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Bicycle Utrecht

While many of the 6,000 new parking spots filled quickly, city engineers focused on the work ahead: creating thousands more spots bike paths .. see link

Cycling facts from Europe #cargobike #FamilyCycling #CycleTouring #cycling #bicyclelovers

Some Cycling Facts from Europe:

  • In The Netherlands 84% of Dutch people have one or more bikes
  • In The Netherlands 24% of Dutch people cycle every day
  • In The Netherlands 16% of Dutch people have electrical bikes
  • In Copenhagen 25% of families with two or more kids have a cargo bike
  • In Copenhagen 50% of all citizens commute by bike every day
  • In Copenhagen there are more bikes than inhabitants.

However, the USA is catching up…..in 2012, 865,000 American workers cycled to work (an increase of 11 percent from 2009). Still a lot of potential to increase the number of happy & healthy bike riders…!

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How bike friendly is your city?

How bike friendly is your city? According to CNN, the dutch city of Utrecht is the most bike friendly city in the world (50% of all journeys take place by bike). We are delighted to see that many mayors in the USA are creating a more bike friendly city. Dutch local governments welcome anyone to show how they are doing it!

Cargo Bikes Are the New Ice Cream Truck

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Cargo Bikes Are the New Ice Cream Truck

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If you’re a regular reader of Copenhagenize, you’ve probably seen us blog a photo or two of cargo bike vendors. The ice cream bar is, hands down, one of my favorite cargo bikes to see cruising around town.

With bicycle culture, and now cargo bike culture, emerging around the world it’s refreshing to see examples from cities that aren’t Amsterdam or Copenhagen. Here’s one straight out of Winnipeg, Canada: The Dickie Dee Ice Cream company.

Having been to wonderful wintry Winnipeg recently for the Kickstand Sessions it’s hard to imagine ever getting a hankering for an eskimo pie or a popsicle. Nevertheless, after being founded in 1959, Dickie Dee rode their way to the top – becoming one of the largest vending companies in North America – selling creamsicles and ice cream sandwiches straight from the front of their fiberglass cooler box cargo bikes.

Here’s to hoping we hear a few more of those handle bar bells jingling around town.

This article is from: www.copenhagenize.com

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Dear customer,

Cargo Bikes and the environment

Our Dutch cargo bikes are giving many families in the United States a wonderful feeling when making trips on the bike with their kids or pets. We know how important it is to get people on bikes and out of their car to create a healthy environment. Since many clients have already offered us to support in promoting the cargo bike, we would like to offer you a new way to contribute to this greater cause. In addition, we provide you a possibility to reduce the cost of your own cargo bike.

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Babboe Cargo Bike Sale

CARGO BIKE SALE

CARGO BIKE FOR SALE -The Babboe cargo bike is a combined effort of a number of Dutch parents who wanted to have a cargo bike, but thought they were too expensive. As a result, they decided to develop their own top quality, yet affordable, cargo bike. The first Babboe cargo bikes were produced and sold in 2007 in the Netherlands. We have listened carefully to other parents and customers, and we are constantly on the lookout for product improvements and new (accessory) ideas. In Holland, Denmark and several other European countries many parents and dog lovers have a trendy ‘bakfiets’ to get around easily and safely In the Netherlands over 20,000 Babboe bikes have been sold and the Babboe is now the number one selling quality AND budget cargo bike. Every trendy family has one.

We took our own ‘bakfiets’ from the Netherlands. This is the Dutch cargobike that most parents in The Netherlands use to bring their children to daycare, school, swim classes, playground, grocery or just to enjoy being outside. We loved cycling in Somerville and Boston on this cargo trike. We could get around easily and safely with our kids, instead of always have to take the car or walk. We wanted other people to have this same wonderful feeling on a sunny day. And don’t worry about hills, it has 7 gears! We know how important it is for a city to get people on bikes and out of the car. This helps create a green city and a more healthy environment. The team at myamsterdambike.com thinks this wonderful bike contributes to this greater cause.  And at the same time you can transport your children, pets or groceries safely!

5 businesses embracing the cargo bike

The cargo bike is not just for hipster families anymore. It is a crucial business tool for urban deliveries.

