Your Urban Cycling Resource

Getting Up-to-Speed on Biking in the City

three urban cyclists waiting on their bikes at an intersection in Copenhagen, Denmark
Sustainable Mobility: load carrying bikes with fenders and lights make cycling easy (Photo: alanwoo on flickr)

It's a fact. Independent tests, for example in London and NYC, have shown that the bike is fastest around town up to 5 km (3.1 miles) beating the car and public transit.[1, 2] Beyond this distance, cycling remains an economical, environmentally-friendly and healthy way to commute, go shopping or just get from a to b.

The Velo-city.org website has been created to help anyone seeking mobility alternatives, find the right bicycle(s) or human-powered vehicle and accessories in order to get the most out of cycling in the city. Through over sixty pages packed with photos and explanations, you'll discover that you don't need a car to move passengers and cargo easily and safely around town. You'll see how easy it is for each of us to help minimize greenhouse gas emissions by reducing our own use of and dependence on fossil-fuel burning vehicles while at the same time improving our personal fitness level and experiencing our local communities more directly.

The information presented here is kept at a high-level, avoiding technical jargon to provide would-be and returning cyclists with a good overview of the state of urban cycling around the corner and around the world. Nearly all of the bicycles, human-powered vehicles, hybrid human/electric-powered vehicles (pedelecs), bike trailers and accessories shown throughout these pages (with the obvious exception of the DIY projects highlighted) are commercially available products sold at your local bike store or online and delivered to your doorstep.

This is an informational site only. We do not sell bicycles, parts or accessories.

Disclaimer

This website contains recommendations and suggestions based on the author's personal experience or speculation. The author does not guarantee the safety or fitness of those recommendations/suggestions for any purpose. The author has no financial affiliation with any of the companies, products or services referred to in these pages.

Some pages may describe situations which may in some cases be unsafe or illegal in some jurisdictions. Please use common sense and consult your local laws to make sure you do not hurt yourself or others or break any laws. [More..]

References

1. http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/programs/environment-most-menu-711.htm, accessed 2010.05.21. 2. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/05/29/some-reasons-the-bike-always-wins/, accessed 2010.05.21.

Keywords

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