MnDOT measures financial return on taxpayers’ investment in biking infrastructure

Cycling in Minnesota creates thousands of jobs and cuts health-care spending, state report concludes By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune, 28 March 2017 . For many Minnesotans cycling is nothing more than a Sunday frolic, but a new report finds that the state’s bike industry produces $780 million in annual economic activity, 5,519 jobs and millions of dollars in health care savings …

Solar roads for bikes expanding in the Netherlands, improving pavement

By Rogier van Rooji on Clean Technica, 12 March 2017  Bike paths: The Netherlands is covered with them, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport. In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called …

Light EVs – the wave of the future? A look at 4 types

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport. Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their …

London seeks to make cycling the “safe and obvious transport” for the area, with extension of protected bikeways and two new cycle superhighways

Sadiq Khan to spend £770m on London cycling initiatives – Mayor’s proposed investment gets near levels seen in cycle-friendly nations such as Netherlands and Denmark.  By Peter Walker in The Guardian, Dec 2016 and Feb 2017 – update Among the plans are two new cycle superhighways, where riders would be largely separated from motor traffic. Photograph: Dave Hill for the …

Steps toward bikes not cars

By Nick Van Mead 11 August 2016, originally posted at The Guardian Rush-hour bike jams, speeding scooters, ignorant tourists … Amsterdam may be the world’s busiest cycling capital but it is no two-wheeled paradise. ‘Bicycle mayor’ Anna Luten is working to smooth conflict and export the lessons learned. Anna Luten – the world’s first ‘bicycle mayor’. Photograph: Nick Van Mead …

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free.  This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider. Oslo and Madrid will implement major car free areas by 2019. Madrid plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city center by 2020, with urban planners redesigning 24 of the city’s busiest streets for walking rather than …

Cities outgrowing the automobile: Sharing is the new paradigm. Tomorrow, you will judge a city according to what it is adding to sharing. The more that we have people sharing transportation modes, public space, information and new services, the more attractive the city will be

By Stephen Moss, excerpt from The Guardian 28 April 2015 Lyon, France Vesco, the politician responsible for sustainable transport in Lyon, played a leading role in introducing the city’s Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme a decade ago. It has since been replicated in cities all over the world. Now, though, he is convinced that digital technology has changed the rules of the game, …

Street by street, DC builds out a center-city protected bikeway network, and it’s drawing riders!

By Angie Schmitt on Streetsblog email list, 8 Mar 2017  Bike advocates from all over the country are in Washington right now for the League of American Bicyclists’ annual Bike Summit. Among other things, it’s a chance for out-of-towners like Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland to appreciate the city’s progress on bike infrastructure. Maus reports that there are now nearly 16 miles of protected …