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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Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

March 20, 2017 by  
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Are you intrigued by electric bicycles but already own a regular bike? UrbanX created a drop-in wheel that can turn almost any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only takes around one minute to install and boasts an impressive range of 30 miles on a single charge. The UrbanX bike wheel simplifies e-bikes: add their wheel and you’re good to go. The product adds an additional 15 pounds to a bike, which isn’t as heavy or clunky as some electric bikes can be. The company behind the product offers the wheel in six sizes; they say it will fit 99 percent of bikes. Their compact battery charges in an hour and a half. Related: Juicer electric bikes bridge dorky environmentalism and cool-guy style https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934648866/urbanx-convert-any-bike-to-an-electric-bike-in-60/description The company offers a 240 watt motor and a 350 watt motor. The 240W motor’s top speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) while the 350W motor’s top speed is 20mph. Bikers can also pedal as normal; UrbanX includes a three level pedal assist system that can be switched via an app. UrbanX says their product “works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100 percent of motor output is utilized to power your ride.” They came up with their patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to boost the battery and motor’s efficiency. UrbanX isn’t the first company to come out with such a product; GeoOrbital also recently unveiled a bike wheel that converts bicycles into e-bikes within 60 seconds. The look of the two wheels are quite different, and UrbanX’s 240W motor wheel is much less expensive than GeoOrbital’s wheel. To help bring their product to market, UrbanX also turned to crowdfunding . With over 30 days to go, they’ve raised more than double their initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter . The limited early bird prices for the tires start at $299. UrbanX ambitiously says they’ll be delivering the wheels this summer. Via TreeHugger Images via UrbanX Electric Wheel Facebook

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Why House Hunting By Bike Has Real Curb Appeal

August 5, 2016 by  
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I bought my first house during an incredibly hot real estate market. If we wanted something, we had to decide now because if we waited it would get snapped up quickly by someone else. I remember house hunting and walking inside my new home for the…

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Paris opens first section of a 28-mile bicycle superhighway

July 6, 2016 by  
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Paris just inaugurated its very first all-bike superhighway . So far, the thoroughfare consists of a half-mile stretch of pavement that runs along the Bassin de l’Arsenal, but by 2020 it will be just one small part of a 28-mile bicycle highway network, called the Réseau express vélo (“REVe”) , planned across the city. Rather than simply placing bike lanes on already-busy streets, the city has opted to build dedicated bike paths free of motorized vehicles — a move that’s certainly sure to encourage those too timid to travel in urban traffic. As more people bike to work each day, the hope is that the city’s notorious air pollution will be lessened. In 2015, Paris officials voted to set aside €150 million ($164.5 million) to expand and improve the city’s biking infrastructure , including REVe. The city created new traffic regulations that are more friendly to cyclists, such as allowing them to turn at some intersections without waiting for green lights. The city also plans to build new bike stands, two-way bike lanes on one-way streets, and smart traffic lights that give priority to cyclists. When you look at the numbers, it’s not surprising that city officials sought to make biking more attractive to residents. A 2014 study showed that bikes made up only 5% of the city’s daily traffic, accounting for 225,000 trips. While that may seem like a high number, it barely registers compared to the 15.5 million daily car trips made within the city. These numbers are positively dismal when compared to other European cities like Copenhagen (where cyclists account for 55% of traffic) or Amsterdam (a close second at 43%). Related: France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work! There is one factor that helps account for the disparity here: cyclists in Paris claim they simply don’t feel safe competing with motorized vehicles on the road. While most roads in the city have bike lanes, cyclists report being pushed out of them by other vehicles using them as lanes. The new bike highways solve this problem by eliminating shared bike lanes altogether — and the city hopes that cyclists will creep up to 15% of daily traffic by 2020. Via CityLab Images via Wikimedia Commons and The Mayor of Paris

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KP Cykler has created the ultimate bike for urban commuting

