradigm with bicyclists relegated to the margins of the road. This article goes into the history of how the car lane paradigm came to be and what we can do about it now.
Reading this is going to take a while, so here is an outline of where we're going:
  • 1897: In the beginning, bicycles were vehicles and bicyclists were drivers
  • 1930: Bicycles are not vehicles
  • 1911 – now: Lane lines are invented and become common
    • Oops, the inventors of lane lines forgot about bicycles
    • “Slower Traffic Keep Right” or “Slower Traffic Use Right Lane”?
    • What does the “or” in “right-hand lane or as close as practicable to the right” mean?
    • Do speed and might mean that travel lanes are actually “car lanes”?
  • 1944: If you can't keep up, you don't belong (in the lane)
  • 1968: Motorcyclists, but not bicyclists, are entitled to full use of a lane
  • 1975: Bicycles once again defined as vehicles, but still not entitled to use of a full lane
    • Exceptions to the law requiring bicyclists to ride far right are better than nothing, right?
  • Now: No room on the road for bicycles
    • Bicycles at the far right and laned roads are incompatible
    • What do we do now?