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About 50 percent of urban deliveries could be made by cargo bike, one new study shows. (Photo: Inc./Shutterstock)

Cargo bikes are rapidly gaining some traction as a green, cost-effective method to transport just about anything. But while much of focus, in the U.S. at least, has been on the hipster parent doing the urban school run, these modern-day workhorses are also proving to be a valuable commercial tool. In fact businesses and organizations around the world are getting on their (cargo) bikes to cut delivery costs, reduce emissions and raise their public profiles. (The German government has even created a guide to promote the use if cargo bikes by businesses, and some studies suggest 50 percent of urban deliveries could be made by bike.)

Here are some of our favorite cargo bike championmbrands.

Ikea

Ikea has already won some love in the cycling community by giving away bikes to employees, but in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, customers at select stores can load up their purchases on a specially commissioned cargo bike and ride home. The operation in Delft, Netherlands costs 10 euros for two hours, but the Swedish location appears to offer the use of the bikes for free. As someone who has lived without a car in the city and tried to shop at Ikea, I have to say this is a very welcome innovation. Not only does it allow for low-carbon delivery, but it also introduces potential new riders to the power of the cargo bike — and that can only be a good thing.

The Danish Post Office

Any visitor to Denmark will notice the huge number of cargo bikes on the road. In fact, some estimates suggest that 25 percent of families with two kids in Copenhagen own a cargo bike! One force that has helped normalize this mode of transport is the humble post office. Not only has the postal service been delivering with fleets of cargo bikes for years, it has commissioned its own custom-built Nihola electric cargo bike — and dedicated a postage stamp to it. If that’s not bike love, I don’t know what is.

Whole Foods Brooklyn

Whole Foods cargo bike

Photo: People’s Cargo/video screen capture

Grocery delivery services are already a great way to cut down on miles driven and urban congestion. After all, why does every family need to drive to the store when the store can come to them? But in dense, urban environments, packing a van full of groceries and getting around town may not make that much sense. That’s why a Brooklyn Whole Foods store teamed up with People’s Cargo to start deliveries with a custom electric cargo bike, complete with cooler and solar-powered recharging.

UPS 

Much like the Danish Post Office, UPS knows something about moving things around — the last mile of delivery is by far the most expensive of any logistics operation. That may be why UPS has been experimenting with bike deliveries in Oregon, Rhode Island and other locations. As profiled in a Guardian article about the Rhode Island delivery operation, bike fleets have the potential to be scaled up quickly when there’s a holiday rush:

Simply hiring extra trucks doesn’t address the problem of the Christmas rush, says Tom McGovern, package operations manager at the UPS facility in Warwick, Rhode Island. “We dispatch 300 vehicles a day from here, and just don’t have the ability to double that in peak delivery times like this.”
In Europe, UPS has even commissioned specially designed bike trucks for urban deliveries.

WSJ – Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

WSJ Cargo Bike

Cargo Bikes: The New Station Wagon

Cargo bikes are winning over casual and avid cyclists alike with one supersize feature: the ability to haul it all—from the groceries to the family that eats them

ON A RECENT SUNDAY, Brandon Jones, a 44-year-old fund manager at 9W Capital Management, traveled from his home in downtown Manhattan with his wife and two children to meet friends for brunch in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They were heading to Reynard, the popular restaurant in the neighborhood’s fashionable Wythe Hotel, where Manhattan-bound Town Cars regularly idle on the street outside.

CARGO BIKES BY THE NUMBERS

But Mr. Jones did not drive. Nor did he take the subway. Instead, he piloted his two children via the deck of his Yuba Mundo, a so-called “longtail” cargo bike. (His wife rode her own bike.) Picture a mountain bike, but with a stouter frame and smaller wheels, stretched out and lowered in the back. “We actually beat our friends who drove back to TriBeCa,” Mr. Jones said. While Mr. Jones does garage a BMW X5 SUV, his car rarely sees daylight within the city limits. Rather, for daily trips like the mile-and-a-half commute from TriBeCa to his children’s school in Greenwich Village, he simply hops on another kind of SUV—one that actually includes a bit of sport.

Mr. Jones’s choice is becoming an increasingly popular one in the U.S. The country’s biggest seller of the Yuba Mundo is Joe Bike, a Portland, Ore., store specializing in “high-performance urban, utility and touring bikes.” The owner, Joe Doebele, said that when he began carrying cargo bikes—a catchall term covering a variety of bike styles built for functional hauling—five years ago, he thought they would be for just that, cargo. “But parents, mostly moms, were the ones who were buying them,” he said. “It quickly became a family bike.”

