Thursday, August 28, 2014

CNN Travel: World's best cycling cities

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Portland, Oregon. Image from CNN Travel

CNN Travel have listed eight (8) best cycling cities in the world, and it includes only one U.S. city which is Portland, Oregon.

Portland, Oregon boast bike friendly infrastructure that includes 65 miles of bike paths, 30 miles of low-traffic bike boulevards and 175 miles of bike lanes. Portland has also a grand Bicycle Plan for 2030 that will make it the bike capital of the United States. The plan is to attract more people to ride the bicycles that will form a denser bike network. They also plan to reduce vehicle speed limits on designated streets to increase safety for cyclists, and add more bicycle parking.

They are also planning to open the Tilikum Crossing (Bridge of the People) in 2015 that will cross the Willamette River. It will have two 14-foot-wide pedestrian and bike lanes.

Here are the of the Cities that are on the list:

Utrecht, Netherlands - It's the worlds most convenient city for cyclists, "up to 50% of all journeys take place in the saddle and local authorities are building a 12,500-space cycle parking facility billed as the world's biggest."

Seville, Spain - They have built a total of 80 miles of bicycle lanes and they have established a municipal bike rental plan named Sevici.

Montreal, Canada - They have built almost 400 miles of bike paths. They have a bike sharing plan called Bixi.

Copenhagen, Denmark - the city has a immense infrastructure for cycling. They have a segregated bike infrastructure that has bike lanes with a width of three (3) meters.

Berlin, Germany - Cycling in Berlin is becoming more popular with 13% of all trips in the city are now with the use of bikes, which is nearly twice the rate 20 years ago.

Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo is a very densely populated city and 14% of all travels are made using a bike since people here prefer travelling using a bike instead of a car for shorter journeys.

Bogota, Colombia - they close 70 miles of city streets during Sunday for Ciclovia. Maybe, the drug cartels love to travel by bike which is why CNN travel included Bogota.......just kidding.

Here is the full report from CNN.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Missoula Montana First Naked Bike Ride

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About 300 took part in a Nude Bike Ride in Missoula. It is Montana's first naked bike ride and it draws hundreds of spectators. There have been a lot controversy about this ride since some residents are not in favor, they are angry and upset of the nudity involve but after a lot of discussions it went on last Sunday August 17, 2014 without any setback. The riders pedal their nude bodies along the river trail and through downtown Missoula.

Missoula Police said that there have been complaints about the naked bike ride but they did not stop the program since the organizers and the participants were not breaking the law, and had all of the proper permits.

The riders are advocating lesser oil consumption.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

From Bike Racing to Boxing

Take a look at the video above that shows cyclists at Volta a Portugal exchanging blows. Vicente de Mateus from Louletano-Dunas Douradas and Enrico Rossi of the Christina Watches-Kuma team exchange words after a collision between the two, then they got into a fight during the 6th stage of the Volta a Portugal.