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Use Bicycles for more

We use powered transportation for things we could just use bicycles for. Renewable healthy and fun, let use bicycles in more cities for more things from casual commenting to practical solutions. In brussels they are finding that bicycle couriers are often faster than car couriers.

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Bicycles are the ultimate in efficient healthy and renewable solution to energy problems. It just takes a little effort and perhaps some infustructural help to make bicycles an easy awesome aid to meet the need for less power used in transportation. All power used has a large amount of inefficiencies however the only heat lost in bikes are body heat and gear friction. Lets make bicycles the right and smart thing to do. 

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Photo of Nazlican Göksu

Hey Scott!
I think using bikes and encouraging alternative transportation to cars are a fast problem solving method. I would also bring in discussion the idea that municipalities can and should encourage bike usage. Projects like Citibike in Nyc, or Barclay Bike in London are great starts for this endorsment.

I would also suggest you to watch Urbanized, which is a great documentary about urban design. You will quickly see how mayors are trying to change habits in order to endorse cycling, walking.

So my question is how might we rethink transportation in order to save energy?

Photo of Anne Schiffer

I'll share this with my colleagues in Brussels in case they are not already using this service. Really great, thanks for sharing. Perhaps not as effective but entertaining is this http://vimeo.com/86508660

Photo of DiemTien Le

I think bicycles are AWESOME for so many reasons!

But I'm going to be the devil's advocate: If I'm looking to get to Point A to Point B in a fast time, what bike will get me there? An expensive one for sure.

Money sucks, but it's a huge limiting factor. I know many people in low-resource communities that use public transportation very often, and I can't imagine the wonders it will do for their health, time, and money to have a bike. But unless someone gives them a bike, its not a priority to them.

How might we encourage biking as a mode of transportation while keeping the cost low?

Photo of Joanna Spoth

Scott, so glad to see a post about communities and bikes - this type of transition could definitely be a power move as we move away from fossil fuels. I would love to dig into what Brussels is up to (also - it seems the link to your video is disabled. Perhaps check the Youtube setting or try another video?). Do you know more about that specific community? What about the community's motivations and concerns has allowed the bike courier to be successful? Are their barriers to widespread adoption like this in Brussels? What to local people care most about?

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I just changed the link so should be good now. Honestly I do not know much about it outside of the video, but all good questions. Social motivations and practical constraints are definitely necessary to identify in order to spread this model to other cities.