Archinect - News 2017-07-27T12:31:39-04:00 Is biking good for you even if the air is heavily polluted? Nicholas Korody 2016-05-23T20:01:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:58-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...Given all the harm we know air pollution can cause, does cycling actually help, or could it hurt? After all, I&rsquo;m not breathing in the foul fumes of a truck when I&rsquo;m sitting inside an air-conditioned train. I&rsquo;m certainly not breathing them in deeply, as I would while huffing and puffing on my cycle. Air pollution kills more than 5 million people every year, yet there has been no analysis of the costs versus benefits of city cycling. Until now.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Long story short: keep biking. Researchers found that, in almost every city around the world, the health benefits of biking "far exceed" the damage than can be caused by breathing in dirty air.&nbsp;Even in the worst polluted cities in the world, you have to ride at least 60 minutes a day to be more harmed than helped.</p><p>For more on the dirty air polluting cities around the world, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Billions exposed to dangerous air as pollution grows at alarming rates around the world</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">These are the most-polluted cities in the US</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Smog-choked Beijing plans "ventilation corridors" to provide much-needed fresh air</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li></ul> These fascinating GPS doodles were 'drawn' by cycling the grid of the city Alexander Walter 2016-02-09T15:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-11T21:30:49-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stephen Lund considers the Canadian city of Victoria his canvas and a bicycle his brush. And the paint? Strava, a GPS tracking system which marks his routes with crimson lines. So far, he has pedaled around&nbsp;in&nbsp;the shapes of critters such as&nbsp;an angler fish, giraffe, giant anteater, and nine-banded armadillo; mythical and interplanetary creatures such as the Siren of the Salish Sea, the Sea Serpent of Haro Strait, and the Dark Lord of the Sith.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Take a look at some of Lund's intricate "GPS Doodles," also known as "Strava art:"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to Stephen Lund's blog&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;to find way more of this goodness and watch him explain his approach in the video from the recent TEDxVictoria below.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cut away confusion from your NYC commute with these beautiful subway maps</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Throwback Throughway: when GPS fails, these gorgeous "mental maps" help you navigate</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">To better predict sea level rise, scientists resort to crowdsourcing and ask drone owners to help create data</a></li></ul> In spite of sleet and snow, cycling prevails in Minneapolis Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-18T13:33:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T17:06:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Minneapolis, despite its frigid winters, has surged to the top of national rankings for urban biking and was the only U.S. city included last year on a global index of bike-friendly communities. Since 2000, the percentage of bike commuters here has jumped 170 percent [...] Minneapolis' bike-friendly reputation advanced on the saddle of key elected officials, grassroots advocates and critical investments that over the past decade helped transform it into a mecca for biking.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news from the cycling beat:</p><ul><li><a title="Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway</a></li><li><a title="Poor street design makes California city liable for damages in cyclist's death" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Poor street design makes California city liable for damages in cyclist's death</a></li><li><a title="Car-free events significantly improve air quality" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Car-free events significantly improve air quality</a></li><li><a title="Jakarta's &quot;car-free days&quot; are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></li><li><a title="As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></li></ul> Germany opens first stretch of new cycling superhighway Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-04T18:18:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:11:08-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The newly opened portion is just 5km (3 miles)&mdash; but the completed highway is set to span over 100km and will connect 10 cities and four universities .... Almost two million people will live less than a mile from the new cycling autobahn [...] the bicycle highway will be 13-feet wide&mdash;or almost double the width of normal cycle paths&mdash;and have no crossroads or traffic lights. [...] it&rsquo;ll also be greener. RVR estimates that the route will take 50,000 cars off the roads every day.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on cycling infrastructure:</p><ul><li><a title="As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></li><li><a title="Boris Johnson greenlights London's &quot;Crossrail&quot; bicycle superhighway" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway</a></li><li><a title="Gensler proposes &quot;Underline&quot; bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler proposes "Underline" bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels</a></li><li><a title="Atlanta plans big for bikes, and Atlantans turn out big time" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atlanta plans big for bikes, and Atlantans turn out big time</a></li><li><a title="Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></li></ul> Poor street design makes California city liable for damages in cyclist's death Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-10T13:00:00-05:00 >2015-12-11T04:19:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Dr. Gerald Brett Weiss ... was killed when he was hit from behind while riding his bicycle in the community of Indian Wells, CA. [...] his family won a $5.8 million judgment against Indian Wells, claiming that the city was negligent in not providing sufficient width for bike lanes or lighting [...] California is one of thirteen states that follows the Pure Comparative Fault Rule, meaning that even if the city is only partially at fault&mdash;even only one percent&mdash;the plaintiff can recover damages.