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Car Free Day from Riga, Latvia

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 05:56

Annual World Car Free Day occurs each year on September 22. It’s a global call to give up your car and get out on bike or by foot. Although this year’s car free day has come and gone, there are still remnants of inspiration floating around the web. Take for example, the video below from Riga, Latvia. I’m not sure what I love most about this video: the guy riding in the rain in his suits while smoking a cigarette, the car scaffolding surrounding the bikes, or the guy eating a sandwich on his bike. Whatever the case, you’ll surely enjoy this one!

CAR FREE DAY. Latvia from VFS FILMS on Vimeo.

Via Velo Mondial.

Bikelash

Sat, 27/09/2014 - 04:25

Bikelash. That doesn’t exactly sound like a pleasant experience. But what does bikelash mean? According to this recent post from Streetfilms, bikelash is a phenomenon whereby the media defaults to talking about bicycle issues in a negative way. You know, blame the victim dialogue or framing bicycle issues automatically in a negative way. But in the Streetfilms video below, a number of different people from cities around the US discuss how they deal with bikelash, how bikelash is changing, and even how bikelash can be seen as a good thing when it’s one of the stages of social change. Check it out.

Talking About Bikelash In Your City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Bike Lane Buffer Zone

Sat, 13/09/2014 - 05:21

Bike lane buffer zones are becoming increasingly popular as a way of protecting cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike. A buffered bike lane is one that is already separated from regular traffic and parking. A bike lane buffer zone is a zone between the parking or travel areas for cars where motorists can safely get in and out of their cars without encountering cyclists in the bike lane. Streetfilms recently had a nice post and video about why this extra space is great for all types of road users and provides some encouragement for how these will become commonplace in the future. Check it out! Does your city have any buffered bike lanes and bike lane buffer zones?

“Floating Parking” & Bike Buffer Zone in Separated Bike Lanes from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

How Do Your Kids Get to School?

Sat, 16/08/2014 - 02:10

It’s that time of the year: back to school!  And for many parents, that means more time spent in the car taking their kids to and from school and other activities.  Rates of kids walking and biking to school have been steadily declining from 50% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009 according to the video below by Streetfilms.  In an effort to inspire parents to change that, Streetfilms put together a great compilation of videos about places where kids walking and biking to school is a totally normal, fun, and empowering activity!  Check out the post here and the video below.  And hopefully you’ll be inspired to walk and bike with your kids to school this year!

STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

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.