September 15th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Following up on my recent post on Boston's new and highly successful bike-sharing program, Hubway, I thought I'd direct your attention to a great post on Boston University's news site, BU Today, in which Leslie Friday describes her experience testing out Hubway. Here's the intro
August 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Switzerland looks like one of the prettiest countries in the world. It's got an amazing quality of life. And I heard recently that it has NEVER been in debt. Wow. I think the U.S. could learn a lesson or two from this leading country (starting with: DON'T POUR YOUR MONEY INTO WARS & "DEFENSE")
August 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Continuing on with my Green NGO Highlighted series, which I got away from for a short time, here's a cool one a good Facebook friend of mine shared with me nearly two months ago. It's the Bamboo Bike Project, based in Africa, which combines two of the greenest things on the planet.. bamboo and bikes
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
Who doesn't love small, independent bike shops (other than big, corporate bike shop chains, that is...)? But for those of us who travel or move around a lot (and I think that's most people these days), it can be hard to find such bike shops in new cities (ok, not that hard, but not always that easy either). Additionally, in some places, there's no independent, local bike shop at all. The Bike Store Guys is a website that links up many of these shops, though, and helps create a broader community of such bike shop owners and lovers, for people across the U.S. Here's more from their website
June 15th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter
Recently I was editing some images from our last trip to Berlin, and started thinking about why I love Germany, and what they do well. So many good things come to mind, not even including the really obvious items, like a strong economy and social safety net, tons of windmills and solar power, and the fact that the European country has now abandoned nuclear power.
Since it is not possible to include everything that is wonderful about Germany, here is a list of just six random things that I love about Deutschland (plus one additional item that is not so great)
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 Vivian Nelson Melle
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.