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Why ALPEN?

Why ALPEN?

Folks looking for bike storage solutions often ask us,  “Why an ALPEN Bike Capsule?”  This is a great question, especially if you’re wondering how you can utilize ALPEN at your home or if you’re living in a condo, townhome or apartment.  But before we get into it, let’s start with the ALPEN basics.   We should all ride more bikes.  It’s healthy, it’s fun, and it’s positive for the environment.  If you’re reading this blog we probably don’t need to tell you that; although we think it’s worth repeating.  However, the reality is that it’s just not that convenient to ride...

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Paris To Become 100% Cycling City Within Four Years, Reveals New Plan

Paris To Become 100% Cycling City Within Four Years, Reveals New Plan

Paris is to increase the number of protected cycleways in the city as well as boost bicycle parking spaces, reveals the 2021-2026 cycling plan published October 21 and billed as Plan Velo: Act 2. (Plan Velo is the existing, $174 million cycling plan which has been getting bolder and bolder with each update. Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo was elected for a second term last year after successfully introducing many pro-bicycling measures. On October 23, Hidalgo launched her campaign to become President of France.) The desire is to make the French capital—not that long ago a city that was toxic for everyday cycling—into a “100%...

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It’s Time for America to Talk About Bike Parking

It’s Time for America to Talk About Bike Parking

Ahistoric commitment to increase bike parking in Paris has U.S. advocates wondering why cycle storage doesn’t get the same level of attention in American cities — and sharing policy strategies that could help. The City of Light recently grabbed headlines with the release of its revised “Plan Velo,” which leaders say will transform the French capital into a “100 percent cyclable city.” Much of the $290-million plan will be devoted to making streets safer for people on two wheels, but a significant portion will fund the construction of 130,000 new places for cyclists to store their bikes once their rides...

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4 Ways to Design Safe Streets for Cyclists

4 Ways to Design Safe Streets for Cyclists

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, cycling has become an even more popular, resilient and reliable travel option, and pop-up bike lanes have been increasingly common in major cities around the globe. Between March and July 2020, 394 cities, states and countries reallocated spaces for people to cycle and walk more easily, efficiently and safely.   Take the example of Paris, France, where mobility systems were redesigned to include cycling infrastructure at unprecedented levels, with plans for more than 650 kilometers (403 miles) of new cycleways. A new guide sets out planning and design guidelines to help cities implement bike lanes quickly, effectively and safely. Ensuring Pop-up Bike Lanes...

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