things pampered european cyclists get
There is a bicycle elevator in Madison, WI that moves one up and down from trail on the shore of the lake to the city center level.
It seems there was some interest in reconstructing the former Penn Incline (around 17th Street in the Strip) a few years ago. Certainly a costly undertaking, but would be awesome to see these awesome pieces of infrastructure begin to reconnect parts of the city again! Source.
(For those who are curious about the many passenger inclines of Pittsburgh’s past, I studied the inclines for a thesis project at CMU last year. Report here.)
How about a big apple to park your bike in?
Seems this would work well around here, particularly in areas on a slope, where it may be helpful to have entrances on more than one level.
Ok what the hell kind of bike is that??? Need better pic.
Oops. The photo didn’t look that bad on my phone. It’s a copper plated 1975 Schwinn Paramount with period NR group. Sorry the tires don’t match; it turns out international touring on vintage tubulars is troublesome. The bike kinda doesn’t match the 100 pound three-speed step-through tanks most folk ride over here. I’ve had a few multilingual homeless guys remark that they believe it to be an exceptional bicycle.
Saw this today and thought of this thread. Whether you want to be jealous of Europe (in this case Berlin) or convince yourself that it’s not all it’s chalked up to be, there is certainly something for you in this photo album: http://www.tagesspiegel.de/mediacenter/fotostrecken/berlin/galerie-mit-leserbildern-abgefahren-ihre-unbeliebtesten-radstrecken/4031388.html?p4031388=2#image
Truth is there’s a lot that could be improved upon, but I still laugh every time someone goes off about how horrible and unsafe Berlin is for cyclists. They have no idea!
An actual photo of the “Cykelslangen” (cycle-snake) bridge in Copenhagen (from a retweet by Vannevar). http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/jul/14/bike-lanes-bridge-copenhagen-new-cycle-snake-cykelslangen
European cyclists get pulled over by the rozzers for riding on the pavement! Shocking, indeed.
“there is typically an easy flow between bicyclists and bus passengers anyway. However, people are not always clear on the rules. During rush hour, there are more incidents of the bicycle user and a bus passenger bumping into each other. With this LED solution, the territories for all parties involved will be clearly marked out.”
OK, this does seem more than a little stupid:
This might be in another thread somewhere, if so I apologize for the extra posting. I’m not here as much as I used to be..
COPENHAGEN — On a busy road in the center of town here, a string of green lights embedded in the bike path — the “Green Wave” — flashes on, helping cyclists avoid red traffic lights.
Traffic lights with rain sensors? Now this is pampering!
ok, this is Japan; but talk about papered & practical…
Neat, but it looks like they only had bike-thru service for one day as part of a promotional event, just long enough to film the video. There must be some real European bike-thrus, not just ones faked for a commercial shoot.
Ja! Treadmill bicycles (electric-assist) are for sale in the Netherlands: 1500 euros. http://lopifit.nl/
it’s cheating to put a motor on it.
Delft bicycle parking facility
I love this bit, there are 5,000 bikes parked here yet –
“Security is lacking; 18 bikes were stolen in the first month of operation, leading to an increase in police patrols and monitoring of surveillance footage”
Someone want to sketch what bike parking for 100 or 200 bikes at Dormont or Mt Lebanon should really look like? Don’t take away a single car space, but do something radical like make it a covered ramp.
Thanks for posting that Marko82. I am speechless. The standard of living is so much higher over there. Goodness, our bar is so low, but they just don’t have the problems we have here in our cities that drag everything down. It is a reminder at how clean everything is in northern Europe. It has been a while since I have been over that way. Floors so clean you can eat off them. What a contrast with our debris/litter covered everything, not to mention how run down everything is around here. Boulder, CO was a breath of fresh air, BUT it cannot compete with much of Scandinavia and Nordic countries. Ah, we can just make the best of it here.
@gg: Don’t go overboard with the Europe-envy. I lived in Delft for a year in the 90s and in some ways it was clean, but many days, Delft was enveloped in an odor of manure fertilizer from the farms that surround the town.
