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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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What a commute in a car-free city might be like

What a commute in a car-free city might be like

Look out any window in most urban areas and you’ll see streets lined with parked cars. Every year the arteries of the world’s biggest cities become more clogged. By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, analysts estimate, creating a string of global megacities even more crowded and polluted than today. How will they organize daily life to promote safety, efficiency and the well-being of residents? Now imagine a city without private cars. A city where transportation is emissions-free, largely self-driving and connected to the internet. A city where cars, as well as taxis, buses, trains and bicycles, are shared....

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Lime raises $523M as it prepares to go public

Lime raises $523M as it prepares to go public

Shared electric micromobility giant Lime has closed a $523 million raise in convertible debt and term loan financing, money that Lime CEO Wayne Ting says is the next step on the company's path to going public next year. Lime will use the capital to invest in its decarbonization efforts, refresh a significant portion of its fleet with its Gen4 e-bikes and e-scooters, scale into more cities and develop new technologies that will help win additional city RFPs. "This was a very oversubscribed round, and I think it really does underscore the renewed interest in micromobility as a sector, and more importantly,...

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