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National Bike Summit Overview

Fri, 21/03/2014 - 05:26

As always, Streetfilms has put together a great montage of the recent National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.  They captured some really great snippets of talks, responses, and more from the event, and it looks like it was a huge success.  And the video featured the great women from Why WE Ride who rode through the cold from NYC to DC to attend the event and the Women’s Forum.  But I need not say more, check it out for yourself below!

National Women’s Bicycling Forum & National Bike Summit 2014 from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Why WE Ride

Sat, 15/03/2014 - 03:41

The National Bike Summit recently wrapped up in Washington D.C. despite some very cold weather conditions.  As part of the Summit was the Women’s Bicycling Forum, which seeks to expand the number of women who ride bicycles.  One notable part of this year’s Forum was a group of 11 women from the group We Bike NYC, who rode the 262 miles from NYC to DC to participate in the Forum.  They helped fund their journey with the video below and a fundraising campaign called We Bike to DC.  You can check out why they ride below, and learn more about their journey in this Streetsblog article.  Way to go!

Header image source: Streegsblog via We Bike to DC.

Bike Infrastructure Innovation: Protected Intersections

Fri, 21/02/2014 - 07:45

Portland-based planner and designer Nick Falbo recently proposed a new idea for bike infrastructure call the protected intersection.  The basic concept addresses the issue of a gap in protected bike lanes at intersections.  Basically, a protected bike lane is great until you reach an intersection, and then you’re dealing with cars up close and personal.  However, with a protected bike lane, Falbo has proposed a unique arrangement for keeping traffic flowing and bicycles and pedestrians protected.  The idea has Dutch origins, but it reworks the concept slightly to make more sense on U.S. streets.  Check out the full idea in the video below.  I’d love to see this, and more protected bike lanes for that matter, catch on soon!  Via Bike Portland.

Protected Intersections For Bicyclists from Nick Falbo on Vimeo.

Share the Love: Watch Out for Cyclists

Sat, 15/02/2014 - 05:10

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, which is all about love, I’m sharing this campaign, which is ultimately also about love.  You may have seen it already as it’s been making the rounds on the Internet recently, and our sister site Commute by Bike had a nice post on it.  But I hadn’t found the right opportunity to share it here.  But since today is all about love, it’s a perfect opportunity!  Cycling has so much to do with love.  You love the ride, you love the people you meet riding, and you love the cycling community.  And someone or many someones loves every cyclist on the road.  So in the spirt of love, watch out for cyclists.  They are loved.  Maybe you love one or are loved by one.

Check out the Dear Motorist campaign, and share the love.

Ride Wide

Sat, 01/02/2014 - 03:43

Kids are genius, you know.  Not to mention, since they’re pretty darn cute, it’s hard to ignore them when the make convincing arguments.  Take the video below, for example.  It’s narrated by a child who is worried about a parent bike commuting, especially after the parent remarks that some people don’t give him enough space.  Well, thinks the child, there’s got to be a solution to that.  And a solution there is.  Or at the very least, a cute and absolutely convincing little PSA about bike safety.  Check it out.

Via Cyclelicio.us.

Why Open Streets Are Great

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 04:39

Open streets are based on the simple notion that streets are for people – not cars.  This recent film from Streetfilms is a really great overview of the open streets idea, including where the ideas came from, how they have evolved, where they can be found, and what kinds of benefits they provide.  This notion of closing off streets to cars and letting people experience their cities in a new way has been incredibly successful, and open street days and events can be found in cities all around the world.  Does your city have an open streets day or Cyclovia event?

The Rise of Open Streets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The Bicycle – Short Film

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 09:51

Happy New Year from Utility Cycling!  In the spirit of the holidays, I have a short film for you to enjoy.  It’s a somewhat melancholy look into the psyche of a worn-out bicycle that transforms itself with each new owner it finds.  It’s whimsical and fun, and I think you’ll enjoy The Bicycle by Adam Neustadter.

THE BICYCLE from Adam Neustadter on Vimeo.

Holiday Shopping by Cargo Bike

Sat, 21/12/2013 - 03:01

It’s that time of year, you know, when looking for a parking spot feels like a cage fight and the empty spots are filled with pots of gold?  Ah, the holidays.  If you’re like me and dread the thought of shopping, even going to the grocery store, this time of year, perhaps doing it by bike will ease the pain a bit.  With that in mind, and for those that have last minute shopping on their to-do lists this weekend, I thought I’d share this awesome video that Cyclelicio.us made back around Thanksgiving of his neighbor who works at NTS Works in California doing some grocery shopping on an NTS Works electric cargo bike.  It’s pretty fun, and maybe it will give you some inspiration to do your last minute shopping by bike this year.  Happy Holidays!

The Copenhagen Wheel is Here

Tue, 10/12/2013 - 05:22

Way back when, in 2009, I wrote about a new product that had recently been unveiled at the Copenhagen Climate Conference called the Copenhagen Wheel.  The product, designed by a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was being promoted as one of many solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change – through cycling, of course.

Fast forward 4 years to the present, and the Copenhagen Wheel is finally making its “official” debut and product release.  The product idea is still the same, an electric assist wheel that can be added to any bike, but it’s gotten a number of neat upgrades in the last few years, including some neat apps that sync with your smartphone.  We can’t have technology these days that doesn’t involve a smartphone in some way.

Anyhow, check out more in the video below or visit the official website of the Copenhagen Wheel at Superpedestrian.

What do you think of the Copenhagen Wheel?  Is this a viable climate change mitigation tool?

Via TreeHugger & BikeHugger. Image credit – Superpedestrian.