Showing posts from August 17, 2014

Pete McMartin: Forget bike helmets | Vancouver Sun

  Cities with successful bike share programs have waived or rescinded laws requiring helmets for cyclists — at least, for adult cyclists. Photograph by:  Peter Mccabe , THE GAZETTE Go to New York City and you’ll see the inconceivable: Thousands of people riding bikes in the thickest of traffic, without helmets. In the Land Of The Free, they have the right to bare heads. But then, you can see the same thing in Paris, London, Dublin, Barcelona, Tel Aviv ... I could go on. All those cities have successful bike-share programs. Their common denominator: They waived or rescinded laws requiring helmets for cyclists — at least, for adult cyclists. (Many cities with bike-sharing programs still require children to wear helmets.) [Keep reading at Vancouver Sun]

If you want your city to replace parking spots with bike lanes, use perspective | treehugger

CC BY-NC-ND 2.0  Joel Mann One of the biggest challenges of making cities more bike friendly is that most of the road space is already "used up." Adding bike lanes means removing something. That's when a bit of perspective comes in handy. Convincing your city's decision-makers and other citizens to replace some car infrastructure with bike infrastructure can be a huge challenge. Unfortunately, arguing that shifting more people to bicycling will free up space on the roads and reduce congestion isn't always effective. So, how have other cities succeeded in breaking through the anti-bike barrier? [Keep reading at  treehugger]

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Run 3 Reds on a Bike, Pay $1,500; Hit 10 People With a Car, It’s All Good |

Today “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz and Gerard Soffian, both former officials with NYC DOT, said the city should amend laws that treat cyclists and motorists the same. One of their recommendations is to lower the fine for cyclists who run red lights. “Right now, penalties against bicyclists who run red lights are up to $270 — identical to car driver fines, even though the consequences, in terms of injuring others, are much fewer,” they wrote on  CityLand . Schwartz and Soffian suggest a fine of $50, payable to the city Department of Finance, rather than the Traffic Violations Bureau, a Department of Motor Vehicles division that splits ticket revenues with the state. The four tickets an officer issued to a cyclist on Ninth Avenue in a single traffic stop. Here’s an example of how screwy the current penalty structure is. The going rate for  killing someone with a car while driving without a license  in NYC is $500. And depending on where you commit the crime,  the DA might let you

Point of Law: Do 'safe passing' regulations really make it safer for cyclists if they're not enforced?

Photo by Heather Mull Safe passage: Pennsylvania law mandates that drivers give cyclists a 4-foot buffer when passing. It isn't often that lawmakers spend years shepherding legislation they know will likely not be enforced. Yet when it came to state Rep. Ron Miller's "Safe Passing" bicycle bill — a law designed to give cyclists a buffer from drivers — that's exactly what he foresaw. "From day one, we suspected it would be very hard to write citations, because it's a judgment call" for law enforcement, says Miller, a York Republican. Overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in February 2012, the law was celebrated as a win by many bike advocates, who have successfully lobbied 25 state governments nationwide to pass similar measures. "The state of Pennsylvania took a huge stride toward improving our  Bike Friendly State  standing," declared local advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh the day after Corbe

The Unstealable Bike by Yerka Project (Prototype) - Teaser


From Guillaume Blanchet, Filmmaker: "I love being on a bike, it helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After days and days of cycling the streets of Montreal, come cold or sun, or even a little frightened, I dedicate this film to him." 

E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe

BERLIN — With a faint electric whir, Iris Marossek pedals her bicycle through concrete apartment blocks in the heart of old East Berlin, delivering mail to 1,500 people a day. Painted yellow and black like a bumble bee, her bicycle is a nod to both past and future. It is decorated with an image of a curving black horn, harking back to earlier centuries when German postal workers trumpeted their arrival. But the twin battery packs under her seat also reveal it is more than the average bike. Ms. Marossek rides one of the 6,200 e-bikes in service for Deutsche Post, the German mail service. E-bikes use electric motors to make them easier to pedal and have been gaining popularity in bike-loving countries like Germany, appealing to older people, delivery businesses and commuters who don’t want to sweat. “They are really nice and they are only getting better,” Ms. Marossek said. “You’re not as exhausted as you would be with a regular bike.” With tens of millions of e-bikes already on

