Tag Archives: bicycles

Top 25 US Cities For Bicycle Commuting

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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 […]

Germany Plans New Parks Over Iconic Autobahn

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Highways are great for getting people from one place to another quickly. But they are not so great for those who have to live near them. Almost without exception, major highways and turnpikes around the world- literally from LA to Beijing– are noisy, stinky places with high concentrations of CO2 and other toxic exhaust gasses […]

SolaRoad Bike Path Debuts in Amsterdam

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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 […]

Motor City Has a Pedal-Powered Future

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Detroit’s fortunes rose and fell on four wheels, but its past- and its future- could be built on two. That’s what Jen Wieczner at Fortune Magazine thinks, and, with at least seven bicycle makers setting up shop in the once “Motor City”, she may have a point. “Everybody in this town knows somebody who worked […]

Infographic: What if Everyone Rode Bikes?

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As bicycles become a bigger and bigger part of life in American cities, questions about cyclist and pedestrian safety – even the way we design our roads – are getting asked more and more frequently. One question that isn’t often asked, however, is a much more theoretical one: what would happen if EVERYONE rode bikes? […]

Cycling in Amsterdam – Stories on Video

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When it comes to bicycle culture and cycling safety, Europe is way ahead of the US (although we’re catching up!). That’s especially true in Amsterdam, where it’s less about bikes co-existing with cars, and more and more about Amsterdammers rejecting automobiles altogether for a system that works better for everyone. That’s the kind of cycling […]

Art of the Bicycle at Chicago MSI

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This weekend, the brood and I went out to see the recently-addd Art of the Bicycle exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago MSI). Billed as an exhibit that “takes guests through the evolution of bike engineering in a beautiful gallery juxtaposing nine rare bicycles from the Museum’s collection, along with (some of) […]

Production Smart Bicycle Launched at Detroit Auto Show

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The production version of the pedal/electric Smart bicycle quietly debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show carrying a $2950 price tag. Along with the price, the bikes carried a features list full of clever, high-end components aimed at making the bikes both more durable, and more convenient, for its end-users.

Recycled Hawtness: Roetz’ Sustainable Bicycles

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More than a million new bicycles are sold each year in the Netherlands, which is good. What’s not so good is that nearly that many are thrown away, too. Why, though? In many cases, the frame is sound, the handlebars are straight- even the wheels are good. What’s needed, then, isn’t necessarily a new bike, […]

83 MPH Recumbent Bike Tears Up Battle Mountain

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Earlier this month, a group of recumbent bike enthusiasts made their way out into the open roads of Battle Mountain, Nevada to see how fast they could push their pedal-powered machines. Draped in slick, slippery, composite aero shells, these recumbents cheat the wind and defy expectations, with one 14-year-old student entry hitting 55 mph, and […]

This Cardboard Bicycle is Better Than You Think (w/ video)

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Inspired by water-cooler talk about a cardboard canoe, inventor and craftsman Izhar Gafni became obsessed with the idea of a cardboard bicycle. Despite Gafni’s enthusiasm and technical/design prowess in the field of mechanical and bio-medical engineering, however, a number of his engineering buddies told him it couldn’t be done. Cardboard didn’t have the structural properties required to build a usable, durable bicycle frame. It was impossible … but people like Gafni love s*** that’s impossible.