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Weiss was hit from behind by an allegedly drunk driver in June of 2012, on a road that, previous to a redesign in 2005, had been marked as a bike route and had bike lanes.</p><p>More news on cycling design and safety:</p><ul><li><a title="Senator proposes mandatory helmets for California cyclists" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Senator proposes mandatory helmets for California cyclists</a></li><li><a title="Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds</a></li><li><a title="Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Steven Fleming</a></p></li></ul> Car-free events significantly improve air quality Nicholas Korody 2015-10-22T20:29:00-04:00 >2015-10-23T13:26:36-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="499" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>CicLAvia [is] a series of one-day events organized by a local nonprofit in which neighborhood streets are closed to motor vehicles so that people can walk and cycle freely... Now, a study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health has found that the event significantly reduces air pollution along the CicLAvia route and even on other streets in the communities where the event is held.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more information on CicLAvia, visit their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website.</a></p> Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly Justine Testado 2015-09-11T18:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T21:46:42-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask a cyclist what it&rsquo;s like to ride in Indonesia&rsquo;s capital &ndash; a sprawling megalopolis of 10.2 million people...More than likely, they&rsquo;ll tell you it&rsquo;s outright dangerous...Car-free days may be popular, but there is almost no [cyclist] infrastructure... [However, there] is hope among cyclists that bike lanes will become a priority after the city&rsquo;s [mass rapid transport] system is finished in 2019. In the meantime, several young innovators are taking matters into their own hands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Australia's &quot;biggest bike-lane skeptic&quot; plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway</a></p><p><a title="As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p><p><a title="Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?</a></p> As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes Alexander Walter 2015-07-14T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-14T13:06:12-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>North Korea has installed cycle lanes on major thoroughfares in Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents, as more residents are able to afford to buy bicycles. Bicycles are an expensive but increasingly popular mode of transport for many in the country where private car ownership, although on the rise, is still rare. [...] As recently as 2014, cycling was still illegal for women, though the ban was much flouted.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">North Korean architect of new Pyongyang airport reportedly executed by Kim Jong Un</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lessons from North Korean urbanism</a> &amp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">part 2</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What The Future Looks Like To North Koreans Who Have Never Left</a></li></ul> Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end Alexander Walter 2015-04-17T19:20:00-04:00 >2015-04-22T17:12:11-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2013, Copenhagen&mdash;a city of ebullient cyclists&mdash;launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets&mdash;expensive, but designed for a place&nbsp;whose people and visitors truly believed cycling was the best way forward. Now the city that pioneered its&nbsp;first shared bikes in 1995&nbsp;is facing a stark&nbsp;possibility: no bike share scheme at all.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Senator proposes mandatory helmets for California cyclists Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-13T12:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-19T20:24:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sen. Carol Liu on Wednesday announced a bill, SB 192, that will require bicycle riders to wear helmets or face a $25 fine. &ldquo;Any responsible bicycle rider should wear a helmet,&rdquo; Liu said ... &ldquo;This law will help protect more people and make sure all riders benefit from the head protection that a helmet provides.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>California law <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">currently</a> requires anyone under 18 to wear a helmet when riding a bike, nonmotorized scooter, skateboard, or wearing in-line or roller skates. Liu's SB 192 bill would extend this provision to everyone, not just minors, and also require cyclists to wear reflective clothing at night &ndash; requirements that no other state has adopted.</p><p>It might seem like wearing a helmet is the first-move for safe cycling, but Dan Snyder, head of the California Bicycle Coalition, disagrees: as quoted in the <em>Sacramento Bee</em>, &ldquo;We know that the most important thing to protect people who ride bikes is to get more people out there riding bikes. Forcing people to wear crash helmets when they ride is counter productive to that goal.