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Can We Just Call This a Bus?

New “trackless trains” out of China suggest buses by any other name could smell sweeter.<p>It’s the shape of a swoopy modern streetcar, but it’s got rubber-shod wheels of a bus. Also, there’s no driver—it’s automated like a tram. The “trackless train” is sort of a jackalope of public transportation.<p>Or …

More solutions sought as Vancouver struggles with bike theft

A thief can steal your bike in less time than it takes to order a cup of coffee.<p>That’s what Vancouver resident Tim Tuxworth learned after his $400 …

Cyclists Shouldn’t Have To Risk Their Lives Just To Use The Road

Last week's horrific crash involving a pickup truck driver who mowed down nine cyclists, killing five of them, shows that many rural roads fail to account for bicycle safety, advocates said.<p>The driver struck the cyclists -- all experienced riders -- from behind on a rural, two-lane road a few miles …

Roads

San Diego's streets are about to become a lot more bike-friendly

Cars will have to share downtown San Diego's streets much more with bicyclists and pedestrians under an ambitious plan that aims to boost safety and fight climate change.<p>The proposal, which the City Council unanimously approved this week, would transform many vehicle lanes and some on-street …

Rubber roads: the answer to reducing injuries from cycling crashes?

<b>Swedish scientists have tested different road surface compounds to give cyclists a softer landing</b><p>A bouncy road surface could help Tour de France …

Cycling

Minneapolis tries to topple Portland as America's most cycle-friendly city

The Twin City’s ambitious new bike plan includes 144 miles of protected lanes and a doubling of cycle numbers by 2020. Portland, though, is fighting back …<p>Minneapolis does not have the immediate look of a place set on becoming a city where lots of people ride bikes. Aside from the long, freezing …

Bike Lanes

How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road

Getting people out of cars and onto bicycles, a much more sustainable form of transportation, has long vexed environmentally conscious city planners. …

New York City

Charlotte's protected bike lane vote shows the Southeast's new biking rivalry

<i>Michael Andersen, local innovation staff writer</i><p><i>A rendering of a protected bike lane being used by Charlotte biking advocates to explain the idea.</i> …

When Cyclists Oppose Bike Lanes

Despite little designated infrastructure, bicycle use in Madrid, Spain, has been steadily increasing at a pace of 15 to 20 percent per year since …

Cities

It will take more than bike lanes to make biking safe

Cities need to give bikes a dedicated, prominent place on our streets<p>Last night, hundreds of people took to New York’s streets on bikes to send a message to the city: Too many people are dying.<p>The ride was organized by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives after the death of a prominent …

American Cities

San Francisco named second most bike friendly city in the U.S.

Bike-friendly improvements show major gain, but the city still has hills to climb to reach number one<p>While San Francisco can lay claim to the crookedest street in the world (no, not that one), we cannot, sadly, say that we are the bike friendliest. That honor goes to a noted city in the midwest. We …

Chicago tops NYC as most bike-friendly city in U.S., magazine finds

When it comes to cycling, the second city is now the first, according to a leading bike publication.<p>Bicycling magazine is set to announce Monday that Chicago is now the best bike city in the United States, unseating New York City. This is good news for Rahm Emanuel, who had pledged when he became …

Cyclists don’t follow the rules of the road? Maybe it’s time to change those rules

Like many bicycle commuters across America, Kurt Holzer looks at a stop sign and sees a suggestion rather than a command. If the intersection is clear and it's safe to do so, he rolls right through, sometimes barely slowing down. This makes his commute just a little easier — because coming to a …

Las Vegas Doubles Down on the Bicycle

A new bike-share program is one of several signs that the city is finally getting behind the idea of an urban renaissance.<p>For visitors, the signature feature of Las Vegas is the Strip: an unwalkable, unshaded, traffic-jammed boulevard of monster casino-hotels flanked with a circus of digital …

Urban Design

This Beautiful Bike Path Glows at Night

The phosphor material lights up after being charged by the sun.<p>There's no lack of gorgeous bike paths around the world, but there's one big problem with most of these cyclist-friendly routes—they can only be used safely used from dawn to dusk, which is why one engineering firm came up with a truly</i> …

