How Copenhagen handles bike jams

June 2, 2017 by  
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Bikes outnumbered cars in Denmark’s capital of Copenhagen for the first time in 2016 – a huge win for the environment . But all those bikes have led to two-wheel traffic jams that needed fixing. So the city has come up with an innovative solution: electronic information panels that help cyclists chose a clearer route. 265,700 bicycles enter Copenhagen daily, as opposed to 252,600 cars. So the city is planning to set up five electronic panels at strategic points, according to state broadcaster Danmarks Radio. Copenhagen has a 240-mile bike lane network. The five screens could help cyclists reroute to reduce bike congestion . The capital’s city hall is calling this move the first of its kind in the world. Related: Copenhagen now has more bikes than cars Head of Copenhagen’s technology and environment department Morten Kabell said, “There’s a need for improved accessibility for the growing number of cyclists who unfortunately in many places are now having to fight for space on the bike lane. We’re hoping with these new information boards to give cyclists the opportunity to choose the least congested route through the city.” The electronic panels will cost around $633,494. They’ll offer information on special events, roadwork, slow-moving traffic, and the distance to destinations. They’ll also highlight alternative routes. The screens aren’t the only way Copenhagen is looking to slash bike congestion. They’ll improve infrastructure by widening lanes already in place, improving intersection signaling, and constructing more bike-only bridges (the city currently has 17). They already have a route-planning app, ibikecph , which recently saw an update from the city on quieter, greener routes. 41 percent of people in Copenhagen bike to and from school or work. They racked up nearly 870,000 miles a day by bike in 2016. Over the past 20 years, bike traffic has increased by 68 percent in the capital. And if forecasts are correct, daily bike traffic across the city could increase by 25 percent by 2025. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Berlin could build a 6-mile greenery-lined bike path under its U1 subway

June 2, 2017 by  
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A community-led proposal envisions converting the abandoned space beneath Berlin’s elevated U1 subway line into a “grand boulevard for bike traffic” that would stretch almost 6 miles throughout the city. The proposal, Radbahn Berlin, is led by a team of local specialists and community leaders who would like to put the forgotten area to use as a covered bike path lined with vibrant green spaces, bike service stations, and recreational areas for cafes and food trucks. Although still in the early stages, the Radbahn vision is supported by many – especially those who think the city is lacking in bike infrastructure. The proposed cycle path would run almost 6 miles underneath the elevated rail line , which stretches along one of Berlin’s main roads connecting three districts and various neighborhoods. Currently, the space beneath the rail line is completely idle, with the exception of a few illegally parked cars. Related: German community bands together to convert old WWII bunker into a ‘green mountain’ According to the plan, the location would be perfect for a well-organized bike boulevard considering that the area around the station is already rife with cyclists. However, the current bike path in the area is fairly short and split in various areas by protruding tree roots. For local bicyclists, the obvious solution would be to install a better bike path under the rail line, creating a safe route for bike traffic without having to disturb car traffic. There would be more than enough space for a two-way cycle path bordered by swaths of green vegetation. Radbahn Berlin is the brainchild of architect Matthias Heskamp, and the team is comprised of a group of professionals from five countries and various backgrounds whose common objective is to improve cycling conditions in the German capital. According to Bike Citizen , the project has received support from the Berlin Senate, and the team will be making a presentation to the city in early summer. As stated in the team’s urban design proposal, the main goal is to “revitalize the former space along the iconic U1 line to a pulsating urban artery. It thereby acts as a playground for modern mobility, innovation and leisure activities.” + Radbahn Berlin Images via Radbahn Berlin

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Guerilla cycling: San Francisco activists create their own bike lanes with traffic cones

September 22, 2016 by  
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A group of concerned San Franciscans is erecting sections of protected bike lanes all across the city. Doing what they believe the city is not, SF Transformation (SFMTrA) has been leaving orange traffic cones  along bicycle and pedestrian lanes in an effort to bring attention to recent traffic fatalities and the lackluster reaction of public transportation officials. The organization, whose name is a play on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ( SFMTA ), has set up traffic cones and signs in the city’s Mission District that direct bicycle and Uber traffic in the name of public safety. This action follows the deaths of two cyclists, struck down in different locations, earlier this year on June 22. Residents say more must be done to protect car-less commuters. Related: Lumos helmet keeps bikers safe with turn signals and brake lights “Even with some improvements from the SFMTA and other advocacy groups lobbying the city for safe streets, we felt there was more that could be done to increase street safety and attention to these issues by taking direct action on our public streets,” the group told CityLab . They predict no decline in the interest of cycling, especially as the globe starts to turn its back on fossil fuels and embrace greener modes of transportation. So far, SF Transformation has engaged in seven demonstrations, with several more planned. “With a growing group of members we expect to increase the amount of safety improvements we can make and this will encourage the city to do more as well,” they explain. “We are just getting started.” Via CityLab Images via Twitter

