Friday, December 19, 2008

Velo.Info awards

During the final conference of Spiycles in Bucharest on 19 December 2008 the cities or Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Gothenburg, Ploiesti and Rome got their awards handed to them in the closing ceremony. All cities had filled in the Velo.Info questionnaire. Many more cities are asked to fill in the short questionnaire to get awarded bronze, silver, gold or platinum for their cycling policy. The 19 multiple choice questions will take a well informed civil servant maybe 10 minutes in return for which:
  • They will receive a Velo.Info Status Award in Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum for their cycling policy.
  • The award will be publicized on the Spicycles Interactive Map on Cycling Planning
See the awards here

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Bicycle Lift in Trampe

Hilly cities normally have a low share of cycling. How come that Trondheim, the third largest city of Norway, has the highest share of cycling compared to all the other Norwegian cities? We believe there are there reasons:Trondheim is a university city with 30 000 students, 90 % of whom using their bicycles as their main transport tool. During the last 20 years, there has been invested more than 2.5 million Euro in a bicycle roads network and bicycle transport infrastructure in Trondheim. One of the most important infrastructure elements is the bicycle lift Trampe. Since the opening in 1993, it's pushed more than 220 000 cyclist up the very steep hill BBrubakken in the historical heritage part of the city center. There is no doubt that Trampe has inspired students as well as other people living in Trondheim to take to their bicycles. In a user survey, 41 % of the lift users claim they're using the bicycle more often due to the installation of Trampe.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Bike Dispencer

The Bike Dispenser is a fully automated, space-saving storage and dispensary system for bicycles. It was developed to increase ease-of-accessibility to those business areas lying within three kilometers of commonly used public transportation junctions. And although the initial target-users for the Bike Dispenser are indeed commuters, its ease-of-use, simplicity, adaptability and cost-effectiveness make it applicable to a multitude of purposes like parking-facilities, metro stations, shopping centers etc. The Bike Dispenser is the most compact storage system for bicycles in the world, with specially designed bicycles positioned a mere 17 cm apart from each other. This makes the cost for the system an amazing 70% lower than other known automated bicycle storage systems.The Bike Dispenser capitalizes on the idea of the bicycle as the missing, final link in the commuter’s mobility chain. Furthermore, since the bicycles are stored inside, the risk of theft, vandalism and wear of the bicycles is reduced considerably.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cycling Cities = Sustainable Cities

Throughout Europe, increased traffic in town and city centers has resulted in chronic congestion, with the many adverse consequences that this entails in terms of delays and pollution. Air and noise pollution is getting worse year by year. Urban traffic is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions and 70% of emissions of other pollutants arising from road transport.
Cities can benefit greatly from cycling. However, the number of road traffic accidents in towns and cities is also growing each year: one in three fatal accidents now happen in urban areas, and it is the most vulnerable people, namely pedestrians and cyclists, who are the main victims. By integrating cycling planning in their urban mobility policies, local authorities guarantee the improvement of the attractiveness and safety of their cities. Spicycles has addressed main stream elements of cycling policy that can help cities to improve, also in East European countries. Spicycles made this overview in Polish, Czech, Rumanian and Hungarian.

Monday, October 27, 2008

One of those days in Amsterdam

During evening rush hour Amsterdammers daily cycle 250,000 kilometers / 155,000 miles !
This should be easily challenged. Amsterdam only has 750,000 inhabitants of whom 80,000 can be found on their bikes during evening rush hour. On an average they bike 3 kilometers from work to home.
Which city takes up this challenge?

Mark Bakker of Super 208 made a longer version of which this is a clip.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Free use of bikes for commuters in Amsterdam

In a pilot, commuters will be offered free use of an OV-fiets (public transport bicycle) to travel to Amsterdam Zuid railway station. The aim of the pilot is to see whether the bicycles can be used more efficiently. The pilot's target group are commuters from Amsterdam who work at least 32 hours per week and who travel to work by train from Amsterdam Zuid. If they use an OV-fiets instead of their own bicycle, they will no longer have to bother about finding a place to park the bicycle and about bicycle maintenance. During the day, the same bicycles will be rented out to commuters who arrive at Amsterdam Zuid and work in the city. This way, the OV-fietsen will be used more intensively and fewer parking spaces for bicycles will be needed at the station. Participants in the pilot will take the bicycle home at night and get to use the bicycle during the weekend as well. The pilot starts on 25 November. Those who are interested in participating can request information through . OV-fietsen are normally rented out to subscribers from stations and a few other locations for 2.85 euro per 20 hours.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pedaling Transportation Alternatives

