While they do increase congestion, the effect is minimal. The Fast Company article does stress that roads should be selected based on their existing design in order to deal with the realities of car reliant cities. Pushing to hard to make bike lanes work in less pedestrian freindly areas could have detreminal effects. Congestion that slows emergency responsiveness is an example.
While the article is light on content, the headline alone is enough of an eye-grabber to start a conversation about when, where and how fast, bike lanes appear on our roadways.
“Movebybike will transport anything up to around 660 pounds courtesy a fleet of bike trailers,” writes Feargus O’Sullivan for The Atlantic Cities. “Initially a small project run by enthusiasts, the company expanded this year from its home base in Malmö to Stockholm and Gothenburg, thus covering Sweden’s three largest cities. Not only is the company greener than the alternative, it’s also faster and potentially cheaper.”
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Farewell San Francisco. You’re beautiful. I hope to see you soon.
Another day, another innovative bike technology. Here comes The Lumen: reflective bike that lights up when headlights point its way.
Every week, the city turns 120km of roads into car-free spaces, and around 2 million people take part.
Bikes and pizza. Seriously, does life get any better than that?
Product by Doiy Design.
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.
Getting urban cycling right. Are we overthinking it?