&rdquo; This is the same reasoning behind &rdquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Critical Mass</a>": organized cycling tours that flood city streets with so many cyclists as to force car traffic into submission. Safety, for cyclists, is in numbers.</p><p>In countries with a hefty number of cyclists, where infrastructural adapta...</p> Gensler proposes "Underline" bike paths in London's abandoned tube tunnels Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-02-05T13:47:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:14:48-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Could the answer to London&rsquo;s congestion be a network of subterranean cycleways? A new project from design firm Gensler suggests that maybe &ndash; just maybe &ndash; it might. Dubbed the London Underline, the project would turn London&rsquo;s abandoned tube tunnels into living streets beneath the city. [...] London Underline is being taken seriously enough in some quarters. Earlier this week, it won the Best Conceptual Project gong at the London Planning awards.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T15:10:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:34-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe&rsquo;s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced. The Mayor approved the &ldquo;Crossrail for bikes&rdquo; protected route through Parliament Square and along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street after it won overwhelming public support.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT's MindRider helmet draws mental maps as you bike Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-29T14:55:00-04:00 >2014-08-29T14:55:09-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="451" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Originally developed at MIT, MindRider is a new helmet that shows, in real time, how your rides, movement, and location engage your mind. The MindRider app maps and tracks your engagement, and allows you to share your maps with others. These maps provide quantified insight that empower you to maximize your riding experience, and they are a great resource for riding communities and street advocacy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unlike many other biometric monitoring devices, the MindRider helmet isn't just about recording your physical activities; it's about harvesting data from normal routines to better inform public policy. The MindRider "reads" electrical activity between the brain's neurons, but the technology isn't invasive enough to determine anything beyond where on the route you're concentrating ("Hotspots") or coasting ("Sweetspots"). For an individual rider, boiling down the data into these two categories simplifies the ride experience, but with enough participants, the service can paint the cycling personality of an entire city, and provide a highly personal way to publicly engage with cycling. Maybe it can even make drivers empathize with stressed out cyclists.</p><p>While the actual helmet isn't commercially available quite yet,&nbsp;MindRider recently reached its&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;goal&nbsp;to create "The MindRider Guide to New York City", a map and guidebook to the city's mental cycling infrastructure. Whether tha...</p> Exploring and Collaborating on Shared-Use Mobility Services Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:01:17-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In June, the &ldquo;Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit,&rdquo; sponsored by the Association for Commuter Transportation, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Mobility Lab, Transit Center, and Shared-Use Mobility Center, brought together a range of participants to discuss these themes in Washington, DC.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>At the summit, elected officials, transportation entrepreneurs, academics, and developers engaged with a number of questions including, &ldquo;What are new ways of solving urban mobility problems? How can we better design systems to address the needs of the public? Who should be engaged to make this happen?&rdquo; </em></p> Rise in cycling expands NYC's real estate market Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-29T13:07:00-04:00 >2014-06-03T23:01:46-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="408" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As the search for more affordable real estate in New York City pushes deeper into neighborhoods that were once considered out of the way, bicycle lanes are taking on new importance. Since 2007, the city has carved out more than 350 miles of bike lanes in the five boroughs, according to the Department of Transportation. As a result, the distance from the nearest subway or bus stop has become less of a drawback for the two-wheeled set, particularly in transit-challenged areas of Brooklyn.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Biking to work in the U.S. has increased 60% over last decade Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-14T13:14:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:34:59-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="318" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Many U.S. cities are seeing an increase in bicycle commuters, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released today. Nationwide, the number of people who traveled to work by bike increased roughly 60 percent over the last decade, from about 488,000 in 2000 to about 786,000 during the 2008-2012 period. This is the largest percentage increase of all commuting modes tracked by the 2000 Census and the 2008-2012 American Community Survey.</p></em><br /><br /><p>If you're feeling wonky, you can read the full U.S. Census Bureau report <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. It's the Census Bureau's first report to focus entirely on biking and walking to work, with statistics since 1990.</p><p>You can also explore commuting statistics for every U.S. neighborhood in the Bureau's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Census Explorer</a>, an interactive map that breaks down commuting by commuter age, census tract, type of transportation, and total time.