drawing from western europe’s pedal culture, as well as her adopted country’s ubiquitous red plastic shopping basket, olsson conceived the two-part satchel.
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Germany is taking its famous Autobahn to a whole new level by making one for cyclists. You heard me. They’re on the way to build a 100km long super highway for bicycles only, and bike-lovers can already cycle the first five kilometers.
The highway will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm. It will be built along abandoned railroad tracks in Ruhr industrial region.
According to Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR, around 2 million people living in the area will be able to use this route, which should result in 50,000 cars less on the roads everyday.
Germany is opening the first 5 km of their bicycle highway
The 100 km highway will eventually connect 10 western cities
Parts of the road will be built on disused rail tracks
The highway will give access to easy commuting for about 2 million people
it’s designed to haul packages around town, but for evenings and weekends riders can throw a surfboards and cruise down to the beach.
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Cycling is a great way to commute, exercise or explore, but riding a bicycle has not always been plain sailing–or smooth riding. Cyclists of the past had to brave contraptions such as the appropriately named “Boneshaker” bicycle and could be found riding from the dizzying heights of the Penny Farthing. And even those were 70 years after the first bicycle designs.
As the Tour de France comes to a close Visit IOM have pedalled back in time to celebrate the evolution of the bicycle and chronicle key dates in its ancestry, and collect some fascinating information about “le Tour,” including why the color yellow was chosen for the winners jersey and the years that the iconic jerseys were introduced.
The feature also recognizes the times that the bicycle has been thrust to the forefront of popular culture–Spielberg’s ET, anybody? and much more.
Copenhagen is known as a biking city because over 50% of its people commute using this eco-friendly vehicle everyday. Whether they’re in stilettos, suits, or skirts, the Danes will not mind riding on a bike to get from A to B. And so, even Denmark’s infrastructure tends to be pedestrian and cyclist-friendly. It’s not surprising to see a well-designed elevated cycle track called “Cykelslangen” or “The Bicycle Snake” as a solution for the growing number of cyclists.
The Cykelslangen is a project designed by Denmark’s Dissing+Weitling architecture firm that aims to allow bicycle users to travel directly from the bridge Dybbølsbro to the harbour bridge – Bryggebroen. The 235-meter long elevated bicycle track became fully-opened for Danish cyclists in mid-2014.
Why did the Danes need to have a “super bikeway” like this? There was already a bridge, Bryggebroen, that connected the Vesterbro neighborhood with Islands Brygge on the other side. The bridge was used by pedestrians and cyclists, providing them easy access to Islands Brygge, universities, Danish broadcasting, and Ørestad from Vesterbro, and vise versa. But then, the number of cyclists was so overwhelming that it became a trouble for them and the pedestrians to go together through the same bridge everyday. Furthermore, it was inconvenient for cyclists to walk their bikes down the stairs to get to the harborside that’s connected to the bridge. It’s the same too for cyclists who cycle around Fisketorvet shopping center to get to their destination.
Now, with the Cykelslangen as the solution for such traffic, many people can cycle from the connected sites with ease while overlooking the amazing view of Copenhagen. The pedestrians on the other hand, won’t need to slow down now because of the passing bikes while enjoying the harborfront view.
the smart linked ‘COBI’ bicycle technique boosts rider’s expertise by generating every single journey much more rewarding and entertaining.
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