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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Pedal-ins and auto burials: what happened to America’s forgotten 1970 s cycle boom?

Bicycle madness once insured US bike marketings outstrip cars, and spawned ambitious plans for 100,000 miles of cycle paths. Then the music stopped The bicycles biggest wave of popularity in its 154 -year history, gushed Time magazine in 1970 at the start of Americas five-year love affair with the bike. Some 64 million fellow travellers […]

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Is the mass sharing of driverless cars about to reshape our suburbiums?

Sidewalk Labs believes personal vehicle ownership is about to become history, constructing suburbiums more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply entails people jostle each child into a different vehicle to get to school? A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly […]

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Could Chicago’s floating cycle route defy the doubters and reconnect the city?

Plans for a continuous road along the Chicago River include cycling on floating pontoons like the controversial Thames Deckway in London. But with the US citys cycle numbers growing, this long-held aspiration could yet be realised Cycling is no stranger to invention, from the steady swell of Kickstarter campaigns to the nearly innumerable cycleways dreamed […]

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Could intercity cycle roads revolutionise the daily commute?

Germany is constructing the worlds biggest bicycle autobahn to connect 10 cities and remove 50,000 automobiles from the road every day. With the popularity of e-bikes growing too, is Europe about to see a new era of long-distance cycle commuting? In 2010, when the motorway between the German the two cities of Duisburg and Dortmund […]

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The world’s best cities for millennials

From affordable housing and transport to flourishing job markets and cultural activities, heres our picking of the hottest spots for a good life Affordability Millennials are a boomerang generation. The number of 20 – to 34 -year-olds living at home with their parents increased by 25% between 1996 and 2013 in the UK. Last year, […]

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Where is the most cycle-friendly city in the world?

The Dutch and Danish cycling utopias of Amsterdam, Groningen, Utrecht and Copenhagen are high up the listing but what about the rest of the world? The future of cycling in the UK was dealt a bad hand when George Osbornes Spending Review revealed a new commitment of PS300m to cycling investment to 2020/21. While that […]

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Could intercity cycle freeways revolutionise the daily commute?

Germany is constructing the worlds biggest bicycle autobahn to connect 10 cities and remove 50,000 vehicles from the road every day. With the popularity of e-bikes growing too, is Europe about to see a new epoch of long-distance cycle commuting? In 2010, when the motorway between the German cities of Duisburg and Dortmund was shut […]

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Taming ‘the worm’: how the Minhocao is Sao Paulo’s soul

On weekdays residents who live within feet of this sillines of Brazils military dictatorship must put up with pollution and a constant roaring but at other hours autoes are banned. In a city short on public space, the people take control ” I recollect when our street had trees on it. It was so nice […]

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