</p> In Indianapolis, a Bike Path to Progress Archinect 2014-03-05T11:07:00-05:00 >2014-03-05T18:18:26-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Before the path arrived, Indianapolis didn&rsquo;t have a mainstream bike scene &mdash; just streets designed to improve traffic flow. Now, children and the elderly have joined the spandex swarms of longtime cycling enthusiasts... The public art along the trail accentuates the path&rsquo;s role as a sculptor of the city&rsquo;s evolving identity. For example, Donna Sink&rsquo;s &ldquo;Moving Forward&rdquo; is a series of seven stained-glass-hued eco-friendly bus shelters covered in lines from poems by local writers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Protected bike lanes strengthen city economy, report finds Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T13:07:00-05:00 >2014-01-27T21:46:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="850" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to a recent <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alliance for Biking &amp; Walking</a>, protected city bike lanes can actually encourage local business success. As trends show workers moving into U.S. cities (rather than out into suburbs), and businesses catering to a younger workforce that relies less on cars, cycling infrastructure has becomes integral to strengthening local businesses and encouraging long-term economic growth for the entire city.</p> <p> A lot of what delays cycling infrastructure is the presumption that it only benefits cyclists. It can be hard to justify to citizens who don't cycle that bike lanes and bike-share programs will benefit the city at large, and not just the "cyclist" demographic. But cities have begun to take notice of the positive change that cycling infrastructure can help bring to their local businesses, in very concrete ways.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> The report focuses on statistics from cities with expanding networks of protected bike lanes: Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA;...</p> Portland's "Bikescraper" breaks bike-parking record Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-15T15:25:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T18:16:25-05:00 <img src="" width="540" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 21-story, three-building apartment project now rising in Portland's Lloyd District will create more long-term bike parking than any other project in the nation, with four huge new storage facilities in four buildings and an on-site bike valet parking service to serve the biggest one. [...] Bike experts in Canada, Mexico and across the United States said they didn't know of any single project on the continent with more bike parking; Mexico's largest facility, at a train station, holds 800.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Portland, Oregon's new apartment complex by GBD Architects instates a new standard in bicycle infrastructure and planning, offering one bike parking spot each for its 657 housing units,&nbsp;<em>plus</em> underground parking space for as many as 547 bikes. That's 1,204 bike spots total, a number that assumes the average household will need to park 1.8 bikes. There will be 328 residential car parking spaces, squeaking by at roughly half a spot per household.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""></p><p>Known as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hassalo on Eighth</a> (the four-block complex sits northeast of the corner of 7th and Holladay), the apartments fall in Portland's Inner East neighborhood, on the border of the city's center. Previously dominated by stretches of parking lots, the area could become a more active, walkable and dense neighborhood under GBD's plan. The building itself is not radically asserting the needs of "cyclists" -- a slippery and short-sighted demographic label that casts bicycle infrastructure as a radical objective of niche groups, and not just... a g...</p> A new L.A. identity takes shape in 2013 as city embraces urban life Alexander Walter 2014-01-02T20:01:00-05:00 >2014-01-06T20:50:25-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Notes on the Year: This year Los Angeles entered fresh civic territory as a range of initiatives across the city helped fuel an urban reawakening.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Now try to imagine a purpose-built city for bikes Archinect 2013-11-27T19:30:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T22:49:28-05:00 <img src="" width="584" height="438" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>My big vision is for urban districts developed on a bicycle mobility platform. What does that mean? Well consider: Venice was built around boating; Singapore has been built around transit and driving; LA has been built around driving, and the "bike city" of Groningen NL, was built around walking and horses. My work is in imagining new layers of cities, built by redeveloping brownfields and connecting them up, with unique forms, because they respond to the unique attributes of bicycle motion.</p></em><br /><br /><p> For more about Steven Fleming read <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Steven Fleming</a></p> Copenhagenize your bike with MIT's Copenhagen Wheel Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-22T13:56:00-04:00 >2013-11-11T11:46:52-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Superpedestrian, a start-up in Boston, announced on Monday that it has received $2.1 million in financing to help build a wheel that transforms some standard bicycles into hybrid e-bikes. The product, the Copenhagen Wheel, is a design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology SENSEable City Laboratory. The original goal of the wheel was to entice more people to more bicycles in large cities in lieu of cars by giving them help from a motor.