Thursday 20 May 2010

SPECIALIST'S NEWS

Misconceptions concerning separate bike paths

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According to ADFC, the German Cyclists’ Union, people should cycle where they are safest: on the road among cars. Not on separate bike paths, as this would be more dangerous according to various studies. In the United States this news is eagerly distributed by opponents of bike paths. Dutch experts obviously refute this report.
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Bike essential in logistics around possible football World Championships in 2018 in Holland and Belgium

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2 million bikes for free! That's the main mode of transport for the HollandBelgium bid 2018. The Dutch and Belgium bidders want the spectators for the games to go there by bike, if Holland and Belgium should be elected to organize the 2018 World Championships Football.
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All about bicycling and walking in the United States

While 10% of trips in the USA are by bike or foot, 13% of traffic fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians. Biking and walking receive less than 2% of federal transportation dollars. Seniors are at an even greater risk. While adults over 65 make up 9% of walking trips and 4% of biking trips, they account for 19% of pedestrian fatalities and 9% of bicyclist fatalities.
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Apeldoorn tests system to bar mopeds from tunnel

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The underpass for pedestrians and cyclists underneath the Apeldoorn Central Station, opened in 2007, has recently been equipped with a system to bar mopeds. As the system detects the sound of a moped, a picture is taken of the number plate and the driver will receive a ticket by mail.
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Bicycle-friendly infrastructure benefits elderly cyclist

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Chances that elderly cyclists are injured in an accident are 3.2 times higher than those of non-elderly cyclists. This increased risk is not so much caused by a higher degree of involvement in accidents, but mainly by their increased fragility, as demonstrated in research by Fietsersbond.
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Bordeaux to use high-tech public bike

In Bordeaux, France, a new rental bike project has been launched. It is mainly remarkable for the complete integration of the system into local public transport.
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Cable-lift for cyclists

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No funds for a bridge, yet there was a troublesome bottleneck in the Fulda cycling route near Malsfeld in Germany. Cyclists had to follow the hilly and rather dangerous route for cars in order to reach the other bank of the river Fulda. This was solved by constructing a cable-lift specifically for cyclists.
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Continued growth bicycle use Groningen

Bicycle use continues to grow in Groningen. Last year the forty main bicycle routes in the town were used by 230,000 cyclists. That is an almost seven per cent increase compared to 2008. And an increase of over fifteen per cent compared to the year before that.
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Crowdsourcing to clarify cyclists’ wishes

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Crowdsourcing, the principle of users coming up with ideas for solutions, is gaining ground within cycling policy as well. Following Utrecht and Amsterdam, Groningen too intends to ask cyclists how parking facilities may be improved.
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Google introduces bike planner in USA

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In the United States Google Maps has launched a service to plan bicycle routes. For 150 towns the cycling network has already been mapped. In view of the fact that the directions are, from the very start, also available in Dutch, it does not seem unlikely Google will launch a bike planner in the Netherlands as well.
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London's Cycle Hire scheme to go live on 30 July

London's new Cycle Hire scheme will launch on Friday 30 July 2010. From this date, Londoners and visitors to the city will be able to pick up and drop off one of thousands of hire bicycles at hundreds of locations across London's zone one travel area.
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Partner search for STEER-project

Lancashire is aiming at launching a new cycle-oriented European project in the STEER framework
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Pickup cycle 2.0

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It is still merely a prototype, but it is looks very cool anyway. The two young designers do not call it a carrier cycle, but a pickup cycle. It can transport a bed or three-seat sofa.
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Rotterdam first with green LED wave for cyclists

Rotterdam will be the first town to have a green LED wave for cyclists. At Schieweg lights in the road will indicate which speed cyclists should maintain in order to pass traffic lights without having to stop.
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Staple favourite among cyclists

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An Amsterdam study into bicycle parking systems has shown the parking staple to be the winner. Although many cyclists do not really care very much which parking system is used, as long as the bicycle can be fastened and does not fall over.
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Red carpet treatment in Zwolle

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Following the Groningen example, Zwolle will have a red carpet as well. At an inner-city shopping centre the red carpet is meant to prevent parked bicycles blocking entrances.
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Status no issue in lagging bicycle use non-native Dutch

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Among people of foreign descent the bicycle does not have a lower status than car or bus/tram. The major reasons for not cycling are the feeling that traffic is dangerous and the idea that the weather is often bad.
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Stimulating bicycle use mainly very effective for local accessibility

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Bicycles may provide a major contribution in relieving traffic congestion and parking problems in town centres, as demonstrated in research by Fietsberaad, where the effects of an increase in cycling have been calculated for a medium-sized town. In addition cycling contributes to a decrease in a number of other problems, such as air quality and lack of exercise.
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Test airbag for cyclists in Amsterdam

The Swedish-American company Autoliv intends to test an airbag system for cyclists in Amsterdam this fall. A mandatory airbag on the exterior of a car may save hundreds of cyclists’ lives in Europe
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Tour and Giro to promote cycling

This year both Tour de France and Giro d’Italia will visit the Netherlands. Amsterdam, Rotterdam and several provinces will use this occasion to promote cycling.
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Twice green despite negative impact on emissions

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A double provision for cyclists at traffic lights does have a negative impact on emissions and air quality at intersections. The increased contribution by traffic to these concentrations is however small and usually does not cause additional air quality problems.
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