Fewer people are cycling in Sydney – the NSW government must be pleased

There are two ways for governments to ensure the safety of cyclists. The first option, adopted by civilised countries, is to build bicycle-friendly infrastructure, to enact legislation that favours sustainable modes of transport, to design cities that focus on humans first and motor vehicles …

Cycling

London cycling and the “by chance” success of Amsterdam

A new book about the cycling cultures of Dutch and other European cities offers some valuable guidance for London<p>For many London cycling activists and politicians with transport responsibilities the Netherlands is the touchstone nation for urban cycling policy, as demonstrated by the London Cycling …

Boris Johnson

Bicycle- & Pedestrian-Inclusive Infrastructure Projects Create 46% More Jobs Per Dollar Than Road-Only Projects

<b>Published on</b> December 27th, 2016 | <i>by James Ayre</i><p>0<p>December 27th, 2016 by <b>James Ayre</b><p>Owing to the recent election of Donald Trump as the President of the …

How cities embraced biking and walking in 2016

Now we’re getting somewhere<p>In many ways, 2016 was a bad year for all commuters. Even as cities made vast expansions to their cycling networks, bike share programs, and pedestrian infrastructure, vehicle-miles driven grew to an all-time high. Consequently, after a decade of declining traffic deaths, …

Someone in Kansas Created a Protected Bike Lane Using Toilet Plungers—and It's Amazing

But, the identity of the person or group who installed them on a Wichita bike lane is still a mystery<p>A rogue bike lane was created a few weeks ago in Wichita, Kansas—but this time with a twist. The lane was already painted, but wasn’t protected. So, some urban warriors took matters into their own …

San Francisco

Cyclists Break the Law to Stay Safe, Study Finds

Research shows what we've always known: That when we roll a stop sign, we're not trying to tick off drivers, but to make it home alive.<p>We’ve all been there: an office party or backyard BBQ where you, the cyclist, end up defending cyclists’ behavior to people. Here’s a new piece of ammo: A massive …

Psychology

Cycling success: 10 U.S. cities pushing biking forward

New infrastructure, better bikesharing, and safer streets<p>London announced a plan to spend a billion dollars on bike highways and cycling infrastructure late last year. Oslo wants to transform its downtown into a car-free zone by 2019. German cities are testing out bike-based cargo delivery …

Handy 'Stress Map' Helps Cyclists Avoid the Scariest of Streets

Cycling always <i>sounds</i> like a good idea. It improves your health (decreasing the likelihood of cancer or cardiovascular disease) and the planet's. It …

This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

The “Flo” system uses cute creatures to tell cyclists to speed up or slow down to catch a green light.<p>Red lights are the momentum-sucking bane of any bicyclist—they add time to the trip and kill your physical efficiency (just ask a physicist!). But thanks to some weird, animal-based technology in …

What If Bike Paths Looked Like Subway Maps?

Think maps of bicycle lanes are too complicated? This guy’s fixed it.<p>CityLab readers: Sometimes you scare us.<p>Not only are you intimidatingly smart, many of you are professional experts in the topics we try to cover. Others are self-taught aficionados in urban planning or cartography—in other words, …

Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists

Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly …

Cruising a Superhighway Built for Bikes

Leave it to the Dutch to engineer the psychology of the regional bike commute.<p>Imagine a world where a safe, usable bike route between neighboring towns isn’t good enough because there are stoplights interrupting it.That world is the Netherlands, where such “inadequacies” are recognized and …

Bikes are road vehicles, too

<b>You might think drivers in rural towns would be friendlier toward cyclists, but, believe me, they're not.</b><p>Three times a week, I hop on my bike and …

Cycling

​Oregon to Add $15 Tax to Bike Sales

A new bill, expected to be signed into law by the governor, imposes a $15 flat tax on adult bikes over $200<p>Oregon has become the first state to levy a tax on bicycles. But rather than the standard percentage-style of taxing products, the newest iteration of the Transportation Bill that puts the tax …

Forests