April 30th, 2013 | by ecolocalizer
Riding a bicycle helps the body stay fit and is environmentally friendly, and provides numerous benefits that allow for self autonomy, mobility, and health, all factors that help our society to evolve and improve. Although when I am riding my bike, some days it still feels like some people do not understand just how truly liberating riding a bicycle can be
December 10th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Last I wrote about Boston’s new bike-sharing program, Hubway, it was about how popular the service was. (Oh yeah,
October 25th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor
The green movement has been emphasizing the importance of going local in day-to-day life, from what you purchase to keep in your fridge and pantry at home, to how you get from place to place -- whether you’re heading to work, school, or back home. ‘Going local’ helps to take people off the roads as much as possible -- at least keep their automobiles of the road -- to prevent even higher levels of harmful emissions.
September 21st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I have written about New York City's planned bike-sharing program a couple times here on EcoLocalizer, and have written about bike-sharing programs in Paris, China, Barcelona, London (a couple times), Chicago, D.C. (sister site Ecopreneurist has as well -- linking to that piece), Boston, and my current city of Wroclaw (twice). I'm a fan. But I've got one problem with many attempts at bike-sharing -- the programs start too small. Well, NYC is not disappointing me. It's starting with 10,000 bikes at 600 stations, comparable to Paris (probably the most successful and certainly the biggest program in the world, which started with 10,000 bikes at 750 stations)
September 9th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
D.C.'s Capital Bikeshare bike-sharing program has been a great success (despite its rather small size). Paris' Velib bike-sharing program rocked the world with its tremendous, unprecedented success. Barcelona's Bicing program was much more successful than originally anticipated. And so on and so on. Now, it's being reported that Boston's new bike-sharing program is a great success, even much more successful than originally anticipated
August 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I wrote a pretty extensive introduction to Wrocław's new bike-sharing program about a month and a half ago, with 18 photos and 2 videos included. Now, I said that I would write an update once I tried it out and I finally have. Marika (my partner) and I were walking to the store today and decided on the way to try it out if there were any bikes available (every other time we went to try it out there weren't bikes available or, once, the system was down). It was quite simple to use, the process being
July 9th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
If you've read many of my posts at all, you know that I love bikes -- they are one of the greenest things on the planet, are cheap, are widely available, and are fun and relaxing to ride. You may also know that I lived in the Netherlands for 5 months, perhaps the best country in the world for bicycling
June 12th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I'm a bicycle lover. In particular, I'm a huge proponent of bicycling for transportation purposes. Bicycles are super efficient (perhaps the most efficient transportation option out there), meaning they are very environmentally friendly and also save you and the city a ton of money. They are also a ton of fun to ride, good for your health, good for your mind, and highly accessible. But, in some cases, using your own bike for transportation purposes is impractical. For, this reason, from the first time I heard about bicycle sharing programs (like the huge one in Paris, Velib), I fell in love with them
June 6th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
OK, wrapping up this series (until I have another city to write about,.. and I may soon), here are 7 things I loved about living and bicycling in Charlottesville,
June 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I meant to complete this "things I loved about living & bicycling in ________" series before National Bike Month ended, but it didn't happen and, anyway, bike month should be every month! Here's the second-to-last post of the series....
I lived in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands for 5 months in 2007. With a bike commute rate of about 50-60% and about 2/3 of inhabitants, in total, using the bike from time to time, Groningen is a top-notch bicycle city. It has been named Bicycle City of the World on more than one occasion and the following are probably the main reasons why
June 1st, 2011 | by ecolocalizer
More cities are becoming a part of Bike to Work campaigns and using the outcomes from these events to find ways to support city planning for improving biking commuters.
May 31st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Following up on my posts about what I loved about living and bicycling in Sarasota, FL and Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC, here are 7 things I loved about living and bicycling in Northern California. In the middle of graduate school, I lived in Sunnyvale for a summer, worked in Redwood City, and did most of my grocery shopping in Palo Alto. So, despite being 3 different places, they were sort of one place to me and I'm combining them all for this
May 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Continuing on with things I loved about living and bicycling in the various cities I've lived and bicycled in (to wrap up National Bike Month), here are 10 things I loved about living and bicycling in Chapel Hill & Carrboro, North Carolina (which are two small towns that are pretty much merged)
May 27th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
To wrap up National Bike Month, I'm doing a little series on what I loved about living and bicycling in the various places I've lived and bicycled. (But don't worry, even after this month, I'll do plenty more writing about bicycling as well.)
To start with, I'll start with the first city I lived in, the city where I started bicycling as a main mode of transport and gave up my car. Living in Sarasota, Florida from birth until the age of 22 or so, I know that city better than any other.