3XNs green-roofed offices to sport an elevated cycling path in Stockholm

June 11, 2020 by  
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Danish architecture firm 3XN has won a design competition for Kvarter 15 (District 15), a new office that will revitalize Stockholm’s Östra Hagastaden neighborhood with eye-catching architecture, public spaces and an elevated pedestrian and cyclist pathway that will connect the city with the nature-rich Hagaparken and Brunnsviken. Conceived as both a destination and an experience for the surrounding community, the mixed-use building will offer flexible office spaces for tenants and new attractions and amenities for the public. Moreover, the building will be engineered to protect the adjacent park from the noise and environmental pollution from the nearby highway. Green roofs will help retain rainwater as well. Developed for Swedish real estate company Atrium Ljungberg, Kvarter 15 will occupy a long, wedge-shaped plot and provide a new connection to Stockholm’s northern city gate from the old “quarry” to the public Hagaparken park and lake Brunnsviken. The adjacent Hagaparken shaped the design of the building, which features an undulating profile and terraced levels along its east facade for a smooth visual transition between the building and the park. The lower terraces will connect to the elevated pathway for pedestrians and cyclists, and portions of the roof will be landscaped and possibly topped with solar panels. In contrast, its western facade that faces the city more strongly resembles its urban neighbors. Related: 3XN unveils LEED Platinum-seeking Forskaren innovation center in Stockholm The undulating facade has also been engineered to allow for numerous flexible office spaces optimized for natural light and views of Hagaparken and Brunnsviken. Ground-level retail, restaurants, cafes, new urban spaces and landscaped plazas will activate the streetscape to aid in the urban revitalization of Östra Hagastaden. The offices will be designed to encourage “social synergies” and collaboration between the building tenants. ”There is a need to create spaces that stimulate people’s imagination and creativity,” said Jan Ammundsen, 3XN’s senior partner in charge of the project. “In a complex building with many tenants, it’s crucial to provide options for knowledge sharing and inspiration across the various organizations and people.” + 3XN Images via 3XN

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People for Bikes is making cycling safer with Ride Spot

April 22, 2019 by  
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People for Bikes is doing its part to make  cycling safe. The non-profit organization now has two networking projects to help keep cyclists safe across the country: a city ratings database and a guide on the best city biking routes called Ride Spot. With safety being a top priority, People for Bikes  works diligently to urge cities to make it safer for people to ride bikes, whether for commuting or just for enjoying the ride. The non-profit’s database ranks cities based on cycling safety and community. Per the ratings map, the best place to ride a bike is Fort Collins, Colorado. Some of the worst places for cyclists, meanwhile, include cities in North Dakota, Missouri, Louisiana and Hawaii. Fortunately, People for Bikes is currently lobbying for these areas to pass  legislation  that promotes road safety. Related: How to make American cities bike-friendly The company has also started a program called Ride Spot , which features the best bike routes based on location. The routes are user-generated with help from local cyclists and owners of bike shops. People can use the app to find the safest routes in cities all across the United States. The company strongly encourages bike shops to contribute data to its platform, as they often know which areas of town feature the best routes. In addition to showing routes, the app also connects users with each other. In fact, cyclists can use the program to share stories about their daily commutes and new routes they have discovered as well as upload photos of their journeys. As more people get involved, Ride Spot could become a viable place for riders to share information on safe and recreational urban  cycling . People for Bikes hopes its new initiative will address three major issues many beginning cyclists face: knowing the safest routes, connecting with other riders and getting past the intimidation factor. + People for Bikes Via TreeHugger Image via Pexels

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Finlands longest bridge will be a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist superhighway

September 27, 2016 by  
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The architects collaborated with engineering firm WSP Finland to design this tram, cyclist and pedestrian bridge, the name of which translates to Crown Bridges in Finnish. The €259 million project will cross Helsinki ‘s Kruunuvuorensilta bay and connect the new Kruunuvuorenranta housing development to the city center. Related: Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses! Tensioned cable stays will support the upper part of the structure featuring an elevated walkway and tram tracks . The central, 442-feet-tall pylon has a diamond-like shape that references the crown. The project is expected to break ground in late 2018 and become open to the public in 2025. + Knight Architects + WSP Finland Via Dezeen

