Saturday, December 29, 2007
Cycling Amsterdam is for many foreigners one of the major unique selling points of the city. To them cycling is, more than many other prominent features of the capital, one of its most visible qualities. Visitors and ex-pats very much appreciate this mode of transport and after a little exercise most of them spend a lot of their time cycling; they immediately reap the benefits of their speedy and healthy transport. For those who spend prolonged time in Amsterdam, cycling becomes a away of life, like it is for the Dutch, for whom cycling is like swimming is for fish: they just do it, without paying too much attention to it. When foreigners go home they may occasionally rent a bike or irregularly join a tour, but a way of life without making it a big thing, is not really an option for many. Amsterdam Cycling Capital will come to their rescue. Starting April 2008, a program will be developed that offers support to many city managers – politicians and policy people alike – who want to make mobility in their city sustainable. Cities who want to support their economy, their urban environment as well as serve the quality of life of their inhabitants will be able to benefit from this program. This blog will keep you updated, and hopefully when the program starts you will hear this from a variety of sources.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Susta-Info is a global database of case studies and publications, validated by research institutes, 'associations of cities' and expert groups. Susta-Info is an EU DG Research supported project and uses the same search software as http://velo.info/ , the database for cycling planning expertise that momentarily is under reconstruction in http://spicycles.velo.inf0/.
Susta-Info supports local authorities and experts in attaining sustainable development, by establishing a portal and web based database. Practitioners in Europe and beyond will have unconstrained access to information on sustainable development from the urban research programs supported by both UN-HABITAT and the European
- supports local authorities and experts in attaining sustainable development, by establishing a portal and web based database, making knowledge on local sustainable development accessible to a large group of targeted users
- makes knowledge on local sustainable development easily accessible through generalized formats and search methodologies and
- can be accessed in English, French, German and Spanish
Thursday, December 20, 2007
The bicycles together with 120 buses were a response to expected heavy traffic with increased carbon emissions during the UN climate change meeting. Roads within the Nusa Dua tourist enclave conference venue was closed to traffic to reduce traffic congestion and emissions loads.
The infrastructure in the Nusa Dua enclave suited very well for biking while the scorching heat made it hard for walking. Not all visitors of the conference used the bicycles for transportation as an estimated 15,000 people took part in the climate conference.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The Main Network for Emission Free Traffic stands in the tradition on the Main Network for cars, the Main Network for public transport and the Main Network for bicycles.
Velo Mondial promotes the implementation of these plans with many local actors in industry, business and universities.
Shimano has sponsored a nice film on cycling in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Bogotha. Also have a look at some images of cyling in Amsterdam and tips on how to behave as a cylclist:
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The ideal solution for alln this is the electric bicycle.With this bike you preserve the advantages of riding a city bicycle:
- No traffic jams
- No parking problems
The silent electromotor in the front wheel gives you that push in the back, as if you are riding with the wind in your back. You can decide yourself how much effort you want to do. The more effort you put in, the faster you go and the further you ride on one battery.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Rome will start with a pilot of 250 bikes and then by mid-2008 have a public tender for service and rolling stock (20.000 bikes). All up and running before the end of the year.
Cemusa, Gruppo Formento Costrucciones y Contratas, take care of everything, at no costs for the city. Rome is the second Spicycles city after Barcelona to implement the public bicycle. Most major European cities have entered or are entering a competition that makes them the best cycling city around.
2. Portland, Oregon
4. Boulder, Colorado
5. Davis, California
6. Sandnes, Norway
7. Tronheim, Norway
8. San Francisco, California
11. Basel, Switzerland
1. Engineering (bike parking, designated lanes, etc.)
2. Encouragement (events and campaigns)
3. Evaluation and Planning (ongoing political bodies that make changes to existing laws and plan for the future)
4. Education (bike maps and awareness campaigns)
5. Enforcement (making motorists heel)
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Picture & Design: De Fietsfabriek
Friday, October 19, 2007
Read this article in NORDIC
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
But the question is if New York is not seriously lagging behind most European Cities?
Friday, October 5, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This is the text that goes with the slides; these are the pictures of the succesful launch.
- To promote Amsterdam as a fine city to live, work and recreate, because of its massive cycling
- Make its knowledge on planning for sustainable mobility available to cities around the world
- To develope Amsterdam even further as sustainable mobile city.
Also see: In Amsterdam cyclists get the Green Wave.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
This research was done by Benoit Beroud and Pascal van den Noort to prepare the presentation on the 'Vulnerable Road users' at the:
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This article by Pascal van den Noort- unfortunately only published in Dutch in Vervoerskunde -promotes sustainable mobility in and around Schiphol Airport by promoting decentralized airplane check-in at Railway Stations. In October 2007 this proposal for a check-in facility has been accepted by Schiphol as a feasible option for the future, and they will study it in depth.
The article also promotes solutions for congestion on the Ring Road around Amsterdam, by developing Ringroad Transferia and 'Clean Transport Highways' to Amsterdam's Center City: Highways for bikes, bike taxis, electric vehicles etc.
The article links relevance of the economy, with the environment and quality of life of Amsterdammers.
Public Transport Bike Station at Schiphol Airport
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Read further: http://www.velomondial.net/page_display.asp?pid=29
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The common objective is to develop strategic approaches and methodologies in urban planning that all contribute to the promotion of sustainable urban development. This includes issues of transportation demands and related land use planning, the design and provision of efficient and innovative transportation services including alternative means of transportation, and the minimization of negative environmental and socio-economic impacts.
Velo Mondial represents the Velo.Info project in this cluster.
The key conclusions from PLUME can be read in: http://www.velomondial.net/UserFiles/File/PLUME%20Final_Report.pdf
Interview with Adnan Rahman, project leader
Its first User Meeting took place in Amsterdam City Hall in January 2003. Have a look at the pictures, especially of you were present.
Monday, August 27, 2007
We will keep you posted in this blog.