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Less Car more go : Support Cargo Bike Movie on Kickstarter!

The Project:

In early 2011, almost three years before the Wall Street Journal dubbed cargo bikes “the New Station Wagon,” filmmaker Liz Canning began making LESS CAR MORE GO. The project is a crowdsourced documentary on the past, present and future of the cargo bike movement, co-directed by over 100 cargo cyclists. A rapidly growing online network of bike lovers from all over the world has shared hours of video footage capturing how cargo bikes change lives. The number, quality and content of submissions to LESS CAR MORE GO is a stunning testament to the power of bicycles, community and art. And we’ve only just begun!

By interweaving Co-Directors’ footage with interviews Liz has shot with riders, designers, shop owners, advocates and pioneers, LESS CAR MORE GO will tell the tale of the cargo bike, from the original bakfiets and rickshaws in Europe and Asia, to the birth of the Longtail in Australia and Nicaragua, through the year 2014 when sales are doubling and tripling annually, and the global cargo bike culture is exploding!

Furthermore, the collectively illustrated story of the cargo bike boom will be framed by the parallel story of the synergistic LESS CAR MORE GO project. Our goal is to produce an authentic, collaborative document of a cultural revolution in progress: a tribute to the potential of teamwork, bikes and the internet.

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Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes – NY Times

Family Cargo Bikes

 

Dave Hoverman and his wife, Abby Smith, in Berkeley, Calif., with their cargo bike, which can hold all four children. CreditJason Henry for The New York Times

When Dave Hoverman, 38, a business strategy consultant in Berkeley, Calif., goes to Costco on the weekends, he ditches his Audi Q7 and instead loads his four children into a Cetma cargo bike with a trailer hitched to the rear.

“We do all sorts of errands on the bike,” Mr. Hoverman said. “We try not to get in the car all weekend.”

Mr. Hoverman is among a growing contingent of eco-minded and health-conscious urban parents who are leaving their car keys at home and relying on high-capacity cargo bikes for family transportation.

Cargo bikes initially catered to the “hard-core D.I.Y. crowd — people who wanted to carry around really large objects like surfboards or big speakers or kayaks,” said Evan Lovett-Harris, the marketing director for Xtracycle, a company in Oakland, Calif., that introduced its first family-oriented cargo model, the EdgeRunner, in 2012. Cargo bikes, he said, now account for the largest proportion of the company’s sales.

“When we first started selling these bikes 15 years ago, we were the total freako weirdos,” said Ross Evans, the company’s founder. “Back then, a basket on your handlebars was considered fringe.”

These days, cargo bikes are no longer a novelty: They are cropping up not just in the expected West Coast enclaves like Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area, but in cities like New Haven, Tucson and Dallas. “It used to be that if I saw somebody in Boston on a cargo bike, I probably knew them and probably helped them buy their bicycle,” said Nathan Vierling-Claassen, who has ridden a cargo bike since 2008. “Now that’s no longer the case.”

Cargo bikes are also popular in Washington. Jon Renaut, 37, a software engineer at the Department of Homeland Security, said that he is one of more than a dozen parents at his children’s elementary school who commute to school and work by cargo bike. “There have been only two days this whole school year — when it was really, really snowy out — that we left the bike at home,” Mr. Renaut said. What helps keep his 4- and 6-year-old daughters warm, he said, is to have them face backward while riding.

The popularity of cargo bikes has given rise to more variety. Cargo bikes come in two main types: longtails, which look like a regular bike with a large rack extended over the rear wheel, and the Dutch-style bakfiets, which has a cargo box mounted in front of the handlebars. While longtails are considerably cheaper (a Yuba Mundo starts at $1,300), bakfiets (which start at about $3,000) can generally hold more.

“The thing I love about cargo bikes these days is that there is such an amazing selection,” said Shane MacRhodes, 43, who manages a school transportation program in Eugene, Ore. “People are finding bikes that really fit their lifestyle. Some people like the sturdiness of a Yuba Mundo, and some people like the sporty zippy ones. It’s almost like the S.U.V. versus the sports wagon.”