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6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

April 8, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , best cities for bikes , bike commuting , bike infrastructure , bike sharing , cities for cyclists , top bike-friendly cities

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Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads

March 14, 2014 by  
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UK-based Cyclehoop has found a way to use pieces of recycled plastic to keep cyclists safe on the road. Their clever “Armadillo” lane dividers can be easily installed on roads to divide bike lanes from traffic and gently remind cars to steer clear of cyclists. The affordable solution could significantly help improve road safety and reduce accidents. Read the rest of Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: armadillo , cyclehoop , cycling , green design , green materials , Recycled Materials , sustainable design        

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IPV Delft’s Floating LED-Lit Hovenring Bridge Keeps Cyclists Out Of Traffic in Eindhoven

February 15, 2013 by  
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Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It!

September 11, 2012 by  
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Priority Designs and Cannondale have joined forces to create a cutting-edge concept bike that transforms to change shape as you ride it! Known as the Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle (CERV) , the forkless, chainless, and dynamically adjustable bicycle made its world debut at EUROBIKE last month where it was hailed for its innovative transformer-like design. Read the rest of Cannondale’s Chainless CERV Concept Bike Transforms as You Ride It! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , bike frame , cannondale , CERV , Continuously Ergonomic Race Vehicle , cutting edge technology , cycling , cyclists , eurobike , priority designs , transformer

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BMW Guggenheim Lab Creates ‘Dynamic Connections’: A Crowd-Sourced Cycle Map for Berlin Cyclists

September 10, 2012 by  
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The problem with cycling in a big city is that many maps are outdated, and certain routes aren’t exactly ‘cyclist-safe’. With this in mind, BMW Guggenheim Lab and Lab City Project have created ‘ Dynamic Connections ’ – a crowd-sourced bike map of information for cyclists in Berlin .  The map was created for German cyclists in order to “enable cyclists to mark the routes they frequently ride on a Google-based map”. Users are also able to answer a number of questions about that route regarding traffic flow, number of parked cars, visibility, topography, and the density of amenities along the route. Read the rest of BMW Guggenheim Lab Creates ‘Dynamic Connections’: A Crowd-Sourced Cycle Map for Berlin Cyclists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Berlin Lab , Berlin Lab Team , bikes , BMW Guggenheim Lab , crowd sourced project , cycling , cyclists , Dynamic Connections , lab city project , map , Rachel Smith

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An Invisible Bike Helmet that keeps your Skull and Hair Intact

August 25, 2012 by  
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After nearly 7 years of research and design efforts Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Teresa Alstin give you the impossible: an invisible bike helmet . Well, sort of—in actuality the Hovding is a collar with sensors that spring into action when typical movements associated with a bicycle crash are detected. Read on to see how this fashion-forward piece can protect not only cyclists from accidents, but preserve their hair-dos too. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin , biking , chieftain , cyclists , ecouterre , fashion forward cycling , Hövding , invisible bike helmet , Swedish industrial designers Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin

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LunaHelm Is a Psychedelic LED Bike Helmet That Makes Sure You’re Seen in the Dark!

June 25, 2012 by  
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Being visible in the dark is of crucial importance to cyclists and skateboarders setting out at night, so with that in mind the  Exertion Games Lab  team at RMIT University in Australia has created the LunaHelm —  a cycle helmet fitted with 104 LEDs that can be controlled by the wearer to create light signals! Not only does this mean they are seen in the dark, but they can also indicate to traffic where they are turning, without taking their hands off the grips. Read the rest of LunaHelm Is a Psychedelic LED Bike Helmet That Makes Sure You’re Seen in the Dark! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bicycle , Bikeborg , cycle helmet , cyclists , eco helmet , Exertion Games Lab , LunaHelm , RMIT University

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