Alison Cohen is re-inventing the way people move in some of our largest cities by making bikes more accessible. Her company, Bicycle Transit Systems, which in 2017 formed a strategic alliance with Trek Bicycle’s bike share company and is responsible for bike share systems in some of the nation’s largest, and traditionally most bike-unfriendly cities, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and her home town of Philadelphia.
“The mission at Going Places is to bring joy to deserving children from low income families by providing them with bikes, swim lessons, summer camp opportunities, and more. This will enrich their growth and fuel their imaginations, supporting the most basic childhood right – a right to joy.” -Katie Blomquist, Going Places Founder and Operating Director
At the border of the district ‘Oog in Al in Utrecht, the Netherlands, a bicycle bridge will arise over the Amsterdam Rijn canal, connecting the old inner city with the new district Leidsche Rijn. The bridge, 7 meters high, creates a unique shed to study under. In this design the landing of the bridge is combined with the development of the Montessori school at the Victor Hugo park.
Wheels 4 Life is a non-profit charity (501c(3)), that provides bicycles to people in great need of transportation throughout the developing world. Working with volunteers in the field, local organizations and non profits, schools, community leaders and health care clinics to identify people who are in genuine need of a bike. These people are those that live in both primative and remote areas, with no access to, nor the means of affording public transportation. The closest school, doctor, or work place might be as far as 10 to 20 miles away.The gift of mobility can make all the difference to a person’s life and help them to break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
“Even if you look back at our historical commute data, New Orleans has always had a higher than the national average commute to work by bike. We’re kind of the opposite of many cities that invested heavily in bike infrastructure and then saw that growth happen.” said active transportation project manager Jennifer Ruley.
The University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program. Art professor Steve McGuire started the course Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle in 2010. Ever since, UI students have been designing and welding their own bike frames in the semester course.
“I see the women in cycling coming together and thought I could help be one of the people that creates that tipping point. I’m sure there are others who have been out of the loop, but who want to be involved in promoting women in the sport. There are a lot of people starting to rally around the women and I want to be a part of that movement. We need to keep this forward momentum and not let it stall out.” said Inga Thompson
Texas A&M has created the first glow in the dark bike lane in the United States.
The florescent green bike lane at a busy intersection on the Texas A&M campus soaks up the sun during the day. At night it starts to glow thanks to a photoluminescent mineral in the paint, lighting the path for cyclists and pedestrians. The university sees its campus as living labs, and wanted to test both ideas at an intersection that is particularly busy.
This Spring the cyclist you are passing too closely in London could be a Police officer. In an effort to enforce the 1.5 meter when passing a cyclist law. London’s Metropolitan Police are going low key, with plain-clothes police officers pedaling through the streets on bikes to monitor and issue tickets to motorists breaking the law.
“Climate is the number one priority. Less cars means less pollution. 2017 will be the year of the bicycle.” said Anne Hidalgo.
Paris will also ban private cars from the historical Place du Carrousel du Louvre, which cuts through the Tuileries park and the square in front of the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum with about 9 million visitors per year.
“As a brewery founded on a bike ride ride through Belgium, bike advocacy is part of our DNA so this is a tremendous honor,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium’s public relations director. “Making the world a more bike-friendly place is core to our mission, from giving every co-worker a cruiser bike on their one-year anniversary, to including bike advocacy in our grants program and Tour de Fat.”
The complex will feature three main components or “fields of play,” a world-class velodrome cycling track, running, walking and in-line skating lanes and a multi-purpose infield and coffee shop/cafe.