Browsing the "biking" Tag

Are Bicycles a Sustainable Tool for Feminist Social Revolution?

April 30th, 2013 | by Elena Rodemann

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


Thousands of Bicyclists Celebrate 20 Years of Critical Mass in San Francisco

October 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes


Bicycling Increases 71% in San Francisco

June 12th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Part of what makes San Francisco such an attractive (and unfortunately very expensive) place to reside is that it is a beautiful livable city — biking and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the last decades have helped to positively transform our town into a much more pleasant urban environment. The SF Bicycle Coalition announced recently that, according to the official citywide bicycle count, over the last five years bike ridership has increased a whopping 71%


Asheville North Carolina Promotes Multi-Modal Transit

May 23rd, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Asheville North Carolina is rolling out the next stages of its Multi-Modal transportation initiative at this year's Strive Not To Drive program. This week-long event will illuminate how the city is planning improvements with pedestrian, cycling, vehicle and public transportation infrastructure. It is also call to the citizens of Asheville to evaluate their transportation choices, and to explore other sustainable mobility options that are becoming available


Asheville North Carolina Installs New Public Bike Repair Racks

February 27th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

While walking around the arts district in Asheville, North Carolina last week, I encountered a most ingenius piece of sustainable transportation infrastructure: a free public bicycle repair rack. In the past I have seen public bike air pumps before in other cities, but never one that was also integrated into a rack for hanging your bicycle, along with several accessible commonly used bike maintenance tools


Go Local, Even if You’re Far from Home

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.


NYC Bike-Sharing Program to Start with 10,000 Bikes!

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)


Boston Bike-Sharing Program is Rockin’ It

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


Can You Grow Your Own Bicycle?

August 5th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

When we speak of "growing" a more sustainable local economy, the term is usually not meant literally; but in the case of an innovative design for a new transport vehicle, we may actually be able to grow our way into a more sustainable future. A beautiful new three-wheeled recumbent bicycle has been created that is constructed from renewable organic materials. The bamboo bike was derived from techniques used in arborsculpture, a more complex form of topiary, which utilizes specifically modified and grafted plants to create shaped structures which are very strong. The process is also known as "grown mobility"


Bike-Sharing Program in Wrocław, Poland — 1st Ride

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



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