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Stockholm's Newest Parking Garage Is Only For Bikes

Stockholm's Newest Parking Garage Is Only For Bikes | green streets | Scoop.it

When it's built, the newest parking garage in Stockholm won't hold any cars at all. It's designed to hold 700 bikes instead.

"The city of the future is not one built around the car as a means of transportation," says Roger Mogert, city planning commissioner for Stockholm. "This requires that we make it easier to travel by bike, and of course arranging for safe and efficient parking solutions is on step towards that goal."

The bike garage is likely to be one of many in the future in Stockholm. "Space in Stockholm, especially in the inner city, is limited," says Mogert. "And biking and public transport is much more efficient than having people commute by car. This project will be interesting to follow and evaluate later on, hopefully it will prove to be a success and that could inspire other, similar projects to develop."

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Mapping bike commuters across the states...

Mapping bike commuters across the states... | green streets | Scoop.it
Check out this map produced by the League of American Bicyclists and posted on the graphics site Visual.ly. The fonts are small - this image looks intended for a wall, not a computer - but look closely: the darker the state, the larger the share of total trips taken by bicycle, as opposed to driving, walking, or transit; the larger the maroon and yellow box, the larger the number of people commuting to work by bicycle. You can see that California, followed by Florida and New York, have the largest number of bike commuters. But, when you go by mode share - the portion of total trips taken by bike - the leading states appear to be Colorado, Oregon, and (improbably?) Montana. It is hard to tell for sure, but I believe the data came from multiple sources, including the US Census’s American Community Survey.

The map also indicates (in tiny print) the country’s ten cities with the highest mode share for bicycling. Unsurprisingly, Portland ranks first; but I might not have guessed that Minneapolis is second, especially given that city’s notorious winter weather. A larger version of the map contains additional graphics (two excerpted below, with small but readable fonts) that show the total numbers for the top ten cities, as well as some other interesting data, including overall spending on cycling infrastructure.

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Why There's No War Between Drivers and Cyclists in the Netherlands

Why There's No War Between Drivers and Cyclists in the Netherlands | green streets | Scoop.it
Dutch people aren't born knowing the rules of the road. They're taught from an early age.

Bicycling is such an integral part of life in the 

What’s kind of wonderful is the way that they learn.

It’s not just a matter of going to the park with a parent, getting a push, and falling down a bunch of times until you can pedal on your own. Dutch children are expected to learn and follow the rules of the road, because starting in secondary school – at age 12 – they are expected to be able to ride their bikes on their own to school, sometimes as far as nine or 10 miles.

Because this independent travel for children is valued in Dutch society, education about traffic safety is something that every Dutch child receives. There's even a bicycle road test that Dutch children are required to take at age 12 in order to prove that they are responsible cycling citizens...

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Top 10 U.S. cities for biking and walking | SmartPlanet

Top 10 U.S. cities for biking and walking | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it

Cities are taking steps to make biking and walking a more viable transportation option — from new bike share programs to complete streets infrastructure. Which cities are seeing their investments payoff with more commuters getting to work on bike and foot?

A new report from the Alliance for Biking and Walking analyzes bike and pedestrian data from the largest 51 cities in the U.S. and ranks them based percentage of bike/pedestrian commuters. The report also looks at the safety, economic benefits, and funding levels for bike and pedestrian infrastructure...

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How bikes can solve America’s most pressing problems

How bikes can solve America’s most pressing problems | green streets | Scoop.it

Air quality, obesity, commute times, strained family budgets, unnecessary deaths, runaway health care expenses -- is there anything that a mass shift to bicycles transportation wouldn't solve? And it's not like this is a fantasy -- Europe has demonstrated that not only is this possible, it's the future.

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How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses

How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses | green streets | Scoop.it
If Midwestern city dwellers started biking instead of driving when running errands, they could make their communities measurably better.

Nearly 70 percent of Americans' car trips are less than two miles long. It's a no-brainer that biking instead of driving to take care of these trips is a great way to get exercise while cutting air pollution.

While we've always assumed that the cumulative effect of many individuals making that choice would be longer, healthier lives and cleaner air in our cities, a recent scientific study put some rigor to our hypotheses and proved us right.

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NACTO’s New Urban Bikeway Design Guide

NACTO’s New Urban Bikeway Design Guide | green streets | Scoop.it

In an effort to create Complete Streets that are also safer for bicyclists, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) announced the release of a new Urban Design Bikeway Guide last week. At the report launch, Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO president and NYC Transportation Commissioner, Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer all emphasized that smart bicycle infrastructure design can not only make roadways safer for all, but can also boost economic growth.

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In bicycle friendly D.C., going car-free is increasingly common

In bicycle friendly D.C., going car-free is increasingly common | green streets | Scoop.it
More than a quarter of all District households don’t own vehicles, compared with 6 percent of households region wide.

A third of people who have lived in the District for less than a decade described themselves as Zipcar users, a Washington Post survey found, and they’re also most likely to cruise around town on the red bicycles offered by the Capital Bikeshare program.

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Copenhagen: A city of SUV cyclists

Copenhagen: A city of SUV cyclists | green streets | Scoop.it

Copenhagen boasts that more than 36 percent of people commuting in to the city, and 55 percent of all Copenhagen residents, cycle to their place of work or education every day via 350 kilometers (217 miles) of bike lanes, and 40 kilometers (25 miles) of bike paths, according to Danish government statistics.
Those statistics seemed completely implausible to me for a country where intermittent downpours are the norm for summer, as is snow in the wintertime--until I traveled to Copenhagen and realized two things: first, many residents are not just bicyclists--they also ride tricycles well equipped to carry people and gear. Second, they often ride on cycle tracks delineated by curbs, not bike lanes by U.S. standards.