On the other hand, having a culture that accepts taxation and has high expectations from government is a big improvement over the US. A tangible difference in living experience, as of 1992: I could fly into Amsterdam’s airport, go downstairs in the airport and get on a train, be in Delft one hour later, catch a bus from the Delft train station to my neighborhood. Their public transportation system works very well. Taking trains from Delft to Paris was similarly easy. Compare that to Pittsburgh’s train network to New York City. Pathetic. I’ve lived in Pittsburgh 23 years and I’ve never taken a train to NYC because the service is so abysmal (one train a day, at 7am, takes 9.5 hours).
Paul, I spent a lot of time in a Nordic country and I feel the standard of living is WAY higher than here. Even compared to Boulder, CO, which is full of money, we can’t compete. It is nice the bar is so much higher there, so we have something to shoot for. Maybe in two generations from now, folks can enjoy such things. I will be long dead, but why not let them enjoy it?
This is not strictly Euro, it’s from Quebec. But it describes something that’s happening globally: an concerted effort to reduce city street speed limits to 30kph/20mph).
The article is in French, but you should be able to make your browser translate it.
Anyway, this is something Pittsburgh desperately needs. (Not so fun fact: at 20kph pedestrian fatality is 50%; at 45kph, 90%.)
(One of the techniques Montreal is using to slow people down is to install speed displays. I notice that we’ve recently gained one on Shady, between Wilkins & 5th. I hope this is a sign of things to come.)
More sensible laws: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33446899
Most arguments against the Idaho Stop are “well that’s in rural Idaho”. If some iteration of the Idaho Stop works in Paris, it can work anywhere.
Sure, let’s just shut down the city and make it a big Open Streets kinda thing.
I have always loved Paris and love it more now. Wow, that will never happen here, but it is amazing. I wish I could be there for such a cool thing for such a huge city!
Paris to take breath of fresh air with car-free Sunday
Oslo plans to ban all cars from its city center by 2019
A step backwards in Basel, Switzerland.
Voters in Basel overwhelmingly reject active-travel plan
Cambridge UK gets a 2,850-bike parking facility.
My eyebrows also went up when I read this: “The two-tier racks were provided by Falco UK, and are of the type used extensively used in the Netherlands – they have attained the Dutch national “FietsParkur” standard for secure cycle storage.”
A standard for secure cycle storage?! I need to know more about that!
Helsinki just integrated bike share into all of their transit.
One card to use bike share, bus, train, subway, ferries, street cars, etc.
Berlin Plans a New Network of Bike Superhighways
At the heart of the plan lie 13 new bike superhighways, approved at the end of February. Narrowed down from an original list of 30, the first two of these new routes should begin construction by the end of 2017. As the “highway” title suggests, these won’t just be ordinary roadside paths. They will be completely segregated, unbroken longer-distance routes that will allow Berliners to get in and out of the city center much faster and more safely—without ever having to mix with cars.
New Dutch bicycle bridge doubles as a green roof for a school
Not strictly bicycling, more about the environment that makes cycling easier.
Text: City @gemeentealkmaar is one of the best urban places in #NoordHolland. If you are an urban planner visit Alkmaar.
In general, if you are on Twitter and this sort of thing interests you, you should follow @projectsfromNL
A Dutch system, method, and apparatus to help cyclists catch the green light at the upcoming intersection – “Flo”: https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/flo-your-guide-to-the-green-light/
I feel they could do an even better job by leveraging smart phone technology. For example, the Flo post could send signals to cyclists’ smart phone, and with an special app, cyclists could have the instructions provided in visual, audio, and/or audio format.
Nice story in the Washington Post about Mannheim, Germany, and its cycling history. Apparently one of the forerunners to what became the modern bicycle was developed there in 1817.
What, too many bikes?
Dutch bikes ‘victims of their own success’ as congestion puts off cyclists
The ubiquitous Dutch bicycle is threatening to become a victim of its own success. Around one in 10 people say they are put off travelling by bike in peak hours because of cycle-lane congestion.
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