Friday, September 20, 2013

Sept 22 is International Car-Free Day

"In 1994, Eric Britton proposed a car-free day as part of a speech at
 the Accessible Cities Conference in Toledo, Spain. The idea spread
 through Europe and reached North America in 2001, when Toronto
 had itself a car-free day. Going car-free is not only good for the
 environment, but good for your health if you can walk or cycle
 to work. You can also try car pooling."  More about Eric Britton.

Today is the 11th car-free day in downtown Montreal. Meanwhile ...

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, builder of bike lanes and champion
of congestion pricing, has seldom been cast as a friend to the
automobile. But according to the New York City Transportation
Department, a lengthy campaign to reallocate street space for
cyclists and pedestrians has produced a curious result:
If anything, officials said, cars are moving more quickly in
the city's most congested areas.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Daily Princetonian editorial re: PU bike-share program

University bike-share program       BY EDITORIAL BOARD 

Following a trend started in the world's major cities, at least 33 U.S. colleges 
now offer some form of bike-sharing program. The Editorial Board believes a 
bike-sharing program would be beneficial for the Princeton community and 
recommends that the University build out its own program in accordance 
with best practices drawn from cities and other college campuses. These 
benefits include facilitating student mobility, sustainability gains and, 
possibly, a reduction in bike theft.      CONTINUE READING HERE

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Tokyo's Quake-Proof Underground Storage Cylinder re: bicycle parking

"Tokyo's underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate
 mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion
with a single push of a button, the ECO Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground
 Bicycle Park, built by Japanese engineering firm Giken Seisakusho Co. LTD
 is just seven meters wide, but it's deep enough to store 144 bicycles."

As described on Giken's website, or a blog article which links to this YouTube clip.