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Links of the day – May 3, 2013

Links of the day – May 2, 2013

  • A summer without city bikes – News in English
    Company contracted to produce city bikes switches manufacturer at late stage but says all 1,260 bikes will be on the streets before the end of 2013 Copenhagen is under pressure to deliver the city bikes it promised would be available…

Links of the day – May 1, 2013

  • Bike sharing goes global | Grist
    Politicians, lobbyists, and tourists alike can ride bicycles along a specially marked lane between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, part of the 115 miles of bicycle lanes and paths that now crisscross Washington, D.C. In Copenhagen, commuters can ride to work following a “green wave” of signal lights timed for bikers. Residents in China’s “happiest city,” Hangzhou, can move easily from public transit onto physically separated bike tracks that have been carved out of the vast majority of roadways. And on any given Sunday in Mexico City, some 15,000 cyclists join together on a circuit of major thoroughfares closed to motorized traffic. What is even more exciting is that in each of these locations, people can jump right into cycling without even owning a bicycle. Welcome to the era of the bikeshare.
  • Business networking: Cycling is the new golf | The Economist
    TRADITIONALLY, business associates would get to know each other over a round of golf. But road cycling is fast catching up as the preferred way of networking for the modern professional. A growing number of corporate-sponsored charity bike rides and city cycle clubs are providing an ideal opportunity to talk shop with like-minded colleagues and clients while discussing different bike frames and tricky headwinds. Many believe cycling is better than golf for building lasting working relationships, or landing a new job, because it is less competitive.

Links of the day – April 30, 2013

  • Bicycles are saving lives in Africa | TheCityFix
    In the African nation of Uganda, where many areas are difficult to access and have limited resources, bicycles are saving lives. Bicycle ambulances, modified to pull a covered stretcher in back, allow an individual experiencing a medical emergency — and even pregnant women — to be transported to medical facilities quickly.

Links of the day – April 26, 2013

  • Copenhagen-izing yourself
    In Scandinavia (Denmark, Sweden and Norway, arguably also Iceland and Finland), Copenhagen has been named Bike City for four years in a row. The city’s bike culture developed through the whole of the 20th century, but not surprisingly, it was in the early ’70s during the oil crisis when Copenhageners voted to make the city clean and healthy.

Links of the day – April 22, 2013

  • » Blog Archive » Inspired by Copenhagen, League reveals more about ‘Diamond’ program
    Portland is one of just three cities in the U.S. to have achieved a Platinum level designation for bike-friendliness from the League of American Bicyclists. Platinum used to be the highest level a city could earn; but now there’s Diamond and the League just announced details on what it will take to reach it.
  • Cheerful in Copenhagen
    Maybe you would like to rent a bike, but you are nervous because you know this is the busiest city in the world for cyclists and you’re afraid you might fall off or crash? There is no need at all to worry, everyone has good cycling etiquette and follows the rules of the road in spirit, if not to the letter. Plus, they will be polite, and courteous when you need to stop them to ask for directions, even if they are trying to cycle home at the time, in the pouring rain, with a child and a pot plant strapped onto the back of the bike.

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