Airwheel Self Balancing Unicycles

AIRWHEEL UNICYCLES Airwheel is the worlds leading producer of one and two wheel self-balancing unicycles. Airwheel is developed and made in Changzhou, China, and comes in several different models with both one and two wheels. Advanced gyro stabilizing software, combined with altitude control software from aerospace technology. Riders can control the vehicle by leaning forward or backward. Similar to the techniques of riding a bicycle, the riders achieve balance on Airwheel by slightly tilting sideways. Airwheel is a green and smart vehicle, powered by electriciy, and can easily be carried into buses or subways, facilitating daily commuters.  Features The airwheel drives at up to 10mph with a normal speed of 7-8mph. A warning beep is heard when speed gets above 8mph and the standing platform will lean gently backwards to avoid further acceleration. The range varies from 6 to 25 miles depending on battery size, body weight, terrain, speed and temperature. The range o

A New App Tracks Where Cyclists Actually Ride, To Help Plan Better Paths | FastCompany

London plans to spend more than a  billion dollars on better bike infrastructure  over the next decade, and across the rest of the U.K., the government will spend  hundreds of millions more . The only problem: There's very little data about where cyclists ride, making it difficult to plan exactly where new bike lanes are most needed. A new iPhone app aims to help by tracking routes as people ride and and turning that data into maps. When volunteer cyclists install the app, called WeCycle, it automatically begins mapping. It runs continuously at low power, and senses when someone starts to ride, rather than forcing someone to start and stop the app each time. "A cyclist can see the routes it's recording on a map in the app, and all of that data then is automatically synched on our service to generate this aggregate picture of how cyclists are moving around," explains  Peter Lindgren , COO of  TravelAI , the company that developed the app. "It shows how cyclin

Put Cleveland bicycle expressway where streetcars once rolled down wide streets, planners say |

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A big, bold way to connect Cleveland neighborhoods, pump up businesses and add tree-lined bikeways to miles and miles of city streets is hiding in plain sight. The paved-over tracks of Cleveland's once-extensive streetcar network left some of its main avenues far broader than needed for the traffic they're handling. Bike and community advocates say that buried transit system can be transformed into "the Midway" -- a center-of-the-road, two-way bike lane protected on either side with boulevards, with a lane of traffic and a parking row on either side of that. Members of Bike Cleveland, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and Bialosky + Partners Architects have been working for two years on plans to reimagine some of the wide, low-traffic streets that branch to all corners of Cleveland and to the Emerald Necklace fringing the city. As a start, the Midway team proposes a one-mile stretch of boulevard-buffered bikeway along St. Clair

UPDATE: Camp Chase Trail - I-270 Bridge Overpass

Look what we found... Looks like retaining walls are going up to start the foundation for the bridge over I-270 along the railroad line between Sullivant Ave. West (seen in the distance) and Georgesville Rd. (would be behind you in this photo). This photo was taken a few days ago heading north on I-270. This is a major piece of infrastructure that will connect the Ohio to Erie Trail from Cincinnati to Cleveland. To learn more about the Ohio to Erie Trail, visit  or follow them on Facebook at

Borderline Stupid from Gunnar Oliphant

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13th annual Tour de Troit bike ride through Detroit expected to draw 7,500 participants | MLive

DETROIT, MI — The Tour de Troit annual bike ride has grown exponentially since it began in 2001. The event drew 50 participants during its inception race and has grown into a community attraction that featured 6,500 riders last year, making it the largest bike ride in Michigan. Vittoria Katanski, co-director of Tour de Troit, said 7,500 participants are expected at this year’s Sept. 20 ride that goes for 30 or 62 miles, depending on your route. Over 2,500 have already signed up. Since 2005, the Tour de Troit ride has raised over $180,000 for the greenways network and non-motorized transportation projects in Detroit. “Cycling in the city has been on the up-rise,” Katanski said. “It has become more visible to other people, too, and it’s providing an alternate method of transportation. Sharing the road is a very important thing for the city and for the people that visit.” [Keep reading at  MLive]

Upper class cycling culture and the demise of Portland’s bike movement @ellyblue

What happened to Portland’s bike scene? Maybe first it would help to envision what it used to be. There was this booming, diverse, vibrant DIY bike activist and bike fun scene that transformed this city, from  Critical Mass  to  Shift  to any number of wild initiatives popping up. Any night of the week, there was some sort of free bike fun going on; anywhere you were in the city, if you were outdoors you were likely to see a mass of people riding by, all of them smiling. People were coming here from all over the country to see what we were doing and how they could replicate it in their own city. People were moving here so they could sell their car and live their dream. We also have had a long-running statewide advocacy organization that’s tended to focus more on legislation and programs. It floundered a lot, and that was too bad, but it was also ok because there was so much else going on. But then, five years ago, all those other things just sort of petered out. People, myself inc

Video - Epic: A Cycling Story

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