One article is a general overview of issues involving the Dongtan Eco-City, a largely car-free development intended for one of Shanghai's river islands.
More comprehensive is an article on how Shanghai is attempting to mitigate the social and environmental effects of rampant growth in the main city itself. Among the key notes:
- The population increased from 13.5 million to 21.5 million in the last 15 years
- The physical size of the city increased sixfold, from just 100 sq km to 680 sq km
- Three ring roads and six motorways now criss-cross the city
- The city has also seen an explosion in car ownership, with over 1 million car owners in 2006, and private car ownership has doubled in two years.
- Shanghai has made it expensive to own a car in the city
- Since the mid-1990s, it has built an extensive metro system, with five lines, now used by 1.8 million people per day, and it is now planning six new lines
- Overall, one-quarter of journeys in Shanghai are by public transport, and the city would like to increase that to 30% by 2010
- Two-thirds of private journeys in Shanghai are by two-wheeled vehicles such as bicycles and scooters
- The city building 180km of dedicated bike lanes, especially in newly built areas like Pudong
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 25 Nov 2007 14:07:28 -0800 [link]
- Parma, italy (19% of all trips by bike)
- Ferrera, Italy (31%)
- Frigid Västerås, Sweden (33%)
We recommend reading the entire good-natured and coherent article on their blog; they call this entry Debunking the Flat Country/Bike Country Myth.
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 24 Nov 2007 00:35:24 -0800 [link]
For details (and to see the pictures), go to the Results Page now.
We send our heartfelt thanks to all participants, and hope this effort starts a series of dialogues among cyclists and civic leaders over the value of good bike parking in encouraging use of the World's Most Efficient Machine!
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 18 Nov 2007 01:52:15 -0800 [link]
Our next run isn't booked till January, so get them now while we have plenty!
Richard Risemberg on Fri, 16 Nov 2007 23:44:00 -0800 [link]
Tell the world about "Velo Love"!
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:30:15 -0800 [link]
It doesn't matter what kind of bike or tires you use, as long as you use them for practical riding--let them be racing, mountain, touring, or commuting tires or bikes or any combination thereof; we're interested in waht works for you, not what excites some product manager somewhere.
Go to the Street Tire Survey now; unless you want to upload the optional tire tread picture, it'll take only a few minutes of your time.
Richard Risemberg on Wed, 14 Nov 2007 19:19:03 -0800 [link]
Tests in Danish cities showed that cyclist's travel speed there (using perhaps a slightly different timing) increased from an average of 15kph to about 20kph, and that trams and buses using the same streets increased their average speeds as well, while cars were slowed only slightly.
Traffic flow was smoothed, and travel times significantly reduced for the more civilized modes of travel, while car travel was penalized only slightly--a very nice way to balance travel mode incentives and reduce the hidden institutional subsidies and incentives that lead people to choose the dangerous and inefficient personal automobile for urban travel.
To read the entire article, go to Green Wave for Cyclists Tested.
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 11 Nov 2007 14:16:26 -0800 [link]
The criteria used were, oddly enough, those of the League of American Bicyclists, who of course work in one of the least bike-friendly countries on this battered earth, but they're generally worthy guidelines anyway.
Read the article here: Where Are the Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the World?, which rather oddly leaves out cities in Japan, where the BF staff has visited and ridden, and where we noted that bicycles were more thoroughly integrated into daily life than even in Holland.
And for you impatient ones, here's the list:
- Portland, Oregon
- Boulder, Colorado
- Davis, California
- Sandnes, Norway
- Tronheim, Norway
- San Francisco, California
- Basel, Switzerland
Still, we are seeing more bikes every day as we pedal around town, and as we've said before, if it can happen here, at Ground Zero of Carmageddon, it can happen anywhere!
Richard Risemberg on Sat, 10 Nov 2007 13:59:16 -0800 [link]
The winner of the People's Choice vote will receive a pair of Hemp City Knickers for having found the bike parking rack most respected by practical cyclists.
The "lanterne rouge" who submitted what you decide to be the most clueless bike rack around will receive a James Black Hat. Because it's important to know what mistakes we should avoid in providing bicycle parking facilities.
(The winner of the experts' judgment will receive a pair of our Classic Wool Knickers.)
To view the pictures vote, go to the Popular Vote page
If you didn't hear about the contest earlier, but still want to vote, please see the Contest Page so you know what we're looking for.
And we urge everybody to view the APBP's Bicycle Parking Guidelines to help you with your judging, and to support your arguments for better bicycle parking when you speak to government officials, building managers, employers, and others to ask for bike rack installations.
Because you can park a lot of bikes in the space that just one car takes up.
Richard Risemberg on Mon, 05 Nov 2007 19:25:33 -0800 [link]
Other manufacturers I've written up for Ebykr include:Ebykr an excellent resource for any lover of velocipedes. Enjoy!
Richard Risemberg on Sun, 04 Nov 2007 08:09:19 -0800 [link]
It's a well-thought-out and clearly expressed paper that we strongly recommend to all. This could prove to be even more significant and useful than the Orange Line BRT transitway's bikepath and parkway.
Contains references to other augmented transitways and daylighted creeks in the LA area. Go to:
Exposition Green Corridor (PDF)
From the Light Rail for Cheviot website.
Richard Risemberg on Thu, 01 Nov 2007 06:37:52 -0800 [link]