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Initially presented at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SENSEeable City Lab</a>'s<em>&nbsp;Copenhagen Wheel&nbsp;</em>will soon be produced through Boston start-up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Superpedestrian</a>. Rather than buying a whole new bike or installing a cumbersome motor, the&nbsp;<em>Copenhagen Wheel</em> can be adapted onto most regular bikes, and will be comparable in price to most e-bikes. The wheel can be synced with the rider's iPhone to collect transit data, both for the benefit of the rider keeping tabs on exercise and commute regimens, and for the benefit of the city -- riders can choose to anonymously share data with their local government, aiding the improvement of cycling infrastructure and traffic management.</p> Copenhagen's bicycle freeway network Archinect 2013-06-26T17:23:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T19:42:59-04:00 <img src="" width="334" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The solution, or so the city&rsquo;s traffic planners hope, is to encourage people to cycle for longer distances by creating the cycling equivalent of freeways, which will provide fast, direct routes of up to 22 kilometers into the center. A total of 28 highways are planned, providing 495 kilometers of dedicated bike tracks... Nine routes are under construction and should be completed by 2015 at a cost of 208 million krone, or $36 million, divided equally between central and local government.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Dedicated Bike Lanes Can Cut Cycling Injuries in Half Archinect 2012-11-01T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-11-05T19:40:27-05:00 <img src="" width="440" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes &ndash; with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic &ndash; really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winning Entry of Bike Path Design Contest in Caracas, Venezuela Alexander Walter 2012-07-03T14:33:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:14:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="395" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposal for a bike path system for Venezuela's capitol Caracas, designed by architects Andrea Hern&aacute;ndez and Cruz Criollo, has won the first prize in the competition Metropolitan Transportation System, Caracas to Pedal. The best and most innovative proposals of this competition, which seeks to promote cycling in the city, were recently awarded by the Metropolitan Mayor of Caracas.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A New Cycling Superhighway. Not in the U.S.A. Archinect 2012-01-17T19:00:00-05:00 >2012-01-19T11:30:19-05:00 <img src="" width="492" height="260" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposed bicycle superhighway would, in addition to four lanes (2 in each direction) have exits but no intersections, two types of wind protection (low bushes as well as solid fencing) periodic bicycle service stations, and would take eight years to complete. Total cost of the superhighway is estimated to be about 50 million Swedish crowns (US$ 7.1 million).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Holcim Award-Winning Project Advocates Bicycle Commuting in Beijing Alexander Walter 2011-12-21T13:05:19-05:00 >2011-12-27T11:01:03-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just last week, we published the outstanding winners of the 2011 Regional Holcim Awards for the Asia Pacific Region [...]. Taking the top prize in the program's &ldquo;Next Generation&rdquo; category was MIT student August Liau for a project to increase bicycle commuting in Beijing, China. The project advocates pedal power as a dynamic alternative for urban transit and recalls its well-proven potential in the world&rsquo;s former cycling capital.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> VELONIGHT hits NYC! Archinect 2011-09-29T20:17:22-04:00 >2011-09-30T17:49:43-04:00 <img src="" width="600" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An unprecedented architectural public education event is going to take place in New York. After Rome, Moscow, Terni, and St. Petersburg, VELONIGHT, the unique project by professor Sergey Nikitin, founding director of Moskultprog, is inviting to explore the postwar cultural and architectural history of New York City on bicycles in the night between October 1 and 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architects and cultural historians, including Rem Koolhaas, Guy Nordenson, Jean-Louis Cohen, Peter Eisenman, Ken Jackson, Tony Fletcher and others, will narrate the moonlight bike tour that will take participants from the Guggenheim Museum to Downtown Manhattan, riding past icons (and failures) of New York's architecture, urban policy and social/cultural life, culminating with a picnic at dawn on Pier 1 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.</p> <p> The VELONIGHT NYC event is free of charge. To register, please go <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> 5 Cities, 5 Congestion Solutions Archinect 2011-08-25T19:07:07-04:00 >2011-08-26T13:00:02-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="427" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Once the definitive bicycle city, Beijing is responding to growing congestion and ongoing smog by setting a new target: for 23% of commuters to pedal to work by 2015. To achieve this target, new infrastructure for cyclists is to be wheeled in, with improved bicycle lanes, more parking facilities and a rental scheme to put a further 50,000 bikes on the roads by 2015.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Genre de Vie - a documentary about the social effect of the bicycle revival Archinect 2011-07-25T20:33:07-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="400" height="600" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In short we will research the relationship between man and their living environment, the city, with the bicycle as the discovering function. This will partially be done by interviews with architects, city planners and people in control at the local government while on the other hand the people who create the urban bike culture; the cyclist in these cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>