The reason why it’s pleasant to cycle here is because the infrastructure removes conflict. so you don’t have people cycling in close proximity to fast cars or big trucks… so this is relatively peaceful.
why is Groningen so awesome? because back in the late 1970s, some left-wing liberal politicos implemented a transit plan that divided the city into four quadrants—restricting car access from one quadrant to the next—and built a ring road around the city center. So for example if you want to go from Point A to Point B, it could take you 20 mins by car—detouring out on the ring road, while cycling would take half the time—by direct route inside the city center.
In Portland, every day is bike-to-school day! [6.5min vid]
I live close to an elementary school that I pass by every day on my route to class, and there are always kids’ bikes locked up the racks there.
but what made me more surprised and smile was when one day I passed by around 3pm, and a little boy in a yellow vest popped into the crosswalk with a yellow flag, acting as a crossing guard—instead of an adult doing it. props to the police dept. for training these fifth graders!
Harry Kramer, a 76-year-young street entertainer, performs bicycle tricks on Main Street in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. This newsreel footage is from the 1950s and is still entertaining after all these years.
The GFunk ride is a medium-fast paced (18-30mph) ride through the streets of Long Beach and surrounding areas. Usually try to do at least 30 miles or so with an “A”(25-30mph) and “B” (<25mph) groups. Fixed gear or road bikes recommended for a good pace. Meets up at the Traffic Circle In-N-Out (Los Coyotes & Ximeno) in Long Beach around 7:30pm and rolls out at 8:00pm.
this looks to be a great film, going way beyond gary hustwit’s Urbanized.
50% of the world lives in urban areas. As populations continue to grow and gravitate to cities that will climb to 80% in 2050. So how should our cities look and work for human beings? And what is the scale for measuring human happiness?