things pampered european cyclists get

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rsprake
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I think we should have to take the written test and have our eyes checked every time we renew.


StuInMcCandless
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My point was that everyone receives formal bicycle training in school, and driver education specifically covers how to deal with cyclists on the road.

In another thread (can’t find link in a hurry but was reading about cycling in/around Amsterdam), I’d heard it said that *every* driver could also be expected to be a cyclist, just one who happened to be driving at that moment.

That is the mindset we need to get to in the U.S.


Lyle
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I’m trying to get some bicycle education going in middle schools. I think I have lined up the resources to deliver the classes, I just need the buy-in from the school which so far is only tentative. If anybody here has any pull with any of the east end schools (public, private, religious, whatever) and wants to help, PM me.


erok
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Hi again!

Bike wash in Muenster

and inside the machine


erok
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i’d also like to add healthcare to this list


netviln
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those wacky Japanese are at it again.


Lyle
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salty
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$47M for “bike superhighways” in Copenhagen…

http://www.copenhagenize.com/2009/08/bicycle-commuter-superhighways-in.html


scott
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brian j
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Bah. It’s only because they can’t track stand!

All kidding aside, I don’t really see the benefit of these.


reddan
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I don’t really see the benefit of these.

Spectator sport. Lots of people wearing skirts (and kilts) on bikes in Europe.


erok
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they’d be fun for skateboarding


rachel_ding
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Sushi Bike Boy is making me hope that I get to see Mo of Mo’s Paletas fame riding around on his vendor bike this summer. Last I talked to him, he was having a trouble getting a permit from the city.


scott
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I love that it says “”Hi, cyclist! Rest your foot here… and thank you for cycling in the city.”

Our future bike racks should have something like that engraved in them.


dwillen
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scott:

“Our future bike racks should have something like that engraved in them.”

In Danish? :) Like a secret handshake?


edmonds59
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In Burghese;

“Lock yer bike up n’at, ‘n thanks fer biking in tahn.”


erok
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Top for how active the board is lately

Traffic calming with bike parking


saltm513
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::Packing my bags::

this reminds me of the repetitious convo I had while my leg was propped for a few months ending in: “this isn’t europe, stef.”

Googling grad school ops in Berlin was part of my therapy…


erok
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might as well add the festival on the autobahn

and lighted bike lanes in copenhagen


stefb
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ok i’m moving to europe. see ya.

this is an amazing thread. we really do need to educate people early in life. like don’t drink anything with a mr yuk sticker on it.. give a cyclist 3 feet. don’t be a douche.


edmonds59
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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a parenting book that told people to tell their children not to be douches. I think a great many people miss that subtle point.

When they’ve been whiney or tattling I think I have actually told my kids not to be asses, and at this point I’m pretty happy with how they are coming along.


salty
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the problem is most people are already douches so why would they teach their kids any differently?


Swalfoort
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Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit!

The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit starts charging your phone at walking speed (6 km/h) and stops when your speed reaches 50 km/h. The total charging time varies depending on the phone and the cycling speed. For example, with just 20 minutes of cycling at 10 km/h you can power up a Nokia 1202 for 1 hour of talk time or 74 hours of standby time. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit is compatible with all Nokia phones that have a 2 mm charging interface.

Easy to install

The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit is easy to install and suits many different types of bicycles. The kit consists of three components: a bottle dynamo, a charger and a phone holder. The bottle dynamo fits to the front of the bike with a mounting bracket. The charger and phone holder attach securely to the handle bars. The charger, phone holder and phone can be removed easily whenever you park your bike.

Handy and secure

The rubberised phone holder mounts your phone securely to your bike and protects it from the vibrations of bumpy roads. You can mount it right in front of you on the handlebars so that you can see the charging progress and listen to music on your phone’s speakers as you cycle.

Durable and reliable

The charger is carefully designed to withstand dirt, humidity, and weather, with an ultrasonically welded case and clear coating on the electronics. The dynamo is also very robust. The phone holder comes with a transparent bag to protect your phone from dirt and humidity.