Cargo bikes are making inroads into New York, too. It is not unusual to see them parked outside Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn, or Union Market in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Joe Nocella, who owns 718 Cyclery, a bicycle shop in Gowanus, joined the bandwagon last year and expanded his cargo bike selection. “Our shop was up 21 percent over the year before,” he said, “and a good chunk of that was from our focus on cargo bikes.”

“It’s such a great transaction because here’s this family that’s ditching the car and transforming itself, and you get to be a part of that,” he said. “I love when the kids come in and jump all over the bikes.” (When parents show up without children, he lets them test-ride bikes with sandbags.)

Manuel Toscano, 42, a design consultant who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, commutes to his son’s preschool in Chinatown and his job in TriBeCa on a Bullitt bicycle. “Every time we tried to take the kid into the subway, it was an ordeal,” he said. “People don’t move or let you sit when you have a kid.”

“We finally decided we’d had enough,” he said. “The only sustainable way to have kids here is not to get in the subway.”

Biking in New York has its share of challenges. “New York is not an easy place to have a family, and it’s not an easy place to have a cargo bike,” Mr. Toscano said. The bike-path approach to the Manhattan Bridge, he said, is not for the faint of calf muscle, and the bridge’s narrow entrances are difficult to navigate.

“The other challenge is where to put my bike,” he said. “I garage mine, and they charge me the same as any other bicycle: $38 a month plus tax, even though it’s longer than a Smart car.”

MyAmsterdamBike starts on social media! U.S. Biggest online Babboe store!

The Babboe cargo bike is a combined effort of a number of Dutch parents who wanted to have a cargo bike, but thought they were too expensive. As a result, they decided to develop their own top quality, yet affordable, cargo bike. The first Babboe cargo bikes were produced and sold in 2007 in the Netherlands. We have listened carefully to other parents and customers, and we are constantly on the lookout for product improvements and new (accessory) ideas. In Holland, Denmark and several other European countries many parents and dog lovers have a trendy ‘bakfiets’ to get around easily and safely In the Netherlands over 20,000 Babboe bikes have been sold and the Babboe is now the number one selling quality AND budget cargo bike. Every trendy family has one.


www.myamsterdambike.com
We took our own ‘bakfiets’ from the Netherlands. This is the Dutch cargobike that most parents in The Netherlands use to bring their children to daycare, school, swim classes, playground, grocery or just to enjoy being outside. We loved cycling in Somerville and Boston on this bike. We could get around easily and safely with our kids, instead of always have to take the car or walk. We wanted other people to have this same wonderful feeling on a sunny day. And don’t worry about hills, it has 7 gears! We know how important it is for a city to get people on bikes and out of the car. This helps create a green city and a more healthy environment. The team at myamsterdambike.com thinks this wonderful bike contributes to this greater cause. And at the same time you can transport your children, pets or groceries safely!

Whole Foods delivers with cargo bikes

whole foods cargo bike photo

We already know that many US families are embracing the cargo bike for car-free transportation. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that businesses are getting in on the act too.

Instead of using vans to run their delivery scheme, the Whole Foods store on Third & 3rd in Brooklyn—which already features impressive sustainability credentials including climate-friendly refrigeration, solar arrays and wind turbines, and a rooftop farm—has partnered with cargo bike specialists People’s Cargo to develop custom-built, electric assist delivery bikes complete with cooler and solar panel for recharging.

The reason I find this so exciting is that, as the German government’s backing for bike-delivery has shown, cargo bikes represent an ideal transportation tool for many urban businesses, replacing vans that are as inefficient as they are space-consuming. And because they are on the road day in and day out, they also provide a highly visible billboard for the utilitarian benefits of bike culture. (As we know, visibility matters when it comes to biking.)

It’s also promising to think that businesses that embrace cargo bikes will now also have an incentive to make their own facilities more bike-friendly, and perhaps even to raise their voice for city-wide bike infrastructure too.

Source:
http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/brooklyn-whole-foods-deliver-cargo-bike.html

CNN – World’s best cycling cities

CNN.COM – If you’re taking a strict view on the world’s most bike-friendly cities, the eventual list would mainly take in a smallish patch of northwest Europe.

One such rating table, produced by the Denmark-based cycling advocacy group Copenhagnize, has more than half its top 20 bike-friendly places clustered around the Netherlands, France, Germany and Denmark.

