An occasional update on items from the Velo-city.

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YOU WON’T BE SURPRISED BY THESE STUDIES

Landmark study led by Ryerson University finds separated bike lanes, slower vehicle speeds greatly reduce bicycle injuries

North American cyclists are eight to 30 times more likely to be seriously injured while cycling than their European counterparts.

The researchers also found that painted and shared bike lanes commonly found in Toronto offered no significant protection for cyclists.

“Our research demonstrates that transportation planners really need to segregate cyclists from motor vehicle traffic just as we use sidewalks to separate pedestrians,” says Harris. “If people see cycling as a safer activity, they would be more encouraged to commute by bike, which makes them more active and healthy citizens.”

Study details here.

And this study, passed on by Ken Ohrn, might be helpful too:

A major-league study conducted in Montreal around BIXI usage.  My take-away is “build it and they will ride”.

The article is heavy going for the lay person, but is a plank in an apparently growing consensus that public health can be improved through the built environment. The connection to BIXI is that the authors and their colleagues believe that activity such as cycling yields positive health benefits.

Study here.

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MOPED MENACE IN THE NETHERLANDS

From BicycleDutch:

More than half of Amsterdam’s over 25,000 so-called ‘light’ moped riders admits they ‘almost always’ ride too fast. That was the news of this week. But it wasn’t really news. The Cyclists’ Union had already published a report last November 2012 that showed that 94% of the ‘light’ mopeds speeds.

This is an issue we’lll face, what with the growth of electric bikes, mopeds, motorized scooters – and even these mini-cars for the disabled, allowed on Amsterdam bike routes.

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The issue: being obese is considered a disability.  You can imagine what the human-powered cyclists think when overtaken.

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IF THE ABOVE STRESSES YOU OUT, TRY THIS:

A bike sauna: just the thing for relaxing after a coolish ride, or a high-exertion move-by-bike –

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THEN YOU’LL BE READY FOR THIS:

Many attempts have been made to assist impoverished people with bicycles as an affordable, healthy means of travel. From volunteer-run programs to corporate-funded charity grants,Defying_Poverty_-_front_cover these efforts have not yet proven sustainable. A new book, Defying Poverty with Bicycles: How to Succeed with Your Own Social Bike Business Program, taps the best of these concepts and remolds them into a social enterprise model meant to benefit many generations. It guides readers through simple steps for providing appropriate bicycles to struggling people as well as proven methods for launching new careers through bicycles.

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