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Orange County Poised to Become a Premier Cycling Destination in North Carolina

November 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

Orange County, North Carolina is quickly becoming a favorite hotspot for cyclists in the Southeast. Local tourism boards are considering leveraging the growing interest as an economic development tool, while improving community branding at the local and regional level.[read more]

Common-sense, Low-cost, Short-term Strategies for Safer Urban Streets

October 27, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Creating a more convenient bicycle commute also has safety benefits for motorists, transit riders and pedestrians. Why wait?[read more]

Mumbai Streets Display Equality on Sundays

October 5, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

Every day, Mumbai residents are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars. Equal Streets is a citizens’ movement that seeks to highlight the fundamental imbalance in Mumbai’s transport planning priorities.[read more]

The Invisible Design Features of Cities

September 22, 2015 by CC Huang

To the untrained eye, beautiful skylines, impressive subway systems, and lively public parks characterize great cities. However, there are also a number of invisible design features that characterize the best cities – urban growth boundaries, transit-oriented development, walking and biking pathway density, and small blocks are among the most important of these design features.[read more]

Cycling Embassy in Japan Hosts Inaugural Firefly Ride

September 10, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Hosted by the Cycling Embassy of Japan and Tokyo's night cycling veterans Night Pedal Cruising the Firefly Ride was held as a simple celebration of the joy of cycling, a reminder to people in a country where getting on a bicycle is as natural as pulling on your shoes that the bicycle is an important part of their lives, and that cycling can be fun as well as utilitarian.[read more]

From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share

September 3, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

It was only in the 2000s, and particularly within the last decade, that bike share would catch on. The transport mode grew from just 13 in 2004 to 855 in 2014—an increase of 6,477 percent. Today, the number of bicycles available through sharing programs is estimated at 946,000 bikes, most of which (750,000) are in China.[read more]

Using Bikes to Improve Mobility in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

The hills around Rio de Janeiro offer stunning views, but the infrastructure in Rio’s favelas—or informal settlements—is extremely poor. Because of this, and coupled with its steep and winding topography, the hilly shanty towns surrounding Rio de Janeiro can be very inaccessible. Despite these conditions, more than half of all commutes within these communities are made by bike, signaling just how important cycling is to these areas.[read more]

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

July 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

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]

The Case For Congestion Charging to Manage Traffic

July 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Pay to drive in

The very few cities that have actually had significant success at reducing traffic congestion – notably Singapore, London and Stockholm – have done this through cordon-based congestion pricing wherein if you pass the cordon, you pay the congestion charge. Should other cities copy them?[read more]

Five Ways to Save Lives with Urban Design

July 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Cut traffic deaths.

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. A review of Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute, which presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments.[read more]

Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz Shows How Cities can Address 21st Century Challenges

July 27, 2015 by This Big City

Before and after the tram

The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.[read more]