So I looked into it and, as it turns out, roads have been around for many thousands of years. And for much of that time, they’ve carried a wide variety of things: feet, carts, horses, wagons, streetcars, buses, bikes, and automobiles. It’s only in the last six or seven decades that we’ve decided cars should get priority.
The roads don’t control us, we control them. We can design them to carry whatever types of traffic we feel are useful, and provide for safe and convenient passage of those different modes. But after World War II, many forces in the US—suburban planning, interstate highway development, the movement of the middle-class out of cities—conspired to create a motorist-dominated streetscape.
In the past two years, the share of Copenhageners who ride their bike to work or school has risen from an already high 36% to 41%. But, as far the city planners are concerned, even that’s not enough. “Pretty much everyone here rides a bike: young, old, both sexes, all levels of education,” reports Andreas Røhl, head of the city’s mobility department. “One of our challenges is, with so many people biking, where can we increase the number? Biking shouldn’t be a sacrifice.”
Priority Bikes hit a home-run with this bike design. 3-speed internal hub, belt drive, puncture-resistant tires, pull-back handlebars. This city bicycle has done everything Self-Propelled City has been begging bike shops to do for years. On their kickstarter page you could have ordered one for $350 but they were sold out quickly. Their kickstarter goal was $30,000 and they ended up raising $556,286 so I would say these bikes will be in demand, and bike shops in cities all over the US should take a very close look at this design and specs. But they will be for sale on the Priority Bike website for $400 and that includes a floor pump with gauge.
I was lucky enough to meet David and to check out the Priority Bike workshop where they are gearing up to build them when they arrive at the end of the year. This bike is one SPC can REALLY get behind. The only thing I would have added would be fenders. But to keep costs down they are something you can add later. All of the needed braze-ons are there to add standard fenders. This bike is about minimalism. And I just have to accept the fact that most people would not go riding in the rain like me, so fenders are not required for those buyers.
NOTE: The rear dropouts on this bike are horizontal, rear facing “track” dropouts in the final design. The Gizmodo article shows the front facing horizontal dropouts that were on the frames of earlier test bikes.
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Cargo bikes might not pollute the air, but they often don’t work particularly well. The bikes tend to be heavy, difficult to steer, and prone to tipping over. Students at the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán aimed to reinvent the bikes without adding a motor.
The result was Mocan, a simple vehicle that looks like a scooter, with extra room in front to carry boxes or other goods. Designed as part of the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge, which asks students to look for inspiration in nature, the Mocan imitates the squiggle movement of centipedes and snakes. Instead of pedaling, you move a handle back and forth to move quickly down the street.
known for its bicycle-friendly streets and bike paths, so you’d probably think that bicycle infrastructure in the sky would be completely unnecessary there. But even this bike leader has intersections that are excessively large and centered too much around cars. In the case of one such intersection between Eindhoven and Veldhoven, planners and designers created the Hovenring, a beautiful bicycle and pedestrian roundabout elevated above the roadway.
There’s a unique version of the cargo bike available from Xtracycle, which can not only carry bags or boxes with ease, but can also accommodate a passenger or two as well. Xtracycle’s EdgeRunner model combines a passenger seat, a bike rack, a bike bag, and more, into a “long-tail” cargo bike that is efficient to ride, handles responsively, and is lighter than a lot of other cargo bike options on the market.
Velogistics has the plan figured out with a straight-forward mapping system. People who want to rent or share their cargo bikes post photos and short descriptions of their bikes on the Velogistics website. Bikes can be shared for free or rented at a set price. The location of the bikes is easily found using pins on the Google Maps system. The Velogistics team also has members that scout out broken and abandoned bikes, and refurbishes them to be used as cargo bikes. Additionally, they are building an open-source wiki dedicated to care and maintenance of cargo bikes.
Cyclists are pushing the limits of what they can put carry on cargo bikes — sturdy two-wheelers built to haul lots of stuff. The so-called SUV of bicycles is increasingly popular in pedal-friendly communities, from Washington to Massachusetts.
Families are using the bikes to do everything they did on four wheels — schlepping kids to school, hauling groceries or running errands — without the hassle of finding parking. Some do it to help the environment in a small way or to get exercise, while others say it is an easier, more fun way to get around.