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For every kilometer traveled by bike instead of by car, Copenhagen saves 7.8 cents in avoided air pollution, accidents, congestion, noise and wear and tear on infrastructure.
Whenever I mention to Americans that I have worked in Copenhagen, I’m invariably asked (after an alarmingly large number confuse the Danes with the Dutch) about the bikes. For good reason.
Yes, the Danes love their bikes, as I came to love mine – even when peddling to work on dark, frigid, wet January mornings. Statistics only hint at the scale of the phenomenon (in 2010, 35% of all trips to work or school in Copenhagen were made by bike; for Copenhagen residents, the figure is 50%).
More persuasive than the data is experiencing yourself the exhilaration (and brief panic) that comes with merging into the peloton hurtling south along Nørrebrogade, Copenhagen’s busiest bike corridor, toward the city center during the morning commute.
I like to think of the ubiquitous bikes, however beneficial, as a symbol of much else that is right in Copenhagen on the sustainability front. A new report from *Green Growth Leaders, a Copenhagen-based global alliance of cities, regions, countries and corporations, collects data and case studies on the overlooked, but in no way marginal, benefits of Copenhagen’s environmental protection efforts.
Copenhagen – Beyond Green (PDF) illustrates the economic and social benefits that come with busy bike lanes, a swimmable harbor, and smart, integrated transit. Here’s the crux of the authors’ argument, from the foreword:
“Investing in cycling lanes not only cuts CO2 emissions and improves citizens’ health and quality of life, but improves the bottom line of the city. Cleaning the water in the harbor not only improves the environment, but increases real estate values, local business life and tourism. Investing in an integrated public transport system not only reduces traffic congestion, but saves billions of dollars and keeps the city efficient and competitive. Homegrown energy not only produces electricity, but allows local businesses to become strong and competitive.
The environmental benefits of convincing commuters to choose bikes over cars – avoided carbon emissions and localized air pollutants such as soot – are obvious. The City of Copenhagen took the analysis one step further by comparing the money saved in the shift from cars to bikes.
Researchers found that for every kilometer traveled by bike instead of by car taxpayers saved 7.8 cents (DKK 0.45) in avoided air pollution, accidents, congestion, noise and wear and tear on infrastructure. Cyclists in Copenhagen cover an estimated 1.2 million kilometers each day – saving the city a little over $34 million each year.
With so many residents commuting by bike, Copenhagen reaps additional benefits. The report authors cite one study which found that cycling for a half-hour daily increases mean life expectancy by 1-2 years. Not only can motorists who switch to a bicycle expect to live longer, they’ll be saving themselves (and other taxpayers) money.
The City of Copenhagen found:
“The health benefits of cycling also include fewer sick days, fewer medical expenses and treatments. Tallied up, the total health benefit of Copenhageners cycling is 5.5 DKK per kilometer – making the benefit per year a total of DKK 2 billon or $380 million.
Let’s take the analysis beyond the familiar bikes. Fifteen years ago, nearly 100 overflow channels carried wastewater into Copenhagen harbor after heavy rains. The water posed a serious health risk, and made the harbor not fit for swimming. The City of Copenhagen invested in infrastructure – rainwater reservoirs and conduits – that store wastewater until the sewage system is able to process the overflow. Seven years later, in 2002, the city had opened a public swimming facility in the harbor and closed 55 overflow channels.
In 1995, the water in Copenhagen harbor posed a serious health risk. Just seven years later, the city opened a public swimming facility in the harbor. Credit: Justin Gerdes
The Copenhagen harbor front today is some of the most sought after real estate in the city. The number of cafes, bars, and restaurants in the harbor area has increased 300% since the public bath opened.
Residents are increasingly choosing to buy homes near the harbor:
“From 2002 to 2011 the prices of apartments close to the harbor increased by 57 percent while apartments in the same area of town but further from the harbor only increased by 12 percent. In addition, the study shows that the price per square meter next to the harbor is 42 percent higher than real estate in the same part of town but not next to the harbor.
For those who can’t bike to work (or who might want to avoid peddling through the worst of the winter slush and chill), Copenhagen is served by an integrated transportation network: a driverless, punctual Metro (with one of the best airport connections in the world), regional trains, and buses.
