Bicycles

Bike Commuting 101

There are two main benefits of bike commuting: saving money and gaining fitness. People who don’t own cars and employ a combination of biking, walking, and the use of public transportation can save thousands of dollars each year. You might be most interested in the financial details, so let’s get to that first. A Forbes contributor wrote that the average cost of owning and operating a car per year is about $8,000, but the same cost for a bike is only $300 or…

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Top 25 US Cities For Bicycle Commuting

Bloomberg News has assembled data from the US Census about the number of people who bike to work and where they are located. The top 25 US cities for bicycle commuting are shown in the graphic above. The top 5 on the list are: Davis – California Boulder – Colorado Palo Alto – California Eugene – Oregon Cambridge – Massachusetts Clearly, the West Coast, with its mild winters and lack of snow, is far ahead of the rest of the…

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Jersey City Joins New York City Bike Share Program

Jersey City mayor Steve Fulop has announced that Brooklyn based Alta Bicycle Share has been awarded a contract to operate a bike share program in his city. Alta operates New York City’s 6,000 bicycle Citi Bike system and was the sole bidder for the Jersey City program. Bike share members in Jersey City will be eligible to use the New York City bike sharing program as well. That means a resident of Jersey City can pick up a bike and…

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SolaRoad Bike Path Debuts in Amsterdam

On November 12, the first SolaRoad bike path will open in a northern suburb of Amsterdam. The Dutch are fanatical about using bicycles for transportation, especially in urban areas where finding a parking space for even a compact car is difficult if not impossible. Since 2009, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has been exploring the solar potential of Holland’s nearly 200 square miles of roadways. The SolaRoad bike path is part of a three year feasibility study…

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