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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!
Posted on 19. Jul, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
“I think it’s also true that when you learn to ride a bike to work, you never want to go back.” So says the creator of Faraday Bikes, Adam Vollmer. I would tend to agree. I would also recommend you watch this short film by Dark Rye about his inspiration to create a new electric bike, but more importantly, the inspiration that riding a bike (electric or otherwise) for transportation in a city can provide. And although it’s taken me some time to come to terms with electric bikes, I’ve grown to appreciate that they may be one of the best ways to bridge the gap between car transportation and bike transportation for many people. As Bike Tech Shop puts it, “An electric bike removes “if only” barriers.” Especially in places with big hills! But they sure are great for hauling cargo, as well. Anyhow, enjoy the video and Happy Friday.
Via Velo Vogue
Posted on 12. Jul, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
It seems that every month there is another big city popping up on the bike friendly radar. This time it’s Salt Lake City, where Streetfilms recently ran a feature of their Green Bike bike sharing program.
Bike sharing is definitely on the rise in the U.S. and elsewhere, though it isn’t without controversy, of course. But if you ignore the occasional angry motorist who lost a parking spot to a bike share station and learn from the young professionals cruising happily through the streets of SLC in the short film below, you can probably start to get on board with the idea of a bike sharing. Check it out!
Does your city have a bike sharing program? What do you think?
Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
Today is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. What better time than now to start bike commuting when you have plenty of light and nice warm weather! Grist seems to have that in mind with this bike commuting basics video, which outlines how to get started, what to look out for, and how to enjoy the whole experience. Plus, there is a random bike stunt thrown in for good measure. But you don’t have to do that… Check it out!