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Missing out on some bike news lately? Transit news? Here’s a roundup of some top stories from around the interwebs.

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Bicycling

Bicycle Culture Mythbusting — The Complete Guide

Over the years we have realised that a large part of our work at Copenhagenize Design Co.in working towards bicycle-friendly cities is the simple art of mythbusting. While time-consuming and often frustrating, it still appears to a necessary part of the dialogue around the world.

We Just Released A Bunch Of High-Quality Biking Photos Into The Public Domain

One of the best things about biking is that it helps you live more of your life in public, fully a part of the community around you. Today we’re happy to be doing the same thing, except with photography.

Steam Powered Recumbent Bike Will Puff Its Way Into Your Heart

This steam powered recumbent bike can be ready to go in 30 seconds or less. It has 7 speeds, a hand clutch and a 17 ply wooden frame. Top speed? Don’t ask.

Designing Intersections for Cyclists

Biking alongside traffic can be a stressful experience in many cities. Dedicated bike lanes are the best solution for protecting cyclists—however, many cities struggle to even put in painted lanes—a simple and cost-effective solution. At worst, cyclists have no designated road space, forced to dangerously mingle with traffic. Anxiety about this lack of protection and risk of harm is a major turn off for many potential cyclists, pushing them to rely on private vehicles.

New Platinum, New Gold Bicycle Friendly Communities

Today the League of American Bicyclists announced 55 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Communities (BFC). Eighteen communities received their first BFC award, 17 at Bronze and Hennepin County, MN, at Silver. Nine communities moved up to higher award levels, and the remainder renewed at their previous level.

And the #1 Costumed-Biking City in Our Nationwide Challenge is…

We are down to the last two months of our eight-month search for the best U.S. city for “everyday biking.” In case you’re just joining us, we define “everyday biking” as casual, utilitarian trips around town. How will we determine the winner, you ask? It’s pretty simple.

85.71 MPH is the New, Human-Powered Speed Record

This streamlined, carbon fiber shelled street missile just blasted its way into the speed record books by hitting 85.71 MPH on human power alone!

DAYMAK Launches EC1 Carbon Fiber Ebike at EICMA Milan Italy

Daymak Inc. will be showcasing the EC1, a carbon fiber electric bike, at the EICMA show in Milan Italy Nov. 19 – 22, with a SRP of $1899, making it the lowest price entry carbon fiber ebike on the market today. Daymak has chosen to develop this ebike using a carbon fiber frame because carbon is lighter, stronger, and more stable than both aluminum, titanium and steel frames.

Copenhagenizing Paris

I’ll be speaking in Paris today – 21 November 2015 – about bicycle urbanism and lessons to be learned from Copenhagen. Paris has declared that it aims to be the world’s best bicycle city in the world by 2020. This is simply not possible with the current sub-standard understanding of Best Practice infrastructure. The current Mayor Anne Hildalgo, has some good ideas, which we’ve reviewed here, but until the City understands the basics of bicycle infrastructure,  not much is going to happen.

New Elevated Cycle Track in Copenhagen — 65 metres high

It appears that the city will not follow up on its original tender requesting a design for a bridge between the towers and certainly not one that will accommodate bikes. Which is a good thing. Scroll to the bottom of this article to see a simple idea that could be upgraded with modern designs.

Amsterdam City Council Agrees to Remove More Cars

After all the buzz about Oslo going car-free a couple of weeks ago, yet another city is making the move to modernise.


 

Transit

4 Principles for Making Transit Oriented Development Work

Many communities that want more transit oriented development are still struggling to build the political will and the financing mechanisms necessary to deliver. Here are four ideas about how to make TOD happen.

Finding Creative Ways to Finance Transit-Oriented Development in Brazilian Cities

The United Nations has warned that without the appropriate preparations, Brazil’s rapid urbanization could result in congestion and harm citizens’ quality of life. One way of ensuring mobility is transit-oriented development (TOD), which is an urban planning model that brings together urban and transport planning to create compact and connected urban communities. However, despite its economic benefits, TOD still faces many barriers in Brazil, ranging from a lack of understanding of how TOD is implemented, to finance and governance issues.

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