bicycle map of Montreal, 1897



from: Copenhagenize


anti-bicycle policies cause protests in Calcutta


Cyclists protest against a ban on bikes
on Calcutta main roads

3 October 2013 Last updated at 18:17 BST

I want to cycle

Cyclists, activists and environmentalists have staged demonstrations in the Indian city of Calcutta to protest against the local government’s decision to ban cycling on key roads in the city.

Authorities say the ruling – which also applies to hand carts and other non-motorised vehicles – will help reduce traffic in the city’s congested streets.


Hungarian bike-to-work ad


Building a better world one ride at a time. Bringázz a munkába!

cyclists are the happiest of all



Despite getting run over, doored, harassed, and generally being treated as second-class citizens of the road, bicyclists are the happiest of all commuters. Go figure!

The finding comes via an Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium study released this month. Those who walk to work, the study found, are nearly as happy as cyclists, who are about three times happier than solo car-drivers.

(more at grist)

the science of running red lights


Finally, a peer-reviewed paper explores the perfectly natural behavior of cyclists who treat red lights and stop signs like yield signs, continuing through intersections after checking for oncoming traffic from all sides.

Andrew Priest at Cycling and the Police examines this paradigm-shattering research:

Often when the subject of cycling comes up over the dinner table the subject of cyclists running lights is soon raised. I often find this rather amusing as last time I checked I thought we had red light cameras in place; you know those expensive fancy cameras to capture evil cyclists running red lights right? Nope, sorry they are there because of you and me as motorists. Yep it is our driving which puts others at serious risk of injury or worse death, not because a cyclist runs a red light. An issue that is so bad we have to have cameras in place and in my experience not enough cameras given the new world view that “orange is green.” So maybe it is time for some reflection before we blame those evil cyclists yet again.

All that said, researchers at the Monash University Accident Research Centre have undertaken research to shed some insights into cyclists’ decisions to run red lights and have a published a paper sharing their findings.

(continued at Cycling and the Police blog)

bicycle highways



What are they?

According to Lars Gaardhøj at Euractiv:

“This means the bike paths are as straight as possible, making them faster. Normal bike lanes usually meander where there is space available for them, which may prove cumbersome to cyclists. The paths are also broader and during winter, snow will be removed from them, as with regular roads.

“Everyone said there has to be better bike lanes, better lightning next to the bike paths, it has to go fast and the snow must be removed quickly…”

These could change the lives of many suburbanites.

sharing the path


In the Netherlands – as in Montreal – wheelchairs and other low-weight vehicles can also enjoy the use of bike paths.

bicycle culture TEDx speech


les vélos prennent le pouvoir… a Copenhague


the running bike


This is the Fliz bike. Unlike traditional bikes, it doesn’t have pedals. You hang suspended from the frame above and run. Or walk. Or speed down steep hills pretending you’re Superman. I’m a bird, I’m a plane, I’m going to die. I have no clue if the bike is even practical, but I ride a skateboard with monster truck tires so I’m probably not the person to ask.

text from Geekologie

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