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What The BUCK?! Mountain Biker, Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa got taken out by a RED HARTEBEES at amountain bike race at Albert Falls Dam. Check out this crazy footage which was taken by team mate Travis Walker on his GoPro Camera - The BUCK sure does STOP HERE with Evan van der Spuy aka #BUCKNORRIS
"Hakuna Matata this, beeyotch!" BAM!What The BUCK?! Mountain Biker, Evan van der Spuy of Team Jeep South Africa got taken... more
(Renewable Energy Magazine)
Some 30 million electric or ebikes are expected to be sold worldwide in 2011, according to Electric Bikes Worldwide Reports (EBRW). But of that number, a mere 80,000 to 90,000 are likely to be sold in the US.(Renewable Energy Magazine) Some 30 million electric or ebikes are expected to be... more
The Lunabelles from the Electric Scooter segment showed that driving a scooter is not only good for the environment but also a fun way to get around town. But even a scooter can be hard to store or park if you live in a no-parking zone or if it’s street cleaning day. What then? You can’t exactly carry a scooter up a flight of stairs, can you? That’s where the electric bicycle comes in handy.
The electric bicycle is another answer to inexpensive, lightweight transportation, an urban commuter’s safety net. Ever have a hot, muggy day in the city, when just stepping out the door requires a shower? An electric bicycle saves both time and energy, especially when you are running late for an appointment. An electric bicycle can be both a regular pedal bike, to get your exercise fix, and can be switched to electric mode when you are low on energy or have some steep, San Francisco-style hills to climb. The best part about owning an electric bicycle is that anyone can ride them. No need for a license or registration.
(Photo credit: Getty Images)
Can you think of some other benefits for owning an electric bicycle over an electric scooter?The Lunabelles from the Electric Scooter segment showed that driving a scooter is not... more
Biking is a great way to get around your college campus and even your town. It’s cheap, which is always a plus for college students, and it’s great for your body as well as the environment.
Link: http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2011/04/40-incredibly-cool-biking-tools-for-college-students/Biking is a great way to get around your college campus and even your town. It’s... more
Humans can generate Energy with bikes. I’ve been on one of them at Bonnaroo. Engineers can create designs like this where Humans can create energy while working out! OR even have this be a job! I’d apply! :) Bike for pay! whoo! :) #gogreen #getoffthegrid
We need to move away from Nuclear energy, oil, coal, petroleum, plastic, etc and move into a Greener future. Solar, Wind, Tide, Hemp, and even Human energy. We can do it Planet Earth. Let’s come together! Let’s do it!
Sincerely, A Compassionate Citizen of Planet Earth.
~Yvonne GougeletHumans can generate Energy with bikes. I’ve been on one of them at Bonnaroo.... more
Voted the world's most livable city in 2008, Copenhagen embraces bicycle culture as part of daily life with nearly 40 % of residents riding a bike to work. Blogs and fashion photos are dedicated to bike style, and throughout the city you'll find bicycle bars on sidewalks so riders can rest their feet; green lights that change early for cyclists; and even friendly signs greeting "Hi Cyclist!"
It's no wonder then that Copenhagen is innovating new ways of creating a bike-friendly city with a system of as many as 15 extra-wide, segregated bike routes connecting the suburbs to the center of the city. Technological advances will soon follow, so commuters can detect other riders on the routes, and help them to assemble into pelotons or "bike buses." These groups could in turn emit signals that trip traffic lights in their favor, resulting in a "green wave" of bicycle momentum.
Part of our SCION sponsored presentation: 'Urban Mobility- Rethinking Transportation in an Urban Environment'.Voted the world's most livable city in 2008, Copenhagen embraces bicycle culture... more
As if people who ride their bikes to work through downtown Baltimore, or downtown anywhere, don't have enough to worry about:
A report in the U.K. Times says that bikers in urban areas inhale tens of millions of toxic nanoparticles every time they take a breath. That's five times more than drivers or walkers.
We read about this on the website Grist and had to take a look. The research was done by outfitting the bikers with masks that measured pollution going in. The researchers at Belgium's Hassalt University say it's a first-of-its-kind study, which was just published in Atmospheric Environment.
Not surprisingly, bikers breath more deeply so they take in a lot more pollution. Bearthing such nanoparticles, mainly containing car exhaust, can cause heart disease and respiratory problems.
