Press cuttings from around the world
- Copenhagen: My Two Kroner | Christopher Martin – Urban Movement
Earlier this month, UM went on a two-day fact-finding Streettour to Copenhagen. As usual, we wanted to see how other people do stuff; and we were particularly keen to experience how the city has dealt with providing for cycling on complex urban streets.
- European Cyclists’ Federation – Back on track?: Bike carriage on long-distance train services
Last week we presented our latest position paper on Bike & Trains to the major European railway companies. The paper brings together best practices from around Europe and aims to highlight the 7 basic services that all cycle tourists appreciate when trying to travel to and from their holiday destinations.
- Cycle chic: Style on two wheels – The Globe and Mail
The now-famous photograph shows a woman with long blonde hair, dressed for work in tall boots, a plaid skirt and a belted coat, her burgundy leather satchel charmingly hitched to the back of her bicycle. Ahead of her, other bikes crisscross the uneven bricks that make up the streets of Copenhagen.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- BikePortland.org » 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.
- Shannon Galpin Has a Mission, Putting Afghans on Bikes – NYTimes.com
In November, Shannon Galpin was riding her single-speed mountain bike through the hills outside Kabul. It was her 11th visit to Afghanistan, and she had grown accustomed to the sight of camel caravans, abandoned Soviet tanks and soldiers sweeping the desert for land mines.
- Congestion pushes Chinese on to their bikes – FT.com
For decades under communism, owning a private car was an impossible dream in China. Now that the dream has come true for tens of millions of Chinese, they are waking up each day to a life of traffic jams and smog
- Copenhagen-style separate cycleways planned | Stuff.co.nz
Christchurch’s push to become a premier cycling city is gaining momentum with ambitious plans for separating cyclists and motorists on busy routes.
- How can we get more children cycling on the school run? | Sam Haddad | Environment | guardian.co.uk
By overcoming parental fears we can have healthier, more confident children and less congested local roads