News overview 2009
Bicycle powerful tool against short polluting car trips
The bicycle is a powerful tool against short polluting car trips in towns, as demonstrated by a study within the framework of SOLVE (fast solutions for air and traffic) of CROW research institute.
Personal approach convinces Londoners of advantages bicycle
A personal approach appears to be successful in getting people to cycle. In the London borough of Sutton mobility advisors went knocking on doors. Bicycle use increased by 50 per cent.
Alternatives for pneumatic tube counter still rare
There is no real alternative for pneumatic tube counters yet. The only alternative appears to be the French so-called Eco Counter. Although almost as accurate as the tube counter, this is more expensive.
Cycling more reduces absenteeism
Employees cycling regularly to work are less often ill. They miss work on average over one day a year less than their non-cycling colleagues. If employers in the Netherlands would promote commuting by bicycle more, this might save them 27 million Euro annually.
Bicycle enthousiasts meet in Breda
Five Dutch leading cycling institutes are combining their knowledge and are organising a 4 days International Masterclass Cycle Friendly City Planning.
Virtual bike path
For the time being it is merely an idea of an American innovation company: a virtual bike path constructed with laser light. And it will probably never become reality. But it does emphasise the vulnerable position of cyclists in the US.
NS brightening up bicycle parking facilities
NS, the Dutch railway company, is experimenting with a sweeping re-design of a number of bicycle parking facilities. More colours and improved lighting should make the underground caverns more appealing. There will even be an aroma machine to banish musty smells. And instead of muzak there will be poems.
Italy succumbs to rental bike
The Italian town of Milan has ambitious plans for rental bikes. Soon some 5000 should be around. In Rome 200 rental bikes are available by now, and being extensively used.
600 child lives could be saved on EU roads
Some 18,500 children have been killed in road collisions over the past ten years in the EU-27, around 1,200 of them in 2007 alone. At least half of those deaths, 600, could have been avoided, had the level of child road safety been the same across Europe as in Sweden.
More attention to cycling to school
There should be more bicycle parking facilities at elementary schools, according to local authorities in the Netherlands, who feel bicycle use is severely hampered by the lack of parking facilities. Cycling to school attracts more attention in England as well.