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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Centre for Bike Theft enlists cargo bikes as bait

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In addition to the “bait bike” there’s now the “cargo bait bike”, meant to combat the increasing theft of this contemporary vehicle.

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New bicycle parking system in the Zutphen bike park

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The Zutphen municipality has deployed a new bike parking system that keeps track of the time bikes spend parked in the bike park. Bikes that stay too long are removed.

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Dutch research earns international prize

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The research that formed, among others, the basis of the Fietsberaad Publication 19a concerning single-vehicle cycling accidents has been awarded the Liberty Mutual Award in England. This prize is handed out for the best contribution to the prestigious magazine Ergonomics. Researchers Paul Schepers and Berry den Brinker describe in their article how the traffic safety of a cyclist can be improved by devoting more attention to the visibility of obstacles and the marking of cycling facilities.

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Birdsong in the tunnel of the future

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“Which birdsong do you hear?” is the question posed by a matrix sign at the entrance of a bicycle tunnel. The answer is given at the end of the tunnel: a blackbird. This is an example of that which PleasantPass has in mind, and PleasantPass is a company that wants to spruce up bicycle and pedestrian tunnels.

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Amsterdam to restrict the duration of street parking

In the future, bicycles will only be allowed to remain unused on the streets of central Amsterdam for a limited period. As a result of high bicycle ownership among inhabitants of Amsterdam, increasing numbers of broken bicycles are left unattended in public spaces.

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City dwellers exercise more

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Whoever lives in the city, walks and cycles on average 15 minutes per day more than a country dweller. This is what Delfien Van Dyck of the Belgian University of Gent has stated in her doctoral research.

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Bike bridge is also an evening eye-catcher

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A bridge that is pretty to behold by day, but also a marvel to behold in the evening. That’s what can be said of the new bike and pedestrian bridge by the Venlo Massboulevard.

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The car kilometre is six times more expensive than a bike kilometre

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A kilometre ridden by bike costs society 8 cents. A kilometre ridden by car costs 50 cents. This has been calculated in Denmark where the socio-economic costs and benefits of the car and bike have been contrasted.

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Seniors practice riding the electric bike

Seniors can take part in special electric bike training sessions in a growing number of locations in the Netherlands. These sessions cover traffic rules and information about the e-bike as well as practicing one’s cycling skills.

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RAI: New cabinet should aim for modern Bicycle Council

A new cabinet must quickly come up with a vision for the city of the future, thereby providing a framework within which local governments can give form to their land policy. The bicycle must assume a central role within this framework for only then can cities remain accessible in the future. This is what the RAI foundation, the Dutch Association for the Auto and Cycling Industry, states. The RAI asks political parties to devote attention to this during the September elections for a new cabinet.

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The Eindhoven Hovenring has opened

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In Eindhoven, pedestrians and cyclists can make use of the Hovenring, a floating bicycle roundabout above the busy Heerbaan. Developed by ipv Delft, this noteworthy bridge with its slender deck, imposing pylon and a diameter of 72 metres is a new landmark in the City of Light (so named because that’s where Philips began). Also in the evening, for then the bridge is illuminated.

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More Apps for cyclists and traffic specialists

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The number of apps made for the Smartphone is by now almost uncountable. Several hundred thousand can be found on Apple’s Appstore and Google Android’s Play Market. There are also dozens of apps available for cyclists. Apps are also being more frequently used for traffic research.

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A bike detection trial in the Haarlem bicycle park

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The Haarlem Municipality is launching a trial with the LED’s Parksysteem in the bike park under the station square. The LED’s Parksysteem helps cyclists in finding a free parking spot. Dynamic signs and red and green illumination guide cyclists to available parking spaces.

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Leiden wants to park bikes out of sight

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Wherever possible, the Leiden Municipality wants to relocate as many bike parking spaces from the public streets to enclosed parking facilities. A new bike park under the V&D department store is a first step in this direction

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Zwolle deploys bike roundabout

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Zwolle is the first municipality in Holland that has deployed a bike roundabout onto a cycling pathway. This should help regulate traffic at the intersection with a busy access road.

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Astana shows interest in cycling

 The capital city of Kazachstan Astana has given her name to one of the best cycling racing teams in the world. Astana also shows interest in becoming a cycling city. The vice mayor confirmed this during a visit by a team of Dutch experts from the Cycling Embassy, invited by   Dutch ambassador in Kazachstan mr.van Leeuwen.

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Investments in cycling in Rio de Janeiro can reduce 7,5 percent of Rios CO2 emissions

In the framework of the Rio+20 process the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment commissioned the Dutch Cycling Embassy to do a showcase project about the potential of cycling for sustainable urban transport world wide.

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Think Bike workshops in the US

This summer the Dutch Cycling Embassy conducted two Think Bike workshops in the US: in Philadelphia and in Pittsburgh. These workshops were sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Washington. 

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International Cycling Safety Conference 2012

On the 7th and 8th of November 2012 the International Cycling Safety Conference 2012 will be held. This conference is a Dutch initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, TNO, Fietsberaad, SWOV and Delft University of Technology.

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