Wallet-friendly and eco-friendly

Save money and save the environment by generating your own power as you cycle. The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit pays itself back quickly through savings on charging costs. And because you generate the electricity, there is no additional environmental impact from charging.

I WANT ONE! (for my HTC phone….here in the US!)


dbacklover
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Swalfoort

ask and it shall be granted (charge anything via usb connect)

Bike USB Charger Pedals Power to Your iPhone

hope it helps


Swalfoort
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@scott and Bjanasek, as I was riding home last night I had a lightbulb moment about the Copenhagen foot rests that Scott posted a photo of a few months back. In Europe, many folks ride bike that have a more uprigt rider position. They also tend to carry stuff on their bikes, including groceries, small children, etc. The reach to the curb on a cruiser type bike requires you to either dismount while stopped, or lean the bike pretty severely. With a loaded basket or a passenger, the lean becomes pretty precarious when the support is at ground (or curb) level. The footrests are a really good solution for stopping when riding a cruiser style bike, especially when heavily loaded.


Mick
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I’ve thought about the footrests.

For me they would be a great comfort. It would keep me from having to hoist that massive weight that is my ass back into the saddle.

As Swalfoort points out, this is even more so with a load of groceries – and vast amounts of bon-bons and cheesecake are required to maintain the massiveness of my posterior.

Letting people sit comfortably on their saddles might help compliance with traffic signals, too.


dbacklover
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more on the usb charger from urban velo

http://urbanvelo.org/dahon-biologic-reecharge/

looks like just the ticket


robjdlc
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I’d love to see some path lights in panther hollow.


ejwme
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Whilst on vacation in My Favorite Place On The Planet (coincidentally where I was born, but that’s another story), I noticed something ridiculous:

Bike or Drive BC’s Gorgeous Sea to Sky Highway

or http://www.planbike.com/2010/02/bike-commuting-from-sea-to-sky.html

I have to side with the irritation of the locals over the olympics costing WAY too much (including vast parking lots up in those mountains that went unused and nobody will ever use in the future) and essentially stopping life here for the duration, BUT, part of the infrastructure upgrade put BIKE LANES ON THE PRETTIEST HIGHWAY EVER.

Yes, I’ve been on the road to Hana – doesn’t hold a candle.

No, I didn’t bring my bike with me.

Yes, I’m planning my next annual visit here around that bike ride.

Sigh.

Edited for clarification – while this may not look like pampering, it is: they get ALL THREE bike lanes AND gorgeous mountains AND beautiful water IN ONE. they also get to buy wine in grocery stores, but that’s for all people, not just cyclists.


erok
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StuInMcCandless
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It has proved to be a logistical challenge getting so many municipalities to work together. Copenhagen is comprised of 550,000 people but the greater metro area is comprised of many different municipalities.

Gee, where have I heard that before?


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Allegheny County = 130 distinct municipalities.


dani
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http://youtu.be/vGGlODF7_RY monster penny-farthing gets laughs and applause. im picturing myself riding this down butler st. and the angry uproar that would ensue. hehe


jeg
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Also, other places have PUBLIC TRANSIT! Which we won’t, in a year or so.


edmonds59
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How the Dutch got theirs. I don’t think it was so much a case of being pampered, as it was somebody somewhere along the line standing up, taking the street and demanding it, and then working their asses off to get it. Like our BikePgh! peeps! And then having people supporting them.

From The Atlantic Cities:

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2012/04/why-streets-copenhagen-and-amsterdam-look-so-different-ours/1849/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuBdf9jYj7o


StuInMcCandless
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erok
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that’s pretty awesome


orionz06
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Do want!

Is there anywhere in Pittsburgh for one? Wait, doesn’t matter, build it somewhere and I will go.


edmonds59
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Yes! West End Circle. Do now.


orionz06
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I would need to go a few miles out of my way to get there… The exercise will be awesome.

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