Fietsberaard is the bicycle council of Holland, a good site for all kinds of topics on bicycling. Of course, a lot of the site is in Dutch but there are interesting topics in English. This is their Dec newsletter.
Monday 20 December 2010
CENTRE OF EXPERTISE ON BICYCLE POLICY
New in the Knowledge Bank
The knowledge bank of the Fietsberaad tries to present the most complete overview of information relating to cycling and associated subjects.
The most relevant documents as well as the summaries of many other documents have therefore been translated into English. A selection of recent documents:
Article Interventions to promote cycling: systematic review
Lin Yang and others , British Medical Journal – 2010
Study to determine what interventions are effective in promoting cycling, the size of the effects of interventions, and evidence of any associated benefits on overall physical activity or anthropometric measures.
Article Infrastructure, programs, and policies tot increase cycling: An international review
John Pucher, Jennifer Dill, Susan Handy , Preventive Medicine 50 (2010)
Assessment of existing research on the effects of various interventions on levels of bicycling.
Report Making a Cycling Town: a compilation of practitioners’ experiences from the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme.
Cycling England , Department for Transport
Recommendations for development and delivery of a town-wide programme to promote cycling, developed from the lessons learnt working with the six Cycling Demonstration Towns.
Report Analysis and synthesis of evidence on the effects of investment in six Cycling Demonstration Towns
Sloman L, Cavill N, Cope A, Muller L and Kennedy A , Cycling England
This paper provides a summary of evidence on changes in cycling and physical activity in six towns following the first phase of the Cycling Demonstration Town investment programme.
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Successful tour of US and Canada by Dutch bike experts
Recently Dutch bike experts have paid a visit to four cities in Canada and the US to debate and explain opportunities to increase bicycle use there. They received a warm welcome.
Amsterdam bicycle promotion
Amsterdam has made a beautiful promotional video, depicting both the town and cycling. Subtitled in English, the video has already reached a considerable number of foreign websites.
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Austrian supermarket focuses on cyclists
In Austria supermarket chain Spar has provided its branches of bicycle with bicycle stands, in cooperation with Vienna local authorities. This concerned 650 bicycle parking spaces overall. In addition a number of branches will be provided with charger facilities for electric bikes.
France requires bicycle parking at residences
As of 2012 new residences in France are to be equipped with a covered or safe place to park a bicycle. Charge facilities for electric bicycles will be required as well.
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Cycle against obesity
The evidence that cycling is good for your health is piling up. Recently a publication in the American Journal of Public Health has underlined this: the more trips on foot or by bicycle, the lower the number of obese people.
Health advantages of town cycling outweigh risks
Despite all the dangers a cyclist may encounter in traffic, it is still healthier by far to abandon the car in favour of cycling. This is the conclusion drawn by IRAS (Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences) of Universiteit Utrecht and Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL).
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Increase in cycling conducive to public health, despite extra traffic casualties
If 10 per cent of short car trips (up to 7.5 km) are replaced by bicycle trips, the number of traffic fatalities in the Netherlands will increase by 4 to 8. There will be an additional 500 serious casualties. But as more exercise is conducive to public health, an increase in cycling leads to improved public health overall.
Trauma units call for bicycle helmets
Use of a bicycle helmet leads to a reduction by 63% to 88% of the risk of head injuries. An obligation to wear a bicycle helmet will meet with much resistance from interest groups. Yet trauma units emphasize that a helmet may reduce head and brain injuries particularly in children.
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Parking garage becomes colourful bicycle parking
How to transform a multi-storey parking garage into a bicycle parking – in Breda the basement of the Concordia garage has had a complete makeover. Not only by the placement of bicycle stands, but the grey concrete was transformed by colourful furnishings with pictures referring to the town’s history. The new bicycle parking provides room for 420 bicycles.
Part-time parking on car spaces
Quite a number of bicycles fit onto a car parking space, as revealed by this demonstration – with folding bicycles. The GroenLinks political party, part of the Amsterdam council, feels that more often parking spaces should be adapted to use by bicycles, if necessary part-time only at busy locations in the country’s capital .
Students as role models
This summer, on the eve of the Tour de France start in Rotterdam, some 500 first-grade students of seven secondary schools participated in a four-week competition to cycle the highest number of kilometres. Ultimately they covered 54,000 kilometres.
Test for new blind-corner solution
the German town of Flensburg a new warning system for blind-corner accidents is being tested. A flashing light warns car drivers making a right turn when cyclists are approaching from behind.