In our third installment of this Week In Bike Culture, we have some particularly exciting news. While we hope you are already aware of the 7th Street lane diet that our department recently installed, the LA Times did a full write-up of the newly installed bike lane last Friday. Tim Fremaux, an engineer on the bike team, was interviewed and quoted for the piece! It’s truly gratifying to see the city taking notice of this great project!
This next article is about the wild success of Boston’s bike sharing program, which attracted more than twice the amount of riders than programs in Denver and Minneapolis. A month after the program started, there were close to 37,000 rides and the program is poised to pass 100,000 rides before Halloween! It’s refreshing to see a bicycle project be so successful it defies expectations. Maybe our cities already have a bike-friendly mindset, we just need the infrastructure to catch up!
This is an amazing new development in bicycle technology that lowers the footprint of the transportation solution even further. The Brompton Bike is a totally collapsible bike that can fit into a suitcase or a small locker. It’s already being used at a bike-share system in Guildford, a suburb of London, storing more bikes in much less space. The inconvenience of having your bike on the subway is gone! The worry of having your bike stolen while at the office is gone! The hassle of finding a place to park your bike is gone! This is a great solution, we hope to see it implemented in some U.S cities.
This Copenhagenize post tells the story of a Canadian husband and wife living in Copenhagen who biked to the hospital to deliver their baby! The pregnant woman had to take breaks as the contractions became closer and closer together, but they eventually got to the hospital at 4 am, delivering the baby at 7:19. This heartfelt story shows how far Copenhagen has come, if woman ridership is an indicator of perceived safety, a pregnant woman about to give birth biking to the hospital says a lot! The bike team gives its congratulations to this Copenhagen couple.
For those of you in LA this weekend, the bike shop Flying Pigeon is hosting a Sunday brunch riding event! The bike ride departs at 10:30 am and the end destination is a great Dim Sum restaurant. If you want to get out of the house on Sunday and meet some like-minded bikers over some delicious Chinese food, check the link for more details!