As e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less

StreetsBlog, Sept 2020 Cycling Industry News reports on a study in Norway that finds that as e-bike users discover how much further they can travel in a given amount of time, they start using their bikes more and their cars less. The study of Oslo bicyclists found that e-bike users were traveling 340 percent further on average than they were on their …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

How community bike shops are coping in a COVID-19 world

By Jarrod Patrone on StreetsBlog, Jul 14, 2020 In a world where normal travel patterns have been placed on hold, COVID-19 has created opportunity in the bicycle realm. Bike shops are overwhelmed with business, cities across the globe are repurposing major thoroughfares to allow for socially distanced transportation and recreation, and bike-share systems are experiencing large increases in ridership. Nonprofit community bike shops exist to …

How the ‘15-Minute City’ Could Help Post-Pandemic Recovery

A new C40 Cities report touts Paris’s model for putting essentials within close walking or biking distance as an economic boost for coronavirus-ravaged municipal budgets. Patrick Sisson, Bloomburg, July 15, 2020 The Covid-19 crisis in the U.S. has torn a hole in city budgets, decimating urban economies across the country even as infections continue to roar back and the specter of second-wave lockdowns loom. …

Keep riders on their bikes

As physical distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 begin to relax in some countries and people return to work, the fears surrounding transportation and commuting continue to weigh on the minds of many. Once popular options like public transit and ridesharing, such as Uber, now carry the risk of potentially exposing riders to COVID-19. The Toronto Transit Commission recently reported that …

Bike or paddle through nature

A compilation of articles from Treehugger… Some travelers go to great lengths to get a unique view, like trekkers who climb to the summit of a mountain in the pre-dawn hours to enjoy a sunrise panorama. You could argue that an amazing visual experience is one of the main reasons for traveling. Sure, many people talk about travel in terms …

Take back the streets: With people hunkered down at home, cities should act quickly to find a better balance between cars and pedestrians and cyclists

By Justin Gillis and Heather Thompson, NY Times. Ms. Thompson is a transportation planner. June 20, 2020 Since cities came to exist 5,000 years ago, epidemics have shaped their fate. Plagues weakened the Roman Empire and may have helped bring it down. The sewers that cleaned up a filthy London in the 19th century were built in direct response to a cholera outbreak. Many of the great …

Top 5 U.S. Cities For Bicycling and Why

June 18th, 2020 by Cynthia Shahan on Clean Techica The relationship between bicyclists, biking, contentment, and feeling that cheerfulness you lacked before the ride is quite well known to all those who bicycle. Bike commuting is one of the most effective ways to promote general health. People for Bikes has published the top 5 cities, perhaps happier cities than most, for bikes in the US, out of …

These Colorado Cities Are Closing Streets This Summer To Help People Stay Socially Distant

By Nathaniel Minor May 28, 2020, Colorado Public Radio At least a dozen Colorado cities are making plans — or thinking about making plans — to temporarily close streets to give restaurants and other businesses more space to serve their customers.  That supports the state’s new guidelines that allow restaurants to reopen while encouraging more outdoor dining to help ensure social distancing. Some …

Cities like Los Angeles, Denver, and Atlanta saw more than 70% reduction in VMT⁠. Maintenance of even 10% could make dramatic improvements

Smart Cities Dive, June 12, 2020 If cities can maintain even a small fraction of the 50% or more reduction in vehicle miles traveled (VMT) seen in most major metro-areas during the coronavirus pandemic ⁠— with cities like Los Angeles, Denver, and Atlanta seeing a more than 70% reduction in VMT⁠ — the climate impacts could be enormous, according to a new StreetLight Data analysis.  …