It’s a Bike Post!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a bike post. Articles about bikes and biking have piled up so let’s get rid of some of them. First off, what does Brooke Shields and Halloween have to do with a post about bikes? Take a look at her Halloween costume.

Is that Brooke Shields or a Citibike?

Let’s take a look at the evolution of the bicycle. This will be my first Vimeo video if I do everything right.

It would be great if your doctor could issue you a prescription to ride a bike in your local bike share program. They are actually doing that in Boston.

“In Boston, doctors with Boston Medical Center (BMC) can now prescribe low-income patients with a $5 membership to Hubway, the area’s bike share system…If a doctor prescribes a bike share membership, the ‘patient’ pays just $5 for a Hubway membership that normally costs $85 annually.

Subsidized members will also get a free bicycle helmet. (Hubway is a bike share system that requires helmet use.)”

It would also be great if I promised to ride it more they would give me a bike. In Sweden they are doing that.

“Even though more people are starting to commute by bike, few cities match up to ultra-bike-friendly Copenhagen, where around half of the population cycles to work. In the U.S., Portland leads the list of larger cities, but even there, only 6% of commuters bike. What does it take to get more bikes on the road?

The obvious answer is better infrastructure like decent bike lanes. But a new program in Sweden is taking a different approach, based on the theory that one reason many people don’t ride is that haven’t really tried it. In Gothenburg–a city with bike commuter rates on par with Portland–the government is giving some people the chance to try a bike for six months in exchange for the promise that they will ditch their cars at least three times a week.”

It would be even better if they paid me to bike.

France will be joining the growing list of countries with programs to encourage bicycling, but the French plan is novel. The transport ministry has teamed up with institutions and private companies who’ve agreed to pay their employees 25 euro cents a kilometer to bike to work, which, if my math is correct, amounts to roughly $37,000 per hectare. [Ed’s note: Nope, not even close, more like 29 U.S. cents per mile.]”

Want to bike to some strange places? How about the South Pole? For $7200 you can.

The Rungu Juggernaut will also probably get you there.

Neither of these will get you across a lake or bay. For that you will need this. It’s a Schiller X1.

“There’s nothing like a flat tire to bring a bike ride to a screeching halt (short of an accident), but this invention could have you back in the saddle in less than a minute after a flat.”

Suppose you have a flat on your way to the South Pole. With this device you are on your way in 60 seconds.

Check out this video to see how it works.

 

 

And the best biking city in the U.S. Is… Congratulations, New York City!

“According to Bill Strickland, the editor-in-chief of Bicycling Magazine, New York nabbed the best biking city award thanks to its recent increase in bike lanes as well as the city’s widely popular bike sharing program, Citi Bike. “Bikes are an indicator of the vibrancy of an urban area,” Mr. Strickland said. “We wanted to reward the entire vibrancy.”

 

The DENNY is named the ULTIMATE URBAN UTILITY BIKE.

“A bike design competition project to create and produce the “next-wave urban bike” garnered some amazing entries from design firms and their bike builder partners, and while all of the designs had some notable features, one bike rose above them all and was named as the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.”

What do you think?

 

 

In 1930s France, recumbent bicycles were all the rage. After a recumbent broke the world hour record—the longest distance covered in an hour—in 1933, the design was banned from competition in the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) conference. Hobbyists continue to tout the comfort and ease of the recumbent, however. This model, the Sironval Sportplex, dates from 1939. Only 200 were sold.

The above is taken from a Sierra Club article on their website called, The Bicycle: Art on Two Wheels.

London designer Michael Embacher caught the bike bug about 10 years ago, when he traded his car for a pedal-powered commute. He fell in love with the bicycle’s clean, efficient design, and it transformed his life and health. More than 200 bicycles later, Embacher boasts an impressive collection of two-wheeled works of art.

Enthusiasm is best when shared, and Embacher does just that with his new book, Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design(Chronicle Books), a compendium of 100 strange, sleek, and classic bikes from his collection…

I encourage you to view the slide show at the site to get a sample of vintage bikes. Here’s another picture from the collection. It seems that cargo bikes are all the rage these days. Check out this site called 6 BRILLIANT CARGO BIKES FOR HAULING STUFF IN STYLE.

Built for transporting cargo, the Smith and Co. Long John was the longest two-wheeled freight bicycle on the streets in 1983. This bike from Denmark can support a load of more than 300 pounds, rider included.

 

Need a little something extra to get up those hills. The Copenhagen Wheel has hit the market. Seems simple enough.

Still have lot’s of bike material but I’m going to end this post with one more article.

Ditching Cars for Buses, Bikes Best Way to Cut City Pollution.

LONDON, Sept 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Encouraging people to abandon their cars and use public transport or walk or cycle around cities offers the “least pain, most gain” way to cut air pollution from traffic by 2050, a new international study said on Wednesday.

The report, by the University of California and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), proposed governments expand rail and bus transport and ensure cities are safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

Researchers found that a radical change in the way people get around cities could cut carbon dioxide emissions from urban passenger transport by about 40 percent by 2050 and save $100 trillion in public and private spending.

The article can be found here. Just watch out for that bus in back of you!

A man cycles past vehicles in a gridlocked street in Jakarta December 11, 2013.

CREDIT: REUTERS/BEAWIHARTA

 

GOOD BIKING TO YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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