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Posted on 12. Sep, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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?
Posted on 15. Aug, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 18. Jul, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 20. Jun, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 30. May, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 08. May, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 02. May, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 25. Apr, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!