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May 16th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: Cycling in Europe’s Most Congested City

http://vimeo.com/41982043

When people think of Europe, many of them think of this. And it’s true that in certain cities, such as Utrecht in the Netherlands, more than a quarter of all trips are made by bike. But this film — Brussels Express — shows the other side of European bicycle commuting, and it’s not all that pretty.

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February 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: How Bike Commuting Saves You Money

Ever wondered how much your pocketbook may benefit from you ditching your car? We have and were excited to read this article, originally posted by Out Of Your Rut. We hope that you are inspired to trade the car keys in for your bike lock, next time you need to run an errand.

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May 18th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Driving is Unhealthy

Turns out, driving makes you fat:

After analyzing national statistics from between 1985 and 2007, the researchers found that vehicle use (measured in annual vehicle miles traveled) correlated approximately 99% with annual obesity rates. The more we sit around doing nothing in our cars, the fatter we get.

Just another reason to get out that bicycle…

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Image: epsos.de


December 15th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Bike City: Where Cars Aren’t Allowed

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

We all know the pains of riding in urban areas; always keeping a lookout for cars, making sure you’re visible to drivers, convincing the four wheeled vehicles that you do in fact have a right to be on the road too. Let’s be honest: biking in the midst of traffic is hectic, chaotic and not all that much fun. Welcome Bicycle City, “a planned car-free communities project with a mission to create great sustainable places where people can live, work and visit.”

The 160-acre community being built outside of Columbia, South Carolina will be a prototype for car-free communities, celebrating walking and wheels. Seriously, take a look at their website and it feels almost utopian.

The goal is not to forbid residents from owning cars entirely, but instead promote a vibrant center that thrives off of a car-free climate. How does that work? Community residents will be able to park their cars at the edge of the village and use public carts or bike trailers to bring home any groceries, furniture, etc. purchased outside of town.

Imagine: a whole village where you’re certain to never run into a car and pedal away to your heart’s delight. Yes, please!

Via: Outside Blog


November 10th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Want More Friends? Live on a Street With Less Cars

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Here’s proof that less cars really do make us happier — or at least get us more friends.

That’s because the more cars on a street the less likely you will be to converse with your neighbors.

Donald Appleyard drew that conculsion in his 1981 book, Livable Streets, which was based on studies he conducted in the late 1960s in San Francisco. Appleyard, a former University of California, Berkeley professor who passed away in 1982, found that people tended to connect more with their neighbors, socialize and feel a sense of ownership and pride about their neighborhoods on streets with lighter traffic.

A person on a light traffic street had an average of three friends, while a person on a heavy traffic street had an average of 0.9 friends. The Streetfilms video shows how heavy traffic streets seems to impede the flow of people from one side of the street to the other, limiting their access to friends and socializing opportunities.

“The fact that the amount of traffic on the street on which you live can impact the number of friends you have in the world is an enormous significance,” says Mark Gorton, executive director of Open Plans in the video.

Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s Livable Streets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Via Momentum Magazine

Image: Payton Chung


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