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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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Paris to Become "One of the Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World" By 2026

Paris to Become "One of the Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World" By 2026

  The city of Paris has announced that it will be investing €250 million to upgrade its cycling infrastructure and expand its network of bike lanes with aims of becoming “100% cyclable”. The French capital's investment comes through Bike Plan, a 5-year-long urban project that will reinforce the presence of bikes and provide safe and well connected routes for passengers and pedestrians. Between now and 2026, the city will expand its routes and add 180 kilometers of new permanent bike lanes. Cyclists will also have more than triple the amount of parking spots, reaching around 180,000 instead of the existing 60,000. The city will also invest in improving the...

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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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