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Electric (bike) Inspiration

Posted on 19. Jul, 2013 by .

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Electric (bike) Inspiration

“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.

The Faraday Effect from Dark Rye on Vimeo.

Via Velo Vogue

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Bike Share in Salt Lake

Posted on 12. Jul, 2013 by .

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Bike Share in Salt Lake

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?

Streetfilms Shortie – Checking out GreenBike in Salt Lake City from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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Bike Commuting Basics Video

Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 by .

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Bike Commuting Basics Video

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!

Via Cyclelicio.us.

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Posted on 14. Jun, 2013 by .

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Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Indianapolis is getting a lot of attention lately after Streetfilms did this great feature about the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail.  The Cultural Trail is a bicycle and pedestrian trail, designed to maximize safety for cyclists and pedestrians, that connects many of Indianapolis’ cultural areas.  One of the things mentioned in the video was that the creators felt that in order to change people’s behavior, they needed to go big and bold.  They didn’t opt for just adding some bike lanes, they went with entirely separated paths, when possible, to maximize enjoyment and safety.  The Cultural Trail also connects to bike lanes, other trails, and greenways.  The emphasis was really on increasing quality of life and improving economic development, and it seems to be working.  Check it out and learn more in the video!

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: The Next-Gen in U.S Protected Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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The Spokesman

Posted on 07. Jun, 2013 by .

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The Spokesman

This beautiful short film by Dean Saffron about a bicycle collector and historian is well worth a few minutes of your time.  It’s a brief glimpse into the world of one man who genuinely loves bicycles and who appreciates the beauty and character of a many different kinds of bicycles.  Plus, it’s got some great footage of some really unique bicycles.  But don’t take my word for it, just go check it out for yourself.  Via Bike Juju.

The Spokesman from dean saffron on Vimeo.

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Americans Are Driving Less

Posted on 31. May, 2013 by .

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Americans Are Driving Less

I’ve heard it mentioned in a few different places recently that Americans are driving less.  So I was glad to discover that Streetfilms had put together a short film on the topic with some pertinent data about the economy and gas prices compared to the overall driving trends in the U.S.  In general, driving is on the decline, though the exact reasons are unclear.  However, it doesn’t correlate exactly with the recession or with gas prices, so many have suggested that younger people are more inclined to use other forms of transportation and that as the American population ages, they are driving much less.  These are good trends, from my perspective  and they definitely justify more investment in bicycling infrastructure, pedestrian facilities, and good public transit.  Let’s keep this trend going down too!

STREET FACTS #2 – Americans Are Driving Less from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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Cyclovia Tucson Timelapse

Posted on 24. May, 2013 by .

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Cyclovia Tucson Timelapse

Steev Hise, a Tucson filmmaker, captured the essence of Cyclovia Tucson #2 a few weekends ago.  He positioned a GoPro camera at the intersection of Mountain and Glenn on the Cyclovia route on April 28 and left it there for about half the day.  It’s awesome to watch hundreds and hundreds of people on bikes, foot, skateboard, and more pass through the area.  There is so much joy and fun in this video, it’s well worth the 6ish minutes to watch it.  So take a moment this weekend or a break from work today and soak in the fun of Cyclovia, Tucson-style!

Time Lapse of Cyclovia Tucson, April 28 2013 from steev hise on Vimeo.

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Throwback Thursday: Bike to Work Week 1993

Posted on 16. May, 2013 by .

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Throwback Thursday: Bike to Work Week 1993

May is National Bike Month, and tomorrow, Friday, May 17, is National Bike to Work Day.  May has been dedicated to a special celebration of cycling for many years, and the League of American Bicyclists has done a great job making the month of May an important time for bike advocacy.  Indeed, this week is Bike to Work Week, and cities around the U.S. have had week-long celebrations of cycling, many of which culminate in Bike to Work Day tomorrow.  Tucson is special though, and we had our Bike Fest celebration in April, because, well, it’s hot now.  Anyhow, Streetsblog recently had a little throwback video to Bike to Work Week in 1993 in New York City.  This entertaining TV promo is not to be missed, and Happy Bike to Work Week/ Day!

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Blinking Man Bike Posse

Posted on 10. May, 2013 by .

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Blinking Man Bike Posse

Las Vegas doesn’t get as much attention for it’s cycling culture as a lot of other big U.S. cities, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing some awesome things by bicycle.  For example, the Blinking Man bike ride is a huge critical mass of cyclists decked out in flashing lights, fur, and all kinds of other fun decorations.  The most recent ride, which was the 5th annual ride, had 350 participants!  And they are planning to do another ride in October.  The ride is inspired in part by Burning Man, hence the fun and funky bike and people decorations.  Anyhow, check out the video below to learn more.  Via Bike Hugger.

Blinking Man – Up in Spoke from Dalton Campbell on Vimeo.

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