So, BMW Wants to Build Networks of Elevated Cycling Paths

In its first century as a company, BMW has built industrial engines, motorcycles, Steve Urkel’s Isetta, and a whole lot of cars. Now, it wants to build something wholly new: an elevated motorcycle path. This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technology, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, exposed its […]

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Could Chicago’s floating cycle track defy the doubters and reconnect the city?

Plans for a continuous route along the Chicago River include cycling on floating pontoons like the controversial Thames Deckway in London. But with the US citys cycle numbers growing, this long-held ambition could yet be realised Cycling is no stranger to invention, from the steady swell of Kickstarter campaigns to the almost innumerable cycleways dreamed […]

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Hilly Lisbon launches electric bike share system in bid to solve congestion

Madrid has its scheme, while Muswell Hills never happened. Hilly cities from Rome to Rio will be watching as Lisbon starts e-bike hire Wander around Lisbons city centre with its vertiginous cobbled streets, treacherous enough on foot in the rain, its hard to imagine cycling ever taking off. Some streets are so steep there are […]

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Houston’s hit-and-run problem: ghost bikes honour ‘invisible dead’ cyclists

1, 700 cyclists have been hit by autoes and trucks in four years, with one in four drivers failing to stop. Personalised ghost motorcycles are an effort to show people noticed when someone was killed and give their families some closure Its always the same tale, says Steve Sims, who runs Houstons Ghost Bike strategy […]

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Is the mass sharing of driverless cars about to reshape our suburbiums?

Sidewalk Labs believes personal vehicle ownership is about to become history, inducing suburbs more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply entails people jostle each child into a different auto to get to school? A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly […]

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Puebla in the spotlight: the home of Cinco de Mayo

Hundreds of thousands of guests are descending on the city to witness historical reenactments celebrating the Mexican armys unlikely 1862 victory It is a popular misconception that Cinco de Mayo is a gala of Mexican independence( which is actually on the 16 September ). Instead, it celebrates an improbable military victory, when the Mexican army […]

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Chinese dispose hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant heaps

It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users merely want to ride and dump It has been billed as a hi-tech bike-sharing boom that entrepreneurs hope will construct them rich while simultaneously transforming Chinas traffic-clogged cities. But, occasionally, dreamings can turn sour. In the southern Chinese city of […]

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‘Bike theft is not inevitable’: Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution

Bike theft is the scourge of cyclists around the world, with riders, manufacturers and the law struggling to coordinate a response. That was until city cop Rob Brunt and Xbox pioneer J Allard devised Project 529 The bicycle was nothing impressive- an ageing mountain bike worth only a couple of hundred dollars- but Vancouver police […]

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Will automobile drivers ever learn to share the road with motorcycles?

In many car-centric cities around the world, drivers still think they own the whole road with cyclists simply unwelcome interlopers. So how do you go about changing this mindset? Looking around at our streets, its startling when you first notice it: like waking from a dream and forgetting where you are. A moment of disorientation […]

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