Summer Streets took place in New York for three consecutive Saturdays in August 2008 from 7:00 am - 1:00 pm. The route connected the Brooklyn Bridge with Central Park and there were recommended connections to the Hudson River Greenway, allowing participants to plan a route as long or short as they wish. This event took a valuable public space - New York's City's streets - and opened them up to people to play, walk, bike, and breathe. Paul White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives evaluates the summer of 2008 in an interview in The New York Observer, as the ‘Summer of Car-Free Streets,’. He states that in a few years from now we might look back at this summer as the summer when car-free streets hit the big time and people woke up to the enormous latent demand for car-free living and walking. In this interview Paul also touches on many issues like bicycle safety, parking issues, transit and elections. Paul cites street design as the biggest impediment to safe cycling.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Copenhagen creates a network 'OF' cyclists

MIT researchers unveiled a major new project on Oct. 10 in Copenhagen aimed at transforming bicycle use in Denmark's largest city, promoting urban sustainability and building new connections between the city's cyclists. The project, called SmartBiking, will utilize a novel self-organizing smart-tag system that will allow the city's residents to exchange basic information and share their relative positioning with each other. The project will be implemented citywide in time for the November 2009 U.N. Climate Change Conference, which Copenhagen will host. They have developed a Facebook application called 'I crossed your path,' which creates a social network for cyclists, allowing them to link up with people they may have ridden past during the day and potentially establish new connections. The smart tags will also allow individuals to monitor the distance they travel while cycling as part of a citywide "green mileage" initiative, which is similar to a frequent-flyer program. Ultimately, fine-grained monitoring of urban activities could allow cities such as Copenhagen to enter carbon-trading schemes.

Air Quality Management Course

The Stockholm Environment Institute has launched a new Foundation Course on Air Quality Management in Asia, which is NOW available on-line. The course is focusing on Asia but it contains a host of good information for anybody. It is for learners studying the issue without the support of a classroom teacher and is aimed at individuals with some basic knowledge of the environment and air pollution issues. The course consists of six modules covering the key components of air quality management together on-line resources. An international team of air pollution specialists has developed the course with funding from the EU and additional support from a number of other organizations. One of the topics topic is on traffic emissions: The steady growth in road traffic has resulted in the increasing contribution from traffic to urban air pollution, especially volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO, NOx and PM. Uncontrolled motor vehicles, particularly those with diesel and twostroke engines are the most important sources of air pollution in most urban areas in Asia. Asia has the largest motorcycle fleet in the world.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pre-occupied with gold

Velo Mondial has always emphasized the relevance of glamor for cycling and now the industry has followed suit. As of 7 September, the world will never be quite the same again. That is when the Scandinavian design company AURUMANIA will be launching the world’s most lavish and expensive bike. But it will only be a tiny, exclusive group of people who can become the proud owners of these gold bikes, which each bear a price tag of € 80,000. That’s because only 10 will ever be made, all numbered. Each bike is hand-built, and then plated with 24-carat gold and generously adorned with more than 600 fine Swarovski crystals. The handlebar grips are made of hand-sewn, chocolate-brown leather, and a moulded Brooks leather saddle provides exactly the right nostalgic touch. Lock it well before you park it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cycling Scotland's State of the Art approach

The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) will be developed over the coming year, with the goal of getting more people to cycle more often. The Plan will seek to draw together the efforts of all agencies delivering cycling in Scotland, to form a more effective and unified force for change. The Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) promises to be one of the most exciting developments in cycling in Scotland in decades, as it seeks to draw together all organisations with a stake in cycling to deliver real and lasting change based on the needs of the public. Stakeholders will get their chance to develop CAPS further when the views of the public will be considered at a Stakeholder Engagement Conference on Tuesday 7th October at Perth Concert Hall. Click here for more information and to register. The extensive quantitative and qualitative research, online survey and Public Roadshow feedback will be taken direct to stakeholders to decide on the future of cycling in Scotland. The conference will focus on giving stakeholders the chance to shape the action plan in key areas identified by the public and will be free to attend. Following the consultation events, it is anticipated that the information and input will be shaped into a Consultative Draft Action Plan to be published in early December 2008. This will give everyone a second opportunity to provide feedback. The Final Cycling Action Plan for Scotland will be published in may 2009.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Getting Australia Moving