Instead, we’ll spread our net more widely, rewarding aspiration, ambition and progress, as well as just endless ranks of smiling cyclists pedaling sensible bikes on segregated paths.

Utrecht, Netherlands

Lists such as this one traditionally begin with Amsterdam, but while the Netherlands’ most populous city is definitely bike friendly, we’re marking it down for the hordes of wobbling tourists on bright-red rental machines.

Instead we’re heading southeast to Utrecht, a city that has a fair claim to being the globe’s most pro-two-wheel destination.

In its center, up to 50% of all journeys take place in the saddle and local authorities are building a 12,500-space cycle parking facility billed as the world’s biggest.

As in all Dutch cities, visitors from places with a more belligerent traffic culture might be struck at how normal it all feels.

Cycling in Utrecht is treated on par with walking, with helmets and high-visibility garments rarely used, not least because of the protection offered by segregated cycle lanes.

One well known English cycle blogger, Mark Treasure, was struck by the range in ages on a visit to Utrecht.

“I find it hard to imagine children this young cycling into the center of any UK city at all, let alone cycling in and looking so happy and relaxed, and so ordinary,” he writes.

“Yet in Utrecht, families cycling around together is commonplace.”

MORE: The world’s most incredible bike routes

Seville, Spain

Seville is the answer to those who say promoting urban bike use is too ambitious and takes decades.

In 2006, the Andalusian capital’s government, vexed by the city’s four daily rush hours (yes, four! This is siesta-taking southern Spain) decided to take action.

There was plenty of naysaying.

Critics pointed out Spain has scant tradition of commuter cycling.

Some questioned who would ride in midsummer through Europe’s hottest regions and risk arriving at work as damp as if they’d just pedaled through a mechanical car wash.

Undaunted, the city established about 50 miles of cycle lanes within a year (there’s now about 80 miles) and commissioned a municipal bike rental plan called Sevici.

The result?

Within about six years, journeys made by bike shot from less than 0.5% to about 7%, and city transportation chiefs from around the world suddenly had the perfect excuse to arrange week-long fact-finding trips in the sun.

MORE: Cycling across the sea in stunning Hiroshima

Montreal

It's like being part of a public bike gang.

By long tradition one of the few North American cities in these sort of lists, Montreal began constructing bike paths in the 1980s and now has almost 400 miles of them.

The addition of its popular and pioneering Bixi municipal bike-share plan, the model for those later rolled out in Paris and London, has meant a remarkable amount of cycle use, especially for a place where daytime winter temperature above 10 C (50 F) is viewed as dangerously tropical.

Cycling stats for Montreal indicate the city still has work to do and cycle groups say too many riders are nudged onto busy roads.

One survey says nearly half the city’s adult population rides a bike at least once a week, yet little more than 2% of commutes are made on two wheels.

“The challenge is that we have asked people to start using their bicycles and they’ve done it so much faster than we’ve been able to change the city,” Aref Salem, the person in charge of mass transit on Montreal’s executive committee, told the Toronto Star recently.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Much like ignoring France on a roster of great cheese countries, a list of top cycling cities excluding Copenhagen just wouldn’t be right.

More than half the locals in the Danish capital cycle to work or school, and with an estimated bike population of 650,000 there are slightly more cycles than people.

Enough of these are available to rent to tourists, and Copenhagen’s compact dimensions and tolerant traffic make it perfect to explore by bike.

City leaders are intent not just on increasing bike use further, but exporting the Copenhagen doctrine of a segregated and safe bike infrastructure that features bike lanes of up to three meters (about 10 feet) in width.

There’s an official Cycling Embassy of Denmark to spread the word, while the founder of the aforementioned Copenhagenize group, Mikael Colville-Andersen, spends much of his working life telling other cities how to copy the Danish model.

MORE: Most bike-friendly cities in the United States

Berlin

Berlin: where East Europe meets West, on a bike.

Less shouted about than the Dutch or Danish examples, Germany has nonetheless been quietly getting on with boosting bike use in many of its cities.

Berlin is the standout example.

About 13% of all trips in the city are made by bike, nearly twice the rate of 20 years ago.

In some inner suburbs this hits 20%.

This is particularly impressive given the city’s long, freezing winters, abundant public transport and status as capital of a nation with a long tradition of manufacturing cars and driving them at absurd speeds on autobahns.