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Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org

Guest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economies - BikePortland.org | green streets | Scoop.it
BikePortland.orgGuest Infographic: How bike touring could save rural economiesBikePortland.orgBicycle touring duo Russ Roca and Laura Crawford are well into their Bromptom bike adventure.
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10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure

10 Brilliant Pieces of Bike Infrastructure | green streets | Scoop.it

What does truly good cycling infrastructure look like?


As you might expect, many examples come from the Northern European countries where cycling commands the greatest modal share. But we wouldn’t want to have an all-Nordic list. So we’ve included some laudable bicycling accommodations from other parts of the globe as well (even a couple from the U.S.), listed in no particular order...

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After 30 Years of Bike/Ped Advocacy, How Far Have We Come?

After 30 Years of Bike/Ped Advocacy, How Far Have We Come? | green streets | Scoop.it

In 1980, the very first Pro Bike conference was convened in Asheville, North Carolina. At the time, the movement to carve out more space for bicycling on North American streets was young, and the first conference was attended by around 100 people. Thirty-two years later, the Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place is expected to draw a thousand active transportation advocates to Long Beach, California. The expanded conference title reflects the dramatic transformation of bicycling advocacy into today’s active transportation movement, as more and more people have begun to realize the importance of thinking of streets as places that tie communities together.

 

Recently, PPS’s Gary Toth and Brendan Crain had the opportunity to chat with Dan Burden, Andy Clarke, and Charlie Gandy, three advocates who have played very active roles in this transformation, to look back over the past three decades and reflect on lessons learned thus far...

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Commuter biking could save US $17 billion a year | SmartPlanet

Commuter biking could save US $17 billion a year | SmartPlanet | green streets | Scoop.it
According to a new report on the public benefits of commuter biking, the practice can generate massive savings in health care.

The U.S. spends around $2 trillion a year on health care, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a way to cut back on those costs, while simultaneously improving public health and lowering carbon emissions?

Copenhagen recently published its 2012 Bicycle Account, which enumerates the considerable public benefits of commuter biking. One-third of the city’s population bikes to work, and this has benefited everything from transportation costs to security, tourism, traffic infrastructure, and public health...

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Zen and the art of urban transportation

Zen and the art of urban transportation | green streets | Scoop.it
Chicago's new bike riding, car loving, yoga practicing transportation commissioner thinks he can create a New Way of getting around in a city built for the automobile. Can he keep the peace in the process?

After Emanuel won the election, his choice of Klein made it clear the mayor-elect was serious about sustainable transportation. The new commissioner was fresh from a stint as transportation director for Washington, D.C., where in a mere 23 months, he made numerous pedestrian safety improvements, launched a new streetcar system, expanded the downtown circulator bus system, piloted protected bike lanes, and created the nation's first and largest bike share system...

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Wheely thankful...

Wheely thankful... | green streets | Scoop.it
This Thanksgiving, Elly Blue finds a whole bike basket full of things to be grateful for.

In last Sunday's New York Times, columnist Mark Bittman compiled a list of people and things in the food movement he's thankful for. The bicycle movement deserves its own list...

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The Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities According to the 2011 Copenhagenize Index

The Top 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities According to the 2011 Copenhagenize Index | green streets | Scoop.it
A very comprehensive ranking of cities around the world based on many criteria that matter to cyclists. How does your city rank? Does it make the cut?

Copenhagenize Consulting has just released a very cool index of the most bicycle-friendly cities around the world, ranking the top 20 based on a pretty exhaustive list of criteria. Despite having the word "Copenhagen" in its name, the overall winner for 2011 is Amsterdam with 54 out of 64 possible points (one of its bike parkings is pictured).

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LIBERATE YOURSELF! Hop on a bike and pedal into the streets of Amsterdam, feel the crisp wind on your face and pass along beautiful canals. Amsterdam is ranked the #1 city for bikes (hence its nickname: Bike City). With lanes specifically designated for bikes only, you'll be able to tour the city on your trusty steed. It's easier to navigate the city on a bike, just remember that Amsterdamians are pro-bikers and you must be able to keep up. Zip through Vondelpark and marvel at the gorgeous fall foliage and serene atmosphere. This was one of the most incredible feeling I've ever experienced, the sense of freedom on a bike in Amsterdam will never be forgotten. (Chae Chung)

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A musical & visual homage to one of our greatest city parks

A musical & visual homage to one of our greatest city parks | green streets | Scoop.it
  I consider myself very fortunate to live a little over a mile from one of the country's great places of urban refuge, Washington's Rock Creek Park.  It's a rare weekend that I'm not there riding my bike, choosing from...
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5 Cities, 5 Congestion Solutions

5 Cities, 5 Congestion Solutions | green streets | Scoop.it
Congestion problems are different in every city, as are the solutions.

Here are five cities with five different congestion innovations, each of which has been featured on This Big City in the last two years...

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Share the Road, Slash the Parking - The Architect's Newspaper

Share the Road, Slash the Parking - The Architect's Newspaper | green streets | Scoop.it

It's time to reconsider transportation planning beyond auto-monoculture.

While many of Mayor Daley's initiatives promoting citywide sustainability were visionary, transportation is one area where new thinking is still needed. Chicago traffic is among the worst in the country, and its air quality suffers as a result. Mayor Emanuel's planning policies are just beginning to take shape, though we are heartened with his selection of Gabe Klein as department of transportation commissioner.

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