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/health/2010/06/riding_you_bike_through_the_ci.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PictureOfHealth+%28Picture+of+Health%29As if people who ride their bikes to work through downtown Baltimore, or downtown... more
Only four more weeks till June 12th and the worlds largest naked parade! This will be my fifth year of participation. Last year, I didn't get home till three days later .
http://chicagonakedride.org/Only four more weeks till June 12th and the worlds largest naked parade! This will be... more
The latest Google Maps for Android update adds sharing, a Navigation shortcut and bike routes. They don’t look like much but these are very good things.The latest Google Maps for Android update adds sharing, a Navigation shortcut and bike... more
See the culture and places in Mexico in a way usually experienced only by locals and the most adventurous travelers. In this portion of "Unseen Mexico," Crystal Fambrini joins thousands of cyclists as they pedal their way through Baja.See the culture and places in Mexico in a way usually experienced only by locals and... more
Sunday, March 21, 2010
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The "bridge to far" -- the footpath span crossing the Pennsylvania Turnpike near Somerset, which links the northern and southern stretches of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail -- was dismantled last weekend.
During a routine inspection Dec. 17, workers from the Bureau of State Parks, which owns and maintains the the 40-year-old bridge between the turnpike's Donegal and Somerset exits, discovered structural weaknesses that a spokeswoman said could endanger hikers, snowmobilers and turnpike commuters. The bridge was closed and work crews began disassembling the span in January. Weather delays slowed the work and turnpike traffic was restricted or stopped several times.
"Safety always has been our top priority in addressing this bridge," said Bureau of State Parks director John W. Norbeck. "We remain cognizant of just how important its replacement is to so many outdoor enthusiasts in the Laurel Highlands."
The bridge was the only off-road connection linking popular sections of the Laurel Highlands. A key juncture in the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail from Ohiopyle State Park to a point near Johnstown, it was part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trails system, an 830-mile network from the mouth of the Potomac River through the Allegheny Highlands. The trail attracts 80,000 to 100,000 hikers and other visitors each year.
Temporary loss of the bridge is expected to negatively impact tourism.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10080/1044163-140.stm?cmpid=news.xml#ixzz0i
ttp://fwix.com/pittsburgh/share/ba33d9a63f/bridge_removed_on_laurel_highlands_trailSunday, March 21, 2010 By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The "bridge to... more
The Tour de France is all about men power. 21 stages and most of them close to 200 km. But we often forget about the girls in this event. Now you’ll tell me that the Tour de France is a men only event. Yes I know. I ‘m talking about the podium girls...The Tour de France is all about men power. 21 stages and most of them close to 200 km.... more
After six months of mapping out bike lanes and routes, Google has added them to Google Maps. In places like San Francisco, this has been very necessary.After six months of mapping out bike lanes and routes, Google has added them to Google... more
MakaiBikes.com is happy to carry the Lamborghini Leggenda hybrid style bicycle featured in this video. If you are looking for a hybrid bicycle that is great for touring, the Lamborghini Leggenda bike is an excellent choice. This bicycle is available for purchase online at http://MakaiBikes.comMakaiBikes.com is happy to carry the Lamborghini Leggenda hybrid style bicycle... more
Some might say that Brian Campbell has been living on the street for thirty years; others might suggest that he has mastered the skill of lightweight mobile living, with a blue styrofoam roof over his head and wheels under. He rode his previous pedal powered RV from Mexico to Oregon, reaching speeds of seventy miles per hour.
It is essentially built out of rigid insulation, so it is very light. Jonathan describes it:
"Brian has perfected the fabrication of an all-weather enclosure that is light, insulated, very stable, and road worthy. This model is 8′ x 4′ and weighs only 80 pounds. It has a spacious interior that fits a sleeping adult (or two?), has many interior shelves, and is priced to sell (he's asking $1,950 but says he'll take offers). He can modify the hitch custom for any bicycle."Some might say that Brian Campbell has been living on the street for thirty years;... more
The Long awaited second installment of the Critically Acclaimed Online Reality Series, "407 Street" - yeah right lol!
Join Killa Phil ( Phil Santacroce) as he guides you through the daily hurdles of a impoverished man on the streets of wonderful Orlando Florida.
Learn about Homelessness, and how to make the best of it. The recession affects us all, So let's join Killa Phil and Have a good old time Livin on the rough streets of Area Code "407"The Long awaited second installment of the Critically Acclaimed Online Reality Series,... more