Last week there seemed to be a theme in the cycling news I came across: "problems and solutions". I liked how all the ideas spoke to problems we have here.
Reclaiming the street in Dhaka, Bangladesh:
If we loved our kids more than our cars
Even though car owners are very much the minority, children's freedom has been greatly curtailed by those cars cars. Those whose parents do have cars are driven everywhere; those whose parents do not, unless they are very poor, are escorted by adults, and strictly prohibited from playing outdoors. It sometimes seems the only children in the city who have the opportunity for wholehearted pleasure, and who have confidence and skill in negotiating the streets, are the slum children.
...a few months later, a couple of my colleagues came into my office and announced that on that very afternoon, they were starting a cycle training program. A what? We have been working to promote cycling, and fighting with transport officials on the issue of cycle rickshaw bans in Dhaka; ...
Bike Boxes in Portland, Oregon
After Six Deaths, Portland rolls out plans for 'bike boxes'
The boxes reserve a spot in front of cars at red lights, Burchfield said. When the light changes, the position gives bikes "some measure of priority. They're able to move out of the intersection first, ahead of cars."
Parking in Queens and Brooklyn, New York
Sleek Bike Parking Facilities Appear in Queens and Brooklyn
2008 quickly bring good news for commuters in Downtown Brooklyn and Long Island City, Queens. Eric Chang of Transportation Alternatives' Queens Committee snapped these photos of the new covered bike shelter ...
Winter Commuting in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ultrafit: A two-wheel winter commute
With the right gear, riding your bike to and from work in the winter can be a lot more enjoyable than it sounds. Here are some tips on doing it right.