Monthly Archives: November 2014

New York City once had the best bike path in the world

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Netherlands schmetherlands, the country with the best riding conditions for cyclists used to be America. Difficult to imagine, but in the 1890s a number of American cities could boast the world’s best bicycle-infrastructure. Part paid for by pushy, influential cyclists, the bike paths in cities such as Seattle, Portland, and even Los Angeles, were far in advance of any that could be found anywhere else in the world at the time. (The first bike path in the Netherlands was built in 1885 in Utrecht, partly at the instigation of an English cyclist, but it was more of an athletic track for high wheel riders rather than a functional bike path. The first utility cycling path in the Netherlands was built in 1896. The first bike path in Copenhagen was 1892, claims this article. Continue reading

Чому я негативно ставлюся до велосипедних змагань

Соревнования, вопреки активно распространяемому мнению, не имеют ничего общего с пропагандированием здорового образа жизни, это прежде всего рекламная акция с целью увеличить продажи спонсоров. Continue reading

7 ІНОЗЕМНИХ ВЕЛОСИПЕДНИХ ТРЕНДІВ, ЯКІ ПОВИННІ БУТИ ПОВЕРНУТІ НАЗАД

Звичайно, всі ми розуміємо, світ на стоїть на місці: деякі речі зникають з нашого життя, в той час, як нові тенденції стають нормою. Але це не завжди так. Іноді зовсім гарні та практичні ідеї залишаються на узбіччі історії. Ось 7 минулих трендів, про які потрібно згадати та подарувати їм друге життя. Continue reading

15 неожиданных открытий, которые вы совершите благодаря велосипеду («Psychology-General»)

Я давно уже обратил внимание, что в людях, ездящих на велосипеде, есть что-то особенное. Независимо от того, спортсмены это, туристы или просто любители, выглядят они таким образом, как будто знают что-то такое, что неведомо простым смертным. Может быть, это происходит потому, что они чувствуют себя немного чужими в этом мире, заточенном под пешеходов и автомобилистов? А может, просто на них так влияют эти неожиданные открытия, которые они совершают после покупки велосипеда? Continue reading

THE INVESTIGATORS: THE DANGER OF SPEEDING BICYCLISTS IN CENTRAL PARK

The problem has led to pedestrian injuries and even some fatalities, and the NYPD is out to slow people down. Police have beefed up patrols ever since the death of pedestrian Jill Tarlov, who was struck and killed by cyclist Jason Marshall. Continue reading

City centre streets. Perfect for children on their own bicycles, if the city is truly planned for cycling. Cargo bikes shouldn’t be required.

Something which people who visit Assen often notice is the lack of cargo-bikes. Somehow an expectation has grown up that cargo bikes are the way of transporting children by bicycle. Actually, children have their own legs and really should be able to use them to transport themselves as soon as they have the ability to ride a bicycle. This of course is only possible if the infrastructure is very very good, and over most of this city that is indeed the case. It wasn’t always like this, but motor vehicles were removed from the centre several years ago and that left behind conditions where everyone is safe. Continue reading

Europe’s cycling economy has created 650,000 jobs

Cycling industry employs more people than mining and quarrying with potential for a million jobs by 2020, says new study

Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, says new study Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, says new study Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s cycling industry now employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry, according to the first comprehensive study of the jobs created by the sector. Continue reading