There are many people who are trying to live without a car. An entire town in Germany, for example. So why can't American popular culture get behind the idea? The only (mostly) likable, pro-bike character that comes to mind from the recent TV and movies is Michael Bluth on Arrested Development (his brother Gob, of course, rocked a Segway). Back in the '80s, we had Pee-Wee who seriously loved his bike, but he wasn't exactly cool. In fact, the general trend for Hollywood is to equate not having a
Cyclists in the city of Charleston, SC may soon be faced with the daunting task of finding a legal place to park their two-wheeled rides or risk getting the boot instead. The quaint southern city has proposed regulations to crack down on cyclists who decide to defy the law by locking their bikes to parking meters, city signage, trees and the like. The proposal states that the city can immobilize the illegally parked bikes by locking them up until a $45 fine is paid. In extreme cases, the city co
Now that bikes – and walking – are becoming more popular, it's time to answer this question: How fast is too fast on a bicycle? How about a bicycle that uses an electric motor hidden inside the frame? We think the answer, whatever it is, is the same not matter which bike you're on and that going 90 kilometers an hour (56 miles per hour) is a bit much for most every rider. Still, that's how fast Hungarian inventor Istvan Varjas claims his "invisible" motor bicycle can go, and it's a l
Just a few days ago, the Federal Highway Administration released "The National Biking and Walking Study: a 15-year Status Report." The study covers walking and bicycling trends in the U.S. from 1990 to present. As the chart shows and the study reveals, more and more Americans are hitting the streets either on two feet or with two wheels a-rolling. From the launch of the study in 1990 to the last update in 2009, the number of trips traveled on foot have increased more than twofold from 18 to 42.5
You may think you're doing the planet a bit of good by stepping out of the car and onto the bike in order to get to work, but if you live in the city, you might also be seriously harming yourself in the process. The cause of problem? All those people who continue to drive their cars.
The City of Detroit is about to undertake a massive construction project that will create hundreds of miles of pathways for bicyclists to use through the heart of downtown. The project aims to provide safe travel lanes for commuting cyclists and bikers visiting local attractions and, by linking together Detroit's downtown area, the city hopes to set an example for other cities across the nation. Might as well try to take the lead in something other than urban decay, right?
We often focus our short attention spans on trying to clean up the internal combustion engines that currently power our automobiles. We also tend to look into the future to see what new technologies might be coming to send fossil fuels back to age of the dinosaurs. That said, there are a number of options right now that can dramatically reduce your overall energy use.
Right now, it seems impossible to imagine a day when bicycles and pedestrians can equally share the roads with cars and trucks in the U.S., but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood aims to make that day a reality. Recently, LaHood announced a "major policy revision" that will treat cyclists and walkers with policies similar to automobiles. LaHood's goal is to refocus efforts on non-motorized transportation by adopting policies that will encourage more people to consider these alternative transpor
With Gasoline prices at record high levels, more drivers than ever are trying to unload their SUVs and get into vehicles that don't consume as much fuel. Some are moving to smaller more efficient cars, while others are hopping on public transit. Still others are opting for pedal power. Barry Dahl of Bismark ND seems to have picked a most opportune time to open his new bike shop. He sold more than fifty bikes in his first month in business. Bike shops all over the country are having record sales