Aside from clever and consistent public policy designed to boost bike use, Berlin has a number of inbuilt advantages.

Streets are often hugely wide, in part a consequence of the devastation of World War II and grandiose postwar Soviet planning, and the terrain is largely flat.

While many Berliners live in apartments, often a difficulty for those using bikes, the city’s traditional Mietskaserne tenement blocks tend to be built around a central courtyard, giving space for secure storage.

What’s most impressive is the sheer scale — Berlin has a population of about 3.5 million people, far bigger than the relatively small likes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Portland, Oregon

“The groundwork for the city’s bike infrastructure was laid over 20 years ago,” says Brian Zeck, bike manager of Portland’s River City Bicycles. “It has built upon itself over the years and bicycling has become somewhat ingrained in the culture of the city.

“In some ways, Portland now has the feel of a European city.”

That infrastructure includes more than 65 miles of bike paths, 30 miles of low-traffic bike boulevards and 175 miles of bike lanes, all of which are used with gusto by the 8% of citizens who claim that biking is their primary form of transportation, and 10% who say a bike is their secondary vehicle.

All of those numbers are climbing annually, thanks to the city’s grand Bicycle Plan for 2030, unanimously adopted by the City Council in 2010.

The plan calls for attracting new riders by forming a denser bike network, reducing vehicle speed limits on designated streets (thus increasing safety for riders) and increasing bicycle parking, among other measures.

The most exciting development for Portland bikers is the planned 2015 opening of the Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People spanning the Willamette River, which divides the east and west sides of the city.

The first span built over the river since 1973, “the bridge will be distinctive in the United States, designed to carry light rail trains, buses, cyclists, pedestrians and streetcars, but not private vehicles,” according to TriMet, the local public agency that operates mass transit.

The bridge will feature two 14-foot-wide pedestrian and bike lanes.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, an estimated 2,100 races, rides and other biking events are held in Portland each year.

Tokyo

Wait, Tokyo?

The one with more than 13 million inhabitants covering 800-plus square miles.

That Tokyo?

Correct.

In this vast, crammed capital city, an amazing 14% of all trips are made by bike.

There are practical reasons many Tokyo residents prefer a bike to a car for shorter journeys.

Before you can even buy a car in the city you must prove you possess a (rare and usually expensive) off-street parking spot.

Cycling here is different.

Few people cycle to work — distances tend to be long and the mass transit system is hugely efficient.

Instead, rides tend to be around the countless neighborhoods that make up the city.

Also, a lot of cycling takes place — legally — on footpaths and sidewalks.

These aren’t the Lycra-clad speedsters of London or New York.

Tokyo cyclists use practical “mamachari” bikes with sturdy frames, baskets for shopping and seats containing one or two small children.

They pedal about the pavement on these weighty behemoths, rarely reaching the pace of a jog, keeping out of the way of each other and pedestrians with ample use of the so-called “gaman” attitude, a sort of stoic tolerance for others which makes life in such a vast, packed city more or less work.

MORE: Cycling World War I battlefields

Bogota, Colombia

Cyclists own the streets of Bogota (on Sundays).

Call this one an honorable mention.

Colombia’s capital is by no means as obviously cycle-friendly as others on this list, with fewer than 5% of Bogota’s journeys involving bikes, increasing car numbers and choking smog.

Nonetheless, it merits its place for effort, not least for tempting so many citizens of an often deprived and hugely packed city — the population is fast nearing 9 million — onto two wheels.

Did we mention it’s located 2,600 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level?

Anyone thinking of pedaling around as a tourist should be prepared for some undignified wheezing the first day or so.

Credit is due to the city’s former mayor, Enrique Penalosa, who on taking office in 1998 canceled a planned highway through the city center and kick-started a process that’s seen Bogota acquire nearly 200 miles of protected bike lanes and, soon, its own bike-rental plan.

The best way to try two-wheeled life in Bogota is a weekly Sunday ritual known as Ciclovia that sees 70 miles of streets closed to vehicles and given over to bikes and pedestrians.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/17/travel/best-cycling-cities/

American experience on dutch bikes

Ins and Outs of the Dutch Bike Culture

If not the Dutch are showing everyone a surefire way towards a healthier lifestyle, then who? The irresistible desire to make the difference and take a step back from the disturbing tendency for the environmental pollution is rooted in their minds. Fortunately, all these ideas are put into action with Dutch-style bikes. It’s not just a means of transport – it shows that you care about the well-being of others and yours. With this in mind, it will be the very thing for people who care about everything that surrounds them as well as the quality of life in their places of living.

