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Saturday, April 2, 2016

VanMoof Electrified S @VANMOOF



[VanMoof]

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sometimes bikes slow down cars, and that’s okay @SFGate

Let me start with an admission: yesterday, while riding a bike, I slowed down a car.
Riding through the Presidio, I descended Lincoln Boulevard from the Golden Gate Bridge to Baker Beach at 25 m.p.h. This stretch of Lincoln has no downhill bike lane, just “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs and sharrows reminding bicyclists to ride in the center of the lane. Lincoln has a 30 m.p.h. speed limit, meaning the driver behind me, who like nearly all road users was courteous and didn’t honk or complain, could have traversed this 1-mile stretch 30 seconds faster if I didn’t exist. (30 seconds might sound like nothing, but Bay Area governments routinely spend tens of millions of dollars rebuilding roads because of delays on this scale.)
Bike advocates often feel the need to spend time, energy, and ink proving that bikes and bike infrastructure usually don’t slow down cars. The Active Transportation Alliance featured the claim that bike lanes slow traffic as a top biking myth to debunk in a recent article. Traffic studies in Manhattan and Chicago, widely publicized by People for Bikes and other advocacy organizations, have found that protected bike lanes have either had no effect on traffic speeds or led to slightly faster traffic even when general traffic lanes were removed to build the bike lanes. Research consistently shows that the primary causes of slow car traffic are too many cars and poor street design and that adding car lanes alone doesn’t solve the problem.

Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA @CityLab

Official Trailer: Another Way of Living: The Story of Reston, VA from Rebekah Wingert-Jabi on Vimeo.

Image James Rossant / Palindrome
An early rendering of the public gathering spot that would later become Reston Town Center.(James Rossant / Palindrome)
It’s rare for a 1960s suburban development to exert a cultural pull distinct from its neighboring city, but Reston pulled it off.
Situated about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., in what used to be northern Virginia farmland, this settlement has attracted generations of urbanists for its people-first brand of development. When Robert E. Simon Jr. bought the land and planned his flagship project, he insisted on walkability, density, access to nature and green space, and diversity of races and income levels. He didn’t invent these principles—his inspirations were hundreds of years old—but he and his successors managed to realize them at a scale and level of success that hadn’t been seen before
The new documentary Another Way of Living: The Story of RestonVA charts Simon’s project from its genesis to now, through some of the last interviews he gave before passing away last year at 101. He’s a complicated fellow: an idealist dedicated to principles of quality, but also a grounded extrovert who understood—unlike most post-war suburban developers—that there are place-based requirements to happy living. The film, which screens Thursday at the Environmental Film Festival in D.C., makes the case that the best ideas driving urban revival today were actually tested and implemented by the team that built Reston 50 years ago.

[Keep reading at Citylab]

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Noah Hicks: The Crusade For Biking In Dorchester



[Bowdoin Bike School]

SVEN Het Laaste Jaar - English Subtitles - @cyclocrosss Special Extended Edition

3 Reasons to Ride a Longtail with Madi Carlson - Clever Cycles

The Adventure Dispatch - Trailer @iamspecialized



The rules of adventure are simple: there are no rules. But for the inspiration to get out and explore, we've always found that by surrounding yourself with inspiring people, you can't help but become inspired. With our new documentary series, The Adventure Dispatch, we'll follow those that motivate us to get outside and push past the confines of the everyday, seeing what fuels their wanderlust passion. So come on the journey with us—it's going to be one hell of an incredible ride.

Premieres: 4/12/16 @ specialized.com/adventure-dispatch  
Music:
“Time to Run” by Lord Huron

Production:
Director: Warren Kommers  
Producer: AVERingenuity