Day: April 15, 2021

China’s Bike Boomerang

As the original ‘Bicycle Kingdom’, China was often associated with its iconic flying pigeon bicycles. Millions of state-backed bikes shuttled folks between farming jobs and home. But in the 1990s government officials started to encourage citizens to abandon their bikes in favor of cars and mass transit as they worked to strengthen China’s auto industry. …

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Can Micromobility Make our Cities, Skies and Lives Healthier?

The bicycle is an unlikely winner of the pandemic. In the past year, Paris has permanently cleared out cars on tony Rue de Rivoli near the Louvre to ease its flow of bikes, buses and feet and Lima has said it would grow its cycle network by 300 kilometers. In the virus epicenter of New …

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Sharing is Caring: Equity through Micromobility

When it comes to commuting, research shows that a mix of faster and more carbon-friendly ways of getting around bring outsized financial and health gains to low-income communities. Either paired with mass transit or on its own, shared micromobility’s range of bikes, hoverboards and e-bikes and scooters—even-e-wheelchairs — cuts trip time to better education, jobs …

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Luud Schimmelpennink:
The Che Guevara Of Bike Sharing

As an icon of the revolutionary spirit of the 1960s, the famous picture of Che Guevara in a beret has proved remarkably durable. Less familiar today, though created around the same time by the vanguard of what is now a micro-mobility revolution, is the iconic white bicycle.   In 1965, Luud Schimmelpennink, a Dutch industrial …

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The Che Guevara Of Bike Sharing
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How Colombia Made Micromobility Cool:
Q&A with Enrique Peñalosa

Bogotá, the capital city of Colombia, was a pioneer of micromobility long before anyone called it that. In the 1970s it launched “Ciclovía”, closing streets on Sunday to encourage cycling, which was just the beginning. Later, over his two terms as mayor, Enrique Peñalosa put micromobility-to-mass transit at the heart of broader strategies for improving …

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Q&A with Enrique Peñalosa
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