things pampered european cyclists get
it’s a bicycle counter with free air pump in copenhagen
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and the classic norway bicycle lift:
There is no paradise.
I’ve only been to one event, a concert by Midnite Snake under the Bloomfield bridge, where there were so many bikes that there I had trouble finding parking.
If Amsterdam has three-level bike parking, I’m guessing you can’t just ride to where you are going and lock your bike a few feet from the front door.
Well, a few americans get nice things too. Like this vending machine for tubes and patches and a stand to work on you bike any time.
There is a Belgian law that is basically written so that bike racers cant get changed in public, and instead can knock on any door and the house residents will let them use their kitchen or bathroom to prepare for racing. It would be like Pitt’s football team needing a temporary locker room.
not europe, but here’s a robotic parking system in tokyo. insane! the wash post said they spent $65 mil to build.
to put that into perspective, check this out from a planner in portland:
“For the cost of about one mile of freeway, $50 million, we’ve built a network of 275 miles of bikeways, that’s one heck of a bang-for-your-buck investment.”
– Mia Birk, Alta Planning and Design
Whats up with the mits that lady is wearing about 15 secs into the video? they look almost like pogies used for paddling in the cold weather.
here’s a post whining about the traffic jam created by the bike lane sweepers
Ha ha. There are worse things in the world then being stuck behind a bike lane street sweeper.
apparently not in copenhagen, where there are government supplied pedicures and bikini waxing
Here’s a site with lots of cool Amsterdam riding photos.
Note: Combinations of No-helmet/cell-phone/ipods/texting or no-helmet/muitple-people while riding through traffic makes me think the A-dammers might have some ways to go as far as safety.
The comments at the end are really great.
here’s a link to some skeptical stuff about helmets and helmet laws from teh comments
i think helmets are an indicator of how safe a town feels to bike in. the safer the town, the less helmets.
pittsburgh has a high ratio of helmet use
That makes sense – except NYC bikers don’t typically wear helmets. If they feel safe, they have lost all contact with reality.
Alternative explanation: NYC is the norm; the rest of the world is an exception. I went to college in a NYState school, and believe me, that IS the mentality of the average New York(City)er.
here’s a work crew blocking the car lane and leaving the bike lane clear.
would be sweet if that umbrella is attached to the bike, but it looks like she’d holding it with her left arm
there is a guy in pittsburgh that rides with an umbrella attached to his bike. he uses it even on sunny days. he claims that he doesn’t sweat. he also produced a whole 15 page pamphlet/manifesto on the brilliance of using the umbrella in the sun.
i’ve seen him in and around oakland and at free ride, but it’s been awhile
never say die!
London’s transportation authority tries fashion design
Transport for London (TfL), the authority responsible for running the capital’s transportation system (including a whole bunch of fancy new hybrid buses), is not averse to doing what it can to make cycling easier – and that apparently includes fashion design. OK, so the designs above aren’t exactly at the cutting edge of cat-walk fashion – but they are also not ridiculous lycra outfits in neon colors. And let’s face it – if the brief was to design practical, comfortable bike clothing for urban commuters, we’d hardly want them to go too cutting edge.
now think about our port authority…we don’t even have a bike rack at t stations in town.
I really don’t want anyone’s taxes funding Port Authority fashion. My anarchist hindbrain is screaming.
with the bike counter, cyclist # 500,000 gets a free bike. it would be fun to be there around 499,990 to see people racing.
they also have bicycle traffic lights in amsterdam!
keeping on their own ‘bike paths’ the majority of danes seem to ride pretty damn slow. maybe that’s why they’re so care/helmet free?
you get way different bike vibes over there compared to here. in a good way!
i want to post my pictures but i don’t know how! hm.
you will all think this thread is as funny as i do one day.
bicycle seat belts on transit:
do they have questions about how to deal with bicycles on the written portions of their driving tests?
Thats what I would like to know also Hidden. I feel education is the only thing that will make the roads safer for bikers. If that dosent work there is always violence.
[E]ducation is the only thing that will make the roads safer for bikers. If that dosent work there is always violence.
I think we have a winner in the sticker design contest!
i think that’s the new header to the website
you know, a little known fact is that Copenhagen became so bike friendly after the Battle of Undskyld Hvorfra Hill
It was winner-take-all, and you can see who won
Re-reading this quote from the fantastic webpage about Amsterdam bicycles:
The Dutch do take bike safety seriously. They’ve just taken a different approach. When growing up in Holland, in first grade, we all went through a full week of safe bicycle riding classes. At the end of the week, police officers put together a course where each child was presented with traffic situations for approximately 30 minutes while police officers observed. Depending on how you did, you received your “safe bicycle” certificate. Over the next few years, you received refresher courses. Additionally, when you work on obtaining your drivers license, there is a strong emphasis on driving around bicyclists.
(go to page, search in page for “Netty”)
First grade. For a week. Repeated refreshers. Specific training during driver ed.
Now THAT’S education!
What a waste of tax payer money! I still find it amazing that we get tested when we first receive our license and that’s it.
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