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After Years of Silence the Mayor of Marseille, France Speaks Out About Cycling

January 21, 2016 by The Global Grid

The fact is rare enough to be remarkable. After several years of silence from the 21-year incumbent Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, finally spoke about the bicycle. And no less than twice in eight days. Don’t, however, expect a raving tirade in favor of cycling from the future president of the metropolis.[read more]

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

July 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Before cars there were...

Many people assume roads became the way they are today because of the rise of automobiles. In Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Carlton Reid explains that infrastructure for bicycles, tricycles, and more were the precursors to the later transportation system dominated by automobiles.[read more]

Should Bicycles Be Allowed in Pedestrian Zones?

July 28, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Should this be allowed in a pedestrian zone?

Last week I visited the Dutch city of Zwolle, the Netherlands City of Cycling in 2014. It's a pretty, historic city surrounded by countryside and has a pedestrianised heart. But what I saw there made me reconsider banning bicycles from pedestrian-only areas, but not for the reasons that you might think of.[read more]

What Can Utrecht Teach Other Cities About Cycling Now the Tour de France Has Left?

July 9, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Where everyone cycles

Even though the Tour de France riders have left, there's still a festive cycling feel to Utrecht that stems from the many thousands of people on bikes who cycle here every day...small children being carried on their parent's bikes, middle-sized children riding alongside on their own, and teenagers enjoying their mobility and being totally independent.[read more]

I Found Out What it's Like in the Middle of the Tour de France... Report and Photo Essay from Yesterday

July 7, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Noisy, fast and exhilarating

The cyclists ride at breakneck speeds whilst all around them there is ordered chaos. Boozey kids run alongside, shouting and jumping up and down. I took a ride in the Tour de France, and here’s what it’s like to be right in the middle of the world’s most famous cycling race.[read more]

Antwerp, a City Where Everyone Cycles [PHOTO ESSAY]

July 6, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Like mother like son

I'm in Antwerp, Belgium, which will host stage 3 of the 2015 Tour de France tomorrow. I'm here for the Tour (follow my Twitter feed for live updates tomorrow). What a great cycling city Antwerp is. Home to about a million people, it's blessed with a compact historic core which is criss-crossed by a web of tram lines and very good cycling infrastructure.[read more]

How Mexico City Became More Pedestrian-Friendly, Step by Step

July 1, 2015 by Alex Romaniuc Rachel Creane

A holistic approach

We love stories about people taking action to solve a city’s problems, and stories about the pedestrianisation cities. This story ticks both those boxes.This project offers better access to Mexico City's Metrobus station for passengers, and gives Ecobici, Mexico City’s bike-share network, a launch-pad to expand south of the city.[read more]

What's the Point of Taking the Tour de France to a City That Already Cycles?

June 29, 2015 by Mark K Ames

See cycles by cycle or car?

This Saturday the Tour de France is starting in the Dutch city of Utrecht. It's a compact and charming university city stuffed with cycle tracks and people on bikes. So, in a city that already has a mainstream cycling culture, will the Grand Depart be all of that big deal for the Dutch?[read more]

How Campaigners Won High Quality Cycling Lanes for London – and What's Next

June 25, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Cycling heaven in London

As construction in London's centre begins of high quality cycle routes for the first time, we assess how we got to this point, and ask "what happens next"?[read more]

How Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design

June 18, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Cities should be designed to promote health

“Is your zip code more important than your genetic code [for determining health]?” asks Dr. Anthony Iton, Vice President for Healthy Communities of the California Endowment. In addition to the lack of wholesome food and opportunities for exercise, people in low-income areas “live in a fog of stress”, he says.[read more]

VIDEO: Watch The Amazing New 5,000-Bicycle Park at Delft Train Station

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Park and ride – on a bike

This past February, a new central train station opened up in Delft in the Netherlands. As part of the train station, there’s an underground parking facility for 5,000 bicycles. Here’s a video of how it all works.[read more]

VIDEO: Kevin Krizek on Bicycling in the Netherlands

May 29, 2015 by David Levinson

Kevin Krizek

A video about bicycling in the Netherlands, in the form of an interview with Kevin Krizek, one of the two authors of the book Planning for Place and Plexus: Metropolitan Land Use and Transport.[read more]