Cycling in Australia is on the increase! Over 1.68 million adults cycled in 2006; an increase of 244,000 from 2001. Australian capital cities have also experienced an average 22% increase in bicycle journeys to work, with Melbourne’s growth rate soaring 42% between 2001 and 2006.As Australians continue to lead increasingly busy lifestyles, cycling is in a unique position for its ability to combine physical activity, recreation and transport. This provides an important health benefit for a population failing to meet minimum physical activity requirements. Cycling is also a carbon neutral, petrol free form of transport, simultaneously helping Australians fight climate change and reduce fuel costs. For peak hour journeys in particular, the bicycle can reduce congestion and increase the efficiency of the transport system. For Australia to fully capitalise on the benefits of cycling, a whole-ofgovernment approach is required, with commitment from the health, transport, environment, education and planning portfolios. Only through a combined approach can the benefits of cycling be fully realised.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Design manual for bicycle traffic

'Design Manual for Bicyle traffic' is latest version of ‘Sign up for the bike’, the standard manual for those who design for bicycle traffic.

A bicycle-friendly infrastructure is one that allows direct and comfortable cycling in a safe and attractive traffic environment. Only then is it possible to create an alternative to the car. High quality bicycle infrastructures lead to a larger share of bicycles in the modal split. This design manual describes the steps required to achieve such an infrastructure from the policy plan to promote cycling to the physical implementation of a bicycle-friendly infrastructure. Bicycle infrastructure comprises all the technical provisions intended for cyclists.

A recurrent theme runs throughout the design manual as an assignment for the designer: immerse yourself in the idea that the cyclist is the future user of the design; give form to the objectives; balance functionality, form and use. This is a creative challenge demanding more than just the use of templates; the process compels the designer to consider and formulate the consequences of choices in his design. Also read: Cycling in The Netherlands (go to 'bestand')

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tokyo Great Cycling Tour

One of the nicest ways of discovering Toyo is to participate in the Tokyo Great Cycling Tour. Is this your first trip to Tokyo? Or are you a Tokyo repeater? In either case, if you are looking for something different, this is the one! Tokyo Great Cycling Tour is a guided tour, open to all foreign visitors to ride through - on a BICYCLE - the major tourist spots in Tokyo. Even if you have visited those places before, riding a bicycle will make the trip very special. Tokyo Great Cycling Tour promises you a wonderful day in Tokyo. Velo Mondial participated - sponsored by Oriental Consultants Co., Ltd. - in this wonderful tour and is happy to share the photo album.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show!

YDU - Young Designers United will participate at the Downtown programme of the Amsterdam International Fashion Week with a special project: Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show!
“We notice very often that our Dutch customers are looking for pieces which are not only beautiful, wearable from day to night, occasionally sexy and unique, but they should also be handy for cycling”, says Angelika Groenendijk, founder of YDU. “With Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show we want to make a statement: Biking doesn’t necessarily mean plastic rain ponchos and rubber boots – it can be stylish and practical at the same time. YDU will present an ‘amsterdamized’ collection for women who are biking to different destinations: For the ‘ lady on her way to a first date’ or the ‘party night’, the ‘opera visit’, the ‘shopping with the girls’ experience and many more.”Amsterdam’s first cycled fashion show will bike through the city along various spots.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Cities Adapting to Sustainable Mobility.

