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Pop-Up Bike Lane

Sat, 26/07/2014 - 07:34

Summer and fall are the perfect times for doing a little bike advocacy where you live.  One option might be to work with your local city to install a “Pop Up” bike lane like the one in the video below.  Andrew Kuncel and a group of volunteers in Minneapolis put one up in part of the city, and it was a huge success.  A pop up bike lane is basically just a temporary, separated bike lane that provides a safe area for bicyclists to ride away from traffic and pedestrians.  And if the idea works like they suggest, it could have the effect of making your city want to install permanent ones when they see how successful it is.  Check it out and maybe try it for your own city or neighborhood!

Bikeways for Everyone-HD 720p from Knowble Media on Vimeo.

Via Streetsblog.

A Skirt Solution for Cycling

Sat, 19/07/2014 - 06:08

Ladies, this one is for you.  If you’ve ever found yourself bike commuting in a skirt, surely you’ve experienced the simultaneously refreshing and utterly terrifying experience of your skirt lifting up when it catches the right current of air.  Or you’ve awkwardly tried to mount and dismount without flashing all passersby.  Well fret no more, as a group of brilliant women have devised an incredibly simple solution.  It’s called Penny in Yo Pants.  Admittedly, I was initially baffled as to what that might mean, but check out the video below, and you’ll be an expert in no time.  Happy cycling in a skirt!  And thanks Penny in Yo Pants!

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

Bike Delivery: Mattresses

Sat, 21/06/2014 - 02:42

We love a good bike delivery story here at Utility Cycling. Recently, the folks over at The Path Less Pedaled posted a great interview they did with a business in Portland, OR, called The Mattress Lot that specializes in delivering mattresses by bike. I’m in the market for a new mattress. Wonder if they deliver to Arizona… Anyhow, check out their interview below. It reminded me of another video about moving a bed by bike as part of a Bike Move! Bike delivery is the way to go!

How to Deliver a Mattress by Bike from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

Do You Lock Your Bike Properly?

Sat, 31/05/2014 - 06:04

No one likes getting their bike, or any part of their bike, stolen.  But so many people who ride bikes are relatively lax when it comes to locking them up properly.  Not that locking up your bike properly will prevent theft in every case, but it sure can help with the quick, spur of the moment thefts.  Improper bike locking can be a matter of laziness, lack of knowledge, or a lapse in your normal locking behavior, for example, when you’re just running into a coffee shop or doing a quick errand.  In any case, theft can happen fast, so it’s not a bad idea to always lock up properly if you’d rather not deal with a stolen bike.  Fortunately, Hal Ruzai from Bicycle Habitat in NYC came to the rescue in 2003 by grading your bike locking in a series of videos.  He’s back at it again and recently came out with another video, which was on Streetfilms recently.  Check it out and learn your bike locking grade.

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking 2014 (Part IV) from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Protected Bike Lanes

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:41

An amazing 48% of all trips Americans make are less than 4 miles.  My previous bike commute in Tucson was almost exactly 4 miles, and it took me just as much time to drive it as to ride it on a bike.  So as this video from People for Bikes argues, it’s the perfect distance to ride a bike!  Happily, bike commuting is also on the rise, and cities are building more protected to make bike commuting even better and safer.  Learn more at People for Bikes and check out the video below to see what’s happening in the world of protected bike lanes.

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S. from Green Lane Project on Vimeo.

Bicycling in Cuba

Sat, 03/05/2014 - 09:17

For most of us, riding a bike is an option.  For others, it’s the only option.  In the early 1990′s, Cuba underwent some major political and economic changes.  Oil, food, and just about everything else was scarce, so bicycles became the primary option for transportation for many.  These days, riding is no longer the only option for many Cubans but many still use bicycles for transportation and livelihood, though parts and mechanics are scarce.  This beautiful video by Kauri Multimedia visualizes the bike culture in Cuba and the many techniques Cubans have to maintain and use their bicycles.  Ride on, Cuba.

Havana Bikes from Kauri Multimedia on Vimeo.

Via DrunkCyclist.

Electric Bike Commute Video

Sat, 26/04/2014 - 02:31

It’s more and more common to see electric bikes on the roads these days.  I must admit, I sometimes get pangs of purist thought when it comes to electric bikes.  I mean, I can pedal, so why would I cheat?  But honestly, electric bikes are the way to go in so many cases.  And an electric bike always beats the car out, right!  They certainly are much more accessible to many people with difficult commutes, long commutes, time constraints, and more.  Plus, they’re pretty darn fun to ride.  So it was inspiring to see this video over at Bike Portland of Portlander Paul Turner’s 19-mile electric bike commute.  Check it out on You Tube.  Looks like fun!