New York City Bike-Sharing Program Plans Move Forward

I wrote on New York City’s large, potential bike-sharing program a few months ago, the only proposed bike-sharing program in North America that will compare to the famous and highly successful Paris Vélib’ system (or even Barcelona’s Bicing program). NYC’s bike-sharing program has just moved forward now, with New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan issuing a Request For Proposals (RFP) this week. NYC hopes to have the program implemented by 2012 according to the city’s announcement. According to NYCDOT’s…

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Cycling Superhero Bike Ride

Are you a cycling superhero? Probably not yet, but you could be soon. A handful of green activists and bicycle enthusiasts have been going on “cycling superhero bike rides” once or twice a year since 2000, on which they bike long distances (no experience doing so needed, just a desire to give it a shot) and help communities in whatever ways they can along the way. A nice combination of green transportation, community service, fun, and healthy exercise. This year’s…

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Community Composting and Recycling by Bike [VIDEO]

This is a great-looking bicycle composting and recycling service, and what is greener than biking, composting, and recycling? As Rory Woods of sustainablog writes, “Motivated by their love of bike culture and the environment, this enterprising group has built a cooperative business around transporting other businesses’ compost and recycling.” For a little more info from the crew itself, here’s more on the Pedal Co-Op from the YouTube page: Biking is a primary means of transport for many people in Philadelphia.…

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Portland to Get a Transit- & Bike-Only Bridge

Cars have gotten a hugely disproportionate bulk of transportation funds in the U.S. for decades, over half a century even. But with more and more people realizing this is bad for our health, bad for our pocketbooks, bad for the environment, and bad for the vibrancy of our cities, this is (slowly) changing. One of the cities leading the pack on this front, giving more and more funding to bicycle/pedestrian projects and transit projects, is Portland. I did my graduate studies…

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New York City Cyclists Getting Nearly $1 Million for Wrongful Arrests

Cyclists get mistreated, illegally ticketed, and poorly protected on roads all over the U.S. Why people don’t realize that cyclists save them time (while a biker may block your way for a short time, he or she does so much less than an automobile), make the roads safer, and help keep the air cleaner is a mystery to me. But with more cyclists on the road and more bicycle advocacy, this can change. Recent news from New York City is…

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The Knitters Have Taken to Tagging

Last week while strolling through downtown Berkeley, we came across a municipal sign ensconced in a colorful knitted woolen cozy. I was really curious about it, and asked my friend Ida if she had any insight as to why the visitor information sign had its own armless sweater. She explained to me that the knitters have taken to tagging, and such artistic creations were not uncommon in the city. Ida also told me that she had seen similar work in…

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SF’s Western Addition Celebrates Sunday Streets this Weekend

  Another festive ciclovia event is being held in San Francisco this weekend; Sunday Streets is coming to the Western Addition. Neighborhood roadways that are usually clogged with automobiles will be opened for public recreation this Sunday—providing car-free recreational space for everyone (see a map and more at Sunday Streets website). Come play in the streets. Ride your bike, skate, walk the dog, dance or just go for a leisurely stroll. Thousands of volunteers help make these fun events happen.…

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Bicycle City

The first Bicycle City is finally getting built! More on that and how Bicycle City got started via co-founder Joe Mellet below. I have seen advertisements for Bicycle City for years now. I remember when it first got started — it looked like a great initiative but was rather mysterious. “Where was “bicycle city” or where would bicycle cities be?” was the question on numerous bicycle enthusiasts’ and city planners’ minds. The Bicycle City website built up a stronger and…

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New York City Bicycle Sharing Program to be BIG!

I just wrote a piece on a cool visualization project of the new London cycle scheme, or bike sharing program. Now, on the other side of the Atlantic, we have some very exciting news about a bicycle sharing program in New York. I have been pretty critical of U.S. bicycle sharing programs in the past, and I think for good reason. While many of them reference and are trying to replicate the extremely successful Paris bike-sharing program, Vélib’, they are…

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London Cycle Scheme “Boris Bikes” Visualized

London is one of the latest big cities to implement a modern bike sharing program. The “cycle scheme” (as they call it in England) is popularly called “Boris Bikes” now, named after London Mayor Boris Johnson. To help show the effect of this program, Oliver O’Brien of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College in London is plotting use of the London cycle scheme in real time on a computer and then creating 24 second=24 hour maps to…

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San Francisco Improves Bicycle Infrastructure

San Francisco’s first colored bicycle lane on Market Street. In the last few months riding a bicycle in San Francisco has gotten a little bit easier, thanks to a number of bike infrastructure improvement projects that have been recently completed. Sustainable transportation activists and the SF Bicycle Coalition are continuing their work to make biking safer and more enjoyable for everyone. During Bike to Work Day last week, bicyclists accounted for a record-breaking 75% of all morning traffic downtown. In…

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Space Required to Transport 60 People

Kati Jackson, from Rickshaw Bagworks in San Francisco,  just shared this image with me. It really makes one think about how we get around, and how our society chooses to use our shared public space and resources.

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#1 Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Great Bicycle City Photo Tour

Topping yet another bicycle list, Amsterdam is #1 here because of the great bicycle photos to follow along with the fact that 40% of traffic is bicycle traffic in Amsterdam and the city is full of bicycle facilities, including a 10,000-bicycle parking garage at its train station. Amsterdam may not have as high a percentage of bicycle commuters as its Dutch neighbor to the north, Groningen, or as much bike-crazy counter-culture as Portland (Oregon), or the largest bicycle sharing program…

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#3 Portland, Oregon (USA): Great Bicycle City Photo Tour

With bike weddings, bike parades, hundreds of naked bicyclists, bike fashion shows, popular & interesting cargo bikes, and travelling bike pubs, Portland is #3 on this great bicycle city photo tours list. Portland has great bicycle facilities (colored bike lanes, bike boxes at intersections, great bike signs, off-road bicycle paths, etc.), a large number of people using the bicycle for transportation, and a bike culture that brings the fun of bicycling to another level. As a result of these factors…

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