Economics of bike parking
It may initially seem logical to conclude that if car users spend more, then public space should be dominated by car parking to attract more 'high spenders' to make the retail precinct successful and vibrant. However, the relative space efficiency of each mode needs to be considered…Each square metre of space allocated to cars reaps just $6 per hour in expenditure, whereas each square metre of space allocated to bikes reaps five times as much ($31 per hour).
Credit where it's due
People for Bikes on Making bicycling contagious
We think that bicycling doesn't get enough credit as a partial solution to the obesity epidemic. So much of the discussion on weight gain and loss centers around what and how much we eat, yet, obviously, a lack of physical activity is a also major cause of obesity. Biycling [sic] is a fantastic way to stay active for many reasons.
Quick (release) thinking
Bike becomes trike
Joe Friel offer his Top 10 Mistakes of Athletes:
Ride, kid, ride
Never again! Maybe…
After crashing her bike and breaking her collarbone, Gina Kolata's first reaction was a vow to never ride again.
"The first analysis of data from shared bicycle networks in Europe, reveals some surprising urban cycling patterns" including that cyclists pedal faster on Wednesdays.
The death of the fixie
According to this report from Reuters, "men who bike at least five hours a week have fewer and less active sperm than men who didn't exercise, a study said".
But wait there's more, Lauren Wise at Boston University "also noted that it was possible that the men included in the study may not be representative of the general population, since they were all attending a fertility clinic and therefore more likely to have problems with their sperm". Ah, I think I see a confounding variable in their study.
The legal system
Dancing the pedals
A lighter bicycle did not lead to a detectable difference in commuting time. Cyclists may find it more cost effective to reduce their own weight rather than to purchase a lighter bicycle.
You coulda knocked me over with a feather-weight brake lever…
Privilege and rights
To drive requires a licence - in law, a privilege. To ride a bicycle (just like walking) requires no licence - this makes it a right.
Walk and increase social capital
Science Daily reports:
On the whole, the more walkable neighborhoods scored higher on every measure of social capital than the less walkable neighborhoods…individuals in more walkable neighborhoods tended to have higher levels of trust and community involvement…Residents in the more walkable neighborhoods also reported being in good health and happy more often than those in the less walkable neighborhoods.
Smart girls ride bikes
Regulate? Oh yeah?
Why regulating cyclists is unnecessary and harmful: "Why don't cyclists have compulsory licencing, training and insurance? Because it would be utterly pointless". [twitterer]
Well, it could be worse
Nothing new under the sun
Bicycle polo is now all the rage at the English music halls, where the game is played fast and furious on the stage by efficiently trained cyclists.
Oh, how I wish that I too were "efficiently trained"!
Sing, sing, sing
- Cycling in London: Past, Present and beyond
- 9W Magazine: a journal of cycling photography
- Amsterdam Bicycles (pretty sure I've posted this before, but hey…)