Posts about 'Video'

Bike Lane Experiences

Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by .

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Bike Lane Experiences

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…

Complete Streets: It’s About More Than Just Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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Dutch Perspective on US Cycling Infrastructure

Posted on 26. Jul, 2013 by .

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Dutch Perspective on US Cycling Infrastructure

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!

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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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