June 24, 2016 by  
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A human on a bicycle is still the most energy efficient way for a man to travel, even more efficient than a salmon in the sea or a condor in the sky. But this efficiency can be brought to a stop by as little as a piece of glass on the road. That’s why KP Cykler created the  Perfect Urban Bicycle on Kickstarter . Their bicycle battles punctures and maintenance while boasting vintage looks coupled with the top materials and an innovative gearing system. Based in Denmark, the cycling capital of the world, KP Cykler knows how frustrating it can be to get a puncture at a time when you cannot afford one. To avoid flat tires, they add a special layer of protection for the inner tubes in the form of puncture resistant tape as standard. Together with skinny racing tires, The Perfect Urban Bike is fast, and puncture free. To keep the bicycle looking clean, KP Cykler has used a Kick Shift hub on the bicycle. This technology was first used in 1960s and lets you shift between 2 gears by simply pedaling backwards or ‘kicking’ back on the pedals. Today the technology is making a comeback as advancements make the modern version durable and a delight to use. Not only does it look good, but because there are no shifters, nor cables, so is there no maintenance – no cables to rust inside the housing, no derailleurs to adjust. The bicycle also has a lugged steel frame, looking like something the famous Eddy Merckx would have ridden. Steel is arguably the longest lasting from the 3 modern frame materials (steel, aluminum, carbon fiber), and more flexible, absorbing bumps in the road and giving it a nice overall feel on the urban roads. Another well thought-of material in use is leather. Compared to synthetic materials, it progresses in time, fitting itself to the rider and only getting more comfortable with time. As KP Cykler uses the absolute cycling royalty – Brooks of England as their seat supplier, it might even rise in price after a few decades. If you are looking for the perfect urban bicycle for this summer then look no further. KP Cykler has really put together a beautiful Perfect Urban Bike – which will likely last you a lifetime. It is available on Kickstarter for a very reasonable $1045 , and they will even engrave your name on the bike. + + KP Cykler on Kickstarter

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

March 25, 2015 by  
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Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected, and then tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way. Can you envision a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone into it, thus preventing you from texting obsessively? Both are very real examples of items created by modern designers who are trying to counteract the modern culture of convenience. In an era where most people choose driving over biking, or watching TV instead of walking, designers such as  Matthias Laschke are designing subtle interventions against laziness and comfort-seeking. Read the rest of Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: active lifestyle , biking , choose biking over driving , Design for discomfort , healthy lifestyle , human blobs , inconvenience , inconvenient design , Matthias Laschke , pleasurable troublemakers , smartphone lamp , subtle inconvenience , tough choices , uncomfortability , uncomfortable designs , unhealthy lifestyle , walking , wobbly chair , wobbly stool

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World’s top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Japan

March 25, 2015 by  
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Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary  The Cove . Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new information has surfaced that led the world’s top zoo organization, the  World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), to be accused of having a link to the killings. In Swiss court, WAZA defends the actions that effectively sanctioned one of their member organizations,  Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA), to hunt and slaughter dolphins en masse as part of a “dolphin management protocol.” The court proceedings will hopefully determine the level of involvement WAZA had in the killings and who holds the ultimate responsibility for the inhumane slaughter. Via The Guardian Image via Shutterstock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2009 dolphin killing , dolphin hunting , dolphin killings , dolphin slaughter , japan association of zoos and aquariums , japan dolphin captures , jaza , The Cove , waza , world association of zoos and aquariums

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KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent

March 24, 2015 by  
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Danish cycling brand KP Cykler is raising funds on Kickstarter for their clever new bike. In addition to beautiful aesthetics, their bicycles have incorporated the latest smartphone technologies to make bicycle identification easier than ever with built-in chips that can help return stolen bikes to their rightful owner. Read the rest of KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle commute , bicycling , bike commute , bike riding , bike theft , biking , identifying bikes , preventing bike theft , reader submission , riding bicycles

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world’s first bike escalator

December 19, 2014 by  
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Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time . Awesome, that is, until you encounter a monster hill. Then biking can swiftly turn into a nightmare. Norway is solving the problem with the world’s first bike escalator. Read the rest of VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world’s first bike escalator Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike commuting , bike escalator , bike escalator norway , bike riding , biking , biking hills , climbing hills , CycloCable , CycloCable Norway , norway bike commute , Norway bike escalator , norway biking , outdoor bike escalator , uphill bike riding

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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition

August 19, 2014 by  
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It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine addictions commonly associated with higher education . With climate change all over the place, a lot of schools are instituting sustainability  plans and initiatives, and many people are wondering what they can do to help in their personal lives. Here are 7 ways for students to keep their eco-footprints lower than their semesterly tuition bills. Read the rest of 7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike , biking , bus , coffee , college , college life , college living , college student , eco footprint , eco savvy , energy responsibility , personal care products , public transportation , reusable cup , reusable mug , school , Shopping , Student , student council , university , vegan , vegetarian

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