Speeches in Portland, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Daejeon and Cork; June/July 2008.
Cities are changing fast and a few arguments show that: Car sales have dropped in Europe with 8 % in the last month; Car industry disassociates with SUV; Car companies focus on electric cars; Petrol price has passed $4 per gallon in USA; $11 in Europe; Congestion on the rise, infrastructure overheated; Public Bike systems in over 140 cities now ; Waiting list for bikes in New York; Overbooked trains in the USA; Price of donkeys in Turkey on the rise. Local arguments become more compelling: obesity, diabetis, noise, asthma, sleep disorders; Global arguments are felt: climate change, air polution, CO2 emission,
Economic arguments for change emerge like Emission Rights trade; New ways of energy generation: solar/wind/tidal/sweet & salt waterBuilding permits; Floods / nature disasters; Cradle to Cradle; ‘Dump the pump’ behaviour all over the world ; New modes of transport are out there.
Better understand Sustainable Mobility as a political choice for a level of long term balance between: emission rich modes, emission poor modes and emission free modes; at the same time aiming at a mix of mobility modes in economic terms, environmental terms and terms of social justice. See the IAMSTERDAM / AC2S power point presentation.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Velib!

On July 15, 2007 Paris debuted the world's largest self-service "bicycle transit system" called Vélib outdoing previously designed bike share programs. The program celebrates its first anniversary. And, throughout the year cities across the globe have kept a close eye on the progress of this environmentally-friendly public transportation mode. Overall, bike-share programs have proven to increase public transportation options at a relatively low cost to the city. In Paris, Vélib has saved the city 10 million km in car trips, roughly equal to $10 million in savings. With 200,000 Parisians paying the city $50 each for an annual Velib pass, this has yielded an additional $10 million in revenues. Beyond economics, Paris has seen tremendous traffic calming and air quality benefits from this public bicycle system. Transportation Alternatives' Caroline Samponaro visited Vélib. Check out this video to get a picture of it yourself.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Electric Hire Cars Become Competition for Velib

The French capital will get 4,000 electric hire cars to expand on the successful bike pick up scheme. Not everybody is happy with this new transport system. Environmentalists have offered the plans a lukewarm greeting, claiming the scheme could undermine the popularity of Vélib bicycles in Paris and add to congestion. Read more in Bike Europe. The key issues of sustainable mobility are: energy, environment and safety. Therefore developing clean, efficient and intelligent vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles is necessary. The two major environmental risks affecting sustainability in the production of electricity using fossil fuels are green house effect and acid rain. The basic requirement of power electronic for electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicles are: high energy density, high power density, high efficiency over wide speed and torque range, frequent start stop, continuous dynamic, capable working under severe ambient temperature and vibration environment, compatible EMI-EMC, high reliability, high endurance, and reasonable cost.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Making Cycling Irresistible

Lessons from The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany.
This article shows how the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany have made bicycling a safe, convenient and practical way to get around their cities. The analysis relies on national aggregate data as well as case studies of large and small cities in each country. The key to achieving high levels of cycling appears to be the provision of separate cycling facilities along heavily travelled roads and at intersections, combined with traffic calming of most residential neighbourhoods. Extensive cycling rights of way in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany are complemented by ample bike parking, full integration with public transport, comprehensive traffic education and training of both cyclists and motorists, and a wide range of promotional events intended to generate enthusiasm and wide public support for cycling.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cycling in the Netherlands outside Amsterdam

More people cycle than drive in the Netherlands. This hasn't happened by accident, and it isn't due solely to the country being relatively flat. Rather, the Dutch have for many years had a policy of increasing the importance of cycling as a proportion of journeys. The cycle friendly infrastructure which you find in this country has been redesigned time and time again until it has reached the current form. This is a very safe place to cycle, but also a very convenient place to cycle. Cyclists have priority over motorised vehicles, can often make much more direct journeys and quite frequently have smoother surfaces on which to travel. The country is covered by good design and it is as suitable for long journeys at high speeds as for short trips to the shops or to schools.
Judy and David Hembrow are experienced English cyclists who moved to the Netherlands in 2007. This is some of their report. And some of their clips on cycling in The Netherlands.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bicycle Flat

People always ask us about pictures of the Bicycle Flat. The 100 metre long bicycle flat at the Central Station was built to temporarily store thousands of bikes during the period that old bicycle-stands had to be removed during the large renovation of the surroundings at Central Station. The building was built over water to maximise land-use (or in this case: water-use). It consists out of three slightly sloping parking decks. There is a small surveillance facility in the centre of this quayside structure. The bicycle flat was supposed to be closed and removed in 2004. In 2008 it still exists and looking at the figures it may just have to stay. In 2008 The Netherlands lack 65,000 bicycle parking spaces at railway stations. The number of commuters is increasing, bringing the shortage of parking spaces to 90,000 by 2010.

