Study finds that e-bike riders get as much exercise as riders of regular bikes

E-bikers use their bikes more, go longer distances, and often substitute it for driving or transit. Fans of electric bikes often say they are riding further than they used to on “analog” bikes, to use a retronym coined by Andrea Learned. I have written about my own Gazelle: “I am using it more often than I used my regular bike, and …

Why U.S. Cities Aren’t Using More Electric Buses. Also Re-engineering the city around the bicycle

Two reports from the World Resource Institute look at the biggest barriers to electrifying the global bus fleet—and how cities can overcome them  LINDA POON, CityLab, JUN 27, 2019 There were about 425,000 electric buses in service in the world’s cities last year. Almost all—99 percent of them—were in China. The booming industrial city of Shenzhen, in particular, is one of only …

13 Big Ideas to Improve Transportation in Your City

If you could do anything to improve transportation in your city, what would it be? Here are a few ideas you gave us, selected from 250 reader submissions. By EMILY GOLDBERG, June 19, 2019 Emily Goldberg is an engagement editor at POLITICO. Cities across the country are coming up with innovative solutions to improve transportation. Seattle invested heavily in public …

New bicycle expressway cuts trip commutes to a third

June 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley  China’s capitol city of Beijing has opened a new bicycle expressway that connects the residential neighborhoods of Huilongguan in Changping District with the rapidly developing high tech industrial zone in the Haidian district just 6.5 kilometers away, according to China Plus. About 16% of Huilongguan residents work in Changping. Prior to opening the new highway, the trip by …

What makes a bike-friendly town? Let’s get serious

Katherine Martinko May 27, 2019, Treehugger.com © K Martinko – Me and my friends on our annual Bike Around The World / ‘take back the streets’ tour of town In which I argue that bike-friendliness should be measured by how well a town caters to its most practical, regular, and vulnerable of users, not tourists. My small rural town recently received …

Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of cars traveling in them. Any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards

The Dutch design manual classifies roads depending on the speed of the cars traveling in them. If there’s any major difference in speed, then full separation is required — concrete barriers, a grass median, planter boxes, or bollards. No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture A chat with the authors of a new book on …

The unlikely way e-bikes could transform how we age

05.09.19, Fast Company WORLD CHANGING IDEAS The unlikely way e-bikes could transform how we age: E-bikes are helping keep seniors young and, in some instances, even alleviating the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. [Photo: Getty Images] BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI9 MINUTE READ Last year, Miryam Liberman retired from her internal medicine practice in Westlake Village, California, where she had worked for more than 30 …

Houston Powers Ahead on Bike Lanes

EMILY NONKO  MAY 1, 2019, Next City Revitalizing and Reconnecting Western New York’s Regional Biking Network Pop-Up Bike Network Leads to Permanent Change Portland Lawsuit Faults City for Careless Bike-Lane Design Last April the nonprofit BikeHouston issued its city a challenge: Build fifty miles of high-comfort, on-street bikeways and off-street trails over the next 12 months. Not long ago that …

Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

May 6th, 2019 By Chris McCahill, SSTI Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some of these challenges are tackled in a new issue of Research …

How you get people out of cars: A bike parking facility in Tilburg is even more beautiful than their bus station

Lloyd Alter lloydalter, see May 6, 2019 in Treehugger.com It even has moving sidewalks for bikes. This is how you get people out of cars. After writing about a beautiful bus station in Tilburg, the Netherlands, designed by Cepezed, I noticed that they had designed an amazing bike storage facility as part of the public transportation hub. I asked for permission to publish …