Category Archives: advocacy

How bicycling can save the environment…according to one report

A new report (commissioned by: Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI); European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF); Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA)) was just released showing that a 10 percent shift in urban cycling globally would save $25 trillion and cut carbon dioxide emissions by about 11 percent by 2050. A summary is here.

The report provides a thorough run-down of current cycling rates (by country) and possible projections. The focus on e-bikes is a welcome addition. After all, two-wheelers (a variation of e-bikes) are the most rapidly growing form of urban mobility in rapidly  developing cities of Asia and increasingly Latin America and Africa. The outstanding question, however, is:  are they often stepping stones to eventual full-blown automobility? Then, are their safety, nuisance, pedestrian-clash impacts greater than those of traditional cars? Motor-assisted versus pedaled two-wheelers are different worlds and present emerging issues, even in Holland.  And, while bikes are becoming more like cars and vice versa, things that resemble bikes still have huge social, cultural, and other hurdles to overcome. 

Here are other notable quotes from notable people about the report that can be found at a third party account of the article.

“The conclusions that if we could increase cycling for more urban travel we could reduce carbon dioxide is intuitively true,” Elliott Sclar, professor of urban planning at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, said. “The importance of the report is that it begins to put numbers on the order of magnitude concerning what such a shift could mean if it came to pass. The degree this can succeed depends upon the degree to which the political climate will permit us to move away from the present BAU (business as usual).”

Ralph Buehler, associate professor of urban affairs at Virginia Tech, called the report “daring” because it comes up with big-picture estimates of global bike use at a time when data on global cycling trends are poor, particularly for developing countries. “The nice thing is, it gives us a look into what’s possible,” Buehler said. “They estimate that bike trips will replace more carbon-intensive trips, and that’s where the carbon dioxide emissions savings will come from. I think the estimates sound reasonable to me.”

Susan Shaheen, director of Innovative Mobility Research at University of California-Berkeley, said the feasibility for a broad urban shift toward cycling depends on the city. “Increased investment in infrastructure that promotes safety and separation from automobiles would likely make scenarios envisioned in this report more plausible,” she said.


Cycling safety feedback loop |

My post, Cycling Safety Feedback Loop is up at…

“Assuming cyclists have “safety in numbers,” the real question I posed in my last post is how can St. Paul or Minneapolis (or Anyplace, Minnesota) get more people on bikes?

Diminishing returns of off-street bicycle facilities |

At, I have the following post: Diminishing returns of off-street bicycle facilities.

“Some attention to my previous post seemed to stem from the incredulity of implying anything negative about the Midtown Greenway—one of America’s most beloved darlings of a bike path […]”

Documentary of bikes vs cars from Swedish film directors

Based on the trailer alone, I am not rushing out to see the new documentary Bikes vs. Cars. It seems to me we have already been through most of these arguments, especially from advocates. I guess it might be new for a Swedish director. The “international flair” might be new. But otherwise, I hope documentaries like this dig a bit deeper. Maybe it does.

Active Transportation Indicators Webinar

Please join us for the Kaiser Permanente Active Transportation (AT) Indicators Webinar. During this one-hour meeting, we’ll report on the results of a four-month research and outreach effort to identify exemplary efforts in measuring various aspects of Active Transportation. It will include recommended indicators and monitoring techniques for three aspects of AT: the demand for AT at both the population and facility levels; the provision and quality of AT facilities; and and how well different places support AT. Following the Webinar, the final report: Measuring Active Transportation: Recommendations for Colorado will be made available for download. Please contact Vickie Jacobsen at Charlier Associates, Inc. ( or Jessica Hernandez ( with any questions and to receive an invitation.

Best Produced Bike Video yet – How Bikes Make Cities Cool

Vintage Cruiser, by Ryan Wiese–on display at
the Bike Art Exhibit (Dairy Center) through March

The most professionally produced promotional bike video just came out from Kona Productions. It obsesses over Portland (really, again?). The cutest quote is from the kid at 2:38, “bicycling helps my community because it helps the air around…[affrmative nod] and it helps the polar bears [while dancing with his shoulders]…polar bears are epic!

Standing room only for bike art

Maybe it was the warm temps. Maybe it had to do the full moon the night prior. It is likely just Boulder’s preoccupation with wanting to obsess about all things bikes.

It was jam packed Friday for the opening night of the bike art exhibit at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Artists from over 22 states are represented and it is really an impressive display–perhaps the largest collection in a single location I have every seen. Now happening only until the end of the month. 

Ride your %^&#$% #^$&@ bike

The humorous–almost self-deprecating videos keep coming. This one is questionable in terms of appropriateness for the blog. It is a bit risqué; you will want to turn off the sound if you’re at work or keep the kids in the other room. The interesting thing about all of these videos is how these “artist” pieces so strongly resonate with their own subset of the cycling population.