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Lane Love: A Pop Up Green Street in Cleveland, Pop Up Rockwell

June 4th, 2012

When most cities consider a change in the infrastructure of their transportation system, the typical modus operandi is for city officials to sit indoors and look at drawings and written proposals. But what if city street improvements could be brought into the real world — into all three dimensions so that people could not only consider, but actually see, the changes that may or may not take place?

The city of Cleveland, Ohio is experimenting with this more “live” concept of proposed downtown street improvements in a project the city is pioneering called Pop Up Rockwell. Here’s the lowdown, via the masterminds behind it all, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC):

POP UP ROCKWELL is a one-week experiment to test “complete & green street” improvements on downtown Cleveland’s Rockwell Avenue (between W. Roadway and E. 6th Street), which took place during April 21 to 27, 2012. The temporary street transformation explores fresh ideas for making the street more pedestrian and bicyclist friendly. Going beyond two-dimensional drawings used in typical public meetings, Pop Up Rockwell allows people to physically experience a future vision of the city in three dimensions, in a real environment, and provide feedback before large financial and political investments are made.

The temporary installations included “Cleveland’s first cycle track, stormwater bio-filtration benches, enhanced transit waiting areas and wind animated public art” for city residents to experience — and potentially put into real-life practice in the future. According to CUDC, Pop Up Rockwell was pioneered as a response to the community’s desire to see real life action in between the formal and often slow-moving stages of planning and actual implementation. As CUDC puts it, “Lessons learned from the short-term project may influence permanent changes, which support the City of Cleveland’s Complete & Green Streets Ordinance and Group Plan Commission recommendations.”

With all of this we feel compelled to ask: Should more cities implement temporary pop up street improvements so citizens can experience them and potentially choose to have a voice in regard to the real-life changes that may or may not take place? Would you be excited to see a pop up street in your city?

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on Lane Love.

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Lane Love: Mountain Biking in Style via Chris Akrigg

May 29th, 2012

The story of stunt biker Chris Akrigg‘s crash (and subsequent 40-foot fall) that resulted in a shattered femur is all too well known in the biking community all around the world. But now — a year later — Chris is well again, and back at doing what he loves to do: mountain biking with some serious class and finesse.

His first video back is proof that Chris has been hard at work recovering from his injury. It’s also a visual work of art. So today, after a fine long holiday weekend, we encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy.

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on Lane Love.

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Lane Love: Don’t Lose Your Bike, Register It

May 22nd, 2012

If you’re like us, your bike is precious property. Naturally, you lock it up accordingly wherever you go, and always feel thankful when you and your ride make it home safely. But is there were one extra step you take in protecting your bike — to help make sure that even if it is stolen, you will be reunited with it once and for all?

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Lane Love: Pedal Power

May 7th, 2012

We find the above statement pretty hard to disagree with. Life simply is better when you pedal!

This photo comes to you via the Facebook Page of Girl Bike Love, a website and community that empowers more women to ride bikes. From the About Us page at girlbikelove.com:

We provide personal experiences, technical information and gear reviews with a focus on what women want.  By bringing a community of women together to ride with and learn from, we will have a louder more unified voice for women’s cycling.

We dream of a day when riding a bike to the store is daily routine and women’s races have the attendance of the Tour de France.

Despite the gender-specific slant of the site, Girl Bike Love is quick to comment to followers on its Facebook posting of the above picture that “men are always welcome at Girl Bike Love,” so no matter who you are, don’t hesitate to explore the site and the Girl Bike Love Facebook page for pedaling photos and more!

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on Lane Love.

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Lane Love: The Canine Bike Lock

April 30th, 2012


Who needs to carry around a heavy lock when you can simply employ your canine companion to watch your ride for you?

Apparently, that’s exactly how the owner of the dog in this video feels. Turns out man’s best friend can also be man’s best bike lock.

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our

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Lane Love: Mobilize Earth

April 23rd, 2012

Happy (belated) Earth Day! The day to celebrate was yesterday — but that doesn’t mean we can’t carry the festivities through this beautiful Monday. As a result, we bring you a photo we discovered through SFGate, The San Francisco Chronicle’s blog. In honor of Earth Day — and the ‘Mobilize Earth’ theme of this year’s day — the SF Chronicle dug into its archives and found some fantastic old bicycling images to share. This is just one of many images the newspaper chose to share (to check them all out, go here). We love the idea of digging into the old piles of images and finding ones that celebrate Earth and cycling. Do you have any old cycling photos that serve as inspiration or motivation? Share them with us! Post your image to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and share the Lane Love!

PHOTO via: SFGate

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on Lane Love.

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Lane Love: Hungarian Cycle Toon

April 3rd, 2012

It’s not very often that you find a bike cartoon, let alone one that’s superbly entertaining. And when you do, you must share it for everyone to see.

We found this near-five-minute Hungarian cartoon clip via 18milesperhour and we smiled the whole way through. In it, the character purportedly named Gustavus tries some creative tactics to get ahead of the pack in a road race. Alas, all of his attempts are futile. The moral of the toon seems to be twofold: don’t cheat, and cycling is as awesome in the world of cartoons as it is in real life.

Thanks to 18 Miles Per Hour for this fantastic find!

Every Monday on Lane Love, we’ll be featuring bicycling news, stories and photos from around the world. Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on Lane Love.

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Lane Love: “Bicycle Portraits” via South Africa

March 26th, 2012

Bike enthusiasts and photographers Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler spent two years traveling in and around South Africa — capturing portraits of people and their beloved bikes along the way. The culmination of their project is a book, Bicycle Portraits, divided into three parts that encompass the portraits, stories and essays about the South African people they encountered during their journey. As stated on the home page of the Bicycle Portraits website, “Bicycle Portraits has turned into a portrait of a nation through the bicycles that they own and ride every day —revealing all manner of social, class, historical and cultural nuances never imagined.”
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Lane Love: Cyclists Face Ticket Crackdown in NY Park; What’s Next?

March 12th, 2012

When we learned of the new ticketing policies taking place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, we couldn’t help but wonder if it’s bound to become a microcosm of the bicycling in the U.S.: relatively un-policed, but for how long?

Prospect Park offers those in Brooklyn with 585 acres of natural land and — more importantly — a popular roadway for cyclists and pedestrians alike. And until about four months ago, says neighborhood news source The Brooklyn Paper, this roadway presented cyclists both hardcore and recreational with a paved place outside of the dangers of New York’s roadways with a place to ride without inhibition. Now, tickets ranging from $50 to $200 are being doled out by park police, stopping bicyclists from running red lights, riding against traffic and even speeding. The neighborhood news source says 188 tickets have been handed out to cyclists in the last four months.

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