Cities around the world are taking big leaps to accommodate cyclists, from connecting 100 km of bike paths in Germany to paying bike commuters in Milan. These five inspiring innovations are changing the way cyclists experience cities, making streets more bike-friendly.
How Amsterdam is Building a World for Bikes
The bikeable city of Amsterdam is known around the world for its urban cyclist culture, drawing locals and visitors to its inhabitable streets shaped not for the automobile, but for the pedestrian and the cyclist. But it wasn’t always that way. Take a look at the #LiveableCities campaign, a project uncovering Amsterdam’s fascinating auto-centric past and pursuit for a liveable urban space. By bringing to light the drastic transformation in Amsterdam, #LiveableCities creator Cornelia Dinca aims to inspire transformation in other major cities with more bike-friendly streets. See how this viral project aims to shape city streets around the world.
“Why don’t cities learn from their peers’ historical mistakes and successes?” -Cornelia Dinca
Milan Wants to Pay Bike Commuters
Would you bike to work if your city paid you to? For residents in smog-laden Milan, it could be the next step towards a less polluted city. Milan has added 50% more bike paths and doubled the number of bike stations around the city in the past year. In addition, the city hopes to implement a new paid incentive to get people on bikes.
Germany’s Bike Autobahn
Germany continues to pave the way for bike commuters with the recent launch of a multi-city bike path. In total, the Bike Autobahn is set to cover 100 kilometers (62 miles) in one of the most populated areas, providing bikers with a safe, separated path. As a result, planners aim to take 50,000 cars off the road, which, if successful, would raise the bar for bike commuting infrastructure around the world.
Photo:Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images Bicycling.com
Bike Sensors that Track Potholes and Pollution
A new sensor technology unveiled at Mobile World Congress will benefit both cities and cyclists. The sensors, which mount on a bike, would empower cyclists to track important information about potholes, air quality and more. The sensor (still in early stages of development) would benefit bikers by allowing them to track their bike when away from it.
A Glowing Rainbow Bike Path
In the city of Vancouver, cyclists will soon, if all goes as planned, have the option to tour the waterfront on a beautifully illuminated bike path. How does the city propose to make it happen? Hundreds of thousands of special fluorescent-painted rocks laid on a new asphalt path. Not only would it light the way for cyclists, it would also save energy and mitigate light pollution by harnessing sunlight using glow-in-the-dark paint to illuminate at night.