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Posted on 09. Dec, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
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?
Posted on 22. Nov, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
In Portland, OR, biking and walking are fun and ordinary ways for kids and parents to get to and from schools. Streetfilms recently did a feature on biking and walking to school in Portland, and it’s pretty darn impressive to see so many smiling happy kids (and parents) locking up bikes and getting ready for the day. For those who already commute by bike, you too know how much better it can make your day to ride or walk. So imagine growing up in an environment where biking and walking just are, well, just normal. Portland has done a lot to make this a reality, and it’s pretty cool to see it paying off. Learn more about what they’ve done in the video below. What does your city do to either encourage, or even discourage, walking or biking to school?
Posted on 01. Nov, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
I must admit, this video made me burst out laughing! The question posed in the opening scene, “What would the first pedal cycle have looked like if its inventors had had today’s advanced materials to work with?” is utterly ridiculous. But I supposed it sets up what follows appropriately. The video is all about a concept e-bike that is made almost entirely of plastics and looks like a penny farthing. The bike actually looks to have some pretty cool features like a watch to lock it up with, a removable seat where the battery is housed, integrated lights, and more. Plus, the story line for the video is extremely entertaining. Anyhow, take two minutes to learn about the Concept 1865 bike from BASF, if not for the humor, then at least for the concept. Via Cyclelicio.us.
Posted on 18. Oct, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
Winter cycling. That’s something that never struck me with fear, or shivers, when I lived in Tucson, AZ. But now that I’ve moved up north to one of the USA’s cities in the top 15 for lowest average temperatures and top 5 for highest average snowfall in a year, I’m definitely a little scared. And shivering. I’m in Flagstaff, AZ, now, and while most might not think of Arizona as a state with anything but cactus and sun, we do have our fair share of high mountains, cold weather, and that white stuff. So needless to say, I’m going to have to start rethinking the possibilities of cold weather riding and certainly pushing my desert-spoiled limits. Fortunately, the documentary, A Winter of Cyclists by ChainRingFilms.com, which documents a group of cyclists who agree to ride through an entire Colorado winter, is sure to get me motivated. You can check out the trailer below or rent the full film on Vimeo.
Via Bike Commuters.
Posted on 20. Sep, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
Well here’s a new one for the archives of Utility Cycling – a bicycle powered treehouse elevator. There are so many things about this that are just right. For one, the treehouse. Who wouldn’t want to live in, or at least sleep in, a treehouse? Two, the bicycle-powered lift system. Because climbing an elevator “six and a half million times a day” isn’t so awesome, but pedaling a up a tree is. Also, did I mention there’s a treehouse? Anyhow, the video below shows Ethan Schlussler’s amazing treehouse bicycle lift system, which he rigged up as a means to get up to the treehouse that he intends to live or “at least sleep” in. What a cool way to use your bike, Ethan!
Posted on 06. Sep, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
It seems that the City of Tucson really got in the spirit of last week’s post about Riding with Rail Tracks. That, or you know, the timing was good. But anyhow, Tucson Velo shared a video this week put out by the City of Tucson about how to navigate the new streetcar lines. The video has tips for all traffic users, but notably, a great deal of emphasis is given to cyclists.
I think the video has some great tips, but I think it glosses over some of the challenges faced by cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike when navigating the streetcar tracks in addition to dealing with regular traffic. The narrator makes it seem like everything is just peachy, but really, it does take a fair bit of practice to get comfortable with the streetcar tracks from numerous perspectives. I would also add, that for a PSA, it’s quite long. I would doubt that very many people would watch the video in its entirety. What do you think? Is this an effective way to teach people how to navigate the roads with the new streetcar?
Posted on 29. Aug, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
I was looking through some of the recent Streetfilms Shorties, when I found this recent video “Cyclists vs. Rails in Zurich“. What is most notable about this video is the way cyclists in Zurich navigate a very extensive system of rail lines laid into the roads. In fact, as the video notes, there are very few crashes or issues with cyclists and the rail lines.
Coming from Tucson, AZ, I found this very interesting. Tucson is in the process of building a modern streetcar, and there have already been numerous incidents between cyclists and the rail lines. And the streetcar isn’t even running yet! The first one shipped earlier this week. I’m not sure what it is exactly that contributes to the copacetic vibe between cyclists and the streetcar in Zurich, but hopefully this can also become the case in Tucson.
I’ll leave this with the number one tip for riding streetcar tracks: always hit the tracks with your wheel as perpendicularly as possible! And happy rail crossing!
Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
This shortie from Streetfilms came out in the spring, but I felt it was appropriate to post it now. I recently moved from one Bicycle Friendly City to another, and it has been interesting to compare my experiences bike commuting in the two cities. I came from Tucson, AZ, which is a gold level city (and a big city) and am now living in Flagstaff, AZ, which is a silver level city (and a smallish city). In fact, I did the reverse move of the folks at Bike Shop Hub and Commute by Bike – you can read some of Commute by Bike’s experiences in Tucson here.
Anyhow, Tucson, although it sometime requires long commutes and excessive sweating, is one of the best cities I’ve had the pleasure of riding in, be it for utility or sport. I was definitely spoiled by all of the bike lanes and infrastructure there. Flagstaff is also a great town for many types of riding, but in comparison to Tucson, I find myself missing the miles and miles of connected bike lanes I had grown accustomed to. That being said, the weather couldn’t be better in Flagstaff (for now), there has been tons of great work done on the Flagstaff Urban Trails System in recent years, and the bike infrastructure just keeps coming!
So in the spirit of Flagstaff bike commuting, check out the video below, in which Flagstaff makes a brief appearance! Now, if only I can learn to adjust to the cold like I was adjusted to the heat…
Posted on 26. Jul, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
I’m a little late to the party on this one, but about a month ago, Streetsblog posted a video from Bicycle Dutch that criticizes many elements of bicycling and bicycle infrastructure in the U.S. Now, before you get too huffy, the critique is quite fair in many ways and speaks to the dramatic differences between the experiences of cyclists in the U.S. and those in much of Europe and especially places like The Netherlands or Denmark.
In the U.S., as the video’s narrator points out, cyclists are forced to ride with a lot of motorized traffic, which contributes to the feeling that everyone is racing around. On the other hand, in Denmark, most bike infrastructure is separated from traffic and the general feel is much more relaxed. However, the video does end on a positive note with some predictions for a good future for cycling in the U.S. I agree, and as more and more bike infrastructure goes into U.S. cities, cycling will improve, but there is plenty of work to be done!