Trains are cool. Buildings are important. But here at This Big City we think people are the best thing about cities. That’s why we’ve spent the last five years sharing stories from urban communities across the globe. The communities painting bike infrastructure, turning streets into parklets, organizing family activities, starting urban farms, and standing up for pedestrian rights. And we want to do more. If you want to help us, head here and share your feedback.
Every week, the city turns 120km of roads into car-free spaces, and around 2 million people take part.
Blaze: a proper headlight for your bike.
According to the company, “Besides being a kickass front light, the Laserlight has a unique safety feature. Its green laser projects the image of a bike 5-6 metres onto the road ahead. This alerts vehicles of the unseen cyclists and prevents drivers from turning across their path.”
Amsterdam has an almost unique problem - the bicycle dominates its city. So much so that there is a shortage of parking around its popular Central Station and people often have to get creative.
Bike rack & Bench
And yet they have extremely low rates of cycling related head injuries. Meanwhile, the US is among those countries that lead in both wearing helmets and head injuries. One of the main differences? Serious investments in cycling infrastructure, much of which is segregated or protected from auto traffic.
Rachel Smith asks: are we overthinking urban cycling?
Underwater cycling tunnel, anyone?
Kansas City has big ambitions, for which the bike is the vehicle to get there. But there’s a few thousand things missing - a few thousand dollars, that is. In true 21st century urbanism-style, KC is crowdfunding its future.
Sarah Shipley on plans to transform Kansas City into one of the most cycleable cities in the US.
New York City is one of the most walkable, bikeable cities in the US. So what can other cities learn from it? Here’s four ideas
In our new article, Christopher Breggren looks overseas for the solution to the challenges faced by many US cities.
How to ensure motorists leave the legally required amount of space when overtaking cyclists.