"While cities like New York struggle to get people onto bikes,
Amsterdam is trying to keep its hordes of bikes under control.
In a city of 800,000, there are 880,000 bicycles, the government
estimates, four times the number of cars. In the past two decades,
travel by bike has grown by 40 percent so that now about 32 percent
of all trips within the city are by bike, compared with 22 percent by car.
But many Amsterdamers say it is not so much the traffic jams like those
at the morning ferry that annoy them most, but the problem of where to
park their bikes once they get to where they're going, in a city with almost
more water than paved surfaces.
Read the entire news article here.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Read about the event here or here.
"Michael Heffler's first book, Climbing Through Life - a Collection of Hilly Vignettes
captures what Albert Einstein expressed: "Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep
your balance, you must keep moving." Or as cyclists on his rides say: "You only get to the
prettiest places by climbing hills." Michael captures the idea of living where you live,
invoking an appreciation for beauty and a sense of place - to keep the pretty part of New
Jersey a place that provides great cycling, living and creative outlets. His writing explores
ways to grow by experiencing and better understanding the substance of relationships
with others and the environment. Books will be available for sale.
Friday, June 14, 2013
> I didn't realise bike rack design is up for debate.
I wouldn't say the design(s) are up for update, although all
opinions are helpful. What we currently have is a wide range
of styles, with some being @begin(big word) superannuated @end().
What's probably missing are the capacity and location guidelines.
For example, this news item from Tucson talks about, among other
things, moving the bike parking rules into the municipal land use code.
There are quite a few interesting comments made, including a pointer
to this item about something we already know to be true: a bicyclist
prefers to lock his/her bike to a nearby signpost or pole than a distant
bicycle rack, because then it's easier to check that your bike is okay.
The stuff about David Byrne and bike racks is quite interesting. His book
of musings "Bicycle Diaries", mostly not about bicycling, is in the public library.
Also in the library btw is "City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist"
Unrelated to bicycle racks, here's more food for thought re: funding sources.
Bicycles steer clear of Obamacare
Why cities refuse to use health funds for cycling programs
In addition to mandating health insurance for all Americans, the Affordable
Care Act sets aside money that can be used for bicycle projects — but bike
advocates have been pedaling right past these piles of cash. Why? Because
the only thing more controversial this summer than sharing bicycles may be
sharing the burden of health-insurance costs.
Also check out this 13-page slideshow about bike sharing programs.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
We continue to gather input/opinions about location/type of bike parking facilities.
DERO is a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of bike racks, acquired
last year by Chattanooga-based Playcore. Dero's interesting website
has, among other things, a "World Bike Parking Tour" scrapbook (PDF)
used at U of Minnesota and elsewhere to incentivize/reward bike commuters.
Further reading: Dero's Bike Parking Guidelines for small businesses.
Example of municipal "Bicycle Parking" guidelines (fact sheet), Virginia Beach VA
Not All Racks Are Created Equal - A Look at Bike Parking Blunders and Best Practices
Posts/videoclips tagged "bike parking" at StreetFilms.org
Monday, June 3, 2013