Amsterdam traffic 1900-1930: "Cycling videographer Mark Wagenbuur has released another doozy. His video shows traffic in early 20th century Amsterdam, with — you guessed it — a focus on bicycles." [thanks tom]
Sign o' the times
The StreetFlyer is apparently like hang-gliding on three-wheels. It looks like a whole heap of fun, but I cant't see myself riding to work on that. Apart from anything else, where the hell would I park it?
- Pinch Stand "is formed by wood lamination …take advantage of the natural spring available from this fabrication process, the two halves of Pinch use the weight of your bicycle to firmly lock the rear wheel into place". Clever. [via LikeCool.com, thanks tom]
- I don't quite see the point of The Airspresso , which uses a bike pump to make espresso. Surely stopping at a cafe is easier?
- How very Dutch: DryBike Umbrella Holder [twitterer]
- PIT desk design, because I can't get enough saddle time.
- Six-Pack Frame Cinch [thanks woowoowoo and tom]
- StemCAPtain [thanks tom]
Not in my front yard
Wall Street Journal reports that residents of a Chicago suburb are (I kid you not) opposing the installation of sidewalks:
Claude Pagacz, a retired carpenter and longtime resident, successfully opposed sidewalks on his side of the street. "What concrete adds to the value of my house," he says, "I have no idea."
I'd have thought it adds considerably by connecting to the strip of concrete in front of his neighbours' houses and so on down the street. [twitterer]
Helpful tip from the police
Get your bicycles off the open road. Gee, thanks for the advice.
Running the numbers
What I missed this morning
NYC bike lane stoush
I really don't want to talk about it, but here are some links:
- New York Times: Suit Over Brooklyn Bike Lane Challenges City Initiative
- Matt Seaton: How one New York bike lane could affect the future of cycling worldwide
- John Cassidy: Battle of the Bike Lanes
- Felix Salmon: John Cassidy vs bipeds
- The Economist: The world is his parking spot
- John Cassidy comes back for more and then comes back again
- Felix Salmon has another go at John Cassidy
- Bike Snob NYC: Hold Your Lane: Rough Crossings and Triple Rushes
- Grist: New York's bike lanes are 'homegrown terrorism,' say red-faced opponents
- Dave Moulton: Signs we are winning
The whole New York City brouhaha could be a case of bikelash.
- David Suzuki asks If there is a war on cars, which side is winning?
- Why Do Drivers Hate Cyclists?
- Do drivers really hate us?
- 10 reasons why they honk at us
Designing roads with bikes in mind
- National Association of City Transportation Officials: Urban Bikeway Design Guide
- Austroads: Cycling Aspects of Austroads Guides
Getting it together
A report from NZ Transport Agency says "The integration of cycling and public transport (cycle-PT) can provide additional transport modal choice and flexibility in the use of existing public transport and also increase cycling trips and transit patronage".
- George Monbiot: Here's what we could gain by reducing the speed limit.
- Psychological Science that "children may not be able to detect vehicles approaching at speeds in excess of 20 mph". [twitterer]
Won't someone think if the children?
Children are campaigning for drivers to slow down, as a survey suggests almost one in eight of Welsh nine to 13-year-olds have been hit by vehicles.
Wow, those are pretty shitty odds, if you ask me. [twitterer]
Letting kids ride to school doesn't make you a bad parent. Funny, I never thought it did… [twitterer]
Moreover, University of Melbourne urban planning expert Carolyn Whitzman reckons that "for children, independent mobility is not only vital to physical and emotional development. Being able to walk or cycle to school, friends' houses, parks and shops without an adult is crucial to a sense of citizenship".
Bike lane, not riding in
magnatom argues that "Those who haven't cycled before on urban roads…don't understand why a cyclist might take the middle of the lane, might get annoyed at a car passing within a foot, or might filter to the front of the queue."
Those were the days
Quickrelease.tv: "Tyneside, 1951: when a bicycle tunnel was built before a car tunnel".
Without a doubt @londoncyclist produces the definitive list of top cycling blogs.
- The beauty of the bicycle
- Cyclepedia - new book showcases fantastic private bike collection
- Iconic bicycle designs through the ages
- Van Hulsteijn Bicycles [twitterer]
Check out the video on the British Pedal Car Grand Prix—never before have recumbents had such crowds cheering them on.
BikeRadar asks: Do Cycling And Vegetarianism Mix?
Did someone mention Oppy T-shirts?
Cycling Jerseys Meet British Tailoring. Yeah, no.
Glamp-down on cyclosportives
…paying attention to your surroundings and direction are important skills when riding CTC and audax rides, though not always needed as you can usually sit in with a group of other riders who know the way. And if you get lost, at least you get lost together. By contrast, the fluorescent arrows that indicate every turn on the route of the cyclosportive infantalise the experience of long distance riding in the open country.
Taste crap and rot your teeth
ABC news reports that "Sports drinks are increasingly damaging the teeth of professional and recreational athletes, one of Australia's top sports dentists has warned."
As for so-called 'health' drinks, "They're big business, but not all consumers seem to be aware that some contain more sugar than a bottle of coke".
- Forget planes and cars: beginner's guide to travelling by bike - travel tips and articles - Lonely Planet
- The Bicycle Traveler's Blueprint: What Every Bicycle Traveler Needs To Know…
- The World's 10 Best Bike Tours?
- End of an epic family bike ride from Alaska to Argentina
- 10 Tips for Cycling Iran
The Moulton TSR2: It's fun, it's orange, it goes like the clappers.
Prof Chris Rissel on ditching bike helmets laws better for health.
- kimbofo reviews 'The Rider' by Tim Krabbé: "If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to be stuck in a peloton, or climbing ever so slowly up a massive mountain, or leading the sprint on a bike, then The Rider will let you experience it. And the best bit? Your heart will race, but you won't even have to crack a sweat."
- The Green Bicycle Murder [twitterer]
Ajiro - "Naturally grown urban personal mobility" (or bamboo recumbent, to you and me).
Article in Environmental Health Perspectives: Do the Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh the Risks?
Conclusions: On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting their mode of transport.