Posts about 'Video'
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!
Posted on 04. Apr, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
The bicycle has come a long way in terms of design, but its modern diamond shaped frame is something I honestly take for granted. It’s so simple and just makes sense. But it wasn’t always so. This fun video goes through the evolution of the bicycle using great animation to capture all the major changes. Plus it goes along well with the “Bicycles” poster I’ve always loved. Enjoy!
Animation by Thallis Ville von Holck.
Video via Treehugger.
Posted on 20. Mar, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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!
Posted on 20. Feb, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 14. Feb, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 31. Jan, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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.
Posted on 10. Jan, 2014 by Melanie Colavito.
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?