August 4, 2010

Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, part 2

All things bicycle have received lots of media attention this summer -- bicycle sharing, bike lanes, and cargo bikes.  GOOD magazine recently reported about Germany's bike share program which it described "ante-upping" because it will be rolled out in ten cities, the first country to have such an extensive program.

Bicycles designed to carry people and things are among the sustainable transportation options featured in the Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture. 

On this theme, the New York Times wrote about a mother of two who hauls her children, potting soil, and other goods in a "cargo-hauling tricycle".  Hudson Urban Bicycles of the West Village sold the cycling mother her wheels.  Other NYC cycle shops featured in the article are Rolling Orange in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and Adeline Adeline in TriBeCa.

With 420 miles of bike lanes, only "one percent of New Yorkers bike to work," reported WNYC (hat tip: The City Fix).  Maybe the city needs bike superhighways a la London.  What struck me about London's bike lanes is the use of a solid path of color, in this case, bright blue.  I was reminded me of Sevilla's bike lanes, pictured above.  A unique feature of Sevilla's bike lanes is their integration with crosswalks and sidewalks, something which Streetsblog New York City wrote about in 2008.  Unlike in Sevilla, bicycles are restricted to the roadway in NYC, with a few exceptions.  Last, for this post anyway, Gothamist covered local discontent with the Prospect Park West bike lane redesign.

Don't forget David Byrne's "observations and insights...as he pedals through and engages with some of the world’s major cities" as chronicled in Bicycle Diaries.

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