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ELSEWHERE: New Bike Lane Designs Finally Get Nod From U.S. Engineering Establishment

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Buffered bike lanes have been used in some American cities for decades now, and an increasing number of cities are implementing contraflow bike lanes. But only just now are these street designs getting official recognition from powerful standard-setters inside the U.S. engineering establishment. Bike lane markings through intersections may soon be part of important engineering […]


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ELSEWHERE: Los Angeles bike trains – beating the traffic in a car-centric city

This is pretty awesome.  I wonder if we can get Cycle Toronto Ward groups to start Bike Trains for commutes downtown? Los Angeles is one of the world’s most car-centric cities, and when self-professed fearless cyclist Nona Varnado moved there from New York, she faced very real anxiety when trying to share the road with […]


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ELSEWHERE: bike lane protection style from China: the low fence

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Here in the United States, designers of bike-friendly streets probably don’t spend enough time talking about the biggest of the world’s great bike countries: China. “I’m a big fan of the low fences used in Beijing and other Chinese cities,” reader Charlie writes, pointing us to the photo above. “They are modular and easy to […]


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ELSEWHERE: Persuasive Evidence that Bike-Share Serves as Public Transit

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Past work has found that bike-share members decrease their car use considerably: According to one survey, 52 percent did so in Minneapolis, and 41 percent in Washington, D.C. The new, more fine-grained analysis of bike-share use in these cities reveals that its role in the transit system varies based on the character of the host […]


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INFRASTRUCTURE: 7 Big Ways Cities Have Transformed Themselves for Bikes

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The number of bikes in our cities is increasing, and with that increase we’re also seeing some major changes in the way cities are designed. Engineers are giving bikes their own bridges, tunnels, overpasses, even escalators!, making biking feel like it’s an essential, permanent part of the city. Last week, Copenhagen announced an elevated cycleway […]


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VIDEO: See Cyclist. Think Horse.

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Pretty humourous video from Scotland about giving cyclists space on the roads.  You can bet drivers give horses a lot of space here in Toronto (probably because they always have cops riding them). via: Cycling Scotland : See cyclist. Think Horse. [Commercial 2013] – YouTube.


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ELSEWHERE: Brooklyn Whole Foods to deliver by cargo bike

We already know that many US families are embracing the cargo bike for car-free transportation. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that businesses are getting in on the act too. Instead of using vans to run their delivery scheme, the Whole Foods store on Third & 3rd in Brooklyn—which already features impressive sustainability credentials […]


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ELSEWHERE: Allo Velo – It Takes a Village to Build a Bike Shop

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Wonderful article about Allo Velo and Velolifestyle, and I’m not just saying that because they are a new sponsor of Biking Toronto.  I lvoe the part about kids coming by after school to fill up their tires. To say the community has been supportive of his venture would be an understatement. “This used to be […]


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ELSEWHERE: How to inspire millions more Americans to ride bicycles

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You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks. “Over the past five years we’re seeing an infrastructure revolution, a rethinking of our streets to accommodate more users — busways, public plazas, space for pedestrians and, […]


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ELSEWHERE: Seeing business benefits, retailers propose protected bike lanes in Portland

Ah, Portland. The entire continent has a heart-on for you. Everyone who pays attention knows that bikes (and bikelanes) are good for business (even in Toronto, with studies in the Annex and the Bloor West Village).. and even businesses know it in Portland, PROPOSING protected bikelanes themselves. Not the city, not cycling advocates… the retailers […]


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