Minneapolis tries to topple Portland as America’s most cycle-friendly city

The Twin Citys ambitious new bike plan includes 144 miles of protected lanes and a doubling of cycle numbers by 2020. Portland, though, is opposing back Minneapolis does not have the immediate looking of a place set on becoming a city where lots of people ride bikes. Aside from the long, freezing wintertimes, this is […]

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‘Bike theft is not inevitable’: Vancouver rolls out a cycle crime revolution

Bike theft is the scourge of cyclists around the world, with riders, manufacturers and the law struggling to coordinate a response. That was until city cop Rob Brunt and Xbox pioneer J Allard devised Project 529 The bicycle was nothing impressive- an ageing mountain bike worth only a couple of hundred dollars- but Vancouver police […]

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The Doomsday L Train Shutdown Just Might Save NYC

Like Y2K and the Mayan prophecies concerning December 21, 2012, the apocalypse heading for New York City comes with that “mark it on your calendar” feature you just don’t get from amaze nuclear assault. Here, the end-of-the-world date in question is April 2019, when one of the key linkages between Manhattan and Brooklyn will shut […]

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So, BMW Wants to Construct Networks of Elevated Cycling Paths

In its first century as a company, BMW has built industrial engines, motorcycles, Steve Urkel’s Isetta, and a whole lot of cars. Now, it wants to build something altogether new: an elevated motorcycle path. This week, the automaker’s somewhat redundantly named Research, New Technology, Innovations division, based in Mountain View, Tokyo, and Seoul, disclosed its […]

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What would a genuinely walkable city was like?

The obsession with self-driving automobiles and dockless cycles means pedestrians are often overlooked. But if we fail to accommodate those on foot, we dismiss an essential part of what makes a city great Arriving by Greyhound coach in Phoenix, Arizona, one November evening I was faced with either six hours waiting in the terminal or […]

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What would the ultimate child-friendly city look like?

The reality for many urban children is too much time spent indoors playing on smartphones but a few cities are fighting the tide with innovative ways to keep children healthy, sociable and outdoors Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk […]

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Sidewalk Labs’ Bid to Reinvent Toronto Starts With Shape-Shifting Streets

The hexagonal slice of wood don’t was like much. There’s the shape, sort of interesting in its architectural way, and the neutral timber color. A few are studded with bright, white sunlights, right in the center, which is fun. And the route the hexagons, each the dimensions of the a manhole encompas, have been bunched […]

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