Less ................

Amsterdam, the world’s number one cycling city with some 60% of all trips in the city centre made by bicycle, wants to turn into the world’s centre of expertise on sustainable mobility.
A program to reach that goal was launched on Tuesday, April 1, 2008.

Life is a cycle


cycle and recycle


More Fun Mor Future


Brains travel on bikes

April fool struck! The proposal to develop an application for Galileo was obviously a prank. It seems to have become a self-fulfilling prophecy though. Many people thought it was a great idea and want it to happen. We will follow up as soon as we can.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Galileo in support of cyclists

Cyclists are increasingly hindered by cars, parking on cycle paths. This is often because cycling infrastructure is on the rise in the world and car drivers are not always respecting cyclists as equal partner in traffic with dedicated infrastructure; also SUV's don’t seem to fit in standard parking bays. The European program Spicycles (Sustainable Policies for Cities on Cycling) promoting cycling policy in Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Göteborg, Ploiesti and Rome flags this consequence of the growing popularity of cycling in the world.
Amsterdam based Velo Mondial has convinced the other members of the consortium of the benefits of developing an application for the European satellite Galileo. With this application Galileo can visualize objects in cities. A parallel program will analyze if cycle paths are blocked by cars, will identify them and store their license plate details. It is then up to the authorities to act upon the generated data. This application is now possible with Galileo since it operates more satellites than the US based GPS. More details will follow at the occasion of the launch of ‘Amsterdam Cycling to sustainability’ during Intertraffic at RAI Conference center in Amsterdam. A more detailed Spicycles newsletter will be available soon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability

The Initiative ‘Amsterdam Cycling Capital’ has developed into a broad platform that will start up quite a number of projects on sustainable mobility. The bicycle will serve as an icon.
It is our pleasure to invite you to the launch of the ‘Amsterdam Sustainable Mobility Platform’ and the International Campaign: ‘Amsterdam Cycling to Sustainability’.
1 April: 16.00 – 18.00 Launch of the international campaign & Amsterdam Sustainable Mobility Platform
2 April: 09.30 – 12.45 Amsterdam City of Sustainable Mobility Symposium
3 April: 11.30 – 13.00 The Public Bicycle Workshop
3 April: 14.00 – 15.30 Technical tour to the North South Metro building project.
More on the program and how you can register can be read here.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cycle Safety Campaign Transport for London

Only a tiny fraction of all the information going into your brain enters your consciousness. People often fail to see a change in their surroundings because their attention is elsewhere. This phenomenon is known as "change blindness". Even stranger, if you are concentrating on something, you can become blind to other events that you would normally notice. This "inattention blindness" is possibly the reason why motorists collide with cyclists.
Just as it is important for road users to keep an eye out for cyclists, cyclists must also take steps to ensure they are seen by motorists.See this add.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cycling transformation in London

London is likely to become one of the most cycle-friendly places in the world, with a series of two-wheeler superhighways cutting a swath through traffic and congestion. Plans for the super-cycleways will be unveiled next week as part of an initiative to stimulate a 400% increase in the number of people pedalling round the capital by 2025. At a cost of £400m, the 12 routes are intended to be the motorways of cycling and are likely to be emulated by other cities across the UK. Londoners without bikes will be able to use one of the city's free bicycles.
"We want nothing short of a cycling transformation in London," said the mayor, Ken Livingstone. "We are announcing the biggest investment in cycling in London's history, which will mean that thousands more Londoners can cycle in confidence, on routes that take them quickly and safely to where they want to go."

