Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fu�g�nger- und Radverkehr � Zukunft Mobilit�t

Fu�g�nger- und Radverkehr � Zukunft Mobilit�t

Needs translation but very good.

Cycling in the rain; morning rush hour in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Personally I think the things to notice here are.

There are fewer cyclists than normal (see the other videos).

They are cycling less quickly.

It seems a real shame no one will even contemplate protecting these guys even over just the main highways.

Naturally elevated cycle systems would get rid of these kinds of problems.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book: City Cycling (Urban and Industrial Environments)

 you may have seen some of John's videos on YouTube where he presents the reasons for city cycling. 
 This is a book covering the same material -  there is even a Kindle version. 

"Bicycling in cities is booming, for many reasons: health and environmental benefits, time and cost savings, more and better bike lanes and paths, innovative bike sharing programs, and the sheer fun of riding. City Cycling offers a guide to this urban cycling renaissance, with the goal of promoting cycling as sustainable urban transportation available to everyone. It reports on cycling trends and policies in cities in North America, Europe, and Australia, and offers information on such topics as cycling safety, cycling infrastructure provisions including bikeways and bike parking, the wide range of bike designs and bike equipment, integration of cycling with public transportation, and promoting cycling for women and children. City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. The chapters describe ways to make city cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping trips, visits, and other daily transportation needs. The book also offers detailed examinations and illustrations of cycling conditions in different urban environments: small cities (including Davis, California, and Delft, the Netherlands), large cities (including Sydney, Chicago, Toronto and Berlin), and "megacities" (London, New York, Paris, and Tokyo). These chapters offer a closer look at how cities both with and without historical cycling cultures have developed cycling programs over time. The book makes clear that successful promotion of city cycling depends on coordinating infrastructure, programs, and government policies."

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London | Art and design |

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated 'SkyCycle' bike routes in London | Art and design | The project, which has the backing of Network Rail and Transport for London, would see over 220km of car-free routes installed above London's suburban rail network, suspended on pylons above the tracks and accessed at over 200 entrance points. At up to 15 metres wide, each of the ten routes would accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour and improve journey times by up to 29 minutes, according to the designers.

Books Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel

Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Travel 

With Christmas coming you might want to get  your self this very excellent book  an in-depth study of at the reasons why people don't cycle. 

Promoting Walking and Cycling: New Perspectives on Sustainable Trave

"Promoting walking and cycling proposes solutions to one of the most pressing problems in contemporary British transport planning. The need to develop more sustainable urban mobility lies at the heart of energy and environmental policies and has major implications for the planning of cities and for the structure of economy and society. However, most people feel either unable or unwilling to incorporate travel on foot or by bike into their everyday journeys. This book uses innovative quantitative and qualitative research methods to examine in depth, and in an international and historical context, why so many people fail to travel in ways that are deemed by most to be desirable. It proposes evidence-based policy solutions that could increase levels of walking and cycling substantially. This book is essential reading for planners and policy makers developing and implementing transport policies at both national and local levels, plus researchers and students in the field of mobility, transport, sustainability and urban planning." 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

This is an amazing cycle path in Holland. No wonder so many of them use a bike. - Imgur

This is an amazing cycle path in Holland. No wonder so many of them use a bike. - Imgur

Utility cycling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Utility cycling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Clearly one of the big problems we have is that most cycling is seen as a recreational activity. Clearly to have the big advantages and benefits we need to free ourselves of this view. The one thing we know about recreational activity is it is the use of disposable time. That means that if something intrudes into your normal schedule then you can lose the "habit". If we want the big health changes cycling offers then we need to have something that people do every day, and commuting is one of those activities we generally all do. Secondly the only way to have significant environmental benefits in terms of global warming, health risks from general pollution and traffic congestion, then it is in the realms of going from somewhere to somewhere that cycling as its biggest contribution has yet make.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BBC News - Viewpoint: 'Why I won't let my eight-year-old cycle on the road'

"BBC News - Viewpoint: 'Why I won't let my eight-year-old cycle on the road': That's because even though I know that she is statistically more likely to have an accident in our bathroom at home rather than on the road, cycling just doesn't feel safe. It's a purely emotional response rather than a logical one - and that's what most parents base their decisions on.

And it's not just me. Parents across the country think the same, which is why just 1% of kids ride to school. Earlier this year, Lord Coe said that today's children could be the first to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents due to a lack of physical activity. This is not only bad for individuals, it is bad for the economy, costing the country £20bn a year."

"The case for cycling is supported by economists, the NHS and business specialists, yet despite the fact we are drowning in supporting evidence, we are still waiting for a major political party to make a concrete, long-term commitment to cycling, to pledge at least £10 per person to change the way we travel."