Archinect - News 2014-10-25T08:56:27-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/107714855/mit-s-mindrider-helmet-draws-mental-maps-as-you-bike 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ki/ki1tej55t4vjul8o.jpg" width="514" height="357" 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="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1168534473/mindrider-maps-nyc-a-mental-picture-of-bike-riding" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/107021448/why-portland-is-building-a-multi-modal-bridge-that-bans-cars Why Portland Is Building a Multi-Modal Bridge That Bans Cars Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-08-20T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-08-21T19:51:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d4/d4a71e57b5385003c7fa91759c8a9458.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Tilikum Crossing is the nation's first multi-modal bridge that will be off-limits to private automobiles. It will carry MAX light rail trains (the impetus for construction) as well as Portland's streetcar line and city buses, and of course pedestrian and bike lanes on both sides&mdash;but no cars. [...] "Transit has a huge impact on urban planning. I mean, if you look at our city, it was designed around streetcars. On some level, it has to be part of their DNA."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558889/why-a-bike-city-why-not-a-mix-of-biking-and-transit Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit? Archinect 2014-08-14T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T14:38:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91745990de229b8d7c72a420d8c185aa.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I see nothing wrong with replacing the hegemony of cars with the hegemony I am proposing, of bikes. Those who need buses would be no worse off than they are now. But a problem would come if a city like Amsterdam had a bike modal share of 90 percent, as could achieved if end-of-trip strategies were built into all buildings to eliminate the problem of bike theft, and if shelter removed the inequity of cycling being the one mode remaining where people get wet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/100631867/rise-in-cycling-expands-nyc-s-real-estate-market 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/be/be7c0cb51f84cad359f444e1c7788fb3.jpg" width="514" height="350" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/99764488/biking-to-work-in-the-u-s-has-increased-60-over-last-decade 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6f/6f8909527c667c7ee74bd2ed8e77a065.jpg" 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="http://www.census.gov/prod/2014pubs/acs-25.pdf" 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="http://www.census.gov/censusexplorer/censusexplorer-commuting.html" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/91832887/protected-bike-lanes-strengthen-city-economy-report-finds 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2u/2u6j4iqlx5mp18aj.jpg" width="514" height="672" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> According to a recent <a href="http://b.3cdn.net/bikes/123e6305136c85cf56_0tm6vjeuo.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">report</a> from <a href="http://www.peopleforbikes.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PeopleForBikes</a> and <a href="http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o7/o7e3k4sw259uvss0.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The report focuses on statistics from cities with expanding networks of protected bike lanes: Austin, TX; San Francisco, CA;...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91300063/portland-s-bikescraper-breaks-bike-parking-record 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/av/av0ckc1z1ceobz0k.jpg" width="514" height="370" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lk/lkpqtcz0bgd4rs7i.jpg"></p><p>Known as <a href="http://www.gbdarchitects.com/portfolio-item/lloyd-blocks-2/" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/87546944/now-try-to-imagine-a-purpose-built-city-for-bikes 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e7/e769f1c10aa6514ba7e57d02c58947f6.jpg" width="514" height="386" 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="http://archinect.com/features/article/84683423/working-out-of-the-box-steven-fleming" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Working out of the Box: Steven Fleming</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84756607/copenhagenize-your-bike-with-mit-s-copenhagen-wheel 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/kd/kd0xdwybz3qv36jd.jpg" width="514" height="343" 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="http://web.mit.edu/press/2009/copenhagen-wheel.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change</a> in 2009, <a href="http://senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel/" 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="http://superpedestrian.com" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/53817048/in-denmark-pedaling-to-work-on-a-superhighway In Denmark, Pedaling to Work on a Superhighway Archinect 2012-07-19T15:00:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T17:36:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v3/v382pm8g6e0d766m.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The cycle superhighway, which opened in April, is the first of 26 routes scheduled to be built to encourage more people to commute to and from Copenhagen by bicycle. More bike path than the Interstate its name suggests, it is the brainchild of city planners who were looking for ways to increase bicycle use in a place where half of the residents already bike to work or to school every day.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/52889299/winning-entry-of-bike-path-design-contest-in-caracas-venezuela 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f6/f61dkkrru0bd1y35.jpg" width="514" height="312" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48691573/bike-pavilion-by-nl-architects Bike Pavilion by NL Architects Alexander Walter 2012-05-16T17:56:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:44:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mf/mfy5fytp4lvq5jpb.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NL Architects has sent us images of their recent project: a pretty rad mash-up pavilion for a bicycle club in the Hainan Province in southern China. The proposal is part of a big resort for developer VANKEN, and NL Architects told us that they've just received green light from the client! Looks like this will actually get build soon.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/34860827/a-new-cycling-superhighway-not-in-the-u-s-a 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e1/e1a8417e38623ecaa41404bce4e1d16a.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/31718922/holcim-award-winning-project-advocates-bicycle-commuting-in-beijing 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/au/aud26cc4ie0mrbei.jpg" width="514" height="285" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/27562811/bike-pasture-funded Bike Pasture Funded! Barry Lehrman 2011-11-15T13:30:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T16:07:05-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hm/hm4gkkwdnkzvy6he.jpg" width="514" height="259" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Emily Lowery enrolled in an architecture course last May hoping to learn about different architecture and landscape design solutions. She walked out as part of a team of students who would design the University of Minnesota&rsquo;s first ever ecologically friendly bike pasture &ndash;&ndash; a combination of bike parking, social space and a garden.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Making higher-ed more sustainable (and social) one project at time, the Bike Pasture Project was conceived and planned entirely by students in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota as a real life design-build project. Now it's one step closer to being built, thanks to $15k in funding.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/22179755/velonight-hits-nyc VELONIGHT hits NYC! Archinect 2011-09-29T20:17:22-04:00 >2011-09-30T17:49:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qf/qf9ofscj0rgpkafb.jpg" width="514" height="334" 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="http://velonightnyc.blogspot.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/7718583/interview-bikes-architecture-and-cycle-space-with-steven-fleming Interview: Bikes, architecture, and "Cycle Space" with Steven Fleming Paul Petrunia 2011-05-26T15:10:49-04:00 >2011-05-27T10:21:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/60/60d4848edb62003f403dfac160b9ec62.jpg" width="430" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reason I'm here and in this gallery is because bicycles in this city are being custom built and designed with love and skill and intelligence in a way that architects design buildings for people when they really get things right. Portland is a beacon to so many other cities. It's easy for people to dismiss Holland or Denmark, but not Portland.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/818291/bankside-bikeshed-competition-winner-announced Bankside BikeShed Competition: Winner Announced Paul Petrunia 2011-03-26T16:12:58-04:00 >2011-03-26T16:14:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ca/ca8beb7bb4bbc6b56278d7969600012c.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Architecture Foundation, on behalf of London's Better Bankside initiative, just announced the winner of a competition to design a modular, portable, secure cycle parking solution to serve the Bankside area of London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>