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Austin’s New Bike-Share System Solves An Old Dilemma

March 27, 2017 by Anum Yoon

This is a major step forward in offering more public transportation systems that make sense to the consumer, while reducing congestion on the roads and improving the environment.[read more]

De-Prioritizing the Car

March 9, 2017 by Roy Symons

 Almost every community planning document stresses the need to achieve a mode-shift away from the private automobile towards a more sustainable and equitable transportation network. That's easy if you're starting from scratch, but in established locations less so. With endless money and no regard for neighboring residents, it's...[read more]

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You Can Now Ride a Bike from Kansas City to St. Louis on Nation’s New Longest “Rail-Trail”

December 12, 2016 by Braden Anderson

After a 47-mile extension, the Katy Trail forges forward with goal of providing a total off-road bike connection between St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.[read more]

Baltimore just got bikeshare, and lots of its bikes are electric

December 8, 2016 by Jeff La Noue

A month ago, Baltimore got its first bikeshare system, Bmorebikeshare, and ridership is already high. Forty percent of the fleet is made up of electric bikes that make it easier to go up hills, and as the system expands people are likely to want more of those.A bmorebikeshare dock. Photo by author. The City of Baltimore has...[read more]

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In a time of uncertainty mayors can fix our environment

November 29, 2016 by Tom Oliver Payne

We can all agree that global politics is demoralising right now. Intelligence and logic is being pushed aside to make way for unfounded arguments, scaremongering rhetoric and media manipulation. While it doesn’t appear to good news for our environment, politicians at the local level can help. But they need all the support they can get.[read more]

A Response to Arguments Against Spending Money on Cycling Infrastructure

November 17, 2016 by Roy Symons

 The City of Edmonton recently approved bike lanes in the downtown, quickly following the lead set by the City of Calgary. My images from a walk around Calgary's downtown and recently implemented bike lane network can be found in my previous blog post here. Both cities should be congratulated on their progressive and rapid...[read more]

Advances in Bike Sharing Access in Chicago, Illinois

October 17, 2016 by The Global Grid

A Divvy station at 55th St. and Woodlawn Ave. on the South Side of ChicagoSince over 600 cities worldwide have their own bike share programs, one would hope that Chicago, ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in the United States, would have a strong program. Chicago’s Divvy Bikes, introduced in 2013, have seen a great expansion in...[read more]

Nice Ride Minnesota Creating Green Transportation across the Metro and Promoting Health and Wellness

October 6, 2016 by The Global Grid

The popularity of bike sharing programs is consistently increasing; as it promotes green transportation by reducing the use of motor vehicles in the city, benefits human wellness, and it’s a convenient alternative to cars. The Twin Cities is not trailing behind in the worldwide trend. In 2010, the Nice Ride Minnesota initiative started...[read more]

It’s time to put an end to bikeway “band-aids”

September 6, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

We are finally moving in the right direction for bicycle urbanism in the United States. At last, more and more cities are realizing that what has been best practice in street design for years elsewhere, is the logical thing to do in this country as well. Separated lanes used to be seemingly out of reach – the long-term goal of the...[read more]

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Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport

Low-carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A new series of papers from the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership’s (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group highlights case studies that...[read more]