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Selling bike lanes: Lessons from Calgary’s ambitious biking network

Whether it’s grounded in monetary costs or perceived traffic impacts, new bicycling infrastructure often raises a heated debate. But in Calgary, Alberta, the stakes were higher than normal when the issue of protected bike lanes came up for a vote by the city council in 2014. The city had proposed not just one lane project… Read more »

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Five big lessons to help small cities expand shared mobility

Discussions on shared mobility often focus on transportation solutions for high-density city neighborhoods. But most of the recent growth in the U.S. – and by far the greatest share of urbanized land – is now in suburban areas outside the urban core, as well as in smaller, lower-density cities. This issue was addressed recently at… Read more »

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Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline… Read more »

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Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture

RIDE Solutions in Roanoke, Virginia has a long history of working with the local arts and culture scene to reduce traffic in the region. We have worked with: the Roanoke Arts Commission on: an art bike rack, a bicycle-based tour of public art installations, and a program called Art by Bus the independent Roanoke Arts… Read more »

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Smart Cities Put People First, and People Want Technology

The Brookings Institution held a forum this week for urban planners, techies, and politicians on a topic that’s gained traction in recent years: “smart cities.” Cohosted by Barcelona’s ESADE Business School, Getting Smarter About Smart Cities included panelists from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Edmonton, and Arlington. A smart city is a term coined by IBM to describe… Read more »

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Maryland Mandatory Bike-Helmet Law Would Make Streets Less Safe

[Editor’s note: This article is republished at care2, where there is a slew of interesting conversation happening in the comments section about the mandatory bike helmet issue. Please check it out and weigh in with your voice.] The research tells us that mandatory bicycle-helmet laws are, perhaps counter-intuitively, a very bad idea when the hope… Read more »

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Calgary’s Natural Beauty is Most Apparent by Bicycle and Foot

Before heading out to Banff in Alberta for a long-planned family vacation in the Canadian Rockies, I had about four hours to kill in Calgary before my wife and son’s flight arrived. So, like I do in all new cities I visit, I headed downtown to take a bikeride and walk around some too. Using… Read more »