I’ve continued to collect various bike related stories some of them quite astounding.
Washington Named Bike-Friendliest State. “The League of American Bicyclists, a 133-year-old bicycle advocacy non-profit, named Washington the most bike-friendly state in the U.S. in its Bicycle Friendly Community awards report, released on Octover 15. This biannual evaluation ranks states and cities based on a myriad of factors including the miles of bike lanes, number of bike fatalities, and how communty laws affecty riders.” Read about it here.
Instant bike lanes snap together like toy railroad tracks. “It’s a pretty simple idea, actually: a system of tiles that click together, LEGO-style, to make a temporary, raised bike lane … wherever. There are ramps to get cyclists on and off the raised track, and the tiles themselves are made of recycled plastic and wood. City designers can buy a set, lay down a bike lane, and test it out. If it works, great — invest in making an actual lane. If not, it can be gone the next day. Either way, you can then reuse the tiles and try them somewhere else. It’s sort of like having a Sim City-like tool where you can put down squares of infrastructure with the click of a button, and then take it away just as easily.”
Portland swapped 163 on-street car parking spaces for 1,644 bike spots! The city of Portland, Oregon, has reached the impressive milestone of 100 bike corrals. That’s 9 years after the first one was installed, and the city expects to reach 150 within 5 years and has 98 additional applications under review.
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The ‘Sperm Bike’ Carries Donor Samples to Fertility Clinics Around Copenhagen. Read about the “Sperm” bike here.
Everybody managed to not get killed during the first five months of New York’s bikeshare. The New York Times is reporting that Citi Bike, New York’s new bikeshare program, has now been operating for five months without a fatality.
In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars. This story is here.
The Bicymple– For those of you who thought the fixed gear bike was too bare bones comes the bicymple — a chainless single-speed that looks like two unicycles fused together.
“A complete reimagining not only of spokes but of the wheel itself, the loopwheel offers riders a mini-wheel with a lot of capabilities. Housed inside the small wheels are three spring-like bands, which contract and bounce like simplified shocks, completely eliminating spokes and making riding over curbs or potholes a breeze.”
Smart Wheel By FlyKly Could Change Everything About Commuting. “The Smart Wheel by FlyKly Bikes is a motorized bike wheel that can fit on almost any bike, instantly turning a regular bike into an electric one, opening up the options of who can bike commute, where, how far and in what terrain.”
This floating bicycle lets you bike to work even if there’s a river in the way. “Sure, Jesus walked on water, but what about his commute? He might’ve pulled a Judah Schiller and biked on water in order to get to work on time. The San Francisco resident (Schiller, not Jesus, although …) jury-rigged a floating bicycle from his mountain bike and an Italian bike kit, after he realized that the new bike path on the Bay Bridge would only go halfway across.“ The Grist Story is here.
‘Invisible’ Bike Helmets Are A Real Thing Now. “Are you a cyclist who is also concerned about how you look while cycling around town?” Watch the video in this link to find out how two female Swedish industrial design students came up with this design. Watch this YouTube video to see it in action.
How about an extremely beautiful but expensive bike made out of wood.
How expensive? Try $25,000 expensive. Read about it here.