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Top 22 Bike Stories Of 2013 (So Far)

We’re trying to get more bike stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, below are 22 of the top bike stories of 2013 so far. For more bicycling stories, check out our bicycling archives. 1. Bike Commuting Is Skyrocketing, Especially In Bike-Friendly Communities. Bicycling is on the rise across the US, but in cities […]

May 27th

Bike Commuting Skyrocketing, Especially In "Bike Friendly Communities"

Here are a couple reposts from Bikocity. The first documents the rise of bike commuting in the US, especially in “Bicycle Friendly Communities” and 10 key cities. The second repost is about how Bicycle Friendly Communities are evaluated. Check them out: Where Bike Commuting Grows Fastest (Infographics) The League of American Bicyclists recently created some […]

May 25th

Holland — The Original Cool (& Green)

Holland — one of my favorite places in the world. More info in this Bikocity repost below. Below is a fun (& funny) video about Holland. Of course, biking is highlighted a bit. Biking makes life so much cooler, easier, more relaxed and carefree. It is used in (non-car) advertisements of all kinds simply to […]

May 25th

Bicycling Cat — MJ (VIDEOS)

Here’s some weekend fun for you, reposted from bike-loving site Bikocity: As you’ll see in the videos below, MJ the cat is now a famous Philadelphia cat thanks to his bike courier owner Rudi Saldia. Rudi gave the 1-year-old cat a ride up and down the street, which MJ seemed to like. So they went further […]

May 25th

Off-Road Bike Paths Needed In Transportation Planning "Bible"

Making the case for off-road bike paths instead of on-road bike lanes (or, ideally, in addition to them), here’s a summary of some recent research I conducted and some recent research out of Harvard Medical School: More or less, bicycle infrastructure policy and its relationship to riderships was the topic of my 2007 master’s thesis. […]

May 24th

How Electric Cars Won Over A Car Hater

Here’s the story as to why I became an electric car lover after being a car hater: I’m not going to lie — I’ve got issues with cars. My master’s degree is in city and regional planning. From my experience studying that (before, during, and after graduate school), I’m well aware that cars and cities simply don’t […]

May 24th

Streetscaping For LA Cyclists & Pedestrians

Reposted from Bikocity: After several years of planning, the Figueroa Corridor Streetscape project (MyFigueroa) is coming even closer to reality. Soon, the Figueroa Corridor in Downtown and South Los Angeles will accommodate a bus-only lane and cycle tracks, while still maintaining vehicle access. When completed, Figueroa Corridor will provide a safer, sustainable, more comfortable local […]

April 7th

Bike Commuters Healthier Than Gym Goers

Reposted from Bikocity: Bike commuting is one of the most effective ways to promote general healthy, according to new research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. That’s not a surprise of course, as anyone who spends a lot of time bicycling knows. And of course bicycling has another significant advantage over many other […]

April 6th

How DC Became The US Leader In Bike Sharing

The way of leadership is best in example. I don’t think the White House is blind or deaf to peak oil, but oil pressure in DC is strong. Tar Sands and Occupy movements have surrounded the White House to bring home our hope that environmental concerns are not only for the tried and true naturalists, but […]

March 2nd

The Secret Ways Your Business is Damaging the Environment

How can your organisation lower its environmental impact? Business owners can no longer escape the need to ensure that their companies fulfill their environmental commitments. From high-profile, multi-national brands to small, independently-owned businesses, demonstrating green credentials is now an important part of a brand’s image. Your business probably already uses energy-saving light bulbs, recycles paper […]

February 6th

Endorsement For Obama (Obama's Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Clean Transportation, Green Jobs, & Climate Change Successes)

  I’ve been on the “there’s hardly any difference between Republicans and Democrats” line. I’ve campaigned for people on that line. But that simply isn’t the story today. There are now HUGE differences between Democrats and Republicans (the most backwards group of politicians I’m aware of in U.S. history), and that includes some huge differences […]

November 5th

The World’s Greenest Cities (Infographic)

  The folks over at HouseTrip, which is a holiday rental site, have taken their expertise and created an infographic showing the top greenest cities in the world. These eco-friendly cites were judged on everything from tree planting to water usage. Six cities where selected, including; London, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm. Among the […]

October 19th

Visibelt Gives Cyclists Light Protection At Night

  I love the way this attention-getting, eye-catching, visibelt for cyclists, runners, pedestrians, and any night-time traveler is made of energy-efficient LED lights; spinning out from one’s body like an aura. I want one. It would go great with an actual “Aura” system on my wheels when biking at night. This visibelt will bring bright notice of me or you […]

October 15th

#1 Reason to Bike for Transportation that Doesn't Get Talked About Enough (& 14 Awesome Bicycling Videos)

  There are tons of reasons to bike. Tons. It’s ridiculously, insanely good for helping preserve a livable planet. It’s ridiculously, insanely good for our health. And it’s ridiculously, insanely efficient (saves a ton of money for individuals, cities, counties, states, and countries). But there’s one more key reason that is often overlooked: it’s ridiculously, […]

October 8th

Atlanta's 1st Colored Bike Lanes (Yay!)

  Colored bike lanes are one of my favorite things in the world. They make the greenest form of transportation (bicycling, of course) safer and more attractive. They grant bikers much more respect on the road. In Florida, I’ve been yelled at to get out of the road while I was biking in a bike […]

October 8th

Romancing and the Open Road

  Bike Romance Romancing the Open Road in the Season of Locusts I fell in love with my bike at the age of 5. I would jump on it and go anywhere I wanted on my own. I was one with the wind. When I was seven, we had the seven-year locusts come to live […]

August 30th

Oklahoma City Exploring New Methods of Transportation

  Although it has taken more than twenty years, Oklahoma City is making progress in its attempts to offer its citizens a variety of ways to get around town. It has been almost seventy years since the last streetcar was in operation, and automobiles have naturally become the dominant method of transportation in the area. However, […]

May 22nd

Empowering Support for Federal Investment in Bike/Ped Planning

  Princeton Survey The Streetsblog DC recently published a story on a telephone poll of 1,003 Americans, which was commissioned by the advocacy group America Bikes and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results were “unequivocal: 83 percent said that federal bike-ped funding should increase, or at the very least be maintained.” The car is becoming […]

May 22nd

Bike Boom in NYC: Just over 47% of Traffic on U.S. Route 9W

  The wide, big routes that Europeans and other countries enjoy when biking are not yet in the US. However, Americans are turning out in amazing numbers in spite of the lack of good routes. “The NJ DOT study shows that during the peak usage time — Saturday afternoon — bicycles make up just over 47 percent of the […]

May 12th

Solar Panel and Bike, New Form of Less is More

Biking has become a lifestyle, a way of life. Cyclists who hit their favorite bike paths or bike routes every day are like another cut of the zen surfer who never missed a dawn and a wave. Now, we have the bike-path-gilding travelers that make Kerouac’s On the Road look sedentary. Devotees of biking vary […]

May 8th