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Is Showing Kids Gut-Wrenching Cycle-Auto Crashes Really Going to Promote Safer Roads?

May 25, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Watching this will NOT make you want to ride a bike

Scared Straight cycling safety campaigns teach little about bicycle safety and make the actions of the motorist seem blameless. This account of a real 'educational' stunt-riding show for Japanese kids will certainly raise your eyebrows.[read more]

Should Local Business Owners Pay For Bike Lane Improvements in Quebec?

Who pays pedals?

Should local business owners pay for bike lane improvements? The Sherbrooke, Quebec Urban Bike Citizens Group (VUS) hopes the city will stick to its decision to build a bike path on Industrial Boulevard but local business owners are protesting a tab of $625,000 to pay for it.[read more]

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UK Cities Should Generate Their Own Energy Says National Trust Energy Expert

May 22, 2015 by David Thorpe

Freiberg, Germany

British cities should generate their own energy instead of relying on rural areas to do so, said Patrick Begg, the National Trust’s energy expert yesterday. He was speaking on a panel discussion on the opening day of the Hay Festival of Green Ideas.[read more]

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In Which Cities Is It Quicker to Walk and Cycle than Drive a Car?

May 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

What's the point of this?

It's cities with high employment and GDP that experience the biggest increases in traffic congestion and where it's faster to cycle than drive. In New Delhi average driving speeds are now approaching walking speed. In London, travel speeds are now the same as 100 years ago. As it's experiencing a 24% boom in office construction, congestion can only get worse unless drastic action is taken.[read more]

Paris, France Plans to Be the World's Biking Capital by 2020

Biking Support in Paris

From now until 2020, the trips made on bikes in the capital could triple. Paris could even become “the biking world capital.” It’s what everyone hopes. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to improve and review many things. However, one of the priorities remaining is to increase the number of bike lanes.[read more]

Dubai Charity Builds New Cycles from Old, Donates Bikes to Refugees

May 16, 2015 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Cheri is very pleased with her Charicycle

There are many organizations around the world repairing, upcycling, or otherwise putting good, used bicycles into the hands of those who can’t afford a new one. But in Dubai? Yes! Meet Charicycles, a Dubai-based startup that remakes bikes into customized transportation.[read more]

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Biking Support in Istanbul

With 14 million people living in dense communities, Istanbul has faced intense traffic congestion and low air quality. To improve livability and public health, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)—the agency responsible for cycling projects— is turning to active design targets, pledging to build 1,050 km of cycle lanes in Istanbul by 2023.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

Most Dangerous Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is First to Build Bike Lanes

Transport Infrastructure in Favelas

The first cycle lane for a favela in Brazil is being built, connecting it to a Bus Rapid Transit (still being built), a train station, commercial center for shops and jobs and Rio de Janeiro university![read more]

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Should the UN Appoint the President of Formula One as its Special Envoy on Road Safety?

May 7, 2015 by David Thorpe

Jean Todt, head of Formula 1, now UN Special Envoy on Road Safety.

The United Nations has appointed Jean Todt, head of Formula 1, as UN Special Envoy on Road Safety, much to the ire of road safety and pedestrian groups. From the evidence, the UN risks giving the impression that it is paying far too much attention to lobby groups on behalf of automotive industries in formulating its policies and campaigns for road safety and future transport. What do you think?[read more]

New BicyclAir Map App Measures Air Pollution for Cyclists in Montreal

Bike Route and Pollution Monitoring

A new app has been released that tells cyclists what air pollution levels are like in Montreal on their journey, while providing maps of cycle routes. Researchers at McGill University have developed an online interactive tool that will give cyclists information about the level of pollution on the exact path they wish to take.[read more]

Student Organization Wins Award for Showing How to Promote Cycling

Student Cycling Expansion

A student organization that promotes green values including cycling, by offering cut-price bikerentals, has won an award that will let it develop its work. It also makes people aware of eco-citizenship and sustainable development, and promotes eco-mobility on campus.[read more]