Tuesday 1 December 2009

SPECIALIST'S NEWS

Bicycle Mania

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Bicycle Mania is a photobook dedicated to bicycles in everyday life in the Netherlands. American photojournalist Shirley Agudo – a long- term resident of the Netherlands – captures it all in her surprising and fun images.
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Bicycle has better image than car

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As a means of transport in cities bicycles have a better image than cars. Most inhabitants of medium-sized cities (65 per cent) feel they would reach the town centre faster by bicycle. In addition a majority feel terms like ‘sense of freedom’, ‘fun’, ‘relaxed’ and ‘relaxing’ are more appropriate to cycling than to driving a car. On the other hand most inhabitants feel cycling is somewhat more dangerous and particularly more taxing than driving a car to the town centre.
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Capricious cyclists can be modelled

Can chaotic cyclists be caught in a traffic model? In London a brave attempt has been made anyhow, with reasonable success. The need for this becomes more pressing as the number of cyclists in the English capital is growing rapidly.
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Bicycles more often in parking garage

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Most local authorities remain silent when asked why the new parking garage and bicycle parking have not been combined. ‘Never thought of that’, they often reply. Niek Bosch of Goudappel Coffeng consultants discovered this to his own amazement when surveying a number of towns.
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Crushed concrete alternative for shell path

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Owing to their high maintenance costs many shell paths are currently being converted into concrete bike paths. Experiments in Drenthe and Zoetermeer show crushed concrete is a reasonably good alternative.
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Charging bike with public transport pass

In Rotterdam electric bikes and scooters may be charged by means of the OV- chipkaart, the Dutch public transport pass. The first charging station providing this service has opened in the guarded bicycle parking facility on the Rotterdam Meent.
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Cycling students record routes by GPS

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In Dalfsen young students have meticulously mapped their routes to school by GPS. The regional traffic safety agency (ROV Overijssel) intends to use these data in developing traffic safety programs. Provincial authorities can use the data in the reconstruction of the dangerous Zwolle-Ommen road.
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Fietsparkeertool calculates demand for bicycle parking

Fietsberaad has commissioned Goudappel Coffeng consultants to develop the Fietsparkeertool. This is a website module that easily allows the calculation of the number of bicycle parking places needed at for instance a supermarket, school or an office building.
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Economical showers

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No room for showers or a bike shed in the company? The Green Pod invalidates all excuses. In the space where usually a single car is parked, Green Pod provides a ready-made solution in the form of a combination shower/parking unit.
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Free parking in Amsterdam: use up by three-quarters

Since free parking was introduced in Amsterdam as of April 1, 2008 the use has exploded. The so-called Fietspunt parkings have seen occupancy doubled at some times.
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Hedges barely protect cyclists from pollution

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A hedge along the road does result in slightly lower levels of harmful materials inhaled by cyclists, but does not really contribute much, according to a TNO study.
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More green lights for Brabant cyclists

When it is cold and rainy cyclists will be favoured with longer green lights in several locations in Brabant. Provincial authorities have decided to implement the positive results of an experiment in Grave.
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Increasing cycling with cheap measures in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

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A cycling practice ground near school with trendy cycles and famous people cycling as role models. Some of the suggestions provided by students of Hogeschool Windesheim to increase the percentage of cycling in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
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Supermarket introduces bicycle trailer

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Albert Heijn, the Dutch supermarket chain, has introduced the first Albert Heijn bicycle trailer in Apeldoorn. The so-called iShop may be used inside the shop as a shopping cart and can be clipped onto the luggage carrier, once outside.
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Much interest in cycling training elderly in Zwolle

There is a great demand for cycling proficiency training for the elderly in Zwolle, as demonstrated by the number of applications for the course ‘Fietsen zonder Zorgen’ (Carefree Cycling): 250 people wanted to participate.
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Parking at a bargain

A bicycle locker for approximately 300 Euro. Or a closed bicycle shed for a dozen bicycles for less than 2000 Euro. These are the prices that are used to get employers to invest in bicycle facilities in the Belgian town of Hasselt.
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Take a bike on a bus in the countryside

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Allow bikes to be taken along on bus and tram in the countryside outside peak hours. In urban areas it is better to focus on bike rental system. This is the conclusion of the Belgian union of public transport users after a world-wide inventory of such schemes.
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PRESTO: European project to share bicycle knowledge

PRESTO is a new European project to promote bicycle use. With a budget of 1.9 million Euro a number of European cities, in co-operation with the European bicycle organisation ECF and the bicycle industry, will develop a programme to promote bicycles as daily transport over short distances.
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Vienna provides eco-bonus on bicycle purchase

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After the rental bike and the Bike City project Vienna again draws attention with the introduction of an eco-bonus. People turning in their old bicycles will receive a discount on a new one.
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