Since my “green” year depended on using my bike to help me bird I have devoted many a post to what’s happening in the biking world. I have stored a great deal of bike articles in my read later app, “Pocket”. This post will clear out many of those articles.
First I would like to share this video which I just found. It looks like it might have been dangerous to film. I enjoyed the looks on some of the peoples faces. Dark humor but it made me laugh out loud. It about getting a ticket for not riding in the bike lane and the hazards of always riding in the bike lane. Enjoy!
Suppose we lived in a country where bikes ruled. We might find this–a floating bike roundable in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
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You can see how it works in this video.
Of course in the Netherlands they have all sorts of bike friendly routes like this circular bridge.
Or the more traditional bridges.
The Netherlands also have traffic lights that automatically give priority to cyclists!
Of course here in Mendocino we have our Pudding Creek Trestle Bridge and a small Virgin Creek Bridge. Both are reminders of our logging industry history.
Bike designs are changing. Take a look at this Sandwich Bike.
Here’s another wood bike made by Bough Bikes.
And another wood bike by Dan Gestoso Rivers. It the Boske Bike which can be put together with one Allen’s wrench.
Then there is the more traditional looking Peace Bikes which “has a “buy a bike, give a bike” policy – so for every purchase they’ll donate a cycle to someone in need. Proceeds will also go towards funding bicycle advocacy programs for children in need.” They have a “Kickstarter” program here.
How about this bike? “The INgSoc bicycle is a battery-assisted bicycle designed by Edward Kim and Benny Cemoli. The INgSoc bicycle has three modes: battery-powered, battery-assisted and rider-powered, which charges the bike’s battery while you ride.” Where does the rack go?
Do you think a $10.00 Cardboard Bike will catch on? “Izhar Gafni has designed award winning industrial machines for peeling pomegranates and sewing shoes. He’s also a bike enthusiast who’s designed a lot of carbon fiber rigs. But one day, he’d heard about someone who’d built a cardboard canoe. The idea drilled its way into his consciousness, and ultimately, led him to create a cardboard bike called the Alfa…The Alfa weighs 20lbs, yet supports riders up to 24 times its weight. It’s mostly cardboard and 100% recycled materials, yet uses a belt-driven pedal system that makes it maintenance free. And, maybe best of all, it’s project designed to be manufactured at about $9 to $12 per unit (and just $5 for a kids version), making it not only one of the most sustainable bikes you could imagine, but amongst the cheapest, depending on the markup.”
You can wear a bike helmet made out of paper with the Alfa. “So when you have a crash, what these airbags do is they go pop, pop, pop, pop, pop – and they go all the way to the bottom, without the helmet cracking. That’s what absorbs the energy.”
The rise of curbs: Protected bike lanes in the U.S. are growing up! Curbs to separate bikes from traffic is catching on. “In Chicago, Clybourn Avenue and State Street are likely to get the city’s first curb-separated bike lanes. In Seattle, the city has used two wholesale road reconstructions, on Linden Avenue and Broadway, as chances to install cement curb separations. In Austin, two blocks of 3rd Street downtown are now fitted with modular precast curbs to create a protected bike lane. And Long Beach, Calif., has been using curbs for protected bike lanes since 2011.”
Armadillo: Cool Recycled Plastic Bike Lane Dividers Keep Cyclists Safe on Roads. This might be the next best idea if curbs can’t be used.
The next breakthrough for a bike-friendly world: Protected intersections! Watch the video here.
The new Hassalo on Eighth, a residential complex in Portland, Oregon will have no less than 1,200 bike parking spots for its tenants – the largest number in North America!
Speaking of Portland. Portland made it through 2013 with zero bike fatalities. Portland proves that some cities can do it but London proves they can’t. “London’s cycling ‘superhighways’ prove to be super dangerous.” Six deaths in one month.
That is just one of the reasons that is causing, “London’s Bike-Share Crisis”. “In order of gravity, the answers seem to be cost, danger, and patchy maintenance.”
Is riding naked going to solve London’s safety problem? Check out the video here.
Bad news for Bixi: Montreal bike share is bankrupt. Another bike share program in trouble.
Bad news for Citi Bike in New York–“Citi Bike is underwater and de Blasio refuses bailout“–“One of the most unique features of New York City’s bike share program is that it’s privately funded. In most cities, bike-share programs, like other forms of public transportation, are subsidized with taxpayer money…Given the popularity of Citi Bike among the residents of New York city (assuming that’s who pays for those 99,000 annual memberships), it seems unlikely that the city will allow the program to fold completely.”
!!! Start-up bike-sharing programs
make inroads in US cities. “As the bike-sharing business gains traction in cities across America, two small companies, Alta Bicycle Share
of Portland, Oregon, and B-Cycle
of Madison, Wisconsin, are making a big difference in the lives of tens of thousands of cyclists.
Alta Bicycle Share operates bike-sharing systems in partnership with local governments in eight cities: New York, Washington DC, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay area, Boston, Columbus and Chattanooga, as well as Melbourne, Australia.
B Cycle, a joint venture of the Trek Bicycle Corp, healthcare provider Humana and marketing agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky, manages systems in about 30 cities, including Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Madison and Boulder, as well as Santiago, Chile.
Together, they have made bike-sharing one of America’s fastest growing “green” businesses. “Bike sharing has experienced the fastest growth of any mode of transport in the history of the planet,” according to findings from the Earth Policy Institute.”
Times Square ball drop to be powered by Citi Bike. That was the headline this last New Year’s Eve.
Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District. Read about it here.
Here in California the trend is clear and I’m sure it all because of this blog and my “green” year:>) “Twice As Many Californians Walking, Biking, Or Using Public Transportation As In 2000, Survey Shows”
I sure could use a Cyclocable to get up Little River Airport Road. Read and watch the video here.
This bike glows in the dark when headlights hit it. My question is why don’t they have helmets that glow?
And finally!!! Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated ‘SkyCycle’ bike routes in London. This Guardian article is an interesting read and when you get to the end of it there’s this, “Finance has confounded other attempts for aerial bikes routes in the past. The California Cycleway, dreamt up in the 1890s, was planned to connect Pasadena and Los Angeles with 14km of raised timber decking, but only 2km of the track was ever built. Conceived as a private money-making enterprise, with a toll of 10 cents and 100,000 projected annual users, it never turned a profit, destroyed instead by the rise of the Model T Ford. More than a century later, will the SkyCycle team have better luck?”
Pipe dream … the California Cycleway, dreamt up in the 1890s, was never completed after the automobile industry took off. Photograph: Cycle Infrastructure/nai010
I could go on forever with this post. Still have lot’s of material that I could use. If you have gotten this far I will end it off topic. At the beginning of this post I mentioned a “roundabout” for bikes. Here in Mendocino County, because of many accidents with some deaths involved, they created a roundabout on Highway 1, south of Fort Bragg. There was of course controversy involved because this was something new and many people thought a traffic light would be a better option. I found a video that should end this controversy. MythBusters: Roundabout vs. 4-way stop intersection, which is more efficient? You can read about it and watch the video here.