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2016

Yes, Equitable Bike-Sharing Is Possible, Aug 3 [1]

Over a thousand cities or towns in more than 50 countries, across five continents, now have bike share schemes, Feb 12 [2]

2015

A new generation of cyclists are causing cities worldwide to rethink bike safety, December 8 [3]

Comment: How the world is falling in love with e-bikes, December 6 [4]

2014

Rise Of Bike Trains A Win For Children's Health, Environment, December 22 [5]

"The best cycling infrastructure in cities around the world – your pictures", October 29 [6]

A lot of cities could use a Trampe Cyclocable, March 18 [7]

Caloryville: The Two-Wheeled City, February 14, John Thackara [8]

In China, ‘battery-bikes’ are outselling cars by four-to-one. Pedelec sales are soaring in Europe, too. Is this the start of system-wide phase-shift in transportation?

2013

More Bikes Were Sold Than Cars Last Year in 23 European Countries! October 30 [9]

Help start a bike powered community composting project! October 14 [10]

The school run in Assen. Two thirds of children cycle to school in this suburb because it was designed specifically to make that possible, Sep 5 [11]

Paths of glory: what might a cycle-friendly city look like? [12] July 15

You might have heard of couchsurfing. Now try bikesurfing. June 20 [13]

A Real-Time Bike-Share Map for the Entire World, [14] Jun 14

Bicycle sharing system[edit source]

A bicycle sharing system, public bicycle system, or bike share scheme, is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a very short term basis. Bike share schemes allow people to borrow a bike from point "A" and return it at point "B". Many bike-share systems offer subscriptions that make the first 30–45 minutes of use very inexpensive, encouraging their use as transportation. This allows each bike to serve several users per day. In most bike-share cities, casual riding over several hours or days is better served by bicycle rental than by bike-share. For many systems, smartphone mapping apps show nearby stations with available bikes and open docks. W Boulder.bcycle.solar.jpg

Bike bus[edit source]

A bike bus, also known as a bike train or a cycle train, is a group of people who cycle together on a set route following a set timetable. Cyclists may join or leave the bike bus at various points along the route. Most bike buses are a form of collective bicycle commuting. W

Critical Mass[edit source]

Critical Mass is a cycling event typically held on the last Friday of every month; its purpose is not usually formalized beyond the direct action of meeting at a set location and time and traveling as a group through city or town streets on bikes.

The event originated in 1992 in San Francisco; by the end of 2003, the event was being held in over 300 cities around the world.

Critical Mass has been described as "monthly political-protest rides", and characterized as being part of a social movement. It has been described as a "monthly protest by cyclists reclaiming the streets." Participants have insisted that these events should be viewed as "celebrations" and spontaneous gatherings, and not as protests or organized demonstrations. This stance allows Critical Mass to argue a legal position that its events can occur without advance notification of local police.W Critical Mass Chicago 050826.jpg

Cycling advocacy[edit source]

Cycling advocacy consists of activities that call for, promote or enable increased adoption and support for cycling and improved safety and convenience for cyclists, usually within urbanized areas or semi-urban regions. Issues of concern typically include policy, administrative and legal changes (the consideration of cycling in all governance); advocating and establishing better cycling infrastructure (including road and junction design and the creation, maintenance of bike lanes and separate bike paths, and bike parking); public education regarding the health, transportational and environmental benefits of cycling for both individuals and communities, cycling and motoring skills; and increasing public and political support for bicycling.

There are many organisations worldwide whose primary mission is to advocate these goals. Most are non-profit organisations supported by donations, membership dues, and volunteers. W Cycling mother and daughter in a forest.JPG

Cycling culture[edit source]

Cycling culture refers to cities and countries which actively support a large percentage of utility cycling. Examples include Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, China, Bangladesh and Japan. A city with a strong bicycle culture usually has a well-developed cycling infrastructure, including segregated bike lanes and extensive facilities catering to urban bicycles, such as bike racks. There are also towns in some countries where bicycle culture has been an integral part of the landscape for generations, even without much official support. That is the case of Ílhavo, in Portugal. North American cities with bicycle cultures include Madison, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Lincoln, Peoria, and the Twin Cities. W Urban Cycling -3.jpg

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