While gaining ground all over the world, the Dutch bicycle culture impresses everyone with its simplicity. It gives a new dimension to the standard form of cycling by settling it into a routine. Whether you are planning to go for a family picnic or willing to escape traffic jams on your way to the office, this bike is exactly what you need. It’s an all-weather vehicle that doesn’t require any special gear and does serve its owner for years. Wherever you need to go, it’s up to you to experience a tight squeeze in the subway or to buy a Dutch bike and enjoy all the comfort it offers.

Combination of Style, Practicality, and Jaw-Dropping Design

Just imagine that feeling when you ride along a narrow street while beholding the beauty of your homeland without harming the environment. It is an opportunity a bicycle of this type can provide you with.

Such a Dutch-style vehicle is designed with a special frame to make sure you are traveling in the upright riding position that adds to visibility. It is of utmost importance to observe traffic lights, road signs, movement of cars, and pedestrians, especially in the hustle and bustle of a big city. Besides, every bike of this type has retro-looking features that are known to produce a head-turning effect on all passers-by.

Also, there are 3-wheel cargo bike models which are on the rise today. Apart from all the advantages of traditional bicycles, they allow for traveling with kids or pets. Unlike two-wheelers, Dutch tricycles enable you to transport small cargo and foods so that you don’t need to hire a carrier. If you want to have fun with your loved ones outside the town and ditch your car, there is no better way to do this than riding a cargo bicycle.

It’s Time to Go Green

With the increasing popularity of Dutch bikes in the USA, MyAmsterdamBike opens its doors to everyone who is enthusiastic about eco-friendly cycling. We want you to experience the essence of riding a bicycle in a new way that seems favorable for the whole society. As a reliable distributor of Babboe models, we offer various types of Dutch-style bikes for sale so that you can pick the one that best meets your needs.

Go for the most attractive alternative to owning a car and get your bicycle delivered to your doorstep!

Amsterdam and bicycles

Pavel Prokopchik for The New York Times

Amsterdam has more bicycles than people, and although it has thousands of bike racks, demand for them still outstrips supply.

AMSTERDAM — About 6:30 weekday mornings, throngs of bicycles, with a smattering of motor scooters and pedestrians, pour off the ferries that carry bikers and other passengers free of charge across the IJ (pronounced “eye”) harbor, clogging the streets and causing traffic jams down behind Amsterdam’s main train station.

“In the afternoon it’s even more,” moaned Erwin Schoof, a metalworker in his 20s who lives in the canal-laced center of town and battles the chaos daily to cross to his job.

Willem van Heijningen, a railway official responsible for bikes around the station, said, “It’s not a war zone, but it’s the next thing to it.”

This clogged stream of cyclists is just one of many in a city as renowned for bikes as Los Angeles is for automobiles or Venice for gondolas. Cyclists young and old pedal through narrow lanes and along canals. Mothers and fathers balance toddlers in spacious wooden boxes affixed to their bikes, ferrying them to school or day care. Carpenters carry tools and supplies in similar contraptions and electricians their cables. Few wear helmets. Increasingly, some are saying what was simply unthinkable just a few years ago: There are too many bikes.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/21/world/europe/a-sea-of-bikes-swamps-amsterdam-a-city-fond-of-pedaling.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Boston Globe: A cyclist’s mecca, lessons for Boston

Boston Globe: A cyclist’s mecca, with lessons for Boston. By innovating ways for cars and bikes to share the road, the Dutch have set the safety standard.

HOUTEN, the Netherlands — The intersection at De Koppeling Street is the kind of sight that might render a Bostonian speechless.

It’s a double-decker roundabout.

The top level functions like a normal rotary, cars entering and leaving from four directions. That bit of controlled chaos New Englanders know well.

But on a level just below the cars, there’s another rotary, this one is just for bikes. As cars flow through the circle overhead, a steady stream of businessmen and moms and 12-year-olds wend their way through the intersection on their bicycles, safe, separated from cars, and undisturbed.

Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/09/21/bicycling-dutch-way/kFRT0ABSPtUnXMIUj5zONM/story.html

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