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Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

November 28, 2013 by  
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Whether you want to call it yarn-bombing or guerrilla knitting , this craze has spread across the world in a colorful display of environmentally friendly public art. Isabeau Joubert has done something similar over in Cape Town, South Africa, giving two vintage bicycles a dazzling makeover by using brightly colored wool in a burst of yarn graffiti . The crocheted bicycles were a gift to not only their owners but to the city of Cape Town itself; a piece of public art that aims to inspire others to get on their bikes. Joubert used a bright orange wool to reflect how much she loves exploring the city by bicycle, so now these happy-go-lucky bikes are spreading the message to fellow urban dwellers! Read the rest of Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycles , bicycling , bike , bikes , biking , crocheting , cycling , fiber art , fibre art , green art , guerrilla knitting , Isabeau Joubert , knitting , public art , sustainable artwork , urban biking , urban transport , yarn , yarn bombing , yarn graffiti        

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The Repair Rebel is a Handy Tool Wheel Designed for Cyclists

July 30, 2013 by  
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Built for casual and dedicated cyclists alike, the Repair Rebel is a lightweight, consolidated bike tool made from durable titanium. This handy tool won’t leave you short in a pinch, boasting 24 features that range from a flat head screwdriver to a hex bolt wrench. Best of all, the Repair Rebel can be attached under a bike seat to keep it out of the way but in reach at all times. Check out designer  Thomas Smafield ‘s Kickstarter campaign for more details. + Repair Rebel The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle tools , bicycling , bike tools , biking , compact bike tools , eco bike tools , portable bike tools , repair rebel        

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4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time

April 30, 2013 by  
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The 4StrikeBike features handlebars that double as an extra set of pedals! Designed by Dutch firm TSG Essempio , the bike is a real treat for passionate cyclists, people with back problems and compulsive multi-taskers. The hand pedals can be fixed upright when navigating city traffic or engaged to provide extra power when crossing longer distances at higher speeds. Retired Dutch surgeon Lex van Stekelenburg came up with the idea after developing back problems. The bike works therapeutically by distributing body weight more naturally than a conventional bicycle. Read the rest of 4StrikeBike Can Be Pedalled With Hands and Feet at the Same Time Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4StrikeBike , bicycle design , bicycling , bike design , bike designs , cycling , dutch design , flexible bike design , flexible design , green bicycle design , green transportation , therapeutic cycling , transformable design , TSG Essempio        

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Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

November 28, 2012 by  
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Have you ever been freaked out riding your bike at night, surrounded by automobiles piloted by distracted drivers? Well, here’s an innovation for safer night-cycling that might be hitting the market soon (and reducing your level of stress). A team of designers has won an industrial design award for their Bike Zone invention, which creates a lighted safety zone on the ground around your bike, alerting drivers to your presence at night. The laser-projected zone extends for a meter on each side and also projects an animated directional signal. Frank Guo, Hung Wang, and Stuart Morrow, a team of independent designers, received a Bronze award for the Bike Zone design in the 2012 Lite-On Awards , a competition sponsored by Taiwan’s $16 billion Lite-On Technology Corporation . Read the rest of Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: award , bicycle , bicycling , bike zone , biking , cycling , Design , frank guo , green transportation , hung wang , Light , Lite-on , night , safety , stuart morrow , Taiwan

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Biomorphis Unveils Plans for a Green Timber Bridge to Inspire Bicycling and Biodiversity in Edinburgh

July 2, 2012 by  
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The Turbo by Specialized Is The World’s Fastest E-Bike!

March 29, 2012 by  
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Specialized has just introduced The Turbo , a brand new electric bicycle they’ve dubbed as the world’s fastest e-bike. Designed as a “speed-focused, high-tech urban bike”, the company built The Turbo to perform as optimally as a fast-bike should, but with the extra kick of a high-tech motor. Read the rest of The Turbo by Specialized Is The World’s Fastest E-Bike! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ant+ , bicycling , bicyclists , e-bikes , electric bikes , lithium ion battery , regenerative brakes , Specialized , the turbo

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Cycling Advocates Convene for National Bike Summit in Washington, DC

March 23, 2012 by  
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Cycling advocates from across the country are convening in Washington, DC this week to discuss the future of cycling in America, and to voice their support for national cycling and pedestrian programs. Two years ago, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood made an immediate impression on cycling advocates when he climbed up on a table at the 2010 National Bike Summit and commended them for their hard work. LaHood hasn’t jumped on any tables at this year’s summit, but he conveyed a similar sense of urgency when addressing the record crowd at the annual event in the nation’s capital. Read the rest of Cycling Advocates Convene for National Bike Summit in Washington, DC Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycling , bike lanes , bikes , biking , green transportation , house transportation bill , pedestrians , ray lahood , senate transportation bill , transportation bill , urban cycling

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