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Creating the World’s Longest Bike and Pedestrian Bridge

Governor Eliot Spitzer of the State of New York said on January 9, 2008: "In what will be the first major investment in our parks leading up to the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s first voyage up the Hudson River, today I am announcing the State’s commitment to transform the dormant Poughkeepsie Rail Bridge into an awe-inspiring historic park, complete with a walkway and bikeway that will create a unique public space with breathtaking views of the Hudson."
Read all about it: Walkway over the Hudson
Amsterdam Cycling Capital will contribute to the Hudson400 celebrations with a cool program. People in 'Greater' New York are cordially invited to bring ideas and participate in the program.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Spicycles Cycling Planning

The Spicycles Team met at November 29 & 30, 2007 in Ploiesti Romania, for a Workshop on Planning for Cycling and for a Project Management Group meeting. In this Newsletter Spicycles reports the results of the Workshop on Planning for Cycling

Friday, January 25, 2008

Attitudes to cycle helmets

The active promotion of helmet use by cyclists is a fiercely controversial and often emotional subject, with views put forward with great conviction both for helmets and sceptical of their value. Controversy is particularly acute with regard to mandatory helmet laws. But the heart of the matter is: Less cycling increases risk for those who do cycle: Safety comes in numbers! It is also logic to wear a helmet if you are a child or a speed cyclist. Helmets do not help when in collision with cars; the difference in speed between car and cyclist or pedestrian cannot be compensated by a helmet. Helmets can even suggest to car drivers that the cyclists are safe. Then they are better off without. Read more at the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Greening of Transport in Paris

New Mobility has prepared a 130 pages Policy Brief on Planning and Implementing a City Bike System. It opens with an overview of the broader process that the city of Paris and the teams behind the Greening of Paris agenda have engaged, and from there moves on to provide in-depth background on the history and process of city bike developments at the leading edge. From there it looks in depth at the new and very large JCDecaux Vélib' system in Paris as a leading example, and then in its final chapters reaches much further back to consider how such a transformative project can fit into the larger new mobility and sustainability framework of your city.

China Car Free Day September 22, 2008

China, the entire country, will have a car free day on September 22, 2008. China plans to ban cars from streets in 108 cities in its first ``No Car Day'' on Sept. 22, part of an effort to promote environmental protection and ease congestion in the world's second-largest auto market. Streets in areas of Beijing, Shanghai and other cities will be open only to pedestrians, bicycles, taxis and buses from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Ministry of Construction. Sept. 22 is World Carfree Day, a United Nations-backed global campaign. About 4.37 million new vehicles began using China's roads in the first half as economic growth makes cars and trucks affordable to more people. Growth in traffic helped China surpass the U.S. as the world's largest carbon-dioxide emitter last year. ‘No Car Day' will cut 3,000 tons of emissions and save 33 million liters of gasoline.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dubai Cycling Master Plan to be implemented

Velo Mondial is involved in creating a Cycling Master Plan for Dubai. The Roads and Transport Authority has carried out a study on the use of the bicycle as a means of transport and a fun sport in the Emirate. With Alta Planning of California and Balancia of The Netherlands Velo Mondial has been instrumental in setting up Bicycle Network Master Plan that will be implemented in stages from this year. Read the article in the Khaleej Times

Friday, January 18, 2008

Copenhagen the best city for cycles

Amsterdam is proclaiming to be Cycling Capital of the world. In 2015 Copenhagen promises to be justifiably famous as the capital city in the world with the best urban Environment. It will have become the Eco-Metropole of the world, thus demonstrating that environmental concern adds an extra dynamic to urban development. Copenhageners and visiting guests will be able to see and appreciate the improvements, while at the same time the city will be sharing active responsibility for global environmental development. Moreover Copenhagen will become the world’s best city for cycles. Not only will people be able to cycle quickly to their destination but above all safely. The heat is on!

At the Frontiers of Cycling: Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany

This article presents six detailed case studies of cycling in the Netherlands (Amsterdam and Groningen), Denmark (Copenhagen and Ideal intersection modifications in Muenster: Special bike access lane, advance stop line, and priority green light for cyclists. Cyclists well into intersection before cars can even start to move. Source: City of Muenster, Department of Transport Planning Odense), and Germany (Berlin and Muenster). Except for Berlin, they represent the very best in coordinated policies and programs to make cycling safe, convenient, and attractive. © 2007 Eco-Logica Ltd.

Art: Nicholas Whitaker

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Cycling in Bucharest, Bolzano and Bromley

Euronews has made a nice overview of the reasons why cities want to plan for cycling. They focus on Bucharest, Bolzano and Bromley. Have a look